Newbury….Denman Chase….Game Spirit Chase….Altior!

Above….Denman, winner of one of the great Gold Cups of recent times….try watching it!


Newbury hosts two Grade 2 chases today, featuring the long awaited return of Native River and Saphir Du Rheu, both who ran extremely well in the Gold Cup last year, in the great Denman’s race, and two mile top chaser Altior in the Game Spirit, back after a wind op and, hopefully, almost ready to take on Min again at Cheltenham….potentially a superstar?

It’s a big test for all three after such a long lay off. Both races should be regarded as prep races here, though valuable in their own right. ALTIOR should have enough in reserve to see off the progressive in-form Politologue, but the Denman Chase may go to CLOUDY DREAM, race fit and running very well of late.

A huge prize is available to the winner of the Betfair Hurdle, a problematic Grade 3 handicap for punters. Take your pick! NIETZSCHE looks a good each bet at huge odds but my money goes on KALASHNIKOV who steps into handicap company with a touch of potential class.

Good luck!


Welsh Grand National….and Veterans Chase


Two terrific races for punters today….the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, perhaps a stayers’ mudfest today, and the Veterans Chase at Sandown, full of old favourites to pick. Such a fun idea, giving us all the chance to see horses we’ve followed for years battle it out against each other. Always brings a smile!

So, why the photo of a Mark 3 Triumph Spitfire? Back in the eighties I camped on Chepstow racecourse with my girlfriend and Spitfire. She had a dodgy clutch (the Spitfire that is) and I had to be relayed 200 miles home to North Yorkshire by the AA. Ah, what a car!

Anyway, a couple of tips….

Chepstow….Welsh Grand National….BISHOPS ROAD….able sort for Kerry Lee who should go well in the conditions

Sandown….DOUBLE ROSS….has ability, needs to recapture his best; expect THEATRICAL STAR to go well again….each way bets

Good luck….these races need it!

As for the Tolworth Hurdle? WESTERN RYDER but too short surely, SUMMERVILLE BOY has a decent chance at good odds.
And the Future Champions Hurdle? WE HAVE A DREAM but also too short.