We certainly hit the crossbar a few times this week with the County Hurdle second, third and fourth, let’s hope for some better fortune this afternoon.
My first bet is in the 2-25 Uttoxeter, SAM’S ADVENTURE at around 5/1.
I like bottom weights around Uttoxeter in heavy ground, this stayer has a couple of decent runs in the conditions, especially his run in January at Newcastle behind this blogs favourite Lord Du Mesnil. He had subsequent winners Donna’s Delight and Hill Sixteen behind him that day, I also like the pipe opener on the all weather last time to freshen him up for today’s race.
I also want a saver on poor jumper AYE AYE CHARLIE at around 10-1.
If he could actually put a trouble free round of jumping he would be a good thing here. His hurdle form is different class to this opposition, and his chase run at Cheltenham in December behind Pym and Imperial Aura is excellent.
My last bets are in the 3-35 Uttoxeter, I like maiden chaser PRIME VENTURE at around 9-1.
Today’s conditions of heavy ground and extreme trip are right up his street, he was fourth in this last year a better renewal in my opinion, fourth in the Welsh National just behind today’s favourite Truckers Lodge and I think this is his going to be the day he breaks his duck.
Finally I suggest a saver on POTTERS LEGEND at around 20-1.
He looks overpriced to me, his run at Cheltenham in November was full of promise, finishing just behind the enigmatic The West Approach. He had the like of Ramses De Teillee behind that day, he goes well on soft terrain and looks worth a try at this longer trip.
1 POINT E/W SAM’S ADVENTURE (2-25 UTTOXETER)
½ POINT E/W AYE AYE CHARLIE (2-25 UTTOXETER)
1 POINT E/W PRIME VENTURE (3-35 UTTOXETER)
½ POINT E/W POTTERS LEGEND (3-35 UTTOXETER)