The times they are a changing – oh yes they are – as this weekend we mix Flat and jumps racing at Doncaster, Newbury and Aintree. The Breeders’ Cup on its way next week and Paddy’s big fixture at Cheltenham just round the corner.
Incidentally, I will be at Santa Anita from Monday, so will bring you the best information later in the week. Let’s take some cash off Paddy Stateside. You hear me Paddy?
This weekend though the Racing Post Trophy is the big juvenile Group 1 at Doncaster and ELM PARK (3.50pm) is a big price despite being a hot favourite.
He’s proven over the distance and on any ground and – like a good night out horse – can do it from the front and from behind. Added to that he’s the top-rated on BHA marks. Get on!
The 1m 4f handicap is competitive but the one I like is the progressive three-year-old KNIFE POINT (2.40pm). He ran really well at Newmarket last time and despite going up the weights for defeat is capable of scoring.
Over at Newbury, I’m going to take on the likely-favourite Sky Hunter. The one I’m going for is GLORIOUS PROTECTOR (2,20pm) who is held in high regard and has done well all season. Everything is right for a big run and he was far from disgraced behind Hillstar over slightly shorter last time.
You’ll never Walk A Roan
The jumpers are the main attraction at Liverpool and the Old Roan Chase at Aintree looks a good renewal. Despite being a Graded race, this is a handicap, and I have a feeling MR MOONSHINE (3pm) can go close off a mark of 148. He had a nice pipe-opener just 10 days ago and that can put him spot on for this tasty prize.
So good luck this weekend and get ready for a Stateside smash up next week. You hear me Paddy? Yeeehaaa!