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MUD-SOAKED silks, tweed, West Country dairy farmers and old, familiar names like Definitly Red, Presenting Percy and Cyrname.
Jumps racing is back with a bang and you won’t be able to take your eyes off it until April.
Saturday brings all sorts of fun from Ascot, Wetherby, Down Royal and Ayr and I have a few selections that I fancy to run well at decent prices. Have a listen to the Gambla Racing Podcast where we discuss those fancied runners:
My selection here is SHE'SASUPERMACK who I think looks progressive and has potential on only her third run over fences. She is also entered in the 1.35pm at Wetherby as a second choice so keep an eye out for that if she ends up going there. She is a bet for me in either race.
FLAMINGER is a progressive five year old chaser who has the advantage of a run under his belt this season in comparison to rivals like Ibleo and Capeland. He looks a cracking each way bet to me at the current prices.
In this race Verdana Blue should win very easily and if anything should be shorter than 4-7. My angle into the race is to back MRS HYDE without the favourite. She was 20-1 earlier but has already been backed in a bit to 12-1 but once the ‘without the favourite' markets become available on Saturday morning I suspect she will still be decent value. I'll update this article once the prices are available. Mrs Hyde has the benefit of math sharpness having already had a run this season and should be closer to the 2nd favourite in the betting in my view.
2.25pm Down Royal
A fascinating race lies in store here with my old pal Presenting Percy taking on favourite Delta Work and plenty other highly rated three mile chasers. I don't have a strong view on the race with so many having their first run in a season where they will have other targets later on. One that might be of interest at a huge price though is BALKO DES FLOS who is a class act on his day, is only 9 and has already had a run this season (albeit a very average run). He might be able to outrun his price of 33-1 if he can recapture some of his old zest and is worth a small each way bet.
In a race where you have to wonder about Cyrname getting the 3 mile trip (if he does the current 11-4 that is available will look pretty silly) I turn to DEFINITLY RED who is a course and distance winner and can run well first time out. If the old boy fancies it he could still be tanking along when others have cried enough and is worth backing each way at a double figure price.
I made the mistake last week of passing over the Henry Daly trained Honest Vic who then obliged at 12-1. I won't be making the same mistake again and I think that second season chaser WHATMORE has plenty of potential off his mark of 138. He ran well to get in the frame at the Cheltenham Festival and I think he can go from strength to strength this season.
Ayr - 1:42 pm
5-1 @ Bet365
Ascot - 1:55 pm
7-1 @ William Hill
Wetherby - 2:10 pm
@ William Hill
Down Royal - 2:25 pm
33-1 @ BetVictor
Wetherby - 3:20 pm
12-1 @ Bet365
Ascot - 3:40 pm