3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
Blue Shark 12.12 @ 3/1
Villalobos 4.30 @ 13/8
Araifjan 7.30 @ 10/3
Selected Newcastle – good to soft on this stiff and galloping track
12.12 Certainly more quantity than quality in this big field handicap and there’s a very solid fav in the youngster Blue Shark , a winner first time at this trip in the Ffos Lass mud , beating a pair of vdery reliable yardsticks , both of whom have run well since . The 4 pound hit could have been worse for this prominent racer and a further positive is that in this race for conditionals, winning jockey Jamie Brace , keeps the ride .
1/2pt win Blue Shark @ 3/1
1.17 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Taunton – good ground on this flat and sharp track
12.28 A couple of Irish raiders make the long journey for a modest prize for a selling hurdle . Wajaaha was a facile winner at Plumpton last time and has since been Jekyll and Hyde at Dundalk, a very easy win followed by a disappointing 12th of 14 , when not looking in love with what he was doing . Prior to his recent racestt, he hadn’t seen a great deal of the racecourse and at odds on doesn’t look like a smart bet to me . The other Irish raider is top trainer Gordon Elliott’s Poseidon , who just a year ago was winning handicap hurdles off a lofty mark of 130 , but since then hasn’t lifted a leg , but of course this is much easier . Nice race to watch .
1.00Far more quantity than quality in this and the pair who have been showing up best are Vazir and Baliyad , but neither are knocking that hard on the door .
1.35 Take your pick of the even money joint favs in recent facile C&D winner Rubaid , who carries a penalty and the useful 102 rated flat horse Brentford Hope, , who ran an Ok on his hurdles debut but as he was a right mudlark on the flat , unlikely to see the best of him today .
2.08 Midnight Midge was a fortuitous winner over C&D last time out as she was playing 2nd fiddle , clearly , but the leader took an unlucky fall at the last , and has gone on to win since, but scrambled home in a modest looking Southwell handicap . She has no penalty , and always runs well here , but this looks quite deep. The prolific Huelgoat could now be on too stiff a mark and also this trip is short of his best. Zakony Rebel was a close 3rd off this mark last time and gets the nod over the consistent Voice Of Calm who goes handicapping on a fair mark .
1/4pt win Zakony Rebel @ 7/2
2.38 Youngster Ilanz has no penalty for a clear win at Market Rasen , but that was a strange race for conditionals , as a couple shot off , far too quick , and he could have been in the right place at the right time . The longer trip could suit , but faster ground not ideal . Hyland is an ultra consistent youngster , who ended the season with a fine win at Uttoxeter on this kind of ground and at this trip. Came to hand early last season and is preferred despite the 4 pound penalty .
1/4pt win Hyland @ 5/2
3.40 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Chelmsford City – all weather – polytrack
4.30 This should be a penalty kick for the lightly raced Villalobos, who after a win at Lingfield , returned there two starts later , to be narrowly beaten at this trip and mark . This prominent racer is far better drawn today and in a race for amateurs , the jockey aboard is accomplished .
3/4pt win Villalobos @ 13/8
5.00 A more competitive Division II to the Amateur jockeys handicap , but the drop in trip won’t help the in form trio of Bascinet , Hill Station or Master Grey while Persian Wolf , who I was with confidently last time , had the race won until the young jockey went for home far too far out and paddled late on , is another who’d be happier over a few more furlongs. George Risdale came into his latest race in poor form ,but had dropped to a very low mark for his ability and was well backed , but whatever could have gone wrong happened and was a close 2nd . On the same mark and under a very experienced rider , can overcome the wide draw and gain compensation .
1/2pt win George Risdale @ 13/8
6.00 Plenty of money around for the newcomer Popular Dream , for a stable who can ready them first time , but has a middle distance pedigree , so if successful tonight , is one to keep a close eye on . The form horse is recent Lingfield close 3rd Beelzebub , doing well from a bad draw and I always prefer experience .
1/4pt win Beelzebub @ 11/4
7.30 The lightly raced youngster Hit Mac runs in famous colours for a good stable and comes here on the back of a close 2nd at Lingfield, but that wasn’t the world’s greatest race and this longer trip hasn’t helped in the past . Araifjan was shaping like a winner about to happen and did it well over C&D last time , his 3rd win over C&D , when making all from a poor draw , and in the end was a cosy winner . The stiff 5 pound hit will test , as he was merely competitive of his previous mark , but this isn’t a deep heat and has the best of the draw to attempt another all the way win . Alafdhal was a well backed easy winner over C&D last time , and the 5 pound hit could be manageable , but probably not from a bad draw for a prominent racer .
1/2pt win Araifjan @ 10/3
8.00 Not a deep heat at all and C&d regular Healing Power has a rare pop in Class 6 and this front runner could take some catching .
1/4pt win Healing Power @ 11/2
Chelmsford City placepot