It was great to see a few of the top names back over jumps. The horse I took from today is Galvin, who ran a superb race in his first tilt at Grade 1. He failed to get past a comparative speedster, but staying is his game, and he’s a few points too big at 16s for the Gold Cup given he is still improving.
Harry Skelton sometimes takes leave of his senses, especially in big races and did so again on Shan Blue. How could he track a runaway horse of Cyrname’s quality and then hurry past him so far out, then kick for home with everything else already off the bridle? Harry should just have sat still and given himself a chance to get home (by no means certain even at that). But to kick on when he surely knew a price had to be paid for tracking so close to such a pace … predictably, Shan Blue’s fall looked a very tired one to me, the horse changing legs on the approach then hanging right to try and find a spot to safely take off. Thankfully he seems all right, and, it might even prove a blessing in the long run as, had he completed, win or lose, he’d have been bottomed.
NB, have a look at the Ten To Follow thread if you haven’t already done so. We’re trying to get a wee syndicate together.
Now, to the Hitlist and strong performances from our tipsters on Saturday. Auld Chiel napped easy winner Indefatigable and was arguably unlucky not to make it a double when his next selection Rattle Owl got rid of young Oakley Brown when leading at the last. Nice work Auld Chiel.
EGS struck with his nap Fusil Raffles at 5/1 and also had a nice placed horse with his NB in Mr Malarkey, placed at 11/1. Well done, EGS.
Mickle’s nap Bay Bridge won at 6/5 – well played, sir.
Cornsay’s nap Eagle Ridge, advised at 9/2, won at 7/2, and his NB EW Kitty’s Light was placed at 11/1. Good stuff, Cornsay.
RobJ continues in good form with his nap American Mike winning at 4/7, and his NB the gallant Frodon winning at 3/1. Two crackers, Rob.
If I’ve missed anyone, please give me a shout via the Winners thread.
The blog’s nap Rattle Owl fell when in front at the last (normal 2 out) too far from home to say ih he’d have won. Sunday’s nap is Ahoy Senor in the 2.00 Carlisle at 5/2 BOG.
As ever, please leave your naps/tips by making a comment below. All welcome, especially newcomers; just enter a name when asked so we know who is who. No prizes, but it’s good fun here among some seasoned punters, most of whom spent years commenting at The Guardian on the original Talking Horses forum, which has now been heavily cut back.
If you tip a winner, please use the Winners thread to highlight your result and we’ll put you on the Hitlist next day. There is a Winners Thread for each month.
What This Blog Is For
As mentioned above this long-running Steeplechasing blog was adapted in a hurry when The Guardian announced they were cutting back on their (usually) daily Talking Horses section. Many punters had gathered there over the years to exchange ideas and fancies. Part of the adapting we had to do at the start of this blog was restricting this daily main article to tips/naps, while we found our feet regarding house rules, moderation and stuff like that.
We are now in a position to open this main daily article to all subjects. It can be very enjoyable when something is latched onto by our knowledgeable, quick-witted posters as they indulge in wordplay and jousting. We still want tips of course, from those who want to tip. It’s by no means an obligation.
If you do post a tip/nap, just include it with whatever subject you are discussing, preferably at the foot of your post. So long as you remember to come back after a winner and put the details of that win in the monthly Winners Thread, then we can include you on the Hitlist in the next day’s main article.
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All the best