We head into day 3 there has been a fair bit of rain. Saturday was tough most of the selections ran well and a good few just missed out on the frame which clearly would have swung my day back to the positive. There was some top class racing the only real dark cloud was the run of Audacious Plan who ran a shocker happy to put a line through it. I really thought going down the hill Irish Cavalier would win travelled superbly. Leave at Dawn was very good he was my only winner on the day and I reckon he will win again he looks progressive. The financial starts are for the open meeting we head into the last day minus 11.24 points for the entire meeting.My other track selections appear on my twitter feed @DerekMcGeehan
Lets crack into Day 3:
Maputo has been winning and looked progressive to date he has not raced at a track like Cheltenham .I think Simon Squirrel can run a big one here he was impressive last time out. Mister miyagi and Drumlee Sunset raced here at the last meeting,Mister miyagi won that day but there is a 6 pound swing here.
I do like Altior his win at Chepstow has been franked. Altior is a son of High Chaparral who go on this type of ground
Altior 3pt win 5/2
This is traditionally a good race Paul Nicholls has a superb record in this. Garde La Victoire is Fav he won the Greatwood at this meeting last year I am not super he deserves to be evens. Fox Norton is good and has been winning. Dormello Mo has been running well and had a decent run here the last day behind Rock the World.
The one I want to be with is Calipto I have always liked this horse he was very good on his debut.
Calipto 3pt win 4/1
The 2 mile chase division in England is very weak. Sprinter Sacre was one of the best 2 mile chasers I have ever seen but he is a light of other days sadly. It is unreal to say he gets weight of all his rivals here! Simply Ned is only an ok horse ,Somersby is without doubt a stunning equine vision but he finds winning hard.Savello could run well at a big price. Mr Mole is a reformed dodge pot but at least knows how to win. It is a mess of a race
Mr Mole 2pt win 9/2
Savello 1pt win 14/1
A real difficult handicap.Waxies Dargle is Fav I have never liked his jumping so no for me. Mick Jazz always travels like the best horse in the race then one runs past him. Nabucco is very solid and should make the frame.Old Guard,bouveril and days of heaven are all respected.
There is 2 horses I really want to be with here.Devilment who is a very talented horse I liked what he did here the last day and the soft ground will not phase him. The otther horse is Renneti he has form on soft ground aran a blinder in the Cesarwitch the last time.
Devilment 1pt each way 16/1
Rennetti 2pt each way 10/1
A nightmare of a race fingerontheswitch,uknowhatimeanharry and scoop the pot are totally unexposed and could well have been laid out for this.Towering won here the last day and is respected the ground worries me though.
I like Alzammaar here I like the trainer Warren Greatrix and he had a pipe opener on the flat in October.I also think Jansboy will stay well and is overpriced.
Alzammaar 1pt each way 14/1
Jansboy 0.5pt each way 33/1
A wide open bumper race Waterlord and chap have impressed to date.There are a couple from big stables who havent had a run and could be anything
I liked the way Aurillac went about the job the last day winning at Cheltenham racing up with the pace and will side with him here.
Aurillac 1pt each way 12/1
Altior 100 Cheltenham 5/2
Calipto 135 Cheltenham 4/1
1pt win double
Multiple bet (2)
Devilment 240 Cheltenham16/1
Rennetti 240 Cheltenham 10/1
Alzammaar 315 Cheltenham 14/1
2 X (0.5pt each way doubles)