Purple King to reign in the 2.40

Today’s Fortune for a Fiver

50p ew Trixie & 50p ew treble

Purple King 2.40 @ 7/1

Bass Rock 1.00 @ 20/1

Bodhisattva 1.50 @ 22/1

Selected Navan – soft ground on this undulating, galloping and stiff track .

12.20 These big field Irish novice hurdles are usually uncompetitive affairs with only a couple with a serious chance , and that’s the case here . The fav is newcomer the ex=French Tekao , who created a very favourable impression winning his only flat start , and the placed horses have paid a handsome tribute to the form and is already prominent in the betting for The Triumph Hurdle but that was 7 months ago and of course goes hurdling for the first time around a testing circuit , so cramped odds unattractive .New Year Honours was a decent flat horse in Britain who did well when 2nd in the Down Royal mud on hurdles debut and worth a dabble .

1/4pt win New Year Honours @ 3/1

12.50 A similar contest but this is slightly more competitive with 4 solid contenders but as the unbeaten Grangeclare West returns from another lengthy break , never a good sign , preference is for recent impressive bumper winner Firm Footing , proven in the mud , will appreciate this trip and runs in famous colours .

1/4pt win Firm Footing @ 10/3

1.50 Hats off to the 4 timer seeking Jungle Prose who has taken off since joining Gordon Elliott and tackling a distance of ground. His first win came off a lowly mark of just 85 and last time beat a big field by a long old way off 109 and today runs off a lofty 125. It would be some performance if he could win again , and this is far more about quantity than quality . Worth a try on another Gordon Elliott runner in the field In the lightly raced Bodhisattva, a fine 3rd of 20 in the Punchestown mud before landing his novice well . He flopped in his final effort , but the ground could have been quick enough , as could have been the C&D . Worth a dabble at long odds with ground , trip and mark all fine .

1/4pt  ew Bodhisattva @ 22/1

2.20 PREMIUM RACE

Navan placepot

18

12

1,4

12,19

9,13

6,13

16 bets

Selected Carlisle – soft ground on undulating, galloping and stiff track .

12.30 The late playing Wor Verge is 2 from 2 over C&D this season , both times on soft ground and despite a 6 pound hit , he is ridden In this race for conditionals by an 8 pound claimer who’s ridden him to victory before .

3/4pt win Wor Verge @ 6/4

1.00On hurdles ratings , the classy Soaring Glory is the one to beat , but it’s always prudent just to watch short priced ones first time over the larger obstacles and besides that , this C&D and ground are not his optimums . It’s hard ruling anything out of this and worth a try on the longshot in Bass Rock, who won first time out last season , is a course winner and relishes the mud . Drops in trip and can front run , so  interesting at long odds .

2.00 The Irish raider Riviere D’Etel is the one to beat at the ratings , but hasn’t totally fired of late and this C&D on soft ground could well test her stamina . Zambella and Annie Mc are two very useful mares who are closely matched on form making the tip worth a dabble despite being very lightly raced of late .

1/4pt win Annie MC @ 11/2

3.00 PREMIUM RACE

Carlisle placepot

4

1,4

5

1,2,3

2,8

3,4

24 bets

Selected Leicester – hurdles course very soft , chase course good to firm . The track is  stiff and galloping

1.10 PREMIUM RACE

1.40 Looks a match but the front running Ben Buie is proven at the track , trip and ground and is preferred to the lightly raced Unit Sixtyfour , penalised for a solid 2nd last time .

3/4pt win Ben Buie @ 9/4

2.40 The hat-trick seeking Good Impression would do very well to go in again with an 8 pound penalty , up in grade and on softer ground . Purple King won very well in the Sandown mud last year off a slightly lower mark and ran well for a long way on his recent comeback spin and with the ground and probably C&D in his favour , certainly worth a try in a winnable heat.

1/2pt win Purple King @ 7/1

3.10 Looks a match but clear preference for the ultra reliable Gortroe Joe over the once useful and well handicapped Le Patriote , a probable bouncer second race back after a break .

1/2pt win Gortroe Joe @ 5/4

Leicester placepot

2

1,5

3

1,2,4

3

1,2,4

18 bets

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