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Yet again Cooper's Cross was a NR for the thread, so it's safe to say that they are really avoiding testing ground, which is probably good as he would've struggled on today's ground if they think soft is unsuitable. Today's racing doesn't look the best for a Saturday, but I've pulled together four selections. Good luck on your betting, and good luck if you're following.

Sandown 3:00

This is the Veterans' Handicap Chase final, with the winner getting £51,440, so as you'd expect, this is quite a competitive race, but I think that THE KINGS WRIT is the one to be on.

Obviously, at the age of 11 he isn't at his peak, but he is still capable of a big run, especially off his current rating of 133, which is effectively 126 when you consider the 7lb claimer's claim into consideration. With the 7lb claim, it means he will be running off a weight of 10st 3lbs, and based on form of even last year, this makes him very dangerous to underestimate. Soft ground seems to bring the best out of this horse, and he produced a good performance off a mark of 135 last year when finishing 2nd at Wincanton, which produced an RPR of 143. His form tailed off slightly from that point onward, other than a decent run on his last run of the season in March. He made his seasonal return at the start of December over a trip which is definitely far too short for him these days (2m 3f), which would have blown away the cobwebs. He has generally needed the first run of the season, so I would expect a much better run this time, and that run at Exeter wouldn't concern me at all.

This race has probably been the plan for a while due to the prize money on offer.

Wincanton 2:05

Now that Ned Fox is back on DESQUE DE L'ISLE and the ground will be testing, I think he is worth taking a chance on.

I wouldn't say he's well handicapped, but I think he's on a mark which can be exploited when getting his ideal conditions. A mark of 119 probably is too high for him, but when Ned Fox takes off a very handy 10lbs, I think he then has to be taken very seriously in a race like this. He ran a cracking race last time out at Ludlow, without the 10lb claimer, and he finished 3rd, in a Class 2. This is a drop in class, and he will be running off bottom weight, which will be a big help in the stamina sapping ground, with further rain forecast to come. I think the horses at the head of the market need to be taken very seriously, but they carry very big weights, and that is not ideal.

Wincanton 3:15

Even though I mentioned in the previous race that carrying big weights isn't ideal in soft ground, I don't really think this is a strong race, so I'd expect STOLEN RIVER to prove his class in this and be too good for them.

I tipped him up when he finished 2nd at Cheltenham, and I thought he was an unlucky loser than day when he couldn't quite peg back Editeur Du Gite, and I've been wanting to back him again. He was then tried in a Grade 1, where he was simply outclassed, but so was the entire field as the winner, Edwardstone absolutely destroyed them. Connections have decided that he is not an out and out 2m, so they've put him up to 2m 4f, which they believe will suit, and will potentially stay further in the future. The ground should be fine for him, as he is a previous winner over hurdles on heavy ground. This isn't a strong race like I mentioned at the start, with the majority of the them coming into this race out of form. If Notre Pari wins, that would be the biggest kick in the nuts, as he was a previous tip for the thread, and ran an absolute stinker.

Newcastle 3:08

I was interested with how SHAKA THE KING ran last time out, as I thought he was going to run a big race, and to some extent he did, but appeared to get tired late on. I tipped the winner in that race, and that horse, Without Conviction, runs again earlier on in the Newcastle card, so it'll be interesting to see how he runs. However, I think now he's blown away the cobwebs he will be ready to rock n roll in this race. The form looks rock-solid for the grade, and this doesn't look like a strong race other than a handful who will pose a threat. The ground which won't be extremely testing will be a help as his best form to date has come on good-to-soft/good ground from his PTP race and his last hurdle start for Neil Alexander. I think he does handle the deeper ground, but wouldn't want it too soft, so he will be fine.

18:30 Newcastle - Race: 7
Distance: 7f 14y
Type: Flat
Class: 5
Track: AllWeather
No
Silks
Runner
Odds
5
How Impressive

6
Swinton
5-

4
Dion Baker
5-

7
The Ganges

9
Crazy Maisie

2
Beattie Is Back
6

1
Ba Na Hills

3
Come On John

8
Boasted
5-

19:00 Newcastle - Race: 8
Distance: 6f
Type: Flat
Class: 6
Track: AllWeather
No
Silks
Runner
Odds
5
How Impressive

6
Swinton
5-

4
Dion Baker
5-

7
The Ganges

9
Crazy Maisie

2
Beattie Is Back
6

1
Ba Na Hills

3
Come On John

8
Boasted
5-

12:10 Southwell - Race: 1
Distance: 4f 214y
Type: Flat
Class: 6
Track: AllWeather
No
Silks
Runner
Odds
4
Mayelf
548732-

1
Denzil's Laughing
626635-

3
Onaledge
5934/14-

5
Ubahha
93579-3

8
Glen Rosa
06902-5

6
Eeh Bah Gum
648300-

2
Ghaaliya
4/73577-

7
Gossip
49886-0

9
Spirit Of Heaven
399900-

32 Comments
  1. edgeman 2 weeks ago

    Hermes Boy Sandown 15.35. I tipped this on here a few weeks ago and it won nice, so I’ll have another little dabble. It’s only around 2/1 and this is tougher, but I think it’ll have more to come.

    5
  2. postman 2 weeks ago

    12:05 Sandown – Moulins Claremont ***NAP***
    2:40 Wincanton – Crossing the Bar **NB**
    3:00 Sandown – Prime Venture *each way punt*

    5
    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      You done well with prime venture 👍💰💰

      2
    • postman 2 weeks ago

      Cheers Dazzman 🥳

  3. Gateacre Pete 2 weeks ago

    Pretty poor for a Saturday 😒

  4. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    buy me back 11.30 great day ange 11.45 Royston girl 12.00 romeos bond 12.05

    • spurs55 2 weeks ago

      i’ve gone for that first one as well azz

      hope you start off like yesterday

      bol

      2
    • azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

      yup good luck for today spurs55

      2
  5. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    the cincanati kid 1.30 well done all winners yesterday

    • spurs55 2 weeks ago

      Not much chance there Azz!!
      Not when they let 80-1 win!!

      On we go again

    • spurs55 2 weeks ago

      And it was a number bloody 8

    • spurs55 2 weeks ago

      Numbers!!
      Horse 8 @ 80-1

      Coincidence yeah of course not!!!

    • spurs55 2 weeks ago

      i did wonder about these odd start times

      13.58 Newcastle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. busstop.2018 2 weeks ago

    Morning All . Some decent jump racing today . But normal Saturday tough betting wise.

    Awful sand racing for the flat guys need be desperate.

    SANDOWN

    15.00. .Final Nude . .7/2

    15.35. .Volkouka. .15/2. .Each way

    WINCANTON

    15.15. .Killer Clown. .3/1

    15.50. .Lilath. .7/2

    GL ALL

    4
  7. busstop.2018 2 weeks ago

    FINAL NUDGE ??

    • elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

      I Think final nude is fully exposed now bus 😂

      4
  8. spurs55 2 weeks ago

    Heers harry

    Lingfield

    2
  9. elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

    Martello sky 12-40 sandown 15-8.
    Sten silver 3-15 wincanton 3-1

    5
    • elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

      Stolen not sten ….

    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      You got one on the board mate well done 👍 I stupidly went for the suggested favourite I knew it would lose and I still backed it 😂

      1
    • elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

      I was waiting for a disqualification given my luck recently dazz 😁

      1
    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      I’m waiting to be disqualified from site so I can go home !!

  10. spurs55 2 weeks ago

    13:10 Lingfield – 7f Hcap

    Perfect Focus
    16/1

  11. Wildhorse 2 weeks ago

    Hello

    Not the best Card , today .

    Trixie / Win

    R. 6 – Alexander James / Lingf…

    R. 5 – Grey Diamond / Winc…

    R. 7 – Mack the Man / Sand…

    BOL and nice Weekend !!

    1
    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      Good luck mr horse 👍

  12. elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

    All the chimneys 3-23 cork 25-1 ew extra 4 places.

    Bit old now at 13 and fell last time but is on the whole is consistent enough including a 2nd here in October followed by a win at thurles.

    1
  13. elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

    Constitution hill now 9-4 for the supreme novices.
    Won both his races on varying ground now, good – heavy, can’t pick holes in what he’s done.
    Reminded me of a young altior the year he won the supreme, at least we have one good un to serve up to the Irish in 2 months time 🏇

    • Deb2000 2 weeks ago

      Elvis with Jonbon I think you can safely say we have 2 😁

  14. spurs55 2 weeks ago

    15:00 Sandown
    Race Card
    1
    Horse silk
    8
    Prime Venture (IRE)
    18/1
    postion 1.horse 8 and wins at 18-1
    1 8 18 1
    another Coincidence

    • spurs55 2 weeks ago

      was just going to say watch for number 9

  15. recoba 2 weeks ago

    Well done the winners today if you managed 1. Stuck my £5 free bet and an extra £5 on Farinet (6/4) in the 1.15 and that was that!

    🇺🇸🐎
    On to the USA and I’ve usual Yankee on but my main single is a horse that I backed last night and ended up NR and both these from my notes.

    Gulfstream-R3…Comedic. 15/8(***** let me down last time but the 4L 3rd to Under The Stars,which is favourite for the G2 Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita tonight for Bob Baffert suddenly looks good form. Unless there’s something special in here,race looks harder to figure than last night but with his previous I’ll stick with)

    Santa Anita -R3…Bachanalia. 5/2(*** stinker last few runs and for new trainer on last but drop in class and trainer record with new recruits do for me and he has a good finishing sprint in him)

    GL 🍀

    • recoba 2 weeks ago

      2nd and a 1st like last night but with Comedic finding 1 too good again a bit of a pi$$er but few winners in between with a few $s here and there and some good watching but can’t believe I didn’t even record ‘The Masked Singer’ 😮🥱

      Big race I mentioned above after 12 midnight (end of the day) at Santa Anita and not sure if Under The Stars form if looking at Comedic is as good but definitely solid although I can’t be confident at 6/5 in a race like this.

      Going with the R/fc on top 2 in the market that looks decent to me.

      Santa Anita-R8… 1-3 (***)

      GL all

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