Pending JD's selection, only Gaz had a winner on Saturday - well done. Apologies if you backed Hill Sixteen at my suggestion; he could not have been less impressive. I have either caught Sandy Thomson on the wrong side of the cusp with yard form, or the horse wouldn't let himself race on his first outing after wind surgery. On that form, he won't be winning anything, never mind the National.
Still, I aim to get losses back today at Carlisle in the 4.45, where I am keen on Westy Fox, a recent Irish import to Micky Hammond’s yard. In his first run for the yard in December over about this trip, he went really well to finish 3rd. 3m3f seemed just a bit too far for him last time, though he ran well for a long way.
His ace in the hole in this race is that he is the only one in the field whose best performance has come on a right handed, galloping, testing track on heavy ground; exactly what he gets today. Bet365 offer – in their extra place markets – 15/1 about him to be in the first 4, and 12/1 to be in the first 5. Most bookies go just 11/1 to 3 places. I’ve backed him EW for the first 4 and the first 5 with Bet365, and he is a strongly recommended bet EW.
If I've left anyone out, I apologise; please leave a message on this thread and I'll update.