Yesterday was a case of close but no cigar with us having three seconds, lets hope today we are on the right end of the close finishes.
My first bet is in the 1-30 SPORTING JOHN at around 7-2.
It’s extremely hard to take on Envoi Allen with the runs yesterday of Abacadbras and Darver Star franking his form, but the trip in testing ground might just stretch him out.
I’ve been banging on all year to my colleagues at work about Sporting John, ever since he won his first novice hurdle at Exeter. That day he picked up six lengths on a not stopping Harry Senior (subsequent G2 winner) with next time out winners in 3rd.4th and 5th. His next win was nothing more than an exercise canter under a penalty, but still useful form, it was only his last time out win when people finally took notice of him and his ability. He beat a useful yardstick in Pipesmoker 2 ¼ lengths giving him 8lb, Pipesmoker was only beaten a couple of lengths by Chantry House on his previous run and that horse ran well to come third in the Supreme yesterday.
I suggest a little saver on the overpriced LONGHOUSE POET at around 20/1, stamina definitely won’t be a problem for him, his form ties in with Elixir D’ainay who wasn’t beat when persistent hampered my the fav in the Supreme yesterday.
He also has form with Envoi Allen when beaten seven lengths, but on this going I can see him finishing a lot closer as he is more of a stayer out of the two.
My next bets run in 2-10, first up I like COPPERHEAD at around 5-1.
He’s a very likeable improving progressive staying chaser similar to yesterdays second Lord De Mesnil, I’m hoping this will turn into a real stamina test in the conditions, as that would really suit. His win in the Reynoldstown at Ascot was very impressive and I like his economical jumping too.
I suggest a saver on PYM at 28-1,he’s ridiculously priced after just one bad run.
His win at Cheltenham over a furlong further in December was franked yesterday in no uncertain terms by Imperial Aura, also his previous win at Ascot had winners galore behind him.
The Coral Cup at 2-50 is normally my kind of race, I like a couple here.
Firstly CANARDIER at around 12-1, after an aborted try chasing he’s interestingly changed stables from Dermot Mcloughlin to champion trainer Willie Mullins.
If he can eke out a bit of improvement he has to be bang there, he ran a brilliant race in fifth last year going around the unflavoured inside of the track.
Secondly I like ALFA MIX at around 14-1, he’s progressed nicely out of novices into handicap company, but the interesting thing here is JP Mcmanus has recently purchased him and he has the favourite here. He finished miles clear along with top weight Kilfinora at Navan, the third has since gone on to win out of that race and I thought he really should of won that race.
My final bets are in the bumper 5-30.
I like THE GLANCING QUEEN at around 16-1, she looks like she’s been saved for this after her superb fifth in this race last year. That form is exceptional and if she is a hunded per cent she’s got be involved here at juicy odds.
Finally I suggest a saver on FERNY HOLLOW at around 14-1.
It’s interesting that the trainer has the fav here but has previous of winning this with not the apparent first string when Champagne Fever and Briar Hill won.
I like the way the horse seemed to improve for the addition of a hood at Fairyhouse, travelling sweetly all the way and this big field race could really suit.
Be lucky with your bets and gamble responsibly!
1 PT E/W SPORTING JOHN (1-30 CH)
½ PT E/W LONGHOUSE POET (1-30 CH)
1 PT E/W COPPERHEAD (2-10 CH)
½ PT E/W PYM (2-10 CH)
¾ PT E/W CANARDIER (2-50 CH)
¾ PT E/W ALFA MIX (2-50 CH)
1 PT E/W THE GLANCING QUEEN (5-30 CH)
½ PT E/W FERNY HOLLOW (5-30 CH)