Had a day off official tips yesterday after Fayonagh did the business for us on Wednesday. Had a few small bets myself where I pissed away a bit of money on outsiders before getting it back with a fair bet on Great Field. You could do worse than back him at 14/1 for next year’s Champion Chase. Anyway, a couple at Punchestown and Sandown.
1.50 – bet365 Esher Cup Handicap – 1m 14y
Hardly original, but I like the fav Atty Persse. As I’m sure you’ll know by now, I do love a Frankel kid and this one really could be anything. He has been bought by Godolphin since his debut success, and the form of that is very strong too. I’d be disappointed if he doesn’t win this. His trainer, Roger Charlton, has started the season in good form too.
Selection: Atty Persse 3/1 (SkyBet)
2.55 – bet365 Classic Trial (Group 3) – 1m 2f 7y
Another winner for Frankel inbound here. Now he does have 3 of the 5 runners, which are also the top 3 in the betting, but it’s Monarchs Glen that wins this. His comeback run at Kempton when he blew away a decent enough field in a handicap off a mark of 87 was breathtaking. He’s similar to Atty Persse in the fact he really could be anything, and it’d be a shock if he’s beaten here. Frankuus and Cunco are no mugs, but they really shouldn’t be getting near Monarchs Glen, especially with John Gosden on fire.
Selection: Monarchs Glen EVS (Betfred) (DOUBLE STAKE)
5.30 – BETDAQ Punchestown Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) – 2m
It’s very disappointing that we don’t get to see Annie Power lift the roof off with a win in this. It’s such a shame that we’ll probably never see her again. But we’ve still got a decent enough race with Petit Mouchoir as the 10/3 fav. I can’t have him personally. He always runs his race but I just don’t think he’s capable of winning a strong Grade 1 like this. Yes, he’s already won 2 Grade 1s this season, but Nichols Canyon was well below par on both occasions and he only beat a total of 7 rivals in those 2 wins. Ruby has chosen Vroum Vroum Mag, but she’s not been at her best on either of her last 2 starts, which she will need to be to win this. She probably needs a career best. My Tent Or Yours won’t be too far away, but he’ll probably just stay on into 2nd or 3rd. Brain Power was found out in the Champion Hurdle. Instead, I think Ruby has chosen wrong as I like Arctic Fire, who after 15 months off won the County Hurdle off top weight. You’ve got to be a serious horse to do that. He wasn’t even expected to go to Cheltenham a week before the race, so you’ve got to think he should improve for that run too. Let’s not forget he was seriously mixing it with Faugheen and Hurricane Fly a couple of years ago and may not even need to be back to his best to win this.
Selection: Arctic Fire 5/1 (Betfair)
6.05 – Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) – 2m 4f
In all honesty this didn’t take me long. Finian’s Oscar wins this. He looks an absolute star and would’ve won the Neptune had he not been injured in my opinion. Instead, he made easy work of the Grade 1 at Aintree. Everything that Tizzard, Power and the Potts team up with at the moment seems to be winning, and this is another to add to their list. I’m also a huge fan of Death Duty. I was on him at 33/1 for the Albert Bartlett, so it was a bit of an anticlimax for him to run like he did. But Elliott adores him and whilst the drop back in trip should help him, I don’t think he wants the ground this quick. He will go right to the top over fences though. Let’s Dance I think is the main danger to Finian’s Oscar. She won that Mares’ Novice at Cheltenham so easily but she was disappointing when beaten by Augusta Kate only a couple of weeks ago. If Mullins wasn’t going all out to defend his trainer’s title, I don’t think we’d be seeing her here today after a hard race just 2 weeks ago. Bacardys is a Grade 1 winner, but it was a poor Deloitte and I’d be very surprised if any of the others are involved at the finish.
Selection: Finian’s Oscar 15/8 (Betfair)