There’s not much to warm the cockles on a miserable day’s action full of turgid all-weather racing, however, one horse stands out at the prices.
Alpha One may have only won two of his 18 chases and certainly ticks the box marks inconsistent and limited, but today may be the day to catch him in the 32Red Conditional Jockeys´ Handicap Chase in Musselburgh’s 12:15.
There’s no denying that if putting his best foot forward then he’s a well handicapped individual.
He absolutely dotted up off today’s mark of 107 at Sedgefield in May 2012 but his form since that win has been very dour, being beaten huge amounts of lengths thanks to a mixture of poor jumping and a lack of finishing kick.
However, things looked a little better in that department last time out at Wetherby over two miles, where he jumped round with much more spring in his step and didn’t throw the towel in when tasked with chasing horses in the final 300 yards.
Chris Grant’s charge finished a good third (only beaten less than five lengths) behind Firth Of The Clyde and that form is more than good enough to go close today.
No means a banker but at 7/2, he’s worth a two point play.
As always at this time of year it was a fantastic weekend of National Hunt racing as the season is starting to take shape with the Cheltenham Festival in mind.
Our highlight, for purely tipping reasons, was seeing Sire De Grugy romp away with the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown, handing his trainer Gary Moore his first ever Grade One success.
With the slight doubts about Sprinter Sacre’s fitness still doing the rounds, some punters have made the shrewd play of taking the 16/1 for Moore’s charge to win the Champion Chase at the festival.
Meanwhile, Unioniste was a springer in the market for the Cheltenham Gold Cup after his relatively straight forward win at Aintree in a Listed event.
The markets cut the Paul Nicholls runner to 33/1 for the showpiece event but he’ll need to step up markedly on what he has achieved so far as the race in Liverpool was a very poor renewal involving horses that just didn’t stay the trip as well as the winner.
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