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We are pleased to announce that Jamie & Chris have joined the site as full time contributors and you will now see posts from more than Just Charlie & Rich.
The chaps have been fantastic & we are very happy they have joined us at Arseonline HQ. Jamie makes his Full Time debut today & as this is his first BLOG post, Jamie will lead us out….
Two from Newbury and one from Newcastle for me today.
2:05 – Fighting Fifth Hurdle – Selection: Epetante
Newcastle’s big race of the year sees Champion Hurdler Epetante make her seasonal bow against six rivals. On official ratings she is 10lbs clear of Silver Streak and I cant see past her against this opposition. Nicky Henderson’s mare is going for a fourth straight win and has the assistance of new jockey Aidan Coleman today, I would say Aidan has been picking the ear of Barry Geraghty as to how to ride her. The ground is perfect for the fleet footed mare. The main dangers are the race fit Sceau Royal and Silver Streak with both winning listed or graded contests so far this season. I would rate Epetante – Sceau Royal – Cornerstone Lad in that order as a good forecast bet.
3:00 – Ladbrokes Trophy – Selection: The Conditional
A typically wide open Ladbrokes Trophy over 3m 2f. The strong test of stamina will suit Cheltenham Festival winner The Conditional who took a big leap forward last season when joining the David Bridgewater yard from Ireland. He took his form to new heights last season over the extended staying trips and took victory in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the festival beating the likes of today’s rivals Kildisart and Vinndication. He may prefer the ground to be a little softer but I am still confident there is a bit more improvement to come from this 8YO. The Condtional ran a mighty race to finish second in this race last year, where he had two runs beforehand. This year he is coming in fresh and I think that maybe to his advantage. Solid chance.
3:35 – Ladbrokes Handicap Chase – Selection: Ibleo (Non Runner)
A field of 8 go to post for this 2m 1/2f test with some unexploded types heading the market. There was a lot of confidence behind Ibleo when he ran at Ascot last month after a three race campaign that yielded two wins and a second in a lower graded races to get his confidence back after a long layoff, 838 days to be exact. I thought he ran a terrific race at Ascot just narrowly going down by a short head to Amoola Gold. That should have blown away the cobwebs and put Ibleo spot on for this race. The ground is a bit of an unknown for his supporters but he looks very well treated at the weights and must have a big chance.
My nap of the day.
Newbury – Good
3.00 Ladbrokes Trophy Chase 3m 1f 214y
Vindication – Out of Vinnie Roe and Pawnee Trail, has ran 11 times winning 7 races, including 3 hurdle wins and 3 chase wins and one win on the flat. Comes into this race in good shape having finished a 2 length 2nd to Cyrname at Wetherby last time out over 3m and 45y. If showing up in same mood could gain compensation here in a wide open race with most having questions to answer form wise. Biggest danger comes in the shape of Secret Investor who won last time out at Chepstow.
3.35 Ladbrokes Handicap Chase 2m 92y
Moonlighter -out of Midnight Legend and Countess Camilla. Has ran 13 times winning 3 times, was a decent 2nd on seasonal return at Chepstow last time out when finishing a neck behind Greaneteen over 2m 1f and 109y. That should have blown the cobwebs away and with that run under the belt can gain another victory here at the expense of Zanza and The Russian Doyen who should chase the selection home.
Doncaster – Good
2.53 At the races Handicap Hurdle 2m 3f 88y
Beach Break – Out of Cacique and Wemyss Bay. Has ran 22 times over hurdles winning 5 times, including last time out at Sedgefield when beating Elysees by 4 and 3/4 lengths over 2m 3f and 188y. Biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Byron Flyer who has won this race before and has slipped down the weights.
3.28 National Hunt Flat Race 1m 5f
Arthur’s Seat -Out of Champs Elyesse and Sojitzen. Has had just the one run and it was a winning one at Huntingdon, when beating Vivid Luminosity by 4 and 1/2 lengths over 1m 5f and 148y. Biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of the Alan King trained Masaccio who is making racecourse debut.
Final Word with Rich –
I only have a couple for you today…
Fairyhouse – Soft
1.01 Mares’ Hurdle – Grade 2 – 2m 3f 110yds
Queen’s Brook – Shirocco x Awesome Miracle 5yo Mare.
Last years Cheltenham Festival Bumper (NHF) 3rd made a winning start to life over hurdles, when taking a 2m Maiden at This course on October 10th by a neck.
Runner up on October 30th at Down Royal, when beaten a HEAD in a 2m 100yd Mares’ Grade 3. She is preferred to Cheltenham Festival ‘Dawn Run’ Novice Hurdle winner Concertista, who makes seasonal return….
Bangor – Soft, Heavy in Places…
1.57 Novice Hurdle – Class 4 – 2m 145yds….
Here Comes Johny – Yeats x Strike An Ark 5yo Gelding.
Runner up on NHF debut over 2m 125yds in a Market Rasen Amateur Jockeys race in September before making his hurdles debut on October 16th in a 2m 4f Fakenham Class 4 Maiden Hurdle, winning by 11 lengths from Switch Hitter, who has since won a Kempton Class 4 Novice Hurdle.
Made it 2 wins from 3 starts in 2020 at Sedgefield by 14 lengths when landing a 2m 4f Class 4 Novice Hurdle on November 9th….
That is everything for you today folks, thanks for popping by & Stay Safe….
All the best – The Arseonline Team