Mammoth Scoop6 Up For Grabs – Saturday Tips

A top day of racing ahead with the Oaks and Derby Trials over at Lingfield, the Victoria Cup at Ascot and the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock. However, the main focus of the weekend is the mammoth Scoop6 pot and with such a big prize on offer it is well worth a go (or two)!

Ralph Beckett has a very good record in the Lingfield Oaks Trial in recent years and Jim Crowley’s choice could be very informative. Moonrise Landing was very impressive when making a winning debut and with the promise of even more to come she looks the one to side with in a fairly open renewal.

The 2-40 at Ascot looks a wide open race and it may be worth taking a chance on the improving 4 year old Elidor. He was a smooth winner of the King George V Stakes at the Royal Meeting last year and returned with a stylish win in a Thirsk handicap. With plenty of question marks about the leading fancies Mick Channon’s charge looks to hold outstanding claims.

The Victoria Cup is hardly the ideal race to end the Scoop6 with and it will be very nervous if anyone is still in with a shout by then. I fancy last year’s winner Excellent Guest to follow up with victory in the 2014 renewal. He clearly goes very well fresh and has dropped to a fair mark.

Ascot Tips: Glorious Protector 2-05, Elidor 2-40, Ribbons 3-15, Excellent Guest 3-50, Moonraker 4-25 and Lionheart 5-00

Haydock Tips: Big Easy 1-50, Active Spirit 2-25, Intibaah 3-00, Dubawi Island 3-30, Lockwood 4-05 and King Massini 4-40 and Prima Porta 5-15

Lingfield Tips: Town Crier 1-45, Moonrise Landing 2-20, Blue Hussar 2-55, Blue Surf 3-25, Winning Express 4-00, Whipper Snapper 4-35 and Annina 5-10

Exotic Guest 2-45 Nottingham

Gifford To Raid Haydock For Generous Reward – Saturday Tips

After a thoroughly enjoyable first ever day of racing on Good Friday attention now turns to the weekend action which sees some very good jumps and flat actions take place.

Bold Chief returned to action at Uttoxeter with a facile success and is taken to follow up in the 2-05 at Haydock. Harry Fry’s charge is lightly raced for age and with plenty left in the locker he is fancied to improve his already impressive strike rate.

A really exciting young horse is in action in the Jockey Club Grassroots Hurdle Series Final at 2-40. Nick Gifford’s Generous Ransom has been somewhat a revelation since stepped up in trip and handicapping. He followed up his impressive Exeter win with an even more impressive display at Wincanton. With the trainer stating that he’s still getting the hang of things he certainly looks the one to side with here. It will be fascinating to see how he gets on once tackling a fence!

Bath Tips: Noble Protector 4-55, Dinneratmidnight 5-25, Fear Or Favour 6-00, Stinky Socks 6-30, Excel’s Beauty 7-00, Encapsulated 7-30 and On Stage 8-00

Carlisle Tips: Snowed In 1-20, Clondaw Hero 1-55, Vinstar 2-30, Carlito Brigante 3-05, Devotion To Duty 3-40, Baileys Concerto 4-15 and Little Posh 4-50

Haydock Tips: Val D’Arc 1-30, Bold Chief 2-05, Generous Ransom 2-40, King Massini 3-15, Woodford County 3-50, Horatio Hornblower 4-20 and Blaklion 4-50

Kempton Tips: Designate 1-45, Piscean 2-20, Ribbons 2-55, Loving Spirit 3-30, Queen Of Ice 4-00, Championship 4-35 and Sir Graham Wade 5-05

Newton Abbott Tips: Rody 2-10, Health Is Wealth 2-45, Lumpys Gold 3-20, Oiseau De Nuit 3-55, According To Sarah 4-25, Uncle Pettit 5-00 and Area Access 5-35

Nottingham Tips: Mantonize 4-45, Dr No 5-15, Fratellino 5-45, Bonjour Steve 6-15, Secret Archive 6-45, Zaeemah 7-15 and Winter Spice 7-45

Best of luck to everyone getting involved and I welcome your thoughts and encourage you to share your tips.

Roalco To Land National Spoils In Blaze Of Thunder – Saturday Tips

After a terrific Grand National last week we are yet again treated to some top class action on a Saturday with some tremendous flat and jumps action to get stuck into. Our tip for the National, Balthazar King, ran a stormer to finish second and I’m most certainly delighted with the return. It was great to see local lad Leighton Aspell win such a big prize and the manner of Pineau De Re’s victory means he could be well worth siding with in next year’s renewal.

My Tent Or Yours is an intriguing runner in the Scottish Champion Hurdle and is certainly the best horse in the race by a long way. However, conceding so much weight to some decent rivals may prove too stern a challenge. Last week I tipped Court Minstrel to win at 16/1 at Aintree and he’s fancied to go in again and defend his crown.

In the Scottish National, Roalco De Farges is fancied to follow up his impressive victory at Newbury with success over this longer trip. He stormed clear that day and clearly relishes a stamina test. He arrives here fresher than most and with plenty of scope for improvement looks a very solid proposition in an open looking race.

There is some tremendous flat action at Newbury and the pick of the races looks to be the Greenham at 2-55. Some big reputations are put on the line and the two main protagonists appear to be Kingman and Night of Thunder. Richard Hannon has an excellent record in this race and appears to be destined for the top level.

Ayr Tips: Aalim 1-30, Eduard 2-05, Court Minstrel 2-40, Manyriverstocross 3-15, Roalco De Farges 3-50, Vendor 4-25, Kentford Legend 5-00 and Saint Charles 5-35

Bangor Tips: Sausalito Sunrise 1-55, The Bear Trap 2-30, Ruby Valentine 3-05, Rocky Stone 3-40, Young Hurricane 4-15, Shalone 4-50, Bells ‘n’ Banjos 5-25 and Ski Sunday 5-55

Newbury Tips: Sleeper 1-20, Astonishing 1-50, Dutch Courage 2-20, Night Of Thunder 2-55, Jacob Cats 3-30, Eagle Top 4-05 and Top Diktat 4-40

Thirsk Tips: Teetotal 2-15, White Rose Runner 2-50, Chilworth Icon 3-25, Captain Ramius 4-00, Retirement Plan 4-35, Distant Past 5-10, Meandmyshadow 5-45 and Adam’s Ale 6-15


King Of The National – Saturday Tips

The race that captures the hearts of the nation is finally upon us and this year’s renewal sees a very talented field assemble for the assault on Aintree’s Grand National course. Most of all lets hope that all 40 horses and jockeys make it back safely this year!

The opening race of the Grand National card is the Mersey Novices Hurdle and a chance is taken on Sea Lord to bounce back to form. He was well and truly put in his place by The Liquidator but it was a bit of a muddling race and the return to a larger field coupled with a flatter track should see him go close.

I have always been a huge fan of Balder Success having seen him win on his British debut at Plumpton back in 2012 and he can take the Grade One Magull Novices Chase in style today. He is a fantastic jumper of a fence and has the requisite speed and class to land this valuable contest.

A good field assemble for the Stayers Hurdle at 2-50 and despite the lack of World Hurdle winner More Of That there is some class acts in the line up. At Fishers Cross was third in that Cheltenham contest but a chance is taken on Zarkandar who will appreciate this quicker track and was only a couple of lengths behind the favourite at Cheltenham.

Onto the big one! There is plenty of quality in this year’s line up with Tidal Bay and Long Run boasting some imperious form. However, with great class comes great weight so a chance is taken on the Cheltenham Festival cross country winner. Balthazar King is a real determined stayer who loves good ground and is a terrific jumper of a fence. He went off too hard in last year’s contest but judged on his cross country exploits he has an outstanding chance in this contest.

Aintree Tips: Sea Lord 1-30, Balder Success 2-05, Zarkandar 2-50, Vino Griego 3-25, Balthazar King 4-15, Court Minstrel 5-10 and Puisque Tu Pars 5-45

Chepstow Tips: Dubawi Island 1-20, Bawden Rocks 1-55, O’Callaghan Strand 2-30, On The Record 3-05, Destroyer Deployed 3-45, Orabora 4-50, Be Definite 5-25 and Simon Squirrel 5-55

Lingfield Tips: Intermedium 1-15, Eager To Bow 1-50, Dark Leopard 2-25, Brass Ring 3-00, Sloane Avenue 3-40, Nassau Storm 4-45 and Buster Brown 5-20

Newcastle Tips: Conveyor Belt 1-40, Soul Brother 2-15, Jamaican Bolt 2-45, Esteaming 3-15, El Massivo 3-55, Mariners Moon 5-00, Hayek 5-35 and Echo Of Lightning 6-05

Kick Off The Flat Season In Style – Saturday Tips

It is great to see the flat turf season return at Doncaster on Saturday afternoon with the Lincoln taking centre stage. There are numerous horses in with a great chance including Tullius, Gabrial’s Kaka and last year’s winner Levitate. However, preference is for the bottom horse Off Art. Tim Easterby’s colt is seeking a four timer and appears as though a strongly run race where he can track the leaders will prove ideal. The softer going is a slight concern but he did win well on good-soft here two starts ago. With plenty of improvement to come and a fairly lenient mark he could be primed to strike.

Doncaster Tips: Paddy Again 1-30, Guest Of Honour 2-05, Captain Ramius 2-40, Dance And Dance 3-15, Off Art 3-50, Cape Caster 4-25, Hector’s Chance 5-00 and He’s No Angel 5-35

Kempton Tips: Powerfulstorm 1-50, Trumpet Major 2-20, Rebellious Guest 2-55, Lancelot Du Lac 3-30, Crystal Lake 4-05, Set The Trend 4-40 and Noble Protector 5-15

Stratford Tips: Prouts Pub 1-55, Little Jimmy 2-30, Alsadaa 3-05, Vulcanite 3-40, Fruity O’Rooney 4-15, Clues And Arrows 4-50 and Grand Introduction 5-25

Uttoxeter Tips: Golden Milan 1-40, Stevie Thunder 2-10, Ohio Gold 2-45, Solstice Son 3-20, Six One Away 3-55, Havinggotascoobydo 4-30 and Molo 5-05


Rebel To Gatecrash Winter Derby – Saturday Tips

Saturday sees the first indications that the summer flat season is just around the corner with Lingfield hosting their Winter Derby and it looks a terrific contest. There is plenty of top supporting action at Lingfield and of course the jumps season is not over by any means yet!

Ladies Are Forever (2-40 Lingfield) shaped as though the run and the drop back in trip would be ideal when reappearing at this track last month. Last year’s winner can get back to winning ways here with the race conditions to suit and this may well have been the target for some time.

There is likely to be some serious pace on in Lingfield’s Spring Cup at 3-15 and the race could be set up for a late Spencer charge on Alutiq. She has already proved that she has trained on when winning at Kempton last time out and she ran some good races in top company last year. With a run under her belt and proven form in the book it will take useful performance to beat her.

Grandeur is perfectly entitled to be as short as he is in the betting for the Winter Derby but this certainly is no walkover with some classy sorts in opposition. Past winners Farraaj and Premier Loco are certainly entitled to respect but a chance is taken on the improving Rebellious Guest. George Margasson’s five year old has won 3 of his last 4 races and should really have won at Lingfield two starts ago but for being pushed wide into the straight. Given his form and lack of exposure at the trip he could be worth chancing at 16/1.

The Mares Handicap Hurdle at 2-55 is a wide open contest with a chance given to almost the entire field. A chance is taken on Kim Bailey’s Mrs Peachey who was found out over 3m on testing ground last time but should appreciate the return to these conditions. She is well treated on her second behind Highland Retreat and with AP in the saddle she should go close.

Bangor Tips: Serenity Now 2-15, Lienosus 2-45, Tom Wade 3-20, Arctic Ben 3-55, Warden Hill 4-30, Big Hands Harry 5-05 and Otago Trail 5-40

Kelso Tips: War Lord 1-30, Scotswell 2-00, Drop Out Joe 2-30, Kie 3-05, One For Arthur 3-40, Our Boy Ben 4-15 and Sir Vinski 4-50

Lingfield Tips: Rowan Ridge 2-10, Ladies Are Forever 2-40, Alutiq 3-15, Rebellious Guest 3-50, Mount Shamsan 4-25, Highland Knight 5-00 and Nautilus 5-35

Newbury Tips: Huff and Puff 1-50, Balzaccio 2-20, Mrs Peachey 2-55, Roalco De Farges 3-30, Shalianzi 4-05, Gaitway 4-40 and Prince Of Dreams 5-15

Stratford Tips: Me And Ben 1-55, Douchkirk 2-25, Royale Knight 3-00, Scales 3-35, Ballincurrig 4-10, Willow Island 4-45 and Florida Quays 5-20

The Cheltenham Hangover – Saturday Tips

Had the pleasure of attending all four days of the Cheltenham Festival this year and we really were treated to some exceptional performances. The highlight of the week for me was seeing local trainer Gary Moore gaining a huge success with Sire De Grugy and it really is a fantastic story given he is the owner’s sole horse! A considerable volume of Guinness was consumed across the four days and the next couple of days will be pretty quiet for me!

Interesting to hear what everyone’s favourite moments were as well.

There is some good action today with the Midlands National taking centre stage and it is fancied to go the way of West End Rocker. Alan Kings’ horses are in good form at the moment and he certainly has plenty of form that gives him an excellent chance here.

Fontwell Tips: Cove 1-55, West Cork Flash 2-30, Vision Des Champs 3-05, Elsafeer 3-40, Henryville 4-15, Morestead 4-50 and Strange Bird 5-25

Kempton Tips: Arkaim 2-20, Cannon Fodder 2-55, Top Of The Range 3-30, Oscar Hoof 4-05, Ned Stark 4-40, Mic Aubin 5-15 and Vinnie The Pooh 5-50

Uttoxeter Tips: Bawden Rocks 2-05, Lamb Or Cod 2-40, Irish Buccaneer 3-15, West End Rocker 3-50, Kingcora 4-25, Silver Dragon 5-00 and Fletchers Flyer 5-35