Another complete blank from the selections last Saturday, which was really disappointing. I'm going to try and get a winner on the board this weekend, and I may leave the more competitive chase handicaps alone, and go for something a bit more modest.
There is plenty of scope for a wager over the next few days, and Thursday's jumps meetings at Newbury and Market Rasen offer some opportunities. At Market Rasen, the 3-mile (Listed) Mares' Chase should go to the fav CASABLANCA MIX. Nicky Henderson does well at this track and the likely only decent opposition will come from the 10yo My Old Gold, but Nicky Richards does not have a good record at this track in non-handicap chases. Henderson could well take the Mares' maiden hurdle with Ballingers Corner as he's well aware of the capability of the main danger Temple High as he trained it last season. Whether he can make it 3 wins from his 3 runners here with Captain Woodie in the Novice handicap chase is a bit more debateable.
One horse I am going to have a wager on is at Newbury in the Beginners' Chase at 1:30pm over 2m6f, and that's ONE FOR THE TEAM. Nick Williams has his horses running well, and he's only sent 2 chasers to Newbury in the past 5 seasons and 1 won. Actually, One For The Team won here over 3-mile in a hurdle race last February so likes the track. And he went well on his seasonal debut over an inadequate trip. The hot-fav is The Big Breakaway, but I'm not sure about Tizzards horse and he may need another season to show his best form.