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    Time for my first bet of the season. I’ll hope Some Neck at 15/1 jumps a bit better then last time. He brings some decent form and I think he can run a big race.

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    I’ve been having a look at him too. He collects lumps of birch wherever he goes and I don’t think will ever be a good jumper. Oddly the best jump he did at Galway was the second half of the double after Yorkhill had broadsided him two strides away.

    Bonus is that David Mullins is on top- I think the horse needs strongly ridden and his best performances have been with this jockey scooping him up and keeping body and soul together and some forward momentum after each fence.

    He has clearly got an engine and stays; if he can jump over not through tomorrow must have a decent chance of getting in the money.

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    Not my time of year for betting jumpers but couldn’t resist backing a few in this.
    A TOI PHIL 50/1
    ICANTSAY 25/1
    BARRA 33/1

    Good Luck and as I say not normally my time of year for the leppers :good:

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    Nice to see a real jumps race this early in the season, and I’d have to give Some Neck
    a very decent shout in this. If you fancy Yorkhill, a 10/1 shot here, than
    what chance must you give to Some Neck, at 16/1 who was 3 lengths behind
    Yorkhill at Galway last time out, giving him 7 lbs. Some Neck gets 10lbs rom
    Yorkhill here, that’s a turnaround of some 17lbs for a running on 3 lengths.
    I think 16/1 5 places is a bit of a steal here.

    I also think that if Swingbridge can manage to find any of the form that saw him
    absolutely hack up in the Killarney National back in May, then he would have some
    kind of chance here at a very generous 50/1 5 places. Certainly you would
    have to overlook some less than average runs since then, and he is 8lbs higher,
    but he looked like he could have won pulling a cart at Killarney. He’s risky, but
    at those odds I’m prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt.

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    Barra for me is interesting here too. She is however tricky to catch right over fences, Galway was unlikely to suit her at all. Too much hustle and bustle and her race style over fences left her badly positioned throughout. I do think she’s well handicapped still if she can put it together. Add to that the jockey claims a handy 7. He’s 4 from 33 with 5 placed with chasers as well.

    It will all need to fall right for her, but she has the ability.

    Ravenhill would be my biggest fancy and the going reports suggest it should be ok for him groundwise as long as it doesnt rain too much today. First race on NH track too so freshest ground!

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    My second one is Poker Party at 16s ew 5 places.
    Had a nice loose schooling session round Ballybrit happily causing mayhem. Not too sure about the trip but ground should be OK.

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    None of the reserves make it then. Disappointed not to see Black Scorpion, but he should get his chance for compensation at the weekend.

    I’ll stick with the initial pair now.

    David Noonan replaces the injured Tom Scudamore on Dell Arca.

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    POKER PARTY ew at 16/1

    Will like the ground and open to plenty of improvement as a 2nd season chaser and also open to plenty of improvement at this 3m trip.

    Should have half a chance here.

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    I’ve deserted Yorkhill in the end and went with Ravenhill 9-1, and Shantou Village 14-1, and both are each way with 5 Places.

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    Well done Grass and Potato.

    Hard luck Jeff and Lemons with Shantou as well. Small consolation for you Lemons with Ravenhill.

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    Well done winners. Didn’t have a bet in the end as I was mad keen on Black Scorpion who didn’t get in.

    A few years ago Reserves kept winning this race. Now it seems to be a race for the female jockey with 4 of the last 6 renewals going to them.

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    Cracking ride from Blackmore. Had Poker Party in the perfect position all the way round, got him in a good jumping rhythm and didn’t panic when the leaders went for home early on the final circuit. Hopefully another great season for her to back up last year.

    Great run from Shantou Village. The way the winner stuck his neck out after the last means you can’t say he was unlucky. But would have been close.

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    Thanks folks…yes it was a good ride. I thought she was too far back but according to previous quotes from HdB the key to the horse is to sit still and let him jump instead of flapping and shoving. It must take some nerve to sit quietly for so long instead of “doing something” for the sake of it.

    I was fairly hopping in the last hundred yards as I’d deserted Ravenhill for the first time this year. If they hadn’t had a bit of rain last night he might have won- a good performance on softer than ideal ground.

    Barra looks like she thinks NH racing is a stupid pursuit now. Didn’t see her fall but hope she is OK and gets a good break now to cheer her up.

    Yorkhill initially looked great and jumped fairly straight but then reverted to type…as soon as he gets tired or pissed off or scares himself with one bad jump then he jumps more and more awkwardly left and loses his rhythm completely. Think he may be best beating up small, sub G1 fields.

    Some Neck initially jumped quite well and I wished I’d backed him, then it went to pot a bit. V unlucky Shantou Village backers, he looked like fighting out the finish.

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    Well done Grass and Potato, that was some ride by Rachael Blackmore :good:

    I agree with you on Some Neck Green, he looked to be going really well, then
    some slow jumps were followed by plenty iffy jumps. Until they sort his
    jumping out I won’t be going back in again.

    Backers of Shantou Village and Ravenhill may count themselves a touch unlucky,
    but overall I think the winner deserved his win. It was nice to see the jumps
    back in action again :good:

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    Well done Potato and Greenasgrass, a nice winner at a nice price.

    I thought that I had cracked it coming to the last, but it’s just one of those things. It was agonising with Ravenhill, but if I am being honest, I don’t think that Shantou Village would have beaten the winner.

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