Take away the handicaps and Bumpers today and the odds of the favourites in the Novices are, 5/4, 11/4, 7/4, 2/1, 6/4, 7/4, 5/2, 13/8, 4/5, 10/11, 5/4, 11/8 and 6/4 and the favourites for two of the big races are odds on. Ron has cornered the market with handicaps today and I am determined not to mirror his bets.
Newcastle – Green Flag runs again today and he set me off as a winner on the site and I think he will win again today. Oscar Rock has looked great and I think he’ll win the Newcastle 1-05 and My Tent Or Yours should win the Fighting Fifth if Henderson has him fit enough.
I was looking for two bets today but have decided to settle for one. Vintage Star beat my selection Buddy Bolero into second when he won on his seasonal debut at is amazingly consistent. Sue Smith had Cloudy Too in this race but that’s going for the Hennessy and she is giving Trevor Hemming’s one a shot at this. Since going chasing the horse has been out of the first two only once and that was when he pulled up in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March. This is a long way away from a Cheltenham race and while I have a sense he is a grinder and that slightly softer ground might be better he has won a race on everything bar good to firm.
If the betting is right then the one mine has to beat has not won for two years and if I come second to it I will be gutted.
Vintage Star – Newcastle 2-40 – 1pt win 5.3