COUNT AND BE MERRI TOMORROW!

STUART MARTIN

Last weekend was quite successful with a winning nap and two selections being heavily backed but just missing the places, hoping for another profitable day tomorrow.

This weekends main racing takes place at Cheltenham, with trials for the festival taking place.

It’s a shame there are no Irish contenders, they are staying at home for their Dublin festival next weekend.

The ITV cameras are of course at Cheltenham and also at Doncaster where there’s the Sky Bet Handicap Chase and three grade two’s on the card.

The racing starts at Cheltenham at 12.40 and my first bet of the day is ROWLAND WARD at around 5-2.

 I like the way he quickened at Kempton, he also had subsequent winner Goa Lil behind, Goa Lil when he won had two previous winners behind including Lord Lamington,  that form has substance, also Rowland Ward was a pretty useful stayer on the flat and will take a deal of beating.

The Novice Handicap Chase at 1-15 looks nice and difficult, Imperial Aura is bang solid but also priced accordingly, the one I’ve found at 16-1 is SULLY D’OC AA, a bit disappointing last time at Ascot, any horse can be forgiven for a bad run there. The time before at Newbury he travelled very well and only the well handicapped Fanion D’estruval beat him, he had subsequent winner The Flying Sofa behind and holds Encore Champs on the Newbury form. Trainer Anthony Honeyball is 6 from 12 in the last two weeks, so a small each way bet is advised.

The 1-50 is ultra competitive but here is my days nap COUNT MERIBEL at around 9-1.

He has useful course novice form and has handy weight pulls with all the runners reappearing against him behind Happy Diva, his previous run behind Lostintranslation looks good too with that horse beating Bristol De Mai at Haydock in a Grade one and the fourth My Old Gold (beaten 11 lengths) winning a handicap next time off a handicap mark of 141.

Count Meribel is handicapped to run very well and trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies won this three years ago with Foxtail Hill.

A small each way saver is suggested on old boy GARDE LA VICTOIRE at around 14-1, his run last time gives him a sporting chance of reversing form with My Way and has a five pound pull in the weights, that run would of been needed and blown away the cobwebs. His previous run off an eight pound lower mark at Chepstow with next time out BetVictor winner Baron Alco only just in front gives him an excellent chance, not to mention all the back class the horse has.

Finally the last couple of bets advised are running in the 3-15 Doncaster, small each way bets on both OK CORRAL and GOOD MAN PAT at around 11-1 and 12-1 respectively.

I originally liked Dingo Dollar and still do, but at twice the price I have to be interested in OK Corral, he started at a shorter price than Dingo Dollar in the Ladbroke Trophy and is five pound better off tomorrow.

He has some fantastic form and is reacquainted with Derek O’Connor who won on him in a Listed Chase at Warwick last year and off top weight may be different class.

Trainer Alan King has won this twice in the last four years and has favourite Dingo Dollar as already mentioned, but his second string Good Man Pat is very interesting. He was well backed and started only 15-2 to win the Caspian Caviar at Cheltenham last time, he’s a much bigger price tomorrow and a return to the three mile trip could be just the order, he shaped extremely well on his reappearance at Ascot.

Good luck with your bets tomorrow, be lucky.

1 PT WIN ROWLAND WARD

1/2 PT E/W SULLY D’OC AA

1 PT E/W COUNT MERIBEL

1/2 PT E/W GARDE LA VICTOIRE

1/2 PT E/W OK CORRAL

1/2 PT E/W GOOD MAN PAT

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