It seems the Winter weather continues to play havoc with the racing program and thank goodness we have the artificial surfaces to keep us entertained during this cold snap.
Of course there is still plenty of greyhound action on the sand where you can find winners rather than be barking mad and bet on virtual racing or that stuff they televise from Timbucktoo. While I’m on the the dogs congratulations to the Norah McElistrim Racing Club for hitting 50 winners this week when Hanover Lady won Sunday’s sprint at Hove.
It’s been a good week for Bankers Bonus the highlight being on target with a 30/1 double on the polytrack. Some tipsters seem to think that betting on the artificial surfaces is a nightmare but if you know your onions there is money to be made.
Of course members of Bankers Bonus will realise the winning double I refer to was the FREE Howies Hottie tip from last week Woolfall Treasure @ 6/1 and Picansort @ 7/2.
So I hope you all filled your boots with last weeks super FREE tip and I can assure you there are plenty more where that came from but if you want the big winning doubles then you will have to put your hand in your pocket and join.
Todays racing might have two jump cards at Ayr and Limerick plus Lingfield and Kempton but with the weather changing every five minutes plus last ditch inspections we are never quite sure of what is on or off. Plus you must understand travel can be difficult for trainers making long journeys therefore there can be lots of non runners.
With the current uncertainty surrounding todays racing I’m going to jump on the band wagon and make Howies Hottie a tip for the Cheltenham Festival.
Unlike most other tipsters I’m steering clear of the big showcase races and will play in the Champion Bumper on the 2nd day. The only race on the card with no obstacles to jump is normally won by the Irish but I’m sticking closer to home with the Mick Channon trained Sgt Reckless. The 6 year old was left to Mick when one of his dearest friends died and is now owned by Camilla and Tim Radford.
This giant gelding was so backward he could not be trained fully until last year. Mick said they took him to Newbury racecourse to have a spin with a previous winner and he won the gallop with ease. When they came in Mick asked Martin Harley the jockey on the other horse what was wrong with your fellow and was told nothing to which the trainer replied blanking heck.
The gelding was nicknamed the police horse and has since recorded two victories the latest being at Lingfield a couple of weeks ago. Connections are keen to run in the bumper before embarking on a jumping career. He is currently 20/1 with Coral which to me is good each way value.
My advice with Ante Post wagers is have a little tickle at the best price and top up when you get nearer the event as you must remember a non runner is a loser in this market.
On the subject of Ante Post betting regular readers will remember I stated I was studying last years juveniles with a view to selecting a horse capable of winning this years 2000,gns. I had recently narrowed it down to a short list of four, however this week I have made my decision and will be releasing the selection in the Betfan Newsletter in the course of the next few weeks.
Remember my selections for this particular race have been dynamite and include Cockney Rebel 66/1, Henry The Navigator 20/1 and See the Stars 10/1.
If any regular members of Bankers Bonus or Fold4Gold wish to know the names of all four horses please shoot me an email and I will gladly send them to you in the next week or so.
It has been a difficult period to find too many eyecatchers in current weather conditions but I think these 4 should be worth following.
Light from Mars trainer R.Harris – Beaten into 3rd at Kempton on Saturday behind Toga Tiger. He led at the furlong pole and perhaps a drop back to 7 furlongs is the answer.
Sextons House trainer A.McCabe – Very well handicapped on old form and could be poised to strike in low grade events.
The Black Jacobin trainer S.J.Moore – Has been running over 7 and 8 furlongs in recent races. In my firm opinion a drop in distance will make a huge impact. If you look at his earlier form he ran well against the likes of Reckless Abandon one of our top 2 year olds.
Dubawi Island trainer J.Tate – Front running gelding who did not quite last out over just short of 10 furlongs a drop back to the mile can see this improving type in the winners enclosure.
Back next Wednesday have a great week and be lucky.