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This is a Bank Holiday blog special, with plenty of racing around, which includes the Irish Grand National at 5pm at Fairyhouse…
With plenty to get through to day, let’s get this blog started….
Chepstow – 1.30 – Selection – Discko Des Plages out of Balko and Lady Des Plages, has had 16 career starts winning twice and placing 5 times. Was 2nd last time out at Uttoxeter on the 20th March when beaten 5 lengths by Rosmuc Relay over 2m 4f. Is due another win and today could be that day off 1lbs higher, biggest threat comes in the shape of Casper’s Court who has a similar profile.
Plumpton – 3.55 – Selection – Solomon Grey, out of Sulamani and Sardagna, has had 21 career starts winning 5 times and placing in a further 14 races. Was a disappointing 5th last time out at Hereford on the 13th March when finishing behind winner Financier. That last run can be forgiven as ground was against him there. Can gain compensation here in a slightly better race with reported good ground a positive.
Kempton – 5.10 – Selection – Lexington Dash, Out of Siyouni and Mythical Border. Has had 11 career starts winning 2 times and placing in another 6 races. Was beaten a short head by Gunmetal at Doncaster on his return on the 28th March. Has ran with some promise on the couple of occasions he’s ran on the all-weather although hasn’t ran at Kempton before today has finished 2nd at Lingfield and Chelmsford. If taking to the surface another bold display can’t be ruled out, biggest threat comes in the shape of Treacherous who has won 2 times from last 4 starts.
Cork 3.35 Mares Maiden Hunters’ Chase
The Forge Hill makes her Hunters’ Chase debut this afternoon, having shown a game attitude in points last year, sadly denied a hat-trick of wins when falling 2 out last time. This isn’t the deepest of contests and is potentially a head-to-head with market rival Clounts Glory, but my selection has the best form on a sound surface and she gets those conditions today. The Morozov mare is likely to take some pegging back here.
3:50 – Underwriting Exchange Hurdle (G2) – Selection: The Bosses Oscar
This is a top class Grade 2 Hurdle contest to enjoy with Cheltenham form put to the test. The favourite Beacon Edge deserves to be favourite after running so well when fourth in the Stayers Hurdle. My selection though is Pertemps runner up The Bosses Oscar who receives 5lbs from Beacon Edge and that could make the difference. The Bosses Oscar has been very consistent this season with form figures of 1222 and looks set for another big run here. He drops down to 2m 4f for the first time since running 5th in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham but he had previously won over this trip before then. The ground is perfect for him and he holds every chance in this company. French Dynamite along with Beacon Edge are the ones to beat here, they boast good ratings. Although I am sure my selection will be in the mix coming up the home straight.
Redcar (Good to Firm)
1.10 – Novice Stakes – Class 5 – 3yo Plus – 1m…
Headingley – Dawn Approach X Gold Bubbles 3yo colt.
2 starts in 2020, with 1 win & 1 place.
Runner up on race course debut in a 1m Class 6 Maiden at Ayr on September 29th, beaten by a head>
Made no mistake on October 15th in a Chelmsford (AW) Class 5 , 1m Novice Stakes when winning convincingly by 4 & 1/2 lengths. Off for 172 days. Season return.
3.30 – Conditions Stakes – Class 2 – 3yo Only – 1m…
Mostahdaf – Frankel X Handassa 3yo colt.
Made debut at Newcastle(AW) on March 16th in a 7f Class 5 Novice Stakes. This performance was very eye catching as the colt won with ease in a 13 runner field by 4 &1/2 lengths…
5.00 – Irish Grand National Chase – Handicap – Grade A – 3m 5f 50yds…
Rich – Court Maid – Court Cave X She’s A Venture 8yo Mare.
C&D winner in November 2020 in a Grade B Handicap Chase by 13 lengths. She has 2 wins at this course from her 5 Chase starts. Was last seen at Cheltenham in December when finishing 3rd by 1 length to Storm Control in a Grade 3 Handicap Chase over 3m 2f, carrying a 5Lb penalty for her win here the month previously.
Has been off the track for 115 days – Each Way
Sadly The Big Dog is a late non-runner, so I’m putting up Agusta Gold on his first start for Willie Mullins. An impressive 2nd in the National Trial last year before a pair of creditable efforts this term. Willie Mullins isn’t concerned about the drying ground and she has some smart form over hurdles on a sound surface. She should go well at the current prices and is the choice of Paul Townend of the stables battalion.
Charlie – 5.00 Irish Grand National
Selection – Augusta Gold – Out of Gold Well and Chloe’s Choice. Has had 20 career starts winning 5 times and placing 16 times. Was beaten around 8 lengths last time out at Navan on the 29th January when finishing behind winner Damalisque. Had beaten Moyhenna by 1/2 length in race prior to that in a National trial over 2m 5f 50y on heavy ground. If repeating that kind of run today should be in the thick of it with Stable mate Robin Des Carlow being the biggest danger.
5:00 – BoyleSports Irish Grand National – Selection: Coko Beach
I’m really looking forward to this year’s Irish Grand National. The addition of Latest Exhibition has added a lot to the race but he faces a tough task off top weight. The one I like is the Thyestes winner Coko Beach who arrives fresh and well after a comfortable Grade 2 success over one of today’s rivals, Epsanito Bello. Jordan Gainford gets the leg up on the 6yo and claims what could be a valuable 7lbs, Jordan has been riding plenty of winners since joining the Cullentra yard of Denise Foster and looks a top prospect. Any rain would be welcome for Coko Beach who’s best form has come on soft ground, he could also still be well handicapped. The trip poses a question mark but judging by the way he finished off at Gowran over 3m 1f on heavy ground he should be fine. At double figure odds he could well be worth a punt. I would advise an e/w bet in what looks a very tricky puzzle to solve, but you would have to expect that in a national. Ten Ten could go well at a big price for the Dempsey family.
That is everything for you folks…. We will see you for the Aintree Grand National Festival of Racing!
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