Two down, one to go and the final day of the Paddy Power Open meeting once again offers us punters plenty of quality to get stuck into – so watch out Paddy I’m after you again!
It’s nice to have some racing on terrestrial TV on a Sunday, so let’s start with CH4’S first race – the Supreme Trial. The one I like here is COMMISSIONED (1.35pm) who looked a huge prospect when beating Ballybolley at Cheltenham on his penultimate start and then won easily once again at Kempton last time.
He’s decent for the John Ferguson camp who had a big winner on Friday with Parlour Games and Chesterfield on Saturday.
The Arkle Trial should go to COURT MINSTREL (2.10pm) if ratings meam anything – although Dunraven Storm will be a tough nut to crack. Court Minstrel was a talented hurdler and although connections have doubted his ability to jump a fence he seems to jump very well.
Sire de Grugy would have been a strong favourite for the Shloer Chase – but in his absence I’m hoping DODGING BULLETS (2.40pm) can bounce back to his best and reverse Game Spirit form with Module who has to concede 5lb.
The big betting race of the day is the Greatwood Hurdle – pumped full of useful prospects. The Pipe team had a couple of winners yesterday to get their season motoring and I’m gunning for the Imperial Cup hero BALTIMORE ROCK, who was far from disgraced behind Josses Hill at Aintree after his Sandown success. He goes in bad ground very well.
Hurricane ready to fly?
Over in Ireland Jezki takes on HURRICANE FLY in the Morgiana Hurdle, and I just have a sneaky feeling the former Champion might reverse recent defeats by Jezki. At the prices I’m taking a chance on the Fly one more time.
So I hope it’s another good day in our battle against the green bookie – and let’s get those Yeeehaaa!’s ready. You hear me Paddy?