Irish trainer Willie Mullins to raid the big prizes at Kempton and Warwick this afternoon with a team of five stable stars
The champion Irish trainer Willie Mullins warned punters at the start of the season that he was planning to raid the big Saturday prizes in the UK. Teaming up with Ruby Walsh and David Casey he has sent across the Irish sea some formidable challengers;
Upazo (Kempton 1.35), Twinlight (Kempton 2.10), Glens Melody (Warwick 12.10), Rathvinden (Warwick 3.00) and Vesper Bell (Warwick 3.35)
However, most interestingly he has chosen to not make the journey himself, but instead will be with his leading owner Rich Ricci at Punchestown to watch the highly regarded Vautour in the Moscow Flyer Novices Hurdle at (2.20). Such a sign is worth noting but should not dissuade punters from backing his raiders.
In the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton the prize looks within the grasp of Paul Nicholls’s impressive winner Saphir Du Rheu. Always highly rated he showed his true potential last time out and should follow up with another win in (2.40)
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Saphir Du Rheu (Kempton 2.40)
Facile eight length winner at Sandown before Christmas beating Home Run, this Dead Cert appears to be improving and showing the true potential that he has. Nicholls knows how to win a big race and will win this with the favourite.
Crockford’s Whisper – African Gold e/w (Warwick 2.25)
Connections have decided to revert to a hurdles campaign for this season after disappointment over fences in his last two runs. If he can come close to last year’s form he will certainly make a bold show in this company. The whisper he was not fully fit in his first run and his last run should be discounted.
Archer’s Selection – Galician (Lingfield 2.35)
Archer would have noticed the improvement she has made and that she is one of Johnston’s toughest fillies. He would have certainly wanted to be up on this one.
Crockford’s Gambles around the courses:
Kempton – Goodwood Mirage (11.55), Sergeant Dick e/w (12.25), Upazo (1.35), Twinlight (2.10), Saphir De Rheu and Home Run e/w (2.40), Buddy Bolero and Planet Of Sound e/w (3.15) and Deep Trouble (3.50)
Warwick – Glens Melody (12.10), Black Thunder (1.20), Sew On Target (1.55), African Gold e/w and Grand Vision e/w (2.25), Rathvinden (3.00), Vesper Bell e/w and Boyfromnowhere e/w (3.35)
Lingfield – Three D Alexander (12.20), La Napoule (1.30), Examiner (2.05), Galician (2.35), Well Painted (3.10) and Ocean Applause (3.45)
Wetherby – Red Sherlock (12.35), Pistol (1.10), Memory Cloth (1.45), Rody (2.15), Notus De La Tour e/w (2.50) and Free World (3.25)
Punchestown – Si C’Etait Vrai (12.40), Embracing Change (1.15), Vautour and Chicago e/w (2.20), Pink Hat (2.55) and Tarquinius e/w (3.30)
(Featured Photograph – Ruby Walsh at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)