Today’s Info 18th October 2014
Tough love yesterday at the track with good runs but no luck, Big Baz and Vibrato Valtat well backed and coming up shy of the target whilst Benbane Head was always one to find a fence too big one time to many – hopefully none the worse!
With it being the big day at Ascot I’ve already nailed some colours to the mast with “Lay Of The Century” my view on the prices for Forgotten Rules in the opener – read the full blog here
It’s not that I don’t think he is a star and hopefully he is good enough for those that support him today to land a race containing two Gold Cup winners because that would be special but at the current odds and the option to take a view you have to be against! What wins, well I don’t mind but it is a baptism of serious fire for the Weld star.
Free Eagle is another gem and hopefully puts on a special show if allowed to take his chance. The connections couldn’t be more glowing and his performance at Leopardstown was a spine tingle inducer.
There could be a a special one on show that is the wrong price in our favour and that is Chiquita for the O’Brien camp. Nothing wrong with two runs back and was close enough in the Arc to be of serious interest in this contest at 2.55. Had a poor draw in France but nothing of the that to worry about here or nothing like the same caliber of rival so very much looks a value play on the best of her form and the softly softly approach back the track can pay dividends now.
I’ve got to the point with Gabrial’s Kaka, who runs in the Balmoral Handicap that I have to keep rolling in at big prices for fear of missing out. I fancied him at Newmarket but that went horribly wrong through no real fault of anyone’s whilst he has been unlucky other times this year and I’m convinced it will drop right shortly. Jamie Spencer back on is a massive plus as they definitely get on well but the heavy ground is a little unknown but he will travel on it and hopefully can weave through plenty who don’t. Always held in massive regard and hopefully one big effort left in the tank for this year.
At Cheltenham I am keen on the chances of Persian Snow in the Handicap Chase at 2.35pm as this fella really came together last year after some problems and with a bit more luck would have figured in a good race at last years Festival. It’s not a big field which will really help him to get some clear runs at the fences and he looks well treated if continuing the upward curve and does go well fresh.
Going to take a chance also with Golden Chieftain who is very much hit and miss but back at Cheltenham with Brendan Powell up on a nice mark he is the dark horse in a very open looking contest at 3.45pm. When he is good he is very very good and at the prices there are worse stabs at a Saturday wager on a day that should be great viewing.
Good luck with your selections and if following me in then hopefully we have a bit of value and hit the board during the afternoon.
Cheltenham 2.35 – Persian Snow 1pt Win – 8/1 Lads and William Hill
Cheltenham 3.45 – Golden Chieftain 0.75pt Win – 14/1 Lads and BetfairSB
Ascot 2.55 – Chicquita 0.75pt Win – 6/1 General
Ascot 4.45 – Gabrial’s Kaka 0.75pt Win – 20/1 General
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