I’M pleased to say I am stepping in for Alan Thomson over the next fortnight with some daily tips as Thommo takes a well-earned break and recharges the batteries ahead of Cheltenham.
He will though post a Cheltenham preview next week so watch out for that.
Wednesday’s card has been decimated by the cold snap but as I write the all-weather fixture at Wolverhampton is living up to its name and seems to have survived.
If you like a wee double with short-priced favourites have a look at King Kevin (3.20) and Compatriot (3.50) both of which look to have strong favourites chances.
In the 2.15 I think Ian Williams will hold the key because he has both Babette (-1) and Ok By Me (4-1). My advice would be to watch the market and follow whichever of those two is popular.
My tip though comes in the 4.25 where NAUTICAL HAVEN looks by far the best of these when you consider Afandem looked to have completely chucked the game at the end of the flat season, finishing 10th of 10 and 16th of 16 on his last two starts.
Afandem has switched yards to Mark Johnston and while the master of Middleham might be able to rejuvenate him the early prices are all wrong putting him almost as joint favourite here.
Nautical Haven is rock solid and this is a drop in class for him against some out-of-form horses. A repeat of his last couple of runs should be enough for the win. Upavon is probably the main danger but I’m happy to get on board Nautical Haven in these calmer waters.
Good luck and let’s hope we can have a nice profitable fortnight together in the run up to Cheltenham.
Johnb's Wednesday Tips
- Wolverhampton 4.25 – Afandem
- Newcastle 5.15 – Keir Hardie
- Australia Rosehill Gardens 3am – Terminology (3-1, P
- Bendigo 5.10am – Chess Star (3-1, Sky Bet)
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