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Monday Update - 3rd February


Welcome to the first Monday update. I will be posting a brief recap and review on the past week’s selections and betting news every Monday. I returned from a short break with a winning selection at Fairyhouse on Saturday (Man With Van @ 7/2). A lightly raced individual, but a fast improving sort, who could be worth following!!. Sunday’s (2nd Feb) only selection (Marlbrook) travelled well enough into the race and took it up three out, but stopped very quickly having clattered through the remaining hurdles. Astonishing that a horse that is challenging for the lead three out can go out like a light so quickly, ultimately finishing 15th of 16 runners. Could be of interest off a revised mark, but I wouldn’t be rushing to back him. A busy day today, with three selections. Waving eased to victory at Wolverhampton (5/4), and we were narrowly denied a biggish-priced winner at Kempton, with Rowan Ridge beaten a head at 8/1 (each-way money pocketed). Those two selections were sandwiched by a very poor effort from Funky Cold Medina. The filly missed the break from a wide-draw, and it was all but over after a furlong. Betting News - Where’s Annie going? Much debate leading up to next month’s Cheltenham Festival will surround which race Willie Mullins’ Annie Power will contest. Owner Rich Ricci has a formidable team heading into next month’s Festival, and the 9/4 with Boylesports on Ricci being crowned the ‘Top Owner’ at the Festival is temping!!. Annie Power could realistically contest the Mares Hurdle, Champion Hurdle or World Hurdle. While much debate surrounds which route the Mullins camp will take, I personally can’t see the six-year-old being aimed at anything but the stayers route (World Hurdle). If Quevega is fit and ready, she won’t be taken on in the mares race, while the Irish team are ultra-bullish on the chances of Hurricane Fly in the Champion Hurdle, and wouldn’t want to lower his colours with one of their own. The Mullins team have always spoken highly of Annie Power, and they’d be no better way to crown a new champion at the Festival other than dethroning the mighty Big Buck’s. It’s a big ask, but I personally believe Annie Power is up to it, and would be more than confident she’ll stay the trip. While owner Richie would ideally go the Champion Hurdle route, and despite the ‘no decision yet’ line being bandied about, I’m convinced the decision was made a few weeks back. I received news from Ireland that defending champion Solwhit was out for the season and Ruby Walsh would ride Annie Power in the stayers race a week before the news of Sam Twiston-Davies’ new partnership with Big Bucks was officially announced. Coincidence?. Whatever your own thoughts, we won’t know for sure until next month’s Festival begins, but I’ll remind you of this news bulletin when Annie Power wins the World Hurdle!! Speak to you soon folks. John!!

Back with a winner!!


Following a short break, I'm delighted to return with a winning selection on Saturday. Man With Van stayed on well to land the opener at Fairyhouse. The Stuart Crawford-trained eight-year-old did well to get up, despite being hampered by a faller during the race. The lightly raced gelding could be one to follow!!. Enjoy the rest of your day / weekend. John