Last week I was VERY HAPPY for Me and You along with Jim Crowley. The latter gets pride of place for winning the jockeys championship. Nicest guy in racing and could you believe it he used to be a jump jockey which puts his achievements into a starker and more incredible perspective.
And for you and me, with our NH 10 to Follow with three winners in the first two days of its inception. Roll on deep ground, short days and the brilliance that is national hunt racing.
Whatever anyone says, the beauty of analysing form for national hunt racing is even more enriching when you are able to get the winner of a small ‘un as opposed to the Grade One events and Championship races.
Finding some pattern or second guessing a trainer’s thoughts in the way he campaigns his or her horses is hugely gratifying. The cherry on the bakewell tart though is spotting a flaw in the handicap and having the balls to go where no other tipster would contemplate. So with all the razzmatazz about Champions Day at Ascot, let’s get down to basics and have a look at the ‘real racing’ this weekend.
Our multiple money maker takes us back over the sticks at Stratford 4.55pm on Saturday where BEAU DU BRIZAIS will surely be hard to beat in the maiden hurdle. He’ll need to settle better than he did at Hereford at the beginning of the month – but he can win this.
Ed Walker is one of my favourite trainers and I reckon he has laid out MERCIFILLY on Saturday night in the Wolverhampton 8.45pm.
GWAFA in the Listed Hurdle at Kempton on Sunday at 4.10. I mean just look at this field! Surely he is not good enough to beat Champion Hurdle runner-up My Tent Or Yours, Triumph Hurdle winner Hargam, Listed winners Rayvin Black and Court Minstrel and the upwardly mobile Mister Miyagi?
Oh yes he is…..I know that Paul Webber thinks a lot of this five-year-old and this winner of three of his six timber starts still has more left in his locker. Sure, he needs to improve again to win this star prize, but Webber thought him good enough to contest a Listed race on the flat in Spain last time out, but the 12f was a shade too sharp.
Believe you me, this youngster has a big engine and the likely outsider of the sextet should not be ignored.
I am a huge fan of Kevin McDonagh and I reckon that Turloughmore handler has got one laid out for the big field handicap hurdle at Cork (4.35pm) on Sunday.
VOLUPTUEUX has steadily been falling down the weights, but showed that his turn was close at hand when a never nearer seventh of 14 at Fairyhouse last time out. A double figure each-way fill is my port of call with this son of Enrique.
So there you have I’m simply not interested in the Champs at Ascot, I would rather row in with the grass roots of racing elsewhere…..yep I truly am a man of the people.