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Quite like Calipto at a good price and Chidswell looks an interesting runner, having won the Grimthorp here last March. They’d be my two in what looks a very open renewal.
The World’s End ew 20/1 (Hills)
Summerville Boy ew 25/1 (Betfair)
Probably a no bet race as it’s a minefield, but Dounikos looks big enough having dropped a few pounds.
Magic Of Light was very game today and clearly very genuine. Took what was left of the 25’s and she is my third bet in the race.
My head has been barely screwed on these days, so apologies for the late entries, if they’re still applicable.
Darasso 40/1 ew (Unibet)
Monalee 25/1 ew (Bet365)
Defi Du Seuil 7/2 win (various)
Thanks again for running this. You do a great job, even if Racing Post are trying to make hard work of it!
Prime Venture looks a likely sort for this, provided Chepstow didn’t take too much out of him. Was a little disappointed to see his price as he’s still a maiden over fences, but he wasn’t beaten far last time out and unlike Definitly Red connections will be needing a win here if they want to go to Aintree in April.
As it stands my shortlist is Walk In The Mill, Kimberlite Candy and Magic Of Light. Would like at least one more run for Walk In The Mill and Magic Of Light.
Anibale Fly would be of interest if they got another run into him and he showed at least a bit of spark. Can’t be having him after his two runs so far.
Molly The Dolly is one I’d be really keen on, but her lack of experience would worry me at this stage.
I’ve committed to Kimberlite Candy at 25’s
Kimberlite Candy firmly put himself in the reckoning for this after today. Will probably go up 10/12lbs, but that’s probably a blessing if connections want to guarantee a run. I wasn’t convinced how genuine he is until today, but he showed plenty of guts and I’d be more than sure he’ll see out 4 miles 2. Very tempted to take the price as it stands.
Easily one of my favourite races of the whole season, perhaps already a top 3/5. It helps that it’s been very kind to me with Soll, Pete The Feat and Houblon Des Obeaux all giving me days to remember since its inception.
It’s not actually a race I look into with an eye for form or conditions, but rather a blind loyalty race. I’ve only bet personal favourites and suffice to say loyalty does pay off!
This year my votes go to Vieux Lion Rouge and Theatre Guide. The former has dropped a couple pounds for his Becher effort having proven that he can still perform over regulation fences at Chepstow in October while the former is back down to the mark that saw him run his two best races of last season, which included finishing second in this very race.
Last year’s race brought me to my knees and while this perhaps the weakest renewal of this race to date; it’s still a highlight and the best incentive the BHA has implemented in a very long while.
Well that was horrible. You wonder how many more times you can stand to see it. Utter sickener.
He’s some horse. Love seeing how much it means to James Best. These aren’t just “prep” races for bigger targets later in the season. They’re big races in their own right and deserve to be treated as such.
Purely sentimental selections for me in Houblon Des Obeaux and Royal Vacation. Always enjoy this race even with my terrible record!
Excellent race and definitely one to enjoy. Defi Du Seuil being in my ten to follow is enough investment for me.
I suspect this is going to cut up considerably. Ultragold will always carry my money, especially when tackling this course and distance. He’s a star and will give his usual good showing.
Paul Nichols has too good a record in this to ignore, so Touch Kick has to go on the shortlist.
Federici has become a bit of a old favourite in these Becher meetings. He’s a big price for a reason, but he’s shown he likes the challenge and looks a fair each way play.
It’s an open renewal that’s for sure. Ballyoptic looks a typical NTD runner in this and would have to be taken seriously, but I have never been convinced by his jumping. I’m going to bypass him this time.
Like many others I’m struggling to separate Vieux Lion Rouge and Walk In The Mill. Neither look overly penalised for their better efforts and both have shown an aptitude for the fences. If forced to choose I’d probably opt for the latter as he looks more consistent.
Definitly Red looks an interesting runner. Has been dropped a few pounds for some slightly below par runs lately, but I’m convinced he’s still a class act who doesn’t look too harshly treated.
One at a slightly bigger price I’m having a look at is Mysteree. Stamina to burn who won over shorter than ideal last time out with One For Arthur behind him. He’d likely be my each way angle.
I don’t want to back all four, so one will need dropping by Saturday.