ANOTHER two winning bets last weekend with Masterminded and the impressive Hurricane Fly both scoring.
Carole’s Legacy just met one too good in Sparky May who looks top class and should be followed, sure to run well in decent hurdle events.
On Saturday there is a top class card at Cheltenham to get involved with and could lead us to some pointers for the festival come March.
Tidal Bay is a top class horse who won the Cleeve Hurdle at this track last year; he acts really well around this course. He ran Imperial Commander to just a length last time out in the Betfair Chase that is top form and is the value call this weekend.
Tidal Bay has run total of 9 times at Cheltenham with 4 wins and 3 places during that time this is very consistent and is of interest in what looks like a value price to finish in the top 3.
Looking at the overall level of form he has won or placed in no less than 13 class 1 races that has to be taken into account as impressive even at the age of 10 he merits major respect.
Cheltenham 2:30 – Tidal Bay (Advised @ 11/2)
The Novices hurdle is a fantastic looking race – pending all entries are still in the race come Saturday. With the likes of Backspin, Rock on Ruby and Champion Court all in here off the back off good performances last time out.
The course form is important so I will side with Champion Court to uphold the level of form.
He is entered to run at Doncaster and Hereford also this weekend so keep an eye on your race-cards. The win at this course last time in the Grade 2 novice hurdle beating Sybarite by 7 lengths is strong form. Sybarite is upholding a decent level at the moment and both of these horses will win many decent events. Rock on Ruby’s flat win here at this track was useful and he stepped up to hurdles last time out he could be anything so is regarded as the danger.
Cheltenham 3:05 – Champion Court @ SP.
Over at Doncaster we have the Skybet Chase run over 3 miles it is a class 1 chase and is a very tricky race to call.
To me the stand out bet is Wogan who has decent course form and should run well for each-way backers. He was placed behind King Fontaine last time out but will have come on for the run since and looks like the type to do well. Looking into the overall form he will stay the trip, Act on the ground and handles the track so with some luck in running he should not be out of the top 4.
With the stable also in good recent form it is worth following the runner’s right up to and including the festival.
Doncaster 3:20 – Wogan (Advised @ 14/1)