888Sport Take ‘Em On Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)
Here PETIT PALAIS didn’t really stay at Cheltenham but was not disgraced 7L behind Verdana Blue. The selection then went on to win with ease at Ludlow and Tom George has the current form and experience to make this happen. In addition I cannot resist an outside bet on ECCO, the Nicholls runner didn’t fair too well in the German Derby but appears to have far fewer blots on the copybook than even the fancied horses here. With Nicholls in form watch the market for this one.
Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Class 1) (4YO plus)
Here Angels Breath has the form and the backing but I cannot be tempted at odds on. SCARLET DRAGON on the flat even used to take on Wissahickon (running in the Winter Derby Today at Lingfield and nailed on) and the form of the last win was good. Essentially if the horse has the stamina in the last 3 furlongs the speed will carry him through.
888Sport Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1) (5YO plus)
This is very difficult, the main star Glen Rocco destroyed everyone in his last 2 runs but is up one whole stone and this makes it difficult to back with any degree of confidence. Talkischeap ran an excellent race last time out and Alan King is always on the pulse but consistently failing to beat la bag au roi really puts me off. ADRIEN DU PONT at the prices looks to be the best value with an e/w shout for the Venetia Williams trained DIDERO VALLIS who could be a double figure price and has excellent form on good ground.
Vertem Eider Handicap Chase (Class 2) (5YO plus)
VICENTE has excellent form against Ras de Maree and in the Scottish National. The trainer loves this race and this is taken to be a good win.
16:00 Fairyhouse (IRE) 23 Feb 2019
BetVictor Bobbyjo Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1) (5YO plus)
The Bobbyjo has produced Grand National Winners such as Hedgehunter, this year It is out of Alpha des obeux, the much loved Elliot horse Outlander and MAGIC OF LIGHT. The selection can run down the other two and is heavily backed this morning.
Betway Winter Derby Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (4YO plus)
In the Derby Trial WISSAHICKON ridden by Dettori managed to get abducted after 5f by Aliens and spent 10 whole minutes of the race being probed by alien instruments. Of course it still won and for this reason will be long odds on today. Surely a cert, I would combine this with England beating Wales in Cardiff and enjoy watching a day of excellent sport.