It was disappointing to see the blog selection CHAPOTURGEON put in such a temperamental performance on Saturday. His mind just was not on the job, which is a great shame as despite being well behind the field after less than half-a-mile, he managed to get back into the race after halfway, passing Buffalo Bob, Drever Route and Noland. His jumping is not fluent, but it never has been. He does tho’, have a good engine, but the jumping errors took their toll. He perhaps needs some respite now from the handicapper.
To recap on this month’s blog selections:
8th Jan, SILVER BY NATURE, ½pt ew @ 16/1 Lost … (1.00pts)
8th Jan, EXMOOR RANGER, ½pt ew @ 16/1 Lost … (2.00pts)
8th Jan, FREE WORLD, ½pt ew @ 9/1 Lost … (3.00pts)
15th Jan, ZANIR, ½pt ew @ 22/1; placed 4th, +2.25pts … (0.75pts)
15th Jan, BINOCULAR, 2pts win @ 11/4; WON +5.50pts … +4.75pts
15th Jan, PLANET OF SOUND, ½pt ew @ 20/1; Lost … +3.75pts
19th Jan, CAPTAIN TIDDS, ½pt ew @ 17/2; Lost … +2.75pts
22nd Jan, PICKAMUS, ½pt eachway @ 14/1; Lost …+1.75pts
22nd Jan, BRADFORD BORIS, ½pt eachway @ 8/1; Lost …+0.75pts
28th Jan, SAGALYRIQUE, 1pt win @ 100/30; WON +3.33pts …+4.08pts
29th Jan, CHAPOTURGEON, 1pt win @ 11/1; Lost …+3.08pts
29th Jan, CHAPOTURGEON, ½pt eachway @ 11/1; Lost …+2.08pts
There is no selection today, so we end the month in profit by 2.08pts on a turnover of 13pts, that’s a 16% return on investment.
Looking back at the weekends racing, I really should have taken advantage of the generous odds available on Neptune Collonges on Saturday morning. Some other tipsters that blog their selections did (take a bow Theuphillbattle - see the adjacent link to his blog) and grabbed the 10/1 on offer in the morning. It may well have been his “Gold Cup”, and altho’ I don’t think he is up to winning the blue ribbon of chasing, there is always 3rd place. The spectacle of watching Neptune Collonges and Midnight Chase fight it out for the lead means the Gold Cup will be a thorough test of stamina. I hope supporters of Long Run appreciate this.
Grand Crus won the Cleeve Hurdle in some style and is clearly a very good horse. But he only beat a hotch-potch of horses in this race, many of whom were using it as a warm-up for a handicap chase at the Festival to avoid spoiling their chase ratings (ie. Knockara Beau, Mobaasher, Bensalem) and the staying hurdlers in this were all well-off World Hurdle class (Restless Harry, Kayf Aramis, Fair Along, Spirit River). But he could do no more than win well, and that he did.
The big news on Sunday was Golden Silver beating BIG ZEB in the Tied Cottage 2-mile chase at Punchestown. Golden Silver has now won 7 of his 9 starts in the months of December/January, and the soft going was in his favour too (7 wins from 13 starts on soft/heavy). The going was no disadvantage to BIG ZEB (6 wins from 13 starts on soft/heavy), but he’s no “winter” star – from 9 starts in Dec/Jan he’s won only 4 times. This race should prime him for the Champion Chase in March, but in my opinion the best 2-mile chase performance we’ve seen this season was from Master Minded when winning the Tingle Creek, and he will appreciate the pace and competition in the Champion Chase – he won’t be idling in front there after the 2nd-last fence.
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