Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Midweek Meetings at Chepstow and Warwick

A winner for the blog today in Vibrato Valtat advised at 100/30, the race pretty much went as I thought save it was Dunraven Storm that gave him a lead and not Third Intention.

"Apart from a scary jump at the last fence, Vibrato Valtat was very good and he seems a much stronger horse this year. He has the option of going to Cheltenham on Sunday week but I would think he will give that a miss and go straight to Sandown for the Tingle Creek" - Paul Nicholls, trainer.

Dan Skelton didn't fare as well with his two runners but the going looked very soft and that may be an explanation. 

On another note Venetia Williams stable has had 3 winners in the last two days and she runs just two tomorrow.

Paul Nicholls
1.45 - Baoulet Delaroque was purchased by Anthony Bromley and he thinks this might be a dark horse to keep on the right side of. He ran an eye catching race at Enghien in April even though he was still babyish and immature. He is said to have come on a fair bit over the summer and he could be anything.

2.50 - Alibi De Sivola is out of a half sister to the very useful Reve De Sivola. He ran a race full of promise on his sole start in 2014 in an all weather hurdle - since when he has been sidelined with an injury. There isn't a great deal of information about him and he may be best just watched on this occasion.

3.20 - The Eaglehaslanded has won a point to point, a bumper and 2 novice hurdles to date so he is versatile and the stable expect him to improve as the season goes on. He won again on his return in an amateur riders novices hurdle over 2m 7f on good to firm going under 11-10. I think chasing was the intended plan next but he has been given a workable mark of 121h by the handicapper. He is up against Philip Hobbs Sykes here in this handicap hurdle over  2m 7f 131y and the chances are The Eaglehaslanded will improve for his comeback run and the softer going.

Dan Skelton
4.20 - Crockery was placed in all three point to points with the form of the races working out well. The stable say that she should be able to win a mares novices hurdle without too much fuss. She starts here in a 2m bumper and receives a 7lb mares allowance and the assured Bridget Andrews claims another 5lb. If she arrives here fit enough then you would have to think with her pointing experience she would run well with the weight advantage, but this looks a fair bumper for this stage of the season so a win is probably a step too far.

2.05 - Cobra De Mai ran twice in France for McCaire winning a bumper in June over 1m 4f on his second start. He is said to be an interesting prospect and a chaser for the future as he's very good jumper of a fence. He starts here in a Class 4 3yo maiden hurdle over 2m and is up against a decent sort in Alan King's Pemba, another French recruit, a filly who is being targeted at the Listed Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree in December.

2.40 - Willow's Saviour returns after 683 days in this 2m novice chase. He won the Ladbroke hurdle at Ascot off 130 beating Ptit Zig by 4 lengths.I think the stable envisaged taking that route again during the summer but he is sent novice chasing now so he must have shown a liking for the larger obstacles. The stable are hoping that their patience with him during his injury can be rewarded and 2m on soft going are his ideal conditions so he has every chance of a winning return.

4.10 - Al Reesha's  - I don't know much about this horse save that she is a filly from a nice family.

Bets ;
At this stage I would like to see how the markets develop overnight so you will need to make another visit to the blog at about 10.30am tomorrow.

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