Friday was quite a good day with 7 winners from 15 choices giving a £5.12 profit from £1 level stakes. Admittedly some of the prices were a little on the skinny side, but a winner is a winner (winner-winner-chickendinner!).
All-weather Saturday action is limited to just one evening meeting at Wolverhampton. Here are a few to keep an eye on....
· 6.20 Littlesuzie - Unplaced
· 6.50 Kames Park - Unplaced
· 7.20 Kidlat - 3rd 13/2
· 7.50 Snow Dancer - Unplaced
· 8.20 Haaf A Sixpence - Won 8/13
· 9.20 Lethal - Unplaced
Away from the sand, the highlight of the Saturday National Hunt cards is the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, but as I cannot make my mind up about that I'll post a few thoughts on the Stan James Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle (2.20). Sadly only 5 line up for the 2 mile, Grade 1 contest, and arguments can be made for the chances of BINOCULAR, OVERTURN and CELESTIAL HALO.
2010 Champion Hurdler BINOCULAR will most likely go off odds-on, but he may be up against it having been off the track for over 6 months, as opposed to his 2 rivals who have run far more recently. A class act however and is certainly capable of coming here fresh and winning, but in recent seasons has a habit of needing the run.
CELESTIAL HALO has certainly flourished since returning to hurdling after an ill-fated spell over the larger obstacles and won at Wincanton earlier this month. As much as I like him, in my opinion he is not quite in the same top class as his main 2 rivals in this contest.
I will therefore plump for Don McCain's OVERTURN, who impressed me greatly at Ascot last week, winning the Coral Hurdle. He jumped like a stag and set an unrelenting pace to score by 27 lengths. My only slight concern is that if he and Celestial Halo both try to set the pace, they may well run each other into the ground and leave an opening for Binocular or even one of the outsiders to slip through on the blind side.
KOSTA BRAVA and STORMY WEATHER, both available at up to 100/1, make up the field of 5.
- 2.20 Overturn
We return on Monday, again at Wolverhampton, with what looks to be a very much run-of-the-mill all-weather flat card. Hope to see you then (all being well).
Am off later to watch Biggleswade United v Haringey Borough, in the Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, kick-off 3.00
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Come on United!