Ascot 3:25 totesport Victoria Cup
: He is an old favourite of mine who has been running well in a lot of these races, for the last 2 years. He has been gradually creeping down the weights and his first run of the season was a good 5th over 6, where he stayed on again after getting balked near the end. If he is anywhere near good form he would have a decent chance with only 8:0 to carry, and this makes a change from the beginning of last year when he was rated 13lbs higher.
2 Points Each Way 33/1 5 places
I’ve been following him for a while now and I’m certain that he’s well handicapped at the moment. He won over c&d 2 years ago with 10 lbs more, and his last run over 8f wasn’t too bad when things did not go right for him, although id have to suspect that he has been trained with today in mind. He is drawn very wide and that looks a disadvantage, but i cant desert him of his current mark.
2 Points win 14/1
3:40 Haydock totescoop6 Swinton Handicap Hurdle
: The 2 miles on fast ground here is ideal for him and it’s the first time he has seen those conditions since his very good runs at the end of last year. He ran well enough in the Martin Pipe at the festival, where he went off in front and didn’t stay the extra 5 furlongs of that race. He has a 5lbs claimer on tomorrow and has a nice racing weight of 11:04, if he can get away early he may be difficult to peg back.
2 Points Each Way 25/1 5 Places