Nothing for Wednesday 24th March
4.30 Lingfield - Sir Hector 1 Point EW @ 6/1 (Will Hill)
SIR HECTOR comes into this in decent form , not being out of the first three home in his last 6 races , last time out , a fortnight ago , he was a solid 3rd to Swiss Pride over todays CD , beaten just over a length and a quarter , but the first three home were a further 3 3/4 lengths ahead of the fourth horse home. He has won twice from 4 runs over todays CD and is 3 wins and 3 places from 9 course runs overall which leads me to believe that more often than not he will be putting his best foot forward when running here. Rhys Clutterbuck in the saddle for the first time , he's been riding well enough of late and when teaming up with trainer Charlie Wallis lately the figures read - 1,1,3 . The 6/1 currently on offer with Hills is a tad skinny , was hoping for a little more but i'm gonna take it just in case he's backed in.
Saturday 27th March
1.35 Kelso - Dandy Dan 1 Point EW @ 6/1 (365) (Pulled Up) / Claud & Goldie 1 Point EW @ 13/2 (Paddy P) (Pulled Up)
I like the look of the two at the top of the handicap in this , first is topweight DANDY DAN hailing from the shrewd Kim Bailey yard who seem to be chugging long nicely at the moment , the horse is one win and one place from his two runs at Kelso and when venturing into class 2 races he has a win and 3 places to his name from 4 attempts , David Bass has ridden Dandy Dan 12 times resulting in 5 wins and 4 places which shows , to me anyway , that he knows the horse and seems to get on with him. Another thing that caught my eye is the fact that he seems better chasing than hurdling , ran a blinder when 2nd to Red Giant in the Durham National on his re appearance before bombing last time out over hurdles coming last of 10 (that was a class 1 to be fair but still..) , back to a class 2 over the bigger obstacles i think we'll see him give a better account of himself. The other one i like is CLAUD AND GOLDIE whose , as yet , never been unplaced here at Kelso (3 wins and 3 places from his 6 runs and is 2 places from 2 runs over todays CD) , infact all his career wins have come at this course so obviously likes it round here. Won lto , beating Up Helly Aa King by 2 lengths with Vintage Clouds , who went onto win at the Cheltenham Festival on his next outing , by a mere 19 lengths so that form looks pretty good to me eyes. Jockey has 3 wins and 2 places from his 7 rides aboard the horse and i think he can go very close here.
2.35 Doncaster - Artistic Rifles 1 Point EW @ 8/1 (Lads , 365 , Coral) Won
22 runners , one of them races where literally anything could win to be honest but i really do like the look of Ed Bethell's ARTISTIC RIFLES , whose 2 from 2 over todays track and trip , the draw could of been a bit kinder but i'm hoping that he can overcome any disadvantage in that department , especially when i see that Andrea Atzeni is booked to ride for the first time , a jockey i rate and one who rides Doncaster well , i think the trainers made a shrewd and eye catching booking with this one. A decent enough 3rd last time out will have blown the cobwebs away and should have the horse nicely wound up for this , i think he'll go close.
4.25 Wolverhampton - Spirit Of Rowdown 1/2 Point EW @ 12/1 (365) Won
Open looking race imho and i've firmly come down on the side of SPIRIT OF ROWDOWN , just hope i don't regret it lol , has been in decent form since November last year when rattling off a three timer , and hasn't been out of the first four home in 3 runs since , that 4th was on the horses last run over todays CD and looked a solid enough effort , looking at his overall profile here at Wolverhampton i'm finding it hard not to see him making the frame come the business end of things if i'm honest. He's run over CD 5 times resulting in 2 wins and 2 places so definatley knows his way round here , Jockey Charlie Bennett takes the ride and he appears to get on well with the horse with a record of 3 wins and 2 places from 7 rides , as i say it is an open looking race and though the draw could of been a bit kinder (imo) i find it hard not to envisage Spirit Of Rowdon battling out the finish.
Had two for the Lincoln , Haqeeqy and Danyah , both look to me to hold a good chance but at the prices in a race like that not for me i'm afraid