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Back with a National Hunt blog…. Plenty of winners & places yesterday from our triple blogs of Saudi Cup, National Hunt & Stateside, just the one blog today….
2.25 Betfair Denman Chase
Lostintranslation gets the nod in what looks a small but select field for this years renewal. The 2020 Gold Cup 3rd needs to leave behind a pair of poor efforts so far this term, but the Tizzard camp seem to be turning a corner and this galloping track will suit much better than Kempton did last time out. Clan Des Obeaux will take all the beating if he is back in top form, however at the current prices I’m inclined to take him on here, with very little separating the pair at the top of the market when judging their best efforts. Lostintranslation has also had his wind done, which may just make the difference.
3.35 Betfair Handicap Hurdle
Thyme White has been a largely progressive horse over the past 18 months but unfortunately got hampered and unseated Harry Cobden 2 out here in November, when still going well enough. Harry Cobden stays loyal today over the other Paul Nicholls runners and Thyme White is capable of a bold show off his current mark of 141. The drying ground is a positive given his best performance to date was arguably on good ground at Chepstow, while the likely strong pace should also help as he was slightly free last time. He definitely makes plenty of appeal at his current double figure odds, especially with some bookmakers currently paying 6 places.
3.00 – Newbury – Game Spirit Chase – Selection: Sceau Royal
I have to admit that I do have a bit of a soft spot for Sceau Royal and he holds strong claims today. It has been a mixed bag for the 9yo so far this season, with easy wins at Ffos Las and Wincanton under his belt before a solid second to Epatante at Newcastle and fourth in the International at Cheltenham. Alan King’s charge will have to put a fall at Kempton over Christmas behind him but he has been freshened up since and he will enjoy this decent ground. Another positive for his supporters is that he doesn’t have to carry the 6lb penalty and that could well make the difference in a race where the six runners are covered by 8lbs in the ratings.
2:47 – Navan – Boyne Hurdle (G2) – Selection:
The highlight of Sunday’s Irish racing and it’s great to have this Grade 2 live on ITV. Beacon Edge makes a lot of appeal to me today stepping back up to 2m 5f. He found the 2m trip too sharp 3 weeks ago when behind Bachasson, who is a fair animal himself. Before then in the Hatton’s Grace he was only beaten just over a length by the Champion Mare Honeysuckle and if he could replicate that form today then he must have a great chance. Heavy ground should be ok for Beacon Edge and Sean Flanagan knows this horse very well. Of the rest, Fury Road is the horse to beat and deserves to be favourite. It’s great to see Tiger Roll back too and I really hope he can run a nice race and blow away the cobwebs.
1.50 Handicap Hurdle – Class 2 – 4yo Plus – 3m 52yds…
Sizable Sam – Black Sam Bellamy X Haloflora 6yo gelding.
2 wins from 3 hurdle starts and landed a Wincanton 2m 5f Class 3 Handicap Hurdle on January 9th by 1/2 a length. Up in trip….
3.35 Handicap Hurdle – Grade 3 – 4yo Plus – 2n 69yds…
Fred – Cokoriko X Veribelle 6yo gelding.
Has had 1 run this season, in a chase when finishing 22 lengths behind Allmankind in a 2m Class 3 Novice Chase on November 6th& now reverts back to hurdles. He wss last seen in this sphere back in February 2020 in a Class 2 handicap hurdle 1m 7f 124yds at Musselburgh, winning by a head having won a 2m Class 2 Novice Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing day 2020.
6 hurdle starts, with 2 wins & 4 places…
That’s everything for you today folks…. Thanks for your support & for popping by today, we really appreciate it…. See you Thursday for Meydan!
Good Luck – The Arseonlineracing Team