Tuesday, 1 December 2015

I'm a racehorse get me out of here!!

After a few days off from the blog we are back with news that the Grand National start time is being moved back to 5.15pm to cater to a larger audience. I'm sure at one time the start used to be about 3.15pm but in this money grabbing world we live in the potential extra revenue is too lucrative to ignore and the old values are lost. Looking into the future the commentary may eventually go like this "as we are about to go out onto the second circuit we are going for a short commercial break but you can vote now to save who you want to keep in the race by dialing any of the telephone numbers printed on your racecard. We will be back shortly to reveal the result and see which horses, you have decided, can carry on with the race and be in with a chance of winning the Grand National"!!

I didn't have a selection for the Hennessy but I left you with the words of Paul Kealy(see below) from last weeks Weekender and questioned why he was deserting Smad Place :

"Smad Place, fifth without the benefit of a prep run 12 months ago, was my initial fancy after a sparkling return at Kempton, but the value has been squeezed out of him over the last couple of weeks".
Those are the words of Paul Kealy, who is a great tipster, in today's Weekender. Because there is no value he has now changed his mind and has picked another two runners in this weekends Hennessy and they are If In Doubt(10/1) and Theatre Guide.
What does he actually mean by "there is no value" - surely if by his thought process he thought Smad Place(6/1) was going to win a few weeks ago then it's still going to win, isn't it??, Has the form changed??

Unfortunately those words of wisdom came back to bite Kealy hard and I hope some of you stayed loyal, like me, to back Smad Place to win.

Onto today and Dan Skelton and Paul Nicholls runners at Southwell where the going is soft :

Dan Skelton
2.20 - At The Top returned here in a Class 4 national hunt novices hurdle on 09/11 to finish 4th and it is hoped she has come on for that run as the stable think she has a bright future if she can get it together on the track. She gets the 7lb mares allowance and if she does improve for her run as plenty of the stables do then she has an ew chance.

3.20 - Tommy Rapper has his first start in this Class 6 bumper. He was apparently ready to run in the spring but the going was not suitable. He is said to be an impressive looking horse and the stable are 4-13 in bumpers at the track. He is certainly worth a look in the market as some of the stables runners have been ready first time and therefore an eye to where the money is going could be the key to this race. - 2nd 11/2

Paul Nicholls
2.20 - All Set To Go has a flat rating of 100 and competed in Group company in Ireland before being acquired. His dam is a half sister to the Chester cup winner Anak Pekan. He had a disappointing start to his hurdling career at Kempton in May when a well beaten 4th and since then he has had his wind sorted out. A lot better is expected from this horse and he should appreciate the soft going and being fitted with a tongue tie for his second start over hurdles and a bold run is on the cards.
One More Go looks to have been shrewdly purchased by Dr Richard Newland and having been beaten just five and a half lengths into 12th in the Cesarewitch he will come into his own over further.

All Set To Go - 1 point win @ 9/4 888sport - 1st sp 5/2


  1. Well done.
    I will post a link on twitter.

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  3. Another winner for the blog ! and an easy winner it was too - not sure how it managed to go off at 5/2 but happy days!!