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    Venture to Cognac
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    I always give this race a proper run down, but with the recent Flu scare, I wasn’t going to waster hours, only for it to be bloody cancelled lol

    https://www.racingpost.com/racecards/23/haydock/2019-02-16/720533

    https://www.oddschecker.com/horse-racing/ante-post-racing/national-hunt/grand-national-trial-handicap-chase/winner

    To be fair, most of these are fairly well known anyway, and we’ll all have our own opinions.

    I could make a case for half the field, but only one horse I wanted to see in there, and it was Vieux Lion Rouge. I bet him Antepost for The Peter Marsh, but he didn’t trap. It wasn’t my biggest bet of the season by any stretch, so I’m happy to forgive him, and certainly more than happy to go in again. This could be his season right here. On a fair mark, loves it round here, and I’ll always forgive horses who disappoint at Chepstow. Won this two years ago off of the same mark, and he just looks too big, even with very strong looking stablemates in there. He has to be worth a risk at the price. Won’t be going completely mad, after his no show in The Peter Marsh, but I have to have a play at the price. I’ll have a much bigger top up if he’s actually declared.

    It’s a straight copy and paste from The Peter Marsh, but the only other one I’ll mention for now is an old “friend”, Fine Rightly. He’s cost me a few quid here and there, mainly from Antepost “no shows”, so I can’t consider him right now, but his last run was more than encouraging, over hurdles at Ayr, and before that, he did well in a competitive handicap at Punchestown. Coming down the weights nicely, and very definitely considered at 33’s, a price which will not doubt pull me in over the next 24 hours, only for him not to run.

    Fine Rightly would be of serious interest then, but having “previous” with him, it would only be once his nose hit the tape, famous last words and all that.

    It’s a seriously strong looking field, and I can see almost a dozen who are probably more realistic than VLR, but times against me for this one.

    The Pipe horse is the one I’ve had in mind for this for some time, so I’m happy to have him as the early play again.

    I’ll definitely be giving this race a proper look on Friday Night.

    Vieux Lion Rouge 20’s

    #1397243
    peter .h
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    I’ll be glad to see how Yala Enki and Ultragold fare off their current marks with regards to their chances at Aintree. I’ll probably bet them both for sentimental purposes, but I’m also taken by Vieux Lion Rouge who looks to tick plenty of boxes.

    Plenty to like about several of these.

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    I am going to have a pound each way on complete outsider POBBLES BAY. He looks very well handicapped on some of his form and could well return to form having been lightly raced this season.

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    peter .h
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    It’ll be Vieux Lion Rouge and Wakanda for me. The latter hasn’t been harshly treated for his course win last time out and he looks an out and out stayer.

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    MarkTT
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    The Two Amigos for me – I think he’s still progressing and Well Refreshed bolted up in this a few years ago after a similar win at Plumpton.

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    Venture to Cognac
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    I’m still very keen on Vieux Lion Rouge here, and topped up at 20’s Win, and 14’s each way again today.

    Ballyoptic looks a threat, and he’s a backup at 14’s.

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    MarkTT
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    I think last season was a strain on Ballyoptic and he needs a drop in the weights.

    A few tough races in winter ground, topped off by a fast paced 4 miles in the Scottish National; he might need this season to recover and being thrown straight into the Beecher and the Welsh National might not have helped matters.

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    BISHOPS ROAD ew 33/1 for me. Very well in with yal a enki and wakanda , dropped 17lb from his peak ,good record Haydock. Believe this is his national target this year

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    The ground will be quicker than some will like. On that basis I’m going for Impulsive Star ew.

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    DBRDBR
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    I’ll stick with Vieux Lion Rouge here as a former winner. His back to a nice mark and he stayed on really well at Aintree earlier this season.

    Vieux Lion Rouge 14/1 EW.

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    raymo61
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    Bishops Road is too big at 33/1 and had to be backed and the other one I like is Red Infantry at 12/1 both five places !

    Good Luck guys cos i could back about five in this Robinsfirth is interesting and Impulsive Star too!!

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    Quelle Farce
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    I like new forumite iskanmayals’ heads-up for Pobbles Bay, who I consider a serious threat to my choice, Yala Enki, an old favourite you must always consider at Haydock.

    Robinsfirth is another who is still quite underrated. Disappointed he didn’t get a GN entry.

    VLR clearly of much interest too in the sort of race we all love, don’t we?

    #1397683

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    Has to be Yala Enki ew 5 places at 11/1. Looks an outstanding price.

    Yala Enki won this last season off 156 on very heavy ground by 54 lengths, only 3 horses finished.
    He is 8lb higher this year but Hugh nugent takes off 7lb. He has ridden 5 winners for venetia including a win at sandown yesterday on Archie and he is a decent claime. With his claim taken off he is only 1lb higher than last year.

    He has progressed again this season and is even better than last year.

    He isnt dependent on testing conditions either, his best ever chase win came from 150 at Bangor on gd/sft ground on his 1st run of this season.
    The run in the welsh national last time was outstanding, he gave THE BOSS 3lb and got within 5 1/4 lengths of him in the welsh national carrying 11-11. Do not underestimate just how strong that form is. Vieux Lion Rouge was a long way behind before pulling up, that horse seems very popular with some good judges on here but for me after 3 grand nationals and 3 cheltenham festivals this horses best days are behind him and I would be surprised if he was involved.

    Yala Enki loves it round haydock and his record is 1-4-1 on haydocks chase course.

    Yala Enki won in February in 2018 and 2015, he didnt run in Feb in 2016 and 2017 but clearly thrives at this time of year.

    Venetia has won with 2 of her 6 runners since the equine flu shutdown and appears to be on fire which is always a big plus with this lady。

    3 of the last 16 runners of this race carried top weight of 11-12 so Yala fans should hold no fears especially with Hugh’s 7lb claim.

    I think Yala Enki has a cracking chance of winning this race and 11/1 with 5 places is outstanding and too good to miss.

    Very confident of a big run today. :yes:

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    Wont let me edit but it’s of course 3 cheltenham festivals and 2 grand national’s not 3 for Vieux before I get corrected。

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    Nathan Hughes
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    I like new forumite iskanmayals’ heads-up for Pobbles Bay

    He was posting in 2011 so not brand spanking new

    I like both Yala Enki and Ramses De Teillee at the prices
    good luck guys

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