THURSDAY'S selection Sea Wall was soundly beaten by the favourite Moabit so it’s back to the drawing board for Friday to find some more winners.
There is some decent enough jumps action at Sandown, Leicester and Ayr and we also have all weather racing from Newcastle as well as two meetings over in Ireland.
Finnegan's Garden is now a non-runner at Leicester so I'm left with two picks.
At Sandown they have the extremely prestigious Grand Military Gold Cup, a race which was first run in 1841 and is exclusively for horses owned by serving or retired military personnel and also ridden by serving or retired military personnel.
It is similar to the Royal Artillery Gold Cup in that respect, a race won a few weeks ago by RATHLIN ROSE over course and distance , ridden by Captain Guy Disney who also won the 2017 runnings of this race and the Royal Artillery Gold Cup with the same horse Rathlin Rose.
What makes Captain Disney’s achievements in these races more remarkable is that he wears a prosthetic leg after suffering an injury in Helmand Province in 2009.
The horse loves this course and distance and will be trained to perfection for the race by the David Pipe team. Although the horse is favourite I have no qualms in backing it because I can see another victory in this remarkable fairytale.
The hunter chase at 4.20pm may seem a strange place for my next tip but I think THROTHEHATCH has a really strong chance at a good price. His past form is better than most of these and he has been ticking over in point to point races recently. A return to his old form should see him go close.
- 3.40 Sandown – Rathlin Rose – 4pt win at 7-4 with Bet365, William Hill
- 4.20 Leicester – Throthehatch – 2pt e/w at 7-1 with Bet365 and BetVictor
Johnb's Friday Tips
- Leopardstown 3:30 – Drumconnor Lad 4-1 NAP
- Sandown 3:40 – Baden 11-2 NB
- Dundalk 8:00 – Lily’s Prince 5-1