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The lads have worked really hard this year & this is likely to be our last blog of 2021, so we would like to thank everyone who has read, shared & contributed to our site in 2021 & we look forward to 2022.
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Yesterdays blog yielded 2 winners & 1 place…
Kempton – Soft
Chepstow – Soft
Wetherby – Soft, heavy in places
Leopardstown – Soft, yielding in places
Let’s see what the lads have in store…
1.55 Mares Handicap Hurdle
Tequila Blaze seemed to relish the step up in trip at Ascot last time out, running on strongly to land a Mares’ handicap. Different conditions today, however she has run with credit and been placed on heavy ground twice as a novice and nearly always runs an honest race. A 5lb rise is fair and there could easily be more to come with the yard also enjoying 2 winners yesterday.
2.50 Coral Welsh National Handicap Chase
A fantastic renewal of Wales’ most prestigious race with plenty of battle hardened staying chasers alongside some up and coming rivals. I’m going for the latter in Highland Hunter, who is developing into a very useful stayer and landed the London National just over 3 weeks ago, needing every yard of the 3m 4f trip to get on top. With only 5 starts over the bigger obstacles there’s every reason he can shrug off the 4lb penalty today and the softer ground is no issue. He makes great each-way appeal at the current double-figure price and shop around with several bookies offering plenty of extra places.
Chepstow – 1:40 – Finale Juvenile Hurdle (G1) –
This looks on paper another strong renewal of Chepstow’s only Grade 1 contest. A repeat of his Doncaster run would see Porticello hold a big chance, at the prices compared to the favourite Forever Blessed I am going to side with Gary Moore’s charge. Porticello was narrowly beaten at Doncaster’s Grade 2 Summit Juvenile Hurdle by Knight Salute, while a promising Nicky Henderson inmate was behind in third, I think the form is rock solid. Perhaps crucially Porticello has won on very soft / heavy ground at Auteuil in the spring, we all know how deep it gets at Chepstow. I think he has a great chance today on all known form. I like Oroko at an each way price too.
Leopardstown – 1:45 – Future Champions Novice Hurdle (G1) –
Selection: Mighty Potter
A small but select field of six lines up for the second top level contest at Leopardstown today. I simply could not ignore Mighty Potter today after a very eye catching run last time out at Fairyhouse. That was in the Grade 1 Royal Bond Novices Hurdle and for a while rounding the home turn it looked as if Migthy Potter was going to finish well beaten after being outpaced in a sprint to the second last. However, from seemingly nowhere he picked up, winged the final hurdle and stayed on to be only beaten a length into third. A truer run race today would play to his strengths. I was lucky enough to see this fella win his Maiden Hurdle at Down Royal, he’ll make a fine chaser one day but against this opposition I fancy Mighty Potter to power home and take this. The ground is fine and he has a lot going for him.
2.55 Handicap Chase – Grade B – 5yo+ – 3m 50yds…
The Bosses Oscar – Oscar X Cuteasafox 6yo gelding.
3 chase runs in 2021, with all 3 runs in Beginner’s over 2m 6f & all 3 landing top 3 finishes. Steps up to 3m today. Finished 2nd at Listowel in September by 13 lengths, was 3rd at Galway in October by 7 lengths & was again a runner up last month, November 18th at Thurles, narrowly beaten by 1 & 1/2 lengths to West Cork Wildway, with Stratum in 3rd, who has won since – EACH WAY
3.40 Handicap Hurdle – 3yo+ – Class 3 – 2m…
Stream of Stars – Sea the Stars X Precious Gem 6yo gelding.
4 Hurdle starts, with 2 wins & 2 places. Has won his last 2 runs. Was 3rd to Harrbur Lake on second start by 4 & 3/4 lengths, who was very impressive that day & runs at Wetherby (12.25).
he won at Ludlow on November 22nd in a 1m 7f Class 4 Maiden hurdle by 5 & 1/2 lengths before winning again last time out at Plumpton, over 1m 7f in a Class 4 Novices’ Hurdle by a nose from Aucunirisque.
Slight rise in trip & up in class on handicap debut, with his opening mark of 125…
Thanks for a great 2021… See you in 2022…
Good Luck – The Arseonlineracing Team