I’ve decided to add a new feature for 2018 and do somewhat of a small preview page for the big contests each Saturday of which most will be televised. I’ll try to get one of these pages out most weeks. This races that i’ll look at this week are the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown, the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow and also the Grade 1 Future Champions Hurdle at Chepstow.
Tolworth Novices Hurdle (Class 1) (Grade 1) (2m)
The Tolworth this year looked to of thrown up a quite tasty renewal however it’s been falling a part throughout the week and we are now down to just the 6 runners which pretty much chucks out what was going to be my each way selection of the race.
When there was enough runners to get the three each way places I was contemplating chancing Summerville Boy at 16/1, I still think he’s overpriced here, he ran somewhat of a strange race the last day at Cheltenham. He looked to have borrowed some of Great Field’s disco biscuits at the start of the race and was very free yet stayed on well.
The one I am going to side with now the complex has changed is KALASHNIKOV for Amy Murphy. This horse has taken everything before him so far and won three out three. I still think he’s got more progressing to go yet and I’ll take a chance on him getting the better of Western Ryder.
KALASHNIKOV – 2/1 –
Future Champions Hurdle (Class 1) (Grade 1) (2m)
The Future Champions Hurdle is another race that unfortunately seems to of fallen apart and be left with a small field which is again a shame for a Grade 1. However it seems to be because this rearranged fixture has fallen on the same day as other similar contests.
At the time of writing this I don’t believe that Gary Moore has decided where he’s going to send Sussex Ranger yet as he’s still in the Tolworth as well due to the potential of Chepstow being called off again.
So that leaves me with just four options and out of the four I can’t see past the favourite in WE HAVE A DREAM for Nicky Henderson. Not a very adventurous pick at all but he’s definitely the solid selection here. You don’t need a racing blog to point that out for you (which begs the question why I am writing about it) but there you go. Nicky does really well with these types and he’s likely to go on to progress further from this.
WE HAVE A DREAM – 10/11 –
Welsh Grand National (Class 1) (Grade 3) (Handicap Chase) (3m 5f)
You could make a case for the majority of these here as a lot of them come here with various positive credentials.
I’m going to take somewhat of a gamble on my selection though and that comes in the form of ASK THE WEATHERMAN for Jack Barber.
He’s a consistent winning pointer who made a winning start to his season last time out. He also handles heavy ground well so testing conditions shouldn’t be an issue for him. He’s trading at a general 12/1 which I think is a decent each way price.
ASK THE WEATHERMAN – 12/1 (E/W) –