THERE was no joy for JohnB on Wednesday as January continued to prove a tough nut to crack.
It’s now a 17.87 point loss and we move on to Thursday’s tips which include a double.
Muarrab 7-4 NAP Paddy Power
Machette Mark 9-1 William Hill
Muarrab & Champagne Fever 5.19-1 Bet365
“A class act who has won his last four. Two runs ago Muarrab beat last year’s winner United Color by a neck.
“Muarrab then had a year off and came back and beat United Color by 10 lengths so did United Color run worse or did Muarrab run better? It was a bit of both but it was mostly Muarrab improving.
“Connections are getting Muarrab ready for a crack at the $2million Dubai Golden Shaheen. This is a step up in grade which Muarrab can take in his stride just like he will in the Golden Shaheen.
“I expect Paul Hannigan to play a waiting game over this 6f and he will strike late and fast.”
Champagne Fever (NB)
“There is one thing people need to remember about Champagne Fever – he has only had six runs over fences.
“Champagne Fever is a horse that is improving and on Thursday Willie Mullins runs him at his favoured distance again. He is two from two over 2m 4f when chasing. Last time out Mullins sent him to the King George where he ran in my opinion a cracking race at a distance that doesn’t suit him.
“He has done nothing wrong since going over fences and the most telling point today could be the 2lb that Champagne Fever receives from favourite Don Cossack.
“The only doubt I would have is will Don Cossack and Champagne Fever cut their own throats by taking each other on up front too early as both like to front run but I think Ruby is too smart to let that happen.”
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