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After a terrific week at the Cheltenham Festival it's back to the bread and butter of Uttoxeter and Kempton on Saturday.

Before we get started, just a word for everyone who participated in the comments on the racing posts in the last week. Some of the tips posted were magnificent and the spirit that everyone got involved compensated for the lack of crowds on the course an brought out the very best in this site. Well done to all!

Uttoxeter 3.35

HIGHLAND HUNTER (3.35) can give Paul Nicholls his second Midlands Grand National success at Uttoxeter.

The eight-year-old grey was having only his third start over fences when chasing home Earth Moor at Exeter, producing a sure-footed performance, and this gruelling 4m 2f trip can bring out the best in him against 19 rivals. Nicholls won the race last year with Truckers Lodge and his gelding bids for a repeat off a 12lb higher rating.

Dangers abound and likely favourite Time To Get Up bypassed a Cheltenham engagement in midweek. He should go close for JP McManus and Jonjo O’Neill. Irish raider Screaming Colours is interesting off a low weight after his close second to The Big Dog in the Punchestown Grand National Trial.

Achille is most consistent for Venetia Williams and he pushed course specialist Lord Du Mesnil all the way to the line in the Haydock Grand National Trial. Tommy Rapper has been given a light campaign by Dan Skelton, probably with this race in mind.

Uttoxer 3.00

Course winner WILDE ABOUT OSCAR (3.00) has landed three of his last four starts for the Skelton operation and top weight may not anchor him in the 2m 4f handicap hurdle.

Course and distance winner Gustavian will have his supporters seeking a hat-trick, while Rockaden did well to beat a couple of higher-rated rivals at Taunton, despite pulling hard.

Kempton 2.05

At Kempton, ZOFFEE (2.05) can get his career back on track in the 2m Virgin Bet Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.

He impressed when landing his maiden at Exeter in October and wasn’t disgraced behind Elusive Belle at Newbury. Zoffee was then sent off favourite to land a classier event won by Getaway Trump at Doncaster a fortnight ago but blundered away his chance. Doukarov jumped well when making all at Leicester 18 days ago and Sean Curran has got his gelding in good nick.

Kempton 2.40

Ten runners face the tape in the 2m 5f Virgin Bet Silver Plate Handicap Hurdle and SWITCH HITTER (2.40) makes plenty of appeal.

The six-year-old was a little out of depth when pitched into a warm handicap won by Monte Cristo at Kempton on Boxing Day but wasn’t disgraced in eighth. He had scored previously at the same track, seemingly acting well on the prevailing good ground.

Kempton 3.15

MY WAY (3.15) responded to the fitting of blinkers with a blistering performance over 2m 4f here last month and can defy a 9lb rise in the Virgin Bet Handicap Chase. He made all that day at a good clip and similar forcing tactics will soon sort them out.

Falco Blitz chased home Killer Clown at Kempton’s Boxing Day fixture and went one better next time at Southwell. He set a good gallop that day but may not be able to match strides up front with My Way.

Recommended Bets

  • Uttoxeter 3.35 – Highland Hunter 10/1 (Bet365)
  • Uttoxeter 3.00 – Wilde About Oscar 7/2 (Bet365)
  • Kempton 2.05 – Zoffee 9/2 (Bet365)
  • Kempton 2.40 – Switch Hitter 5/1 (Bet365)
  • Kempton 3.15 – My Way 7/2 (Bet365)
  1. RFC-JazzaJN 3 years ago

    Fancy Achille in the Uttoxeter race.

    Apart from that it’ll be singles on Ireland at the Rugby on Saturday and Leicester in the FA Cup on Sunday.

  2. dazzman1979 3 years ago

    Wexford 2:30 – Gris Gris top – 4/1

    • dazzman1979 3 years ago

      Also 12:30 fontwell – lavorante 11/2 leave the rest to you boys , good luck 👍

    • dazzman1979 3 years ago

      Uttoxeter- 1:50- milvale 10/1

  3. theplug 3 years ago

    Uttoxeter 3-35 Captain Drake 11/1 EW nap runner up in this last year
    my only bet for tomorrow hope its a good one all the best .all the best

  4. Gateacre Pete 3 years ago

    Just a heads up for the national in a few weeks time. I’m sure all you die hard punters already know this and have an account with bet365. But every year they usually have an offer on the national. Back a horse e/w in the national between the Wednesday and Saturday morning til 11.30 and you’ll get half your stake back.
    But I’m pretty sure you’ve got to be an existing customer to get the offer, so might be worth opening an account, even if its just for the offer.

  5. postman 3 years ago

    Good Morning Cheltenham Champs.

    Back to the grind today as they say …
    12:30 Fontwell – Sambezi
    3:20 Fontwell – Windance
    4:10 Uttoxeter – Interconnected
    7:30 Wolverhampton – Jaariyah
    Stay Lucky

    • dazzman1979 3 years ago

      Well done 👍

  6. Luke M 3 years ago

    Well done everyone last week. Some great tipping and general chat on the site.

  7. Sore point 3 years ago

    Hope everyone did well at Cheltenham .Away myself so didnt participate.

    Uttox 1.50 Huntmans Jog 11/2
    Uttox 2.25 Eclair Surf 13/2
    Newc 4.20 Big Bad Bear 4/1
    Font 3.55 Lisheen Castle 9/1

    dun a bit of each way myself

    Thats all folks and good luck

  8. azzthewigan 3 years ago

    St bards 2.25 demopolis 2.45 time to get up 3.35 well done all winners yesterday

    • dazzman1979 3 years ago

      Well done 👍

  9. Gateacre Pete 3 years ago

    Just spotted this one 4.45 Uttoxeter. You’vebrokenmydteam at 25/1 and as i went to place a bet, it came into 16s. I swear they’re watching my every move 🤬

    • Sid74 3 years ago

      Thank pete had him 4 places 55/1. Top man

    • Sid74 3 years ago

      Sorry wrong horse 🤦‍♂️

  10. de niro 3 years ago

    Well done anyone who made it pay for the week at Cheltenham and beyond. Not great myself but really enjoyed the racing overall – & we have to keep perspective outside our own little world and see the bigger picture. If nothing else that’s a lesson we can all take from the last year or so.

    15-15 Kempton
    My Way 9/2 bet 365/Hills. 2 point win

    15-35 Utoxeter
    Tommy Rapper 20/1 bet 365 2 points win
    Coo Star Sivola 18/1 hills 3 points win

    Good luck 🍀 everyone today 👍😀

  11. double carpet 3 years ago

    Hard to get excited about today’s racing after Cheltenham.
    I’ve looked and looked and in the end just went for a trend based selection in the Midland National.
    Here are some trends for the race

    Aged 9 or younger 16/17
    Carried 10st 12lbs or less 15/17
    Raced within the last 8 weeks 13/17
    Irish bred 13/17
    Never ran at course 13/17

    The fav looks to have been laid out for the race but is just too short. The Irish raider will be all the rage the way things went at Cheltenham and the money is coming for him. He also ran really well lto when 2nd to The Big Dog, but with 5 places up for grabs I’ve gone for Coo Star Sivola who gives the impression he will last the trip well and ticks all the boxes

    Coo Star Sivola 16/1 ew 5 places


  12. elvis parsley 3 years ago

    Marracudja 1-00 kempton.
    He will lead from the front and not see another opponent.

    Ew extra not got a market for this yet but I’m sure they will 🏇

    • double carpet 3 years ago

      Probably get a 10lb hike if he wins !!!

  13. Gateacre Pete 3 years ago

    Balkalin 2.00 Newcastle is 30/1 on betfair and 66/1 on bet365. You can get 25/1 to finish in the first 6 e/w extra GL

    • Sid74 3 years ago

      Top tip pete👍

  14. elvis parsley 3 years ago

    Flic oU voyou 1-30 kempton 5-2
    Fairway Freddie 2-05 kempton 9-2.
    Red rookie 4-10 uttoxeter 11-4.

  15. insider 3 years ago

    Kiels mentioned VINNIE THE HODDIE in the 315 whilst the fav TIME TO GET UP has been banded about heavily too.

    • postman 3 years ago

      Both tipped by Tom Segal. Not sure if thats good or bad.

  16. recoba 3 years ago

    Great week and well said Admin!
    Just one for me..

    Sheshoon Sonny…2.15(****) Thurles 9/4

    Good form on his penultimate (word of the day toilet paper there)run and was travelling well before unseating.

    • recoba 3 years ago

      *and back hurdling after that good chase win.

    • recoba 3 years ago


    • recoba 3 years ago

      Never noticed Seshoon Sonney drifted to 4/1!

  17. busstop.2018 3 years ago

    Afternoon All. Well done all last week .


    15.10. .No Regrets. .100/30

    15.45. .Blakerigg . .4/1


    15.55. .Lily The Pink. .2/1


    14.05. .Fairway Freddy. .9/2

    15.15. .Mellow Ben. .11/2


    15.00. .Thibault. .7/1. E/W

    GL ALL

  18. busstop.2018 3 years ago

    Had an interest bet in the Midlands Grand National

    15.35. .Tommy Rapper. .16/1. .E/W
    15.35. .Achille. .16/1. .E/W

    small r/v

    GL ALL

  19. azzthewigan 3 years ago

    also spotted mighty thunder 3.35 ew so had a few Bob on that aswell

  20. theplug 3 years ago

    I said i was only backing 1 horse today but i am going to do this one too in the 1-20 Wexford Ye Chancer Ye 9/1

    • theplug 3 years ago

      I’m hoping no one followed me on the horse p u👹

  21. recoba 3 years ago

    Alright one more…

    Saint Dalina..1.50(***)

    Lost by 3l to J Ai’Froid that won well for me midweek in a better race than this.

    Nothing crazy on both n wee double too.
    GL all

    • recoba 3 years ago

      *oh and it’s 9/2 and cash back if I’m the top 4 with Skybet 👍

  22. Gateacre Pete 3 years ago

    Here’s another one. 3.50 Thurles. Exit Eleven.
    35/1 on betfair (first 3)
    125/1 bet365 (first 3)
    40/1 each way extra (first 5)
    You do the maths! 😁

  23. Gateacre Pete 3 years ago

    2.40 sorry

  24. insider 3 years ago

    I saw busstop mentioned it was worrying no one picked up the gold cup winner. Think I’d rather focus on the positives.

    It seemed everyone was in unison regarding race one and two. EWT had the 25/1 winner in the third. Everyone again seemed to fancy Honeysuckle whilst Elvis put up the 11/1 Black Tears in the 5th. At 80/1 DC gave a big mention to the winner of the 6th whilst a fair few all fancied Galvin in the last. The thread battered day 1 with DC almost going through the whole card, FIVE WINNERS and TWO SECONDS.

    Bob Olinger obliged on day 2 with at least 3 strong mentions by the regulars. Monkfish then went in before Elvis had a 40/1 and 33/1 place in the third. He then went one better with Put the Kettle On at a nice price. Not to be stopped there, he put up Tiger Roll AND Sky Pirate, FOUR WINNERS and two huge places, whilst De Nero put up the 1-2 in the 16:15, a 100/1 forecast. Postman had 3/6 winners too.

    Postman kicked off day 3 with Chantry House at a big price, Elvis had the 2nd at a nice price too. Then in the 2nd, Dazzman and DC both had the big winner Mrs Milner. Allaho was strongly touted before Azz put up Flooring Porter with DC mentioning the 2nd. A few put up the short Shunter whilst De Nero had two placed at bigger than 20/1, Elvis gave the winner at 8s in Tellmesmthgirl whilst the Plug’s placed at 28s. Mount Ida won the last and had also been mentioned.

    Day 4 was almost a low key affair if it wasn’t for Dazzman, a couple had Adagio at a nice ew price for 2nd, EWT and Dazz put up big priced place horses, then it got even better for Dazz whose day 4 post was a banger, him and the plug both had the 20/1 winner in Vanillier. A bit quiet up till the last where Dazz rounded off one of the posts of the week as he and DC also mentioned the 33/1 third.

    Yes there were a lot of picks but the strike rate was something else, take a bow.

    • Deb2000 3 years ago

      It was pretty obvious busstop comment was just tongue & cheek 😁 it certainly didn’t come across anymore than that to me.

    • insider 3 years ago

      i disagree with you 100%, but let’s not dwell on that, i simply used what he said as an excuse to say one last well done to the thread.

    • busstop.2018 3 years ago

      deb2000 thanks and it was just tounge & cheek as everyone knows . I also said in the same sentence there have been some good winners but off course hes not mentioned that .Was a great week on the thread with everyone helping and supporting each other and thats the main thing.

      Insider threads been great and friendly pal so need to do this stirring rubbish.


    • insider 3 years ago

      stirring nothing, you throw your toys out of the pram for not getting enough credit/praise all the time. you leave more often than I do. if you want to make an issue out of it, here is what you said:

      “One worry for us all nobody on the thread picked the winner of the biggest race . been some good tips though.”

      i’m not sure why anyone would take that as tongue in cheek, btw it’s not tongue AND cheek.

      the fact i wrote 20 lines of good stuff, and you want to cling on to me mentioning something you actually wrote… is a bit laughable.

      the fact you closed your post off with ”BEEN SOME GOOD WINNERS THOUGH” suggests, you were deadly serious in what you said. so you were throwing ‘shade’ for no reason whatsoever, having been here for over 5 years though i’d bet any amount you like on the fact you weren’t getting much plaudits, history repeats itself. i mean you created a 2nd account and also 3-4 years ago you used to get trolled by about 5 accounts, rumours said they were all your own accounts ‘mr self congratulator’

    • busstop.2018 3 years ago

      dear me i just thought after a great week on the thread would have been good if a few had picked the winner of the gold cup to round off a great week nobody else has seen this any other way .Where you get this praise thing from i dont know .
      I just enjoy my racing like joining in and the sharing of info and ideas on this great thread nothing more.

      You obviousley have something against me I dont know why as you continually pick at me but the thread dosent need this.

      so please just ignore my comments and i will do the same and leave the thread to continue in harmony.


  25. nazac 3 years ago

    1:30 kempton Straw Fan Jack – max point bet

  26. Jayell61 3 years ago

    My Lucky 31 for today. Avoid at all costs. LOL

    1350 Uttox. Milvale @ 10/1
    1425 Uttox. Shanty Alley. @ 9/2
    1500 Uttox. Gustavian. @ 4/1
    1535 Uttox. Captain Drake. @ 12/1
    1620 N. Mick Maestro. @. 5/2

    Well done everyone during Cheltenham. Thankfully came out ahead this year for a change. Good luck for today everyone

  27. elvis parsley 3 years ago

    Midlands national.
    Prime venture
    The two amigos
    Both 16-1 ew paying 5 places.

    • elvis parsley 3 years ago

      Finnegans garden 2-45 fontwell 9-4 NAP.

      Old codger now at 12 but will run his race and is consistent.
      Won this 2 years ago.
      Trainer already had a winner today ……….

  28. ew thief 3 years ago

    Afternoon all well done everyone this week some belters 👍
    Millvale 1.50u 10-1
    Acey Milan 2.25u 11-1
    Kauto d armour 2.35n 8-1
    Vive le roi 2.40k 7-1
    Winningseverything 3.00u 12-1
    Manofthemountain 3.15k 12-1
    The two amigos 3.35u 14-1
    Ew singles & ew super hienz ☘️☘️Gl all🍺🍺

  29. Gateacre Pete 3 years ago

    Balkalin. 4th hope you where on😁

    • Sid74 3 years ago

      Thank pete had him 4 places 55/1. Top man 👍

    • Deb2000 3 years ago

      Got 59s Pete but only 1st 3 😪😪
      Great tip again though mate well done landing yours with extra places 👏👏

  30. insider 3 years ago

    fry and bowen hope u nibbled elvis :D

  31. dazzman1979 3 years ago

    3:35 uttoxeter- Springfield fox 33/1 4places e/w

  32. Deb2000 3 years ago

    The huge McManus gamble/plot job takes the Midlands national

    • recoba 3 years ago

      Good day and well done the winners!

      Having a patent of sorts in the USA 🐎 🇺🇸

      3x singles and a Trixie but I’m not putting the same amount on each horse,still 7 bets though…

      Gulfstream-R10…Pacific Gale. 13/8(*****) Clear pick after a G2 run and I don’t think price will last long.
      Sam Houston-R3. Victory Boulevard(beaten 7l by the excellent Darian lto in a lot better race,must go close looking at his run before(***)
      Aquaduck -R9… Irresistible Girl(**)

      GL all

    • recoba 3 years ago

      Fair Ground-R12 ….Colonel Liam 13/8(**)

      Could take the 3 above in a Yankee but I’ll just stick to my original thoughts as it’s the best hirse for me but a tough race with some with any amount of improvement in them.

      GL yoll

  33. recoba 3 years ago


    Victory Boulevard 7/2
    Irresistible Girl. 15/8.


    • Sid74 3 years ago

      Had a little trixie. Good luck 🤞👍

    • recoba 3 years ago

      Need to swap it Sid for Colonel Liam as Victory Boulevard is NR!

      Cheers and good luck! 👍🇺🇸🐎

    • recoba 3 years ago

      Or the new favourite at Sam Houston looks the pick now but I’ve just edited my bet on Bet365 I hope you’ve the option too. Looks like there’s been rain which is the only reason it’s NR

      Why when…
      “his mother was a mudder,his father was a mudder he’s big mudder…loves de mud! He’s a mudder!” 😂

  34. Sid74 3 years ago

    Cheers recoba.
    Been watching rugby and missed post.
    Odds have shortened now 🤦‍♂️.
    Got holy vow, colonel liam and irresistible girl in trixie. 🤞
    Appreciate all the help 👍🤞

    • recoba 3 years ago

      No worries!
      2/3 and 2x singles in mate especially good with the (*****) coming in. Still hope you took a single or changed anyway regardless n got something back?
      2nd favourite ended up NR for Colonel Liam race so yeah the odds went.

  35. recoba 3 years ago

    Going to back Holy Vow myself Sid74?

    • recoba 3 years ago

      Lovely night in US of A Sid74! 👍

  36. Sid74 3 years ago

    Thanks recoba.
    Couple of winners and a 2nd.
    A few more tokens in the betting pot👍

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