He was just one winner away from a perfect 8 in his tipping preview on Wednesday and now Cheltmental returns to try and go one better. This time he is taking on Friday night’s £15,000 Win 8 at Romford and, if you want to follow him in, you can join his Syndicate.
18:27 – 400m A2
This appears to be a minefield of an opening race with more negatives in the field than positives
Trap 6 has lost the plot from the boxes and in pacing to the bend but, if today sparks a miracle revival, I could see him going close.
You’d have to say that trap 4 performs best when on the bunny, which he has a chance to achieve in this, but he’s doesn’t see this trip out very well in this Grade and the same could be said for Trap 2
Trap 3 looks drawn for trouble and this 4-year-old isn’t as consistent as he once was so it’s Trap 1, WESTWIND AERO, who makes the most overall appeal.
He took full advantage two starts back when dropped down to an A4, then notched back to back wins when landing his A3 last time out. He enjoyed fairly clear rounds on both occasions, something which might not be true here, but I think he can get to the bend at least level with the 2 dog and, if able to get round the first couple of bends, his stamina makes him hard to beat.
Selections – 1, 6
18:44 – 400m A1
This A1 looks another competitive race and I’d be confident if this was run more than once we’d get a different result each time. With that in mind I’ll be looking for cover here and I believe 3 traps have it in them to land this.
If Trap 2 can ping the lids and get clear I think he’s fast enough to be a major player. I also suspect he’d be carrying far fewer units than the other three I’m going to put up here, so is a selection worth making
Trap 4 was sent off favourite for their last run in this Grade and he was only beaten a length. The pace inside him from Trap 3 bears the biggest concerns but he’s another that should be on the premises with a clear round.
Trap 6 doesn’t look the bravest runner in the field and any contact would put his chance in jeopardy but I think he could pace to the bend and get clear on the outside and, in doing so, he must play a part.
Selections – 2, 4, 6
19:03 – 400m OR
Trap 3, HAVE A BRANDY, has been turned over as favourite on his last two starts here but looks to have a chance of a clear run this time, which means he’s the most likely winner.
Trap 1 rates as the chief danger in my eyes as I think he can beat 2 to the bend and is another that, with a clear round, is capable of landing this.
Selections – 1, 3
19:17 – 400m OR
On the clock, OUR LUCKY FOOL in Trap 4 could well make a winning debut but the draw provides grave concerns.
Trap 5 looks to have more early pace than him and she also prefers to run on the rails. That could set things up for Trap 6 on the wide outside who has plenty of trapping ability and early pace of his own.
It’s certainly a tricky looking heat where I’d be surprised if there was no trouble early on but I’ll side with the three outside traps as both 4 and 5 would have a chance with a clear run and Trap 6 might be able to pick up the pieces if not.
Selections – 4, 5, 6
19:33 – 575m OR
CHUBBYS TURKANA doesn’t win as often as she probably should but she’s by far the quickest runner in this heat and I’d be surprised if she was beaten here.
Selection – 2
19:49 – 400m OR
The first of the Puppy Cup Semi-Finals and we have three very quick dogs in this one.
Trap 2 pinged the lids to show his best effort last time out and a repeat of that would put him very close.
MAKE NO APOLOGIES in trap 5 is another who trapped well in the heats and, on the clock, there’s not a great deal between the pair.
Trap 6 ran really well in his heat considering he didn’t come away as well as he can so any improvement from that puts him firmly in the mix.
Selections – 2, 5, 6
20:06 – 400m OR
Despite being a 5-runner race, this looks more competitive than the previous semi-final.
BLUE TICK GEORGE was a huge eye catcher in the heats and he came from last to first to land that one. Securing a clear run might be difficult but, with so much pace on his inside, he should be able to slip stream that runner, otherwise I think he’ll suffer crowding as Trap 1 is likely to move off at the first.
DROOPYS CARAT, was a beaten odds on favourite for his heat but actually ran well to finish second and, with the vacant trap on his inside, is a worthy favourite for this.
Trap 6 was another who ran well to qualify but his chance would be reliant on others not being able to show their best.
Selections – 1, 2, 5
20:21 – 400m OR
The third and final Puppy Cup Semi-Final looks a bit more straightforward with BADMINTON DONAL in 3 the most likely winner by some way.
Connections would just be happy to qualify but I’d be confident enough about his class that he’ll be my only selection in this final leg. There is a load of early pace in this semi-final though, so with Traps 1 and 2 possessing the majority of that early speed DONAL will need to ensure he’s paw perfect in the early exchanges here
Selection – 3