Last weekend was a little bit disappointing but we ﬁnished it strongly with OK CORAL, letʼs hope we start this one ahead as we ﬁnished the last.
Thereʼs some fantastic racing ahead this weekend especially at Leopardstown with grade oneʼs galore, thereʼs also a couple of good meetings in the UK at Sandown and Musselburgh where the ITV cameras are, the highlight being the Betway Scilly Isles Novice Chase at 2.25.
My ﬁrst bet on Saturday is in the 2-05 Musselburgh, as long as the ground doesnʼt deteriorate too much I really like the forecast fav here ASHINGTON at around 4-1. He looks a young unexposed type and travelled all over the winner here over course and distance last time, only to get mugged late by two course specialists in Sir Chauvelin and Project Bluebook. I think if Brian Hughes had his time again he wouldnʼt of sat so close to the strong pace that day and waited that little bit longer before pressing the button. I can see him doing much the same tomorrow, but this time getting the job done, Project Bluebook is the main danger.
The next race Iʼm interested in is the 3-00 Sandown and I like the chances of a couple here and suggest a couple of small each way bets. The ﬁrst one is LIMITED RESERVE at around 8-1, he has perfect form in heavy conditions being three from three, has a course win on his CV and the way he stayed on last time Iʼm not too concerned about the step up in trip, Iʼm expecting him to improve for it.
For my other selection Iʼm going to take a ﬂyer on COOLE CODY at around 33-1, he has previous when popping up at rewarding odds, 25-1 at Cheltenham in a G3 handicap and more importantly in this race last year when also 33-1. He led until the last that day despite setting a searching gallop, only the well handicapped Lord Napier picked him up and heʼs running off a six pound lower mark tomorrow.
The 3.35 at Sandown sees my best bet of the day running in DEISE ABA at around 10-1, after a conﬁdence winning run last time I looked to the horses previous run at Ascot where he ﬁnished fourth to Pym. The winner, second, third and seventh from that race have won subsequently and the ﬁfth came second, it looks an excellent piece of form and Pymʼs form had an extra frank last week with the brilliant run of Imperial Aura (now favourite for Close Brothers at Cheltenham in March). Deise Abaʼs debut novice hurdle win last year at Chepstow has umpteen winners behind, he travelled like a class horse that day, the owner Trevor Hemmings loves a staying chaser, this horse looks a ready improver and is trending back in the right direction.
I also suggest a small ew saver on AS DE MEE at around 8-1, trainer Paul Nicholls has been banging in the winners this week (6/17 in last two weeks) and this horse has very good course form and back class. He has been second to Bristol De Mai, third to Ar Mad here (both grade ones) has a real liking for heavy ground too. His last time out run suggests a step back up in trip is what he needs and the run at Aintree was full of promise too. Be lucky this weekend and gamble responsibly! 1 PT E/W ASHINGTON 1/2 PT E/W LIMITED RESERVE 1/2 PT E/W COOLE CODY 1 PT E/W DEISE ABA 1/2 PT E/W AS DE MEE