FRIDAY was a sore one for Johnb with his NB leading by two lengths on the run-in before a tack fault unseated the jockey.
The Nap then turned in a disappointing run so it was 3pts lost on the day and November is now a 9.21pt profit.
Johnb’s Saturday Tips
Special Tiara 4-1 NAP boylesports
Fort Smith 25-1 NB ladbrokes
Also 3 x 0.5 point doubles & 1 x 0.25 point eachway treble with ladbrokes odds 5-1 3-1 25-1
Special Tiara (NAP)
Johnb says: “I have already advised this horse eachway at 16-1 in the antepost market, there are only 7 runners now but because he was advised antepost we still get 3 places.
“Ran disappointing last time out but he always comes on a lot for a run, last season he ran poor after a break then won the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton. After that he ran 3rd in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham that could have been even better but he was coming back from another break.
“He then went to Sandown and won the AP McCoy Celebration Chase beating three of Saturday’s rivals Mr Mole, Somersby & Vibrato Valtat who is favourite on Saturday but Special Tiara beat him by 15 lengths. He will come on for his last run and I think Special Tiara should be favourite.”
Johnb says: Here we have a horse that has recently moved to the Dan Skelton yard, he has been running at the top level chasing but again reverts back to hurdling where his form isn’t as good but it’s still strong form, especially when you see he is on a shockingly low handicap mark of 139.
“His chasing handicap mark is 154 so that shows you just how well in he is here. I have noticed Pricewise has tipped in the same race and I must admit it’s a head scratcher why he has gone for Vicenzo Mio who was one of the first horses I had ruled out.
“He came back from a bad leg injury to run a really poor race last time but to be honest his form before the injury was pretty average. Paul Nicholls said before his last run he would be suited by the step up to 2 mile 4 furlongs but this time he says the step down to 2 miles will suit so even Nicholls is struggling with this one. There has been money for the Nicholls horse but that’s down to Pricewise so it’s a false gamble.
“The horse I would think that might be able to give Savello a race would be Ebony Express who is priced too high at 10-1.”