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

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