Trials Day at Gulfstream Park

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Today is Derby & Oaks trials day over at Gulfstream, building up to the Kentucky Derby day in a few weeks time. All the Graded races are Grade 3, which is a step above a standard stakes contest & they are worth $100,000…..

The racing gets under way early but the stakes races really kick off at 6.10pm…. The races in between are maidens & claimers, so let’s get things started….
Fresh from his Pegasus winner last Saturday, Charlie returns, while Rich had to settle for a 25/1 place & will be banking on better….

Charlie – 4.45 The opening race is a Claiming Race over 4f 219y. Normally I would swerve this kind of race, but one that caught my eye was Star Weaver, having already won twice here over 5f, makes debut for new Trainer Michael Maker has Irad Ortiz Jr on top and looked interesting at around the 9/2 at time of writing, could easily go in again here with the main threat coming in the shape of the Wesley Ward runner No Bang No Broom who is partnered with John Velasquez. I fully expect these two to dispute for 1st and 2nd position in this race.

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7.10 Claiborne Farm Swale Stakes (Grade 3)

By George – Won in very comfortable style on debut at Aqueduct in December beating Too Boss by 5 lengths, makes step up into a tougher race for 2nd start but if showing a similar performance here could well go in again, main danger comes in the shape of Drain The Clock who beat Tiger here last month by 8 lengths, Poppy’s Pride should follow those two home for 3rd.

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8.46 Forward Gal Stakes (Grade 3)

Coach Jer’s Joy Won here in October last year beating Sheza Happy Girl and recorded a fast time in the process, steps up in grade here and should go close with the main threat coming from the Favourite Zaajel who won on her debut here in December when beating Unbridled D’Oro by 7 lengths. I can’t see anything else getting between these two and both should finish in the first 2 places.

Rich –

Race 4 – 6.10pm – Kitten’s Joy Stakes – 3yo Only – Grade 3 – 1m….TURF

Never Surprised – Constitution x Tiz Dixie 3yo Colt.
2 from 2 & Todd Pletcher’s colt was a nice winner last time out on November 28th, when having a wide draw in a Stakes race over 1m 110yds at Aquaduct, made nice headway before putting the race to bed from the favourite in the final 2f, with the front 2 well clear of the field….

Race 6 – 7.10pm – Swale Stakes – 3yo Only – Grade 3 – 7f…. DIRT

Poppy’s Pride – Khozan x Lovely Lexi 3yo Gelding.
Has won his last 4 starts, including 2 at this course, 1 at Gulfstream(West) and last time out when landing a 6f Tampa Bay Stakes race, when bursting from the gates & leading the field from start to finish. Takes a step up in grade today but he has won over 1m at this course on the turf & 6f 110yds on sloppy track so the distance is no issue, the closers are if he doesn’t put the race to bed….

Race 9 – 8.46pm – Forward Gal Stakes – 3yo Only – Grade 3 – 7f…. DIRT

Zaajel – Street Sense x Asiys 3yo Filly.
A debut win here over the distance on the turf & now makes dirt debut, her win in a maiden over 7f was visually impressive on December 20th. Taking up the race from the bend to romp home from the Favourite, who was disappointing.
That said, she kept up a strong gallop to the line.
There are a couple of DANGER’s to Zaajel, with Coach Jer’s Joy, who was a 6f maiden winner on the west track, on a wet dirt track, having made hard work of the race to get up in the final furlong and the other is Competitive Speed, who has won the last 3 starts, including over 6f 110yds on January 2nd at this course, when having to grind out the win & could spring a surprise here….

Race 11 – 9.50pm – Holy Bull Stakes – 3yo Only – Grade 3 – 1m 110yds….. DIRT

Amount – Curlin x Extent 3yo Colt.
Landed the odds on race course debut at this course over 7f. He sat in mid division before rounding the front 3 on the bend, 3 wide, to cruise up & lead under a really nice hands n heels ride to win comfortably. He is 1 of 2 runners for Todd Pletcher, with Prime Factor, who is likely to go off favourite for the big race…

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Doncaster & Lingfield

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Jamie –

1:10 – Lingfield – Maiden Stakes (3YO+) – Selection: Big Narstie

One of the more interesting contests at Lingfield today sees Simon & Ed Crisford’s 4yo Perfect Focus try to concede two stone to the entire field,  with his nearest market rivals Give Em’ The Slip & Big Narstie looking set to pounce. With race fitnOneess on his side it may well pay to side with Big Narstie for the Hayley Turner / Richard Spencer combination. The son of Cable Bay made a solid start to his career when a 3 length fourth in a decent maiden at Deauville last month and if he can build on that then he is right in the mix here. It’s first time left handed today for Big Narstie from stall 8, which isn’t perfect but in a relatively small field I don’t foresee it being much of an issue. Big chance if things go his way.

2:05 – Doncaster – Yorkshire Rose Mares Hurdle (G2) – Selection: Marie’s Rock

Nicky Henderson holds a strong hand here with Floressa & Marie’s Rock heading the market for this Grade 2 prize. With form on soft ground I am going to side with Marie’s Rock who represents more value than her stablemate. We have only seen her four times and she is still in the “could be anything” category. With a record of 3/4 she holds strong claims here. Marie’s Rock made her seasonal reappearance at Newbury where she was beaten 12 lengths by Floressa into 7th. I feel that the ground was too firm for her that day and she wasn’t fully tuned up for the race. With the cobwebs blown away and back on soft ground, which she has winning form on, Marie’s Rock should go very well.

3:15 – Doncaster – Sky Bet Yorkshire Chase – Selection: Canelo

One of the highlights of Doncaster’s jumps season and this year’s renewal is one of the strongest in recent years. I was impressed with the manner of Canelo’s victory in the Roland Meyrick at Wetherby and I fancy him to land another knockout blow here. Pun intended. He’s going to need to find some more improvement as the favourite Cap Du Nord has some very smart form in the book including a close second to Royal Pagaille at Christmas. Canelo does tick a lot of boxes for this test. He stays the trip well, is proven on soft ground and looks to be in the best form of his career so far. Canelo’s trainer Alan King also knows how to get one ready for this contest, with a strong record in the race. I can see Canelo travelling well into the contest and hopefully he can have enough in the tank to tackle the favourite.

Chris –

Doncaster

2.40 River Don Novices Hurdle

I’m sticking with a trainer in-form this season and backing Ask A Honey Bee to land this Grade 2 contest. Fergal O’Brien and Paddy Brennan can do no wrong on the track this season and this gelding has decent form in what looks an open renewal. A Fair 3rd over 3 miles at this level last time out have led connections to opt to a return to a more conventional track which should suit this son of Ask. At the current prices he looks a great each-way bet to nothing.

3.15 Sky Bet Handicap Chase

Canelo continued his improvement when taking the Rowland Merrick over a similar trip at the Christmas period. A 5lb rise clearly demands more but after just 8 starts he could well have another big race win inside him off a mark of 148. Soft ground and a test of stamina clearly suit this Mahler Gelding and he boasts a previous win here over hurdles. I’ll be shocked if he’s not in the mix jumping the last, with what looks a fair each-way price at the time of writing and a trainer who knows how to win this race

Lingfield

3.30 Bombardier Amber-Beer Handicap

With Cheltenham off I switch my focus to Lingfield for my final selection, with what is the final contest on ITV’s coverage this afternoon. Atheeb was progressive for Sir Michael Stoute, but has since changed hands and ran as if in need of it on stable debut a fortnight ago. With that effort under his belt we should see him in better light today, with the potential of more to come off todays current mark of 85.

Rich –

Lingfield – All Weather (Polytrack)

12.35 Novice Stakes – Class 5 – 3yo Only – 1m1yd….
Lamorna Cove – Footstepsinthesand x Abbakova 3yo Filly.

Debut over 7f at Kempton on November 11th, in a Class 5 Novice Stakes, when out the back and having to be pushed along. She finished 6 & 1/4 lengths back from the winner in 9th.
Much better here over 7f in the same class race, still a little green but was getting the hang of things and finished 4 & 1/2 lengths 4th of 10. The front pair were clear of the field that day & runner up, BINT Al ANOOD has since won & runs here at 1.45.
Lamorna Cove finished the race full of running & she may well do better again today…

2.20 Handicap – Class 5 – 4yo Plus – 6f 1yd…
Power Over Me – Ivawood x Bridge Note 4yo Gelding.

Since moving to the UK from Ireland, he has run 3 times on the all weather & won all 3. His debut was a 3/4’s of a length win in a 6f Chelmsford Class 5 maiden on January 14th, followed that up with 2 C&D wins in the space of 3 days, when winning on January 21st by 3/4’s of a length & January 24th, when running out an easy winner by 2 & 1/2 lengths, with plenty in hand to have to cover a penalty today & still be good enough to win….

That’s everything folks….. Well almost…. Gulfstream have some Dirt Graded races this evening, so keep an eye out for our Evening Blog from the USA….
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Meydan Inc UAE 1000 Guineas

Welcome to Arseonlineracing… This is our first blog of the season from Meydan, as we look towards World Cup night…
Many British horses head out to the UAE for the winter & with a view of preparation for the start of the UK & Irish domestic season.

This Thursday does not disappoint when it comes to fine racing, when UK cards are being abandoned due to the weather….

Let’s get the blog started…..

Charlie – 3.40 Zabeel Turf Listed Handicap – Star Safari – Out of Sea The Stars and Intimhir. Won over course and distance last February when rallying late to reel in Franz Kafka who finished a length behind in 2nd. Hasn’t been seen since that victory and is now 5lb higher as a result but does go well fresh and should be capable of winning again today, biggest threat comes in the shape of High End who was 2nd in last two starts at Goodwood and Sandown in September and August last year.

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4.15 Cape Verdi Group 2 Fillies and Mares

Stunning Beauty – Out of Shamardal and Short Skirt. Won both starts in the UK by 4 lengths at Newmarket and 7 and 1/2 lengths at Leicester. Hasn’t been seen since 20th August last year and looks the one to beat here, biggest dangers come in the shape of Summer Romance, Dubai Love and Althiqa who are also owned by Godolphin.

Chris –

3.05 Al Bastakiya Trial

Final Thought went straight in the notebook after a good 3rd on debut in Meydan 3 weeks ago. The 7f trip that day didn’t appear suitable given she was a winner over 9.5f at Wolverhampton last September. This looks the obvious race and must go close with a fitness advantage over some of her rivals today. Soft Whisper, the winner of that previous race, should take all the beating in the UAE 1000 Guineas later on the card with Final Thought hopefully boosting that form. It’s a probably a tip in itself that connections have opted to split the pair.

3.40 Zabeel Turf Listed Handicap

Star Safari was a pleasing winner over course and distance last season, but sadly hasn’t been seen again since. This son of Sea The Stars lowered the track record that evening, though conditions were on the quick side. A 5lb rise should be more than manageable and after only 4 starts, there must be plenty more in the locker.

5.25 Spirit collection Trophy Handicap

Key Victory was a winner here first time out last term, but failed to show his best in 2 runs since. It means he arrives back in the desert only 2lb higher than for that success and it seems sensible that connections have opted for the same route. As you’d expect, It’s a wide open handicap but Key Victory has the advantage of a win here, which is more than can be said of most of his rivals, with several much more exposed.

Jamie

3:05 – Al Bastakiya Trial (Conditions) – Selection: Final Thought

A highly competitive conditions race over 1m 1 1/2f to kick off today’s Dubai Carnival card at Meydan. Mark Johnston’s lightly raced Colt Leopardo heads the market and he should go well under William Buick. However, I like the chances of Saeed Bin Suroor’s Final Thought who stayed on nicely over an inadequate 7f trip last time out three weeks ago. The step up to 1m 1 1/2f should see her improve a good bit and with her connections she has to have a good chance, especially when you weigh in the fact that she gets the 3yo Fillies allowance and a recent run at this track. Keep an eye on this race as her third last time out was behind the favourite for today’s UAE 1000 Guineas.

4:30 – Cape Verdi Stakes (G2) – Selection: Stunning Beauty

Nine go to post for one of the highlights for the older Fillies & Mares in the Dubai Carnival. I am going to trust my gut instinct here and despite lacking experience Stunning Beauty gets my vote today. The daughter of Shamardal was a wide margin winner on both her British outings last Summer and really caught the eye. As I said before she does lack experience with just the two runs under her belt. While her main rivals according to the betting have seven races apiece, with Summer Romance and Althiqa bringing in group race form to this contest. In my opinion though they look exposed to me and I believe my Filly under Frankie Dettori can improve enough to get the better of her rivals today. She has scope.

Rich –

Race 3 – 3.40 – Listed Class 1 Handicap (Turf) 3yo Plus – 1m 2f…..

High End – Dubawi x Crystal Music 7yo gelding.
Despite being 7, he is very lightly raced & it is doubtful if he didn’t retain any of the ability he showed before having almost 3 years off the track he would have been retired. He has only had 7 career starts to date & finished 2nd on his first start for almost 3 years, when finishing runner up, from a handicap mark of 102 back in August 2020, finishing 3/4’s of a length behind the winner at Sandown in a 1m 2f Class 2 Handicap.
he followed that up a month later at Goodwood, when again finishing 2nd, when stepping up to Listed class in the 1m 2f Foundation Stakes & was only 1 length behind winner, Anna Nerium..

Race 5 – 4.50 – UAE 1000 Guineas (Dirt) Class 1 Listed – 3yo Plus 1m….

Soft Whisper – Dubawi x Placidia 3yo Filly.
2 wins & 2 runner up spots from 4 runs in the UK in 2020. Both wins over 1m, at Salisbury in a Class 5 handicap by 1 & 1/2 lengths in August & winning again at Pontefract in a Class 4 Handicap by 4 lengths in September.
had 105 days off the track, before returning at this course over 7f in the Trial for this race on January 7th, winning by 2 & 1/2 lengths. The step back up to 1m will bring the best from the 3yo filly….

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Pegasus World Cup night – Gulfstream Park

Welcome to Arseonlineracing’s coverage of the Pegasus Cup from Gulfstream Park, USA…

We don’t cover as much US Racing as we would have liked in the past, mainly concentrating on the BIG meetings like the Breeders Cup, but with Jamie & Chris on board, this will allow the team to cover more racing from around the world…

Charlie has covered the Grade 1 races while Rich has a couple from the under card & a couple of Grade 3 contests, so we will go in race order…. All Races at UK Times

Rich –

Race 2 – 5.08PM – Maiden – 1m 110yds – 3yo Only….

Ridin With Biden – Constitution x Allemande 3yo Colt.
Steps up in trip to 1 & 1/2 miles after finishing a neck runner up on race course debut at Philadelphia Park back in December 2020 over 6f. He is a half brother to Music of Life, who won over 1m…

THE DANGER – Dynamic One, who cost $750,000 & finished 9th on debut over 7f. He finished runner up over C&D on boxing day….

Race 4 – 6.05PM – Fred Hooper Stakes – 1m – Grade 3 – 4yo Plus….

Avant Garde – Tonalist x Dancing Afleet 4yo Gelding.
Won twice over C&D and has another 3 course wins to his name, he has also won on the West course at this venue, so is well acquainted with it.
He landed the Starter Stakes over 7f last time out on December 5th and has since changed trainers. This is his first start for the new trainer having won 6 of his last 7 starts & his only defeat was back in September at Remington Park over 1m 1f (9f)….

Race 7 = 7.38PM – Marshaua’s River Stakes – 1m – Fillies Grade 3 – 4yo Plus….

Vigilantes Way – Megaglia d’Oro x Salute 4yo Filly.
3 wins from 7 career starts since debut back in December 2019.
She was runner up in October 2020 to Evil Lyn in the Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico before finishing 3rd to American Oaks winner, Duopoly at Aqueduct in a 1m 110yd stakes race on December 26th.
The 4yo also won on that day at this course in a 1m 110yd Stakes contest and will look to go from the front…

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The first of 2 Group 1 contests on tonight’s card, Todd Pletcher is triple handed in this race with Largent paired with Paco Lopez, Colonel Liam paired with Irad Ortiz and Social Paranoia paired with Luis Saez. All 3 have live chances but I’ve opted for Anothertwistafate who is paired with Joel Rosario and has won 5 times over 1m to 1m 1f and landed a Group 2 at Santa Anita last time out over 1m 1f beating Bob And Jackie by 2 and 1/4 lengths. That form looks solid and Anothertwistafate is looking to cement his credentials further by landing this Group 1 contest with the Breeders Cup meeting a target further down the line.

Win Advised

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Gulfstream Race 12 – 22.44

The 2nd Group 1 on the card and the final race of the meeting, looks a very open race on paper, but in reality the fav Knicks Go looks very strong here. Having won the Big Ass fans Breeders Cup Dirt Mile at Keeneland over 1m, when beating Jesus Team in November last year. With a repeat of that performance should score again here under Joel Rosario, Code of Honour, Tax and Jesus Team will fight for the minor places to cap off another excellent evening of racing at Gulfstream Park.

Win Advised

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Taunton & Ascot

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Today Jamie & Chris take you through their thoughts for today’s National Hunt racing from Taunton & Ascot.
Charlie & Rich will be concentrating on the Pegasus Cup at Gulfstream & will publish their thoughts later!

Jamie leads the line today with Chris, so let’s crack on with their thoughts….

2:45 – Taunton: Handicap Hurdle –
Selection: Brewin’upastorm

Life has been a bit of a struggle for Brewin’upastorm since he was sent over fences which means that Olly Murphy’s charge might just be worth chancing back over hurdles. Yes, he is out of form and hasn’t beaten a single rival over fences this season in two starts but there is some hope that he can bounce back to form today. He drops down from Grade 1 company to a class 2 and back over hurdles, it could relight the fire inside him and he should find the slower tempo at this class a lot easier. It was here at Taunton in November 2019 when Brewin’upastorm last registered a victory, so we know that he handles the track. I expect him to be right in the thick of the action in the closing stages.

3:35 – Ascot: Clarence House Chase –
Selection: Defi De Sueil

After a couple of poor efforts Defi De Sueil has some questions to answer today in what is a hot edition of the Clarence House. Phillips Hobbs’s stable star ran poorly at Cheltenham on his season reappearance when Richard Johnson had to pull him up before the last. At the time of writing this he is good value at the prices if he can recapture his best and recent reports from the Hobbs stable suggest he is back to his best. He was most impressive in how he seen of Un De Sceaux in this race last year, the stiff test of this contest on soft ground (which he likes), should play to his strengths but he will have to be on his A – game to win today against Politologue and Waiting Patiently. Waiting Patiently is a major danger in my eyes after a cracking effort in the King George. What a fascinating race in prospect.

4:10 – Ascot: British EBF Novice Hurdle –
Selection: Jeremy Pass

A decent little Novice Hurdle to round off a great card at Ascot. I am siding with recent Wincanton scorer Jeremy Pass who sauntered clear of a dual winner in the shape of Sizeable Sam. The form is strong and he is clearly commands respect in this field of six. Valleres brings graded form to the table after being beaten by Star Gate at Sandown. The winner then went close in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle next time out. He is more value at the prices but it was only a three runner race ay Sandown so I am not convinced by form. Paul Nichols has his string in fine form and I’m hoping that he will not find the ground too soft for Jeremy’s Pass. It could be another big Saturday for Harry Cobden.

Chris:

Ascot:

1.50 Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle

Danny Kirwan has always been thought of as a nice prospect and it seemed connections patience had finally been rewarded with a win at Ascot in November. He found 3 miles too far at Cheltenham last time out and a return to this trip seems the logical move. Soft ground suits and a mark of 133 is more than reasonable for his handicap debut; I’m expecting a good run at a currently very fair each-way price.

3.00 Bet365 Handicap Chase

I tipped up Espoir De Guye here last time in December, having excelled during his previous 2 course runs. Sadly 3 miles on bottomless ground was just a stretch too far and is another who should appreciate the return to this intermediate test. He’s 5lb’s higher than his previous course and distance win, but after just 6 chase starts we may not have seen his ceiling just yet. It would be no surprise were he to make the frame here or return to winning ways at Ascot for the 3rd time, with trainer Venetia Williams once again enjoying success with her runners in the mud.

3.35 Clarence House Chase

I don’t put up many short priced favourites, however given his record over the past 12 months I was surprised to see Politologue currently trading above even money. Paul Nicholls has found the key to unlock plenty of improvement from his talented grey, allowing plenty of time between races and letting his charge use his jumping to good effect by running his rivals ragged from the front. This renewal looks strong, but the favourites credentials look much more compelling than his rivals.

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All your Saturday Racing….

Welcome to today’s racing blog from Arseonlineracing….
Jamie & Chris have your national hunt needs covered, Rich has a couple on the all weather….

Jamie –

1:30 – Wincanton – Handicap Hurdle (C3) – Selection: Take Your Time

An interesting race in prospect here as some potentially smart young horses clash with older more battle hardened horses. The top two in the market could well be the absolute cream of this race and I am going to side with Take Your Time. Paul Nichols’ inmate didn’t jump fluently at all when second at Chepstow last month but still the expected improvement to his connections. The time before then he had opened his account at Lingfield in what was a fairly ordinary novice hurdle. The step up in trip could well bring about more improvement but I hope to see him jump more fluently as this is the best race on paper he has contested so far. If he does that then he should not be far away. At a big price Thunderstruck could go well for Daryl Jacob and nick some e/w money.

2:10 – Lingfield – Betway Handicap (C2) – Selection: Scarlet Dragon

The highlight of today’s card at Lingfield is this Class 2 handicap for the stayers with some nice types turning out here. After a decent fourth over C+D last time out I am going to select Scarlet Dragon here to find some improvement on the polytrack and strike a first win since his famous Royal Ascot success. Hollie Doyle gets on very well with Alan King’s imposing son of Sir Percy and having been dropped 4lb by the handicapper, he should be right in the mix. I am hopeful that his recent run here will bring him on a bit after a 96 day break. This won’t be easy though off joint top weight. The Ian Williams pair of Cardano & Autumn War look ready to strike off a low weight.

3:10 – Chepstow – Welsh Grand National – Selection: Truckers Lodge

Some things just never change and the Welsh National being contested on brutally heavy ground is one of them. With form on heavy ground and having went close last year, Truckers Lodge looks a good bet if you want a run for your money. After finishing second in this great race last season, Paul Nichols knew that the Midlands National would be the race for him and so it proved to be as eased clear to win by nearly 20 lengths! Things didn’t go to plan at Kelso on his reappearance as he unseated Lorcan Williams some way from home. The lack of a recent run may concern some people but Nichols is one of the great masters at getting a horse ready for the big day. Everything looks set for another big effort from Truckers Lodge despite a 14lb rise for that Uttoxeter success.

Chris –

Kempton

2.20 Relkeel Hurdle

Not the most attractive of odds, but I can’t go against McFabulous in this rearranged renewal. A creditable 3rd in the Long Distance Hurdle last time out convinced connections that 3m is just a step too far, having led 2 out but found little to repel Thyme Hill and Paisley Park. No disgrace, but a return to this intermediate trip will suit and he is the one they all have to beat. Giving 3lb to the progressive Younevercall won’t be easy, but McFabulous seemed at home on at Kempton last March, and must be bang there on the run-in.

Chepstow

3.10 Welsh National Handicap Chase

Lord Du Mesnil entertained jumps enthusiasts during 2019-20, putting up some heroic efforts including going down all guns blazing in the National Hunt Chase at the Festival. His record over marathon trips in the mud is highly impressive, arriving here only 3lbs higher than when 2nd in the Grand National Trial at Haydock. 2 starts over inadequate trips can be forgiven this year as this was always marked out as his main target. At the time of writing, Lord Du Mesnil rates a solid each-way bet at the current prices, with several bookies currently paying 6 places.

Final Word with Rich –

Lingfield(AW) – Polytrack

1.05 Handicap – Class 3 – 4yo Plus – 1m 2f…

Make it Rain – Night of Thunder x Badalona 4yo filly.
Won over C&D in this class on November 4th before finishing a short head runner up over C&D on December 2nd.
Landed a Class 2 Handicap at Wolverhampton over 1m 1f 104yds by 1/2 a length on Boxing Day. Joint top rated 97 & drops in class…

Chelmsford(AW) – Polytrack

3.40 Handicap – Class 5 – 4yo Plus – 1m 2f…

Bad Attitude – Canford Cliffs x Cry Freedom 4yo gelding.
2 C&D wins & 1 place from 4 C&D starts. A winner over C&D on December 3rd in a Class 6 Handicap before heading to Wolverhampton, when stepping up in trip to 1m 4f in a another Class 6 handicap, under a penalty, making it 2 wins in 5 days on December 8th by 1 & 1/4 lengths. Drops in trip….

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A Fresh Start…. 2021

Hello & Welcome to the first blog post of 2021…. From the 4 of us at Arseonlineracing, we would like you wish you all the best for the year ahead.

This website is 100% Independent& has NO affiliate links, it is curated by 2 racing enthusiasts – Charlie & Rich, with fellow AOL colleagues- Jamie & Chris…

We hope we find you well & that this year will be better than the last. As a team, we would like to thank everyone, who contributed to our success in 2020, finishing with site view figures of 33,151, which is an awesome total when you consider for a few months of 2020, there was NO Racing….
Not to look back now, we look forward…..And here we go!

Charlie – Is taking a few days off to see what happens with the weather situation & will be back soon….

Chris –

Sandown

1.50 Unibet Handicap Chase

Darebin won his first race in over a year over course and distance last month, and he could continue his resurgence given his excellent record of 3 wins and 4 other occasions in the frame here over fences. It’s going to be tougher as he’s out of the handicap and effectively 8lb’s higher today, but that still leaves him with room to maneuver when we compare some efforts from just over a season ago. Currently available at a double-figure price, my main concern is potential non-runners, as we are on the bubble with 8 going to post at the time of writing.

3.00 Veterans Handicap Chase Final

A typically competitive final of the Veterans Chase Series and I’m going with Potters Corner to land the prize. Trainer Lucy Wadham tinkered with his wind over the summer and she has been rewarded with 2 solid efforts this season, including a good 2nd at Cheltenham last month. He arrives here off the same mark and with a stamina test on soft ground to his liking, I’m expecting a good run at a fair price. I’m also keeping Theatre Guide on side, who has been placed in this race the past 2 seasons off 1lb higher and can reward each-way backers once again.

Jamie –

2:20 – Lingfield – Labrokes Daily Odds Handicap – Selection: Bravado

Mark Johnston sends this unbeaten son of Showcasing down to Lingfield in what looks to be a hot little 6F handicap. There is only five runners with 9lb pounds between them but it is the results and notably the 1s next to their names that stands out to me. Despite only having two races under his belt to date and his four rivals being potentially more streetwise, I have a feeling that Bravado could just be better than than this class 4 level. The manner of his victory at Redcar was visually taking and if he has improved since then he will be tough to beat here. Being a Mark Johnston inmate I would expect Bravado to make the running given the small field, he did make all the last day. He has a big chance if he gets away well from the gates.

3:00 – Sandown – Veterans Handicap Chase – Selection: Crosspark

This race is always worth a watch with some old favourites taking each other on. 15 to go post (at time of writing) and you could make some sort of a case for nearly all of these old warriors. A horse who has been knocking on the door with 3 seconds this season is Crosspark, could this be his day? Two of those runs have come at this course where he was just edged out on both occasions. Crosspark stays all day having finished a close rallying second last time out and should on all known form be very competitive again. It won’t be easy from a career high mark but he is enjoying his racing at the moment and likes the stiff finish at Sandown. Having an in – form Harry Skelton on his back will be a plus too. Crosspark is one of the safer bets in this race and is backable at a good e/w price.

3:35 – Sandown – Unibet Handicap Hurdle – Selection: Friend or Foe

I have taken a chance here on Friend or Foe despite being put up 13lbs for a dominant win at Wincanton last time out. It was a career best from the Paul Nicholls trained charge and it should have given him a real boost of confidence. For a 6yo Friend or Foe is very lightly raced having just the nine races so far. Which gives his supporters that there is more improvement to come. The only slightly worry I’d have is the heavy ground, which today he will be encountering for the first time since he made his racing debut in France two years when he a well beaten fourth. He did handle the soft ground at Wincanton very well though, and with the Nicholls stable firing, Friend or Foe could well be the punters friend today.

Final Word with Rich –

Lingfield – Polytrack (AW) Standard..

1.10 Handicap – Class 5 – 4yo Plus – 1m 1yd…

Kodiac Harbour- Kodiac x Operissimo 6yo gelding…
First won over C&D back in February 2019, in this class by a neck & won again on Turf in the May of 2019 from a mark of 88.
14 runs & a change of trainer later, he finally managed to get his head in front again over C&D in this class by a neck on December 21st.
The falling mark from 75, when returning to the All Weather, down to 68 has helped along with the return to 1 mile, having been running over 1m 2f in his previous 3 starts, finishing 2nd on all 3 of them.
Now running from a mark of 70, raised 2 for the LTO win & 4th place (Fieldsman) winning since, another good run is likely as their is still some room in the mark. Another step up in trip is also on the cards as the mark rises, so one to keep an eye on….

Sandown – Chase (Heavy)….

1.50 Handicap Chase – Class 2 – 1m 7f 119yds….

Moonlighter – Midnight Legend x Countess Camilla 8yo gelding.
Runner up on season return by a neck in the Exeter Haldon Gold Cup, Grade 2, 2m 1f 109yds on November 3rd after 239 days off the track, the race was won by Greaneteen, who next time out finished runner up to Politologue in the Grade 1 Tingle Creek (December 5th).
Ran again on November 28th, just 25 days later, at Newbury in a 2m 92yd Class 2 Handicap Chase & led until falling at the 5th fence.
Definitely one to keep onside
Runs off top mark of 147.

Ayr – Heavy, soft in places…

2.05 Handicap Chase – Class 3 – 2m 4f 110yds…

Flowery – Milenary x Dato Vic 9yo gelding…
Returned on October 31st in a Class 3 Handicap Chase over 2m 110yds, running well for the most park, made the odd mistake having not run for 244 days, running over a shorter trip & having only had 5 chase starts & was only beaten by 3 & 3/4 lengths when finishing 2nd to Drumconnor Lad at this course.
the step back up in trip will suit having 2 wins over 2m 5f in both class 2 & 3 also has 1 win & 1 place over 2m 3f, so if everything is well then this is here for the taking….

That’s everything for you today folks…. Thanks for popping by, we really appreciate your support….. Stay Safe

All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team

Hurdle picture – Matt Browne(SportsFile) 2016
Other Pictures – AOLR Archive