Published on April 27th, 2013 | by Duncan Thomson3
Two Strong Tips To Get You Out Of Trouble On Saturday
It’s been a great week’s racing at the Punchestown Festival this week, but much as I was tempted I simply couldn’t find anything that I felt was worthy of telling you about on here. The big handicaps were atrociously difficult this week and in almost all of the graded races I was quite sure that the favourites were going to take some beating, which as it turned out wasn’t too far off the mark.
Today doesn’t look like it will be much easier either to be honest. It’s little wonder that Bet365 are sponsoring the entire card at Sandown, because I could probably pick half a dozen horses in the big handicaps there and still not find the winner. If you’re tempted to play the placepot there today, or worse – the Scoop6 – then good luck to you. I think the latter looks absolutely impossible.
So, I’m going to avoid both Sandown and Punchestown today and keep my powder dry for a couple of the later races where I feel that both of my selections have a very realistic chance of winning…
Ripon 4.40pm – The Art Of Racing
I love this horse today. Let me repeat, I LOVE this horse today! He was beaten a head last time by Mayfield Girl, who won again last week in a stronger race than this, and that’s very much the best form on offer. Sure, there are some unexposed types in today’s race, but I always prefer good solid recent form over “potential” and that’s what you’re getting with The Art Of Racing. Of course, his chance in this hasn’t gone unnoticed and the early 2/1 on offer has long gone, but even at 13/8 I’d still back him.
Doncaster 7.45pm – Lucky Henry
Clive Cox has hit the ground running this season with four winners in the last few days and he’s a genius when it comes to plotting his handicappers, so I definitely think that Lucky Henry is worthy of close inspection in this race. His last run at Newbury, where he finished 7th in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap, is decent form that’s been franked over and over again, so to get Lucky Henry in here off bottom weight with 3lb less weight on his back is, well, genius. I suspect he’ll take some beating!
And that’s it for today. No 33/1 shots in impossible looking handicaps for me – I always prefer to pick and choose my battles and side with those that I think I have a realistic chance of winning, which I do today. There’s always the chance that both will under-deliver, but I’d be surprised if they did.
This is how I’ve staked them:
Doncaster 7.45pm – Lucky Henry – 3 points to win at 7/2 (BOG with Stan James)
Remember, too, that you can pick up a free £10 bet with Skybet today, with no deposit required, so if you’re running low on funds by the time these races come around, just head over to Skybet and they’ll treat you to a free tenner bet to place on my selections, or on any other horse you fancy!