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Saturday's racing looks cracking, with some Grand National fence action at Aintree accompanied with some good handicaps and over at Sandown we have a couple of Grade 1 races.

Aintree 11:15

In theory, this should be between three horses. Bombs Away, Cirque Royal & RICHMOND LAKE, and I'm siding with the latter.

It's always dangerous to underestimate newcomers, but they will have to be smart horses, and produce a big effort to beat the horses with experience. Bombs Away will probably go off favourite, and it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if he goes odds-on, due to the Trainer/jockey/owner combination. I think he is a good horse for the future, but maybe he will be seen to best effect when they put him up in trip to 2m 4f, and potentially further. His bumper form is average, but his hurdling debut was a taking run. He looked like a true stayer on the back of that performance, as he powered up the Sandown Hill on soft ground. Even though he will get soft ground today, I think the flatter track and the fact that Richmond Lake should get an easy lead of things, won't suit.

Like I just mentioned, Richmond Lake surely goes from the front again after he was so impressive at Bangor last month. He clearly enjoyed those tactics, and it would be baffling if they didn't try the same again. I think he is the quicker horse of the two, so the fact that he should lead, means it could be tactical and if Theo Gillard fancies a sprint finish, it could catch the others out. The form of that Bangor race has started to work out nicely, with the 2nd and 3rd winning since, and I do think the 2nd is a decent horse, so the fact that he trounced him, was quite impressive. Hopefully the favourite continues to shorten, so we can get a drift on Richmond Lake.

Aintree 11:45

A mark of 108 definitely still looks workable for TO BE SURE, who clearly bumped into one last time out when finishing runner-up to Lossiemouth, who was an impressive winner in the Grade 2 at Sandown yesterday.

The selection travelled strongly throughout the race when they met at Ffos Las, but didn't have the gears to go with the winner, which is no surprise in hindsight. The winner was clearly well handicapped, and is a very good horse, so it's no shame to finish 2nd to him. To Be Sure arrived at Ffos Las having won there the time before, where he won in stylish fashion. He won by 2.75L, but he was eased towards the finish, and it was a dour staying performance on soft ground, which is something you'll need today. That was off a mark of 102, which means he is only 1lb higher today with Isabel Williams taking off 5lbs. With the claimer taking the ride, it means he races off a decent weight of 10st 11lbs, which is the 2nd bottom weight in the race, which is a big bonus when the ground is as testing as it is at Aintree.

This race doesn't seem to have horses who are extremely well handicapped, and I think this horse still is, and he is already proven to stay this trip and handle the ground.

Aintree 12:55

Galahad Quest is a horse who has ran some decent races so far this season, and I wouldn't put anyone off from backing him, but I feel he is a tad too short in the market at the time of writing, and I think MIDNIGHTREFERENDUM is a good alternative.

This horse is ultra consistent, but is tricky to win with, but that not down to the fact that she's awkward, it's probably because it's difficult to understand what is her optimal conditions. She travels very strongly through her races, like she did last time out at Market Rasen over 3m, but she doesn't quite see it out as strong as others at that trip. Which is why I think testing ground on a Flat track at this trip could be the key to her success. A big field handicap should ensure that a good pace is set, which will allow her to creep into the race with her high cruising speed, and then the extra stamina which she does have, should allow her to finish off the race stronger than the others. She is only rated 131, which is definitely within reach, as she has ran well in Class 1 Mares' races in the past. Bookies are offering better places on this race, so take advantage of those.

Aintree 2:40

I was very taken by SNOW LEOPARDESS at Bangor last time out, as she jumped beautifully throughout, and it was meant as as a prep run for this race, as they've had this in mind for a long time. The fact it was a prep race, yet she won in the manner she did, is impressive as they wouldn't have had her 100% for that race, but she still put it a masterclass round of jumping and beat some very good horses.

Charlie Longsdon has been very bullish about this horse for a long time, and he's mentioned this being the main target for her this season, and when a trainer says that, it should always be noted. She has to prove that she'll handle the fences, but the manner in which she jumps suggests that she should be fine. She is a brave horse who really attacks her fences, which could spell disaster, but it will mean she will be giving it a good go, rather than being defeated before she's even jumped them. Her price is a little skinnier than I'd like, but there is a lot of hype around her for this race, and a lot of people are latching onto her as one who could really find a new level over these fences. I will be taking advantage of the extra places on offer, but I do believe she will be tough to beat if she remains on her feet.

Sandown 2:25

I think you've got to be against Chacun Pour Soi in the Tingle Creek. He has only ran once in Britain, and that was in the Champion Chase last year, where he finished behind NUBE NEGRA. He reversed the form the time after when the Skelton horse travelled over to Ireland to go against him at Punchestown, but there are reasons to believe Nube Negra will finish ahead of him again today.

Obviously, Chacun is a top quality animal, but there's a niggling doubt in my mind when it comes to a stiff testing track like Cheltenham and Sandown. I'm not for one bit saying he's a flat track bully, but I think he could be better on that kind of track. He was outstayed in the Champion Chase by Nube Negra, in my opinion, and with the latter named horse having a fitness edge and with the stiff finish at Sandown, I think it could be a similar scenario today. If you're backing him at odds-on you're a braver man than me, as I do think Nube Negra is still progressing, and he is still only 7yo!

Nube Negra's run last time out was impressive to my eyes. I thought he would win, but he did it so easily. This is obviously a tougher race, but for a first run of the season, and a prep run for this race, connections must've been buzzing with that performance, as he looked like an absolute weapon. Thankfully, it looks like the rain has stayed away from Sandown, which should make his chances all the greater, as his best form has come on good or good-to-soft.

13:00 Southwell - Race: 1
Distance: 4f 214y
Type: Flat
Class: 6
Track: AllWeather
No
Silks
Runner
Odds
2
Swiss Connection
01/154-2

3
Kath's Toyboy
424577-

4
Red Walls
231407-

6
Cool Spirit
37599-5

9
Raabeh
07870-4

5
Aleef
236080-

1
Apatite
12560-5

7
Makyon
896809-

8
La Chica Lobo
02807-7

13:15 Kempton - Race: 1
Distance: 6f
Type: Flat
Class: 6
Track: Polytrack
No
Silks
Runner
Odds
2
Swiss Connection
01/154-2

3
Kath's Toyboy
424577-

4
Red Walls
231407-

6
Cool Spirit
37599-5

9
Raabeh
07870-4

5
Aleef
236080-

1
Apatite
12560-5

7
Makyon
896809-

8
La Chica Lobo
02807-7

13:30 Southwell - Race: 2
Distance: 4f 214y
Type: Flat
Class: 5
Track: AllWeather
No
Silks
Runner
Odds
3
Highest Ambition
98782-5

7
Light Of Thunder
576634-

4
Tantastic
705236-

5
Ubahha
3579-35

2
Gustav Graves
73428-8

1
Due A Win
603473-

6
Cecilia Beaux
7/5-

8
Nantosuelta
57-

49 Comments
  1. elvis parsley 2 months ago

    Sandown Saturday.
    1-50 edwardstone 4-1.
    Third time lucki is favourite and jumps like a stag, edwardstone beat lucki over hurdles and if his jumping holds up should be thereabouts.

    2-25 nube negra 11-4.
    Finished ahead of favourite chacun pour soi in Cheltenhams champion chase, but was then beat easy by chacun at punchestown, ground should suit and it maybe the right time for this as nube negra has had a run this season beating politologue 6 lengths and champion chaser put the kettle on 10 lengths in the schloer at Cheltenham while this is chacuns pipe opener.

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    • elvis parsley 2 months ago

      LONGSHOT
      wishing and hopin 2-05 aintree.
      45-1 ew 5 places main bet
      70-1 ew 4 places smaller bet
      Both on BETFAIR each way edge
      ——————————————–

    • myizin 2 months ago

      good luck on WISHING AND HOPING, swear i saw it at 66s, no NRs now 10s, GO ON LAD.

    • elvis parsley 2 months ago

      Was 100-1 Last night

  2. double carpet 2 months ago

    1.30 White Pepper 13/8 NAP

    Gavin Cromwell has won this race twice before in 2015 and 2017 and WP has by far the best form on paper.
    He had Iberique Du Seuil 13L behind lto and that horse was only beaten 4 3/4L by Lunar Power who ran current Triumph fav Fil D’or to within 1 1/4L last weekend.

    1.08 De Name Escapes Me 14/1 ew 6 places

    3rd in this race last year behind Flooring Porter and The Bosses Oscar. Runs off the same mark today.

    3.15 Ballyandy 16/1 ew 4 places

    Could be just gone at the game, but was rated 157 in jan and now runs off 140 with a 10lb claimer onboard.

    The Tingle Creek should be a great race. Not a betting race for me but I do think Willie will have CPS primed for this.
    Townend got his tactics all wrong at Cheltenham (not the only race he did that) which cost him the race. He’s not a horse with a finishing kick but a horse with a very high cruising speed which he proved at punchestown. I also think he’s better going right handed, although he’s won many times going left too. With Captain Guiness in the race the will be a strong pace which will suit CPS and I can see him pick about 3 out and power home.

    BOL

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    • cairnzy1878 2 months ago

      I was close to posting Ballyandy myself as an each way shout but decided against it due to the risks attached with his previous couple of runs.

      However you hit the nail on the head with that write up. You can get Ballyadam to place at 3/1 which I thought was a decent bet.

      Good luck tomorrow

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  3. dazzman1979 2 months ago

    1:22 Chepstow- run to Milan 13/2 e/w

    • dazzman1979 2 months ago

      2:05 Aintree – imperial aura 3/1

  4. azzthewigan 2 months ago

    tiger roll 2.05

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  5. myizin2 2 months ago

    ITV Racing Tips.
    1.30 Aintree Aliomaana 14/1 E/W FAVE should win taking a punt on outsider for place money.
    14.05 Aintree Native River 3/1
    14.40 Aintree Snow Leopardess 7/1 E/W money on Hogans Height 22/1 HILLS paying 7.
    15.15 Aintree Straw Fan Jack 16/1 E/W most firms paying 4.
    13.50 Sandown Edwardstone 3/1
    14.25 Sandown FAVE crazy price, take chance on Nube Negra 11/4
    15.00 Sandown The Mighty Don 12/1 E/W
    15.35 Sandown Navajo Pass 18/1 E/W most firms going 4.

    Last tips from me for few days, on that great Big Bird tomorrow. Flying to Sunny Gran Canaria for 3 months, Happy Days.

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    • dazzman1979 2 months ago

      Be careful of the Hermes !

    • myizin 2 months ago

      mel back from the dead, it’s a christmas miracle!

    • Jayell61 2 months ago

      Got your spending money for your Holiday with today’s winners.

      Enjoy

  6. DOLLY 2 months ago

    Mighty Thunder ew 2.40 Aintree

  7. recoba 2 months ago

    🇺🇸3/5 in the USA Canadian/Super Yankee last night and main singles in so good return.

    🐎🇬🇧
    A tough looking day but great watch so it’s out with deputy dog for a few hours then feet up for racing and football.

    My Yankee I put on last night before i over thunk it.

    Richmond Lake…11.15 11/8(single and small double with Might I)
    Might I…12.05 2/1
    Edwardstone…1.50. 4/1(single)
    Chacon Por Soi…2.25. 4/5

    GL all

    • recoba 2 months ago

      Sorry…Might I was 6/4 last night and 2/1 last I looked but now back to 13/8?
      Best odds anyway

    • recoba 2 months ago

      Should have stuck with Wadawant for my Yankee but least Bomb Away didn’t win. Had to have a single on Wadawant but poor start really.

      Onwards… 🍀

  8. Gateacre Pete 2 months ago

    Morning all. Bit of a mine field out there today so I’m gonna go this these ew lucky 31
    Cobolobo 40s Aintree 2.40
    Doctor Duffy 25s Navan 1.08
    Jessiemac 20s Wetherby 1.02
    Across the channel 33s Sandown 1.15
    No Getaway 25s Aintree 12.55
    GL with all your bets today

    • Gateacre Pete 2 months ago

      A day to forget I think😒

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  9. myizin 2 months ago

    and that’s why with 200 races a week we don’t touch short favs like that. £2.50 ew on the winner returned £47.

    my bobbie dazzler seen money from 8s, step up in trip should suit but with the risks, value is now thin on the ground, mentioning as a potential place bet as when i’ve seen money from these connections before, they have obliged a few times.

    12.20 zambella is 8/1, if you’re mad enough to take on a 1/3 shot, join me with a horse who is overpriced, sadly no EW option so bet accordingly.

    12.55 clan legend was my 18/1 ew pick last night, 2 NRs, he is now 9/1 and a bit risky. i dont like he’s 11yo and much older than the rest, but that should mean he’s targetted at this, a CD winner here last year but he’s 9 higher and this is a step up in class, win prospects bleak so price is skinny. riders onthe storm double in price but his CD win in this company for NTD two years ago was 11 seconds quicker than CLs. as rustler says, fav probs decent.

    2.40 Veuix Lion Rouge won this last year, a 12yo but around 10s, a place may be on the card and the same applies as above, at this age runs will be limited so should be fully firing. o’farrel won on him last year, scudamore was at the track, that jockey is on a 66/1 shot for trainer although i just seen on sky he is 33s so a bit riskier if you cant find bigger – i will risk a throwaway stake on it EL PASO WOOD.

    3.15 Straw fan jack, 10/1 5 places, another throwaway stake, regular jockey elsewhere, horse has won round here and could get into the places.

    race is off as i finish writing// going fricking well too, cant write it sometimes

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    • myizin 2 months ago

      i dont give two fcks what anyway says, I AM THE FCKING BEST TO EVER DO IT.

    • myizin 2 months ago

      8 completed races, 7 bets, 6 winners, WHAT THE FK IS GOING ON.

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    • myizin 2 months ago

      ANYONE CARE TO ARGUE BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM AND BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

    • dazzman1979 2 months ago

      Well done mate nice work 👍 good to see someone playing them at there own game . From a bookies perspective they will say look at the prices we are giving away nobody wants to take our money haha 😂

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    • myizin 2 months ago

      if my multiples were in check i’d be on to retire everyone here except a select few, so close to bankrupting them it’s unreal.

    • Mr Humbley 2 months ago

      At least your barking has substance l give u that lol. You back up your ideas well done again

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    • Wildhorse 2 months ago

      Well done , looking like a perfect day for You : – )

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  10. recoba 2 months ago

    Got to fancy Bloodaxe..12.33. 6/5(*****)

    • recoba 2 months ago

      Well no more for me in the UK bar what I’ve got left 👎

  11. spurs55 2 months ago

    top play matey

    thats why we will never beat THEM !!!

    10 races 4 favourites win not a very good %%%%%%

    might as well use a pin

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  12. Wildhorse 2 months ago

    Hi All

    Yankee / Each Way

    IL Ridoto / 4 R — Sandown

    Benson / 7 R — Sandown

    Snow Leopardess / 7 R — Aintree

    Kateson / 8 R — Aintree

    BOL and a Nice Day !!

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    • Wildhorse 2 months ago

      I make a cover bet in the Final at Sandown , ground looking sweet for Metier now , Win & Each Way .

  13. recoba 2 months ago

    Edwardstone saves the day.
    Glad I stuck with him and put it on last night as I think I would have changed mu mind to Third Time Lucki this morning tbh.

  14. bertie 2 months ago

    Why oh why don’t they retire tiger roll totally out of love with the game and no I did not back him they keep racing him he has been great for the game and deserve his rest

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    • myizin 2 months ago

      sad reflection on the thread that you cant give an opinion because there’s some just waiting to say you’re talking through your pocket making all sorts of assumptions, but yeah, was a strange race to try him in no doubt!

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    • elvis parsley 2 months ago

      I agree Bertie.
      One of the all time great horses, flat bred winning big races from 2 miles up to 4.5 miles which is remarkable as he isn’t the biggest in size, but the biggest in heart in my book.
      Time for him to enjoy a well earned retirement in case he gets hurt.

  15. elvis parsley 2 months ago

    Edwardstone easy 😄🏇

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    • recoba 2 months ago

      Yes Elvis easy as

  16. recoba 2 months ago

    Well done myizin I couldn’t be more pleased for folk winning and you’ve been on fire and even got me a nice winner midweek.
    Although we will need to peel you off the ceiling of this thread later!? Lol

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  17. spurs55 2 months ago

    french horses are doing rather well today i’m thinking

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  18. recoba 2 months ago

    🇺🇸🐎
    Yankee and 2x singles for tonight at Aquaduct which was good last night and goes off early again.

    Aquauduct -R1… Fenwick 6/4(***** close on debut and barn does well with 2nd time out runners)
    R2…Robyn An Eli. 13/8
    R7…Lady Rocket 7/4(**** favourite of mine who’s last run shows he’s back to his best after a break)
    R8…Mo Dengal. 13/8.

    Maybe more later in the US but see how it goes.

    GL and well done the winners today! 👍
    it was a fine day’s racing.

    Hopefully some winners this evening between the Dortmund v Bayern Munich game which should be good! 👀🐎⚽️ 📺 🍺

    • recoba 2 months ago

      Typical the horse I leave out at 5/2 Scuttlbuzz wins coming from last to first in a flash!

      Had it on but again this information FYI is about as much use as a pair of tit$ on a fish! 🤷🏽‍♂️🙄

    • recoba 2 months ago

      *5/1. Won at 7/2

  19. azzthewigan 2 months ago

    red walls 5.30 ew

  20. recoba 2 months ago

    Woodbine-R5…Lucy Luke 5/2(**** Kimura on board again here for horse that hit of the mark at 4th attempt very nicely and should improve again so take some beating if say)

    • recoba 2 months ago

      *Typos 😋

  21. recoba 2 months ago

    Cracking first half in Dortmund v Munich game.

    Looking at tomorrow at halftime it’s a good day’s racing again and one obviousl one from my tracker and another that looks good in Ireland

    Choice Of Words…1.25 6/4(***)
    Allmankind…1.52. 6/5(*****)

    Doubles around 5/1(**)

    • recoba 2 months ago

      Elliot horse in Ireland after today is a worry but surely not for me??

  22. recoba 2 months ago

    2/4 in the Yankee and Lady Rocket flew home (4*) so not bad

    🇺🇸🐎
    ‘ THE CIGAR MILE’ ?
    the big and last on the card I’d up in about 30 mins.
    Left this out but I’ll take after that returnI
    From my tracker and was in there for the Breeders Cup were he was a good 3rd in the turf sprint.
    Had him Ew that night and this 1m is a BIG unknown hence the 9/2 but he may just burst out and leave them for dead and I’ll trust in the trainer.

    Aqueduct-R10…Following The Sea 9/2(***)

    GL

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