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Ruling Dynasty got us a winner on Friday under William Buick who has been on fire along with Charlie Appleby during the winter at Meydan. Auto Bahn bumped into a smart one, as the front two pulled miles clear. He did go off at 11/10 with a R4 in there, that price was plenty short enough, but 11/4 last night made it worth a bet.

Newbury 1:30 – On The Blind Side 28/1 (0.5pt EW, Bet365)

Yes, I am going for the outsider of the field for this competitive-looking 0-140 handicap on heavy ground. Am I losing my mind by siding with On The Blind Side? Possibly.

It isn't too much of a concern that Nico has gone for the lightly raced unexposed hurdler from the Henderson stable and we have James Bowen on board as more often than not you'd think the stable jockey would go with the progressive horse than the horse falling down the handicap, but like I said, I don't read into that too much. On The Blind Side has fallen to a mark of 137 which is the joint lowest career rating he has ever had, and the last time he fell to this rating he went and won at odds of 50/1 over today's C&D on testing ground, so does lightning strike twice? I'm more than happy to have a few quid on him at odds in the 20s to find out.

He has only raced twice over hurdles at Newbury which has seen him win (last year) and he was 2nd on his only other start which was back in 2021 in the Long Distance Hurdle Grade 2 which had the likes of Paisley ParkThomas Darby and ex-stayers hurdle winner, Lisnagar Oscar, which clearly shows he has a liking to this track and it's a bit odd that he's not been raced here more often.


He has been a mixture of good and bad this year, with his first start looking like a nice pipe opener for the season before running a shocker at Plumpton.

Newbury 3:15 – Brentford Hope 12/1 (1pt EW, WilliamHill 7pl) & Norman Fletcher 25/1 (0.5pt EW, WilliamHill 7pl)

With the ground already being described as heavy, and soft in places, it's going to take some getting home in the Betfair Hurdle so going for horses who are proven on the ground is almost a must. Brentford Hope is my main play in the race, but I'm also having a saver on Norman Fletcher.

Brentford Hope burst onto the scene a fair few years ago when he was just a 2yo, trained by Richard Hughes at the time. He soon got a reputation for a horse who had a high cruising speed, but especially on soft ground. He hosed up on soft ground on his debut and I'd recommend rewinding the clock back to October 2020 when he sluiced up at Haydock on heavy ground, like a hot knife through butter under a smooth Jamie Spencer who didn't move a muscle. He loves this type of ground, but since moving to hurdles he hasn't experienced anywhere near this soft ground, but has still been running with great ability, hence why he is rated 134. I just think now he's got his ideal ground he might have 7-10lbs in hand, especially given his flat ability and speed, and this will have been the season-long plan for him with Harry Derham sending to this track on two occasions this season.

My bit of a wildcard for the race is Norman Fletcher and on all known form he has a fair bit to prove to get involved, but we know he handles the heavy ground. Nigel Twiston Davies has won this race three times in the last 10 renewals so it's a race he loves to target, and in the years he didn't win he had a few in the places, so even if this lad runs into the places, I'll be happy as Larry as he is big odds.

Naas 3:40 – Maskada 13/8 (2pt, Bet365)

It's clear and obvious we haven't seen the best of last year's Cheltenham Festival Grand Annual winner, but with heavy ground in description and a return to a left-handed track, I think Maskada is the one to beat.

Riviere D'etel is a nice mare, but she has really struggled on left-handed tracks in recent years, as she likes to jump quite violently out to the right, which is amplified around a left-handed track. Allegorie De Vassy was smoked by the Elliott horse when they met over 2m 5f last time out, so even though this drop in trip might suit, she still has to prove she is capable.

Given that Maskada is the joint highest-rated mare in the race, but she is receiving weight from her ‘main' rivals, 8lbs from ADV and 6lbs from Riviere D'etel, she should be winning a race of this nature on ground which is perfect and the trip which is also what she wants. If she produces a run that she did at Cheltenham last year when she battered Dinoblue by 6L, this field has no chance. I believe she will be primed for this run, as she is entered in the Champion Chase, so if she loses this, there's no point for going to that race. But if she does win this in decent style, I think she can definitely finish 2nd or 3rd in the Champion Chase.

Horse Racing Tips
On The Blind Side
Newbury - 1:30 pm

28/1 @ Bet365

Brentford Hope
Newbury - 3:15 pm

12/1 @ William Hill

Norman Fletcher
Newbury - 3:15 pm

25/1 @ William Hill

Naas - 3:40 pm

13/8 @ Bet365

  1. elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

    12-55 hashting 11-4 win bet365
    13-30 ikarak 9-1 ew 4 places HILLS
    14-40 funambule sivola 3-1 (betting without edwardstone and boothill) 🏇 NAP 🏇.
    AND 7-1 ew extra 3 places.
    Both bet365

    Record here this time of year
    Jan 2021 2nd.
    Feb 2022 1st (on this card)
    Feb 2023 1st (this very race)
    This is his time of year, heavy ground shouldn’t be an issue for this Venetia Williams inmate.
    Altobelli 8-1 ew 7 places HILLS
    Brentford hope 12-1 ew 7 places HILLS.
    Dirty den
    6-1 win HILLS
    6-4 top 3 finish SKYBET
    50-50 stake
    Better value than straight ew !!

  2. double carpet 2 weeks ago

    Today’s card at naas could be an informative one with regards to Cheltenham.
    The first race has seen 4 of the past 5 winners of the Boodles line up with 3 winning before going on to land the big one itself.
    Current fav LARK IN THE MORNING is also towards the head of the market for March. He’s ran with credit on his 3 starts to date including when 3rd lto to Highwind but its debatable as to whether he should be 4/6 for today’s race so at the prices I’ll take my chances on EAGLE FANG 11/2 who has faced Kala Conti twice beaten 18L but got closer the last time when only beaten 11L in a grade 2 with Kargese 2nd who won the juvenile at the DRF so I think he’s worth a play today.

    My NAP is WHISKEYWEALTH in the 3.05 6/4.
    Not a great price but is thrown in here based on his chase mark. I’m sometimes weary of horses returning to hurdles on a lower mark it usually doesn’t work out but this fella was tanking along at thurles when last over the sticks in Dec and would have won but for coming to grief 2 out.

    The 1.55 could be a pointer for the Baring Bingham (Ballymore). City Island won this before going on to win at Cheltenham and this looks a strong renewal with Captain Cody (6th in the Champion bumper) amongst others so worth keeping an eye on it.

    The Mares race 3.40 is a bit of a minefield and one I’d swerve with regards to betting on it but MASKADA on paper does look to have a good chance and this is her time of the year but won’t be running in the Mares at the festival.

    The 4.15 is a very strong Hunter Chase with many of the principles that will line up in March lining up. HITAK is very interesting making his rules debut. He beat Winged Leader lto by 4L in a P2P so warrants respect but fav ITS ON THE LINE will be hard to beat. BILLAWAY is going for a 5 timer in the race but should be collecting his pension at this stage.


    • double carpet 2 weeks ago

      A 55p rule 4 for Eagle FANG now that the fav has been withdrawn. Pisses ya off

    • double carpet 2 weeks ago

      At least Eagle FANG won

    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      Nice win 🥇 will never know now if he would of beaten the fav at the more juicy odds

    • double carpet 2 weeks ago

      Eagle Fang now best priced 12’s NRNB having been 40’s this morning.
      Think there’s better options but will be interesting to see what Mark he gets

    • double carpet 2 weeks ago

      And the NAP lands too 👌

    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      Your on the money again we’ll done 🥊👏

  3. dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

    What’s franny the granny Norton doing racing over at Bangalore 😂

    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      Fair he landed a 5/1 with redefined !

    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      Must be his retirement do

  4. theplug 2 weeks ago

    Newbury 3-15 Altobelli 6/1 my only bet of the day

    • double carpet 2 weeks ago

      Small interest on that one too plug
      Here’s hoping

    • theplug 2 weeks ago

      it will be interesting to see how W Mullins horse get on in this race .

    • double carpet 2 weeks ago

      it will be interesting to see how W Mullins horse get on in this race .

    • double carpet 2 weeks ago

      Try again
      I’m more interested in how the UK handicapper worked out a rating for him

    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      Lucky it was your only bet

  5. dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

    For some reason I drawn to mr Coffey today got to win sometime !

  6. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    picanha 1.30 ew

  7. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    boothill 2.40 well done all winners yesterday

  8. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    Jack black 12.55 ew

  9. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    northern kitten 11.15 ew turfontain

  10. dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

    Looks like the market has almost sorted itself out so it looks like favourites all the way at naas !

  11. dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

    Young megs tipped Noah’s great rainbow interesting she said that as her old man got one in the same race at Newbury

  12. dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

    1:50 Riyadh – darazeni 11/4

    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      Absolute litter !!!

  13. dazzman1979 2 weeks ago


  14. dazzman1979 2 weeks ago


    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      Just as I thought 😂🥊⚰️

  15. dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

    Shitkin no chance

    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      Jiiiiiiinx !!!

  16. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    sparkle in is eye 3.35 ew well done all winners today

  17. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    silent approach 3.40 ew

  18. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    annamix 4.15 ew

  19. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    mount Washington 4.25 ew

  20. dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

    Hayley turner 😂

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