David Pipe’s yard has been in excellent form but can they now add the Greatwood Gold Cup to their wins with the ex-French Garynella?
Pipe’s Garynella finished third behind the useful Shooters Wood at Cheltenham and appears well in with his weight here. In his second race for his new yard he will face tough opposition in the form of the good ground loving mare Pepite Rose and top weight and 2010 winner – Big Fella Thanks. The Knoxs is not without chances too for the ever strong Nicholls team. Crockford senses that this is another ex-French horse that Pipe will work his magic with and another big handicap victory looks in the pipeline.
The strong Greatwood Day card at Newbury will also see Tartak return to form on better ground in the Veterans Chase (2.40) and the appearance of Act Alone for Nicky Henderson in the Bumper (5.35). Let’s hope that day helps raise plenty of funds for this worthy Charity.
At Kelso there is a fascinating contest in the Premier Chase (4.15) where the 2011 Grand National winner Ballabriggs takes on two young pretenders in the form of the impressive Bold Sir Brian and highly thought of novice Harry Topper. The one-time Gold Cup hopeful Bold Sir Brian had a hard fall in his last race a Cheltenham and will be looking to get back to winning ways. Harry Topper is the best that Kim Bailey has trained since the days of Master Oats according to the rumours and may just have the chance to prove that today.
At Doncaster the Grimthorpe Chase (2.55) looks competitive with Calgary Bay on better ground is catching Crockford’s eye. Nicholls seems bullish about the chances of Aaim To Prosper ,who looks thrown in at the weights considering his Cesarewitch wins. A sparkling card at Meydan completes an excellent afternoon.
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Brick Red (3.40 Kelso)
At the beginning of the season Crockford was advised that this horse was highly thought of by the yard and would run well. Improving throughout his races the Kelso Hurdle looks well within his grasp especially considering the form that his trainer Venetia Williams has been in. Brick Red should provide some compensation for the yard after the bad news that Katenko will be out for the rest of the season.
Crockford’s Whisper – Tartak e/w (2.40 Newbury)
Tim Vaughan has told the Racing Post that everything is down to the ground with this horse and with a faster surface we should see a revival in form. With many of the others struggling to find form this whisper could prove to be very valuable and looks certain of at least a place.
Archer’s Selection – Lienosus (4.05 Doncaster)
Archer would have noticed the placings and runs of this horse in hot company and would have trusted the shrewd tactics of his master trainer Evan Williams. Archer would have been eager to have been up on this mount.
Crockford’s gambles around the courses this afternoon:
Newbury – The Romford Pele and Kayf Aramis e/w (2.05), Tartak e/w (2.40), Turn Over Sivola e/w and Meganisi e/w, Garynella (3.50) and Act Alone (5.35)
Doncaster – Ma Filleule (1.45), Toubab (2.20), Calgary Bay e/w (2.55), Aaim To Prosper and Barafundle e/w (3.30) and Lienosus (4.05)
Kelso – Brick Red (3.40) and Harry Topper (4.15)
Lingfield – Chjimes e/w (2.15), Artful Lady (2.50), Whispering Lady (3.25), St Ignatius e/w (4.35) and Gabrial The Duke (5.10)
Navan – Sychronicity e/w (2.00), Mad Brian (2.30), Rockyaboya (3.00) and Shinrock Paddy (3.35)
Meydan – Saddler’s Risk (4.00), Daddy Long Legs (4.35), Trade Storm (5.10) and Starboard (5.45)
(Featured Photograph – Garynella after his run at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)
(Photograph – Tartak before his run at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)