Our selection for today was a non runner so we didnt manage to add any points to the bank. We looked at a couple of races and have come up with a two against the field in the Class 2 at Haydock for tomorrow.
Looking ahead to Saturday we have the Challow Novices Hurdle (Grade 1) and a Class 2 Chase at Newbury to get our teeth into. Then on New Years day there is a cracking card at Cheltenham with every race being Class 2 and above.
It will seem a bit strange watching the racing on ITV again after so many years on Channel 4 - anyone remember the ITV Seven with Dickie Davies?
The team at Cleeve
2.40 Haydock The Last Fling Handicap Chase (CLASS 2) (4yo+ 0-145)
Top 4 Rated:
1) Aubusson – 120
2) Knockanrawley – 115
3) Rigadin de Beauchene -109
4) Courtown Oscar – 108
I almost did not put out a selection for this race as I could not separate the top two rated; however I decided in the end to put both up as I think they are both double the price that they should be.
The market leaders Viva Steve and Lessons in Milan have not shown anything to indicate that they could win this race and I actually think both Rigadin de Beauchene and Courtown Oscar have stronger claims.
Rigadin de Beauchene won this last year beating Harry the Viking into second place and if Venetia William’s stable was in better form Rigadin could well have been the selection as he goes well at Haydock in the mud.
Courtown Oscar was a selection of ours last time out and was disappointingly pulled up – not that you could see that in the dense fog at Haydock. I have not seen a reason for his pulling up so will leave alone until I see he is back on form.
Doctor Harper is prominent in the betting but is one of those horses which has promised a lot but never really delivered.
Aubusson was a Graded level hurdler which has been highly tried over fences with a single success in a Class 4 chase; however dropping to this level with a few spins under his belt could prove to be the key for another win. He was last seen finishing down the field in the Hennessy on only his third chase, which is probably the best form in the field.
Knockanrawley runs infrequently and I presume that is due to injury issues; however he has won first time out on two occasions. He was last seen in a Grade 3 chase at Cheltenham in November 2015 finishing 1 ½ lengths third behind Sausalito Sunrise and Upswing, which was impressive. He would have been the sole selection but the stable is not firing at present.