Four winners on the blog last Saturday built up the bank nicely pre-Cheltenham and hurt Paddy where it hurts him most – in his pocket. You hear me Paddy? So let’s try and repeat the dose this weekend, and I’ll be checking out the action at Kempton, Newcastle and Lingfield.
Let’s start at Kempton with the 2pm, which is the Grade 2 Adonis Juveniel Hurdle, arguably named after me!
I am all over GIBRALFARO at, who has to give 3lb and more to his rivals but who looks a class act and did this column a good turn scoring last time at Ascot. Alan King’s horses continue in good form and he should prove hard to beat against some useful rivals.
Also at Kempton is the Grade 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase at 2.35pm, and the one to lump on here is MON SUCCESSEUR at, who also won for this column at Ascot two runs ago. This is a poor renewal of the Pendil, and Paul Nicholls’s hope should prove good enough. The stable is also bang in form after a quiet spell.
Later at Kempton is the Grade 2 Dovecote at 3.05pm, and this novices’ hurdle can go to another King runner in WINTER ESCAPEat , who carries the colours of JP McManus. The selection has won twice at Doncaster so far, and while this is the first proper test he looks well above average.
Finally at Kempton the big betting race is the handicap chase over 3m at 3.35pm. Slick jumping will be key, and King’s ZIGA BOYathas a great chance to follow up his success in a valuable heat at Doncaster last time.
Ziga Boy stays strong and is in good form, which is more than a lot of these, added to that he can improve. He’s up 8lb, but is a promising stayer.
At Newcastle it’s the marathon Eider Chase at 2.50pm, and the Warren Greatrex trained BALLYCULLA atwill love this test. He goes in deep ground and will probably stay this trip well – it might acutally improve him so have a few quid eachway.
The big Flat race is the Group 3 Winter Derby at 3.20pm at Lingfield, and I am all over FESTIVE FARE at, who should have beaten Grendisar last time. Andrea Atzeni takes over on the Godolphin hotpot. and from a good draw in stall 3 I think he will take all the beating.
So best of luck, and let’s make Paddy miserable with some more Yeeehaaas!