3 times champion tipster Steve Simpson

Recent Winners

Amateur 4/1
Scala Regia 8/1
Behind The Wire 7/2
Shanroe Santos 5/1
Vieux Lion Rouge 8/1
Ballyandy 3/1
Daphne De Clos
Custard The Dragon 2/1
Lost The Moon 2/1
Ami Desbois 15/8
What A Diva 6/1
Lady Buttons 9/4
Pinzolo 5/2
A Toi Phil 7/2
Espresso Freddo 5/1
Looks Like Power 15/8
GDay Aussie 2/1
Stamford Raffles 11/2
Royal MacNab 12/5
Midnight Jade 100/30
Mythical Madness 3/1
General Hazard 15/8
Priors Brook 11/4
Lozah 5/1
Signed Request 11/4
Miss Spent 11/1
Taroum 7/2
Oxford Blu 5/1
Peak To Peak 7/2
Astracad 100/30
Charlemar 7/2
Moss Street 3/1
Cape Cova 4/1
Bold Image 8/1
Zippy 9/4
Burning Thread 10/1
Outre Mer 11/10
Marquee Club 5/1
Medieval 11/4
Captain Dion 6/1
Kiringa 5/2
Wediddodontwe 11/4
Captain Colby 6/1
Minminwin 3/1
Fact Of The Matter 5/1
Lord of the North 4/1
Certifcate 7/2
Coopers Friend Evs
Nemoralia 15/8
Kummiya 15/8
Amthal 5/2
Ralphy Boy 11/4
Mokarris 9/4
Kyllang Rock 15/8
Right Touch 7/1
Silva Eclipse 11/4
Langley Vale 5/1
Bayston Hill 2/1
Eddiemaurice 11/4
Son Of Suzie 11/4
Sir Dylan 9/2
Master Blueyes 10/3
Bernisdale 4/1
Jumeirah Star 3/1
Baadi 5/2
Urban Space 3/1
Art Mauresque 3/1
Taysh 3/1
Brave Spartacus 7/1
Sharp Rise 9/4
Cue Card 6/5
Shrewd 3/1
Affectionate Lady 22/1
Value At Risk 11/4
Carried 2/1
Magical Man 7/2
Annie Power 5/2
The Nipper 9/2
Swift Cedar 6/1
Crosse Fire 7/2
The Organist 11/4
More Spice 9/2
Jotem Down 5/2
Arthurs Oak 11/4
Lightscameraction 6/1
Ericht 5/1
New Abbey Angel 11/4
Fleckerl 5/2
Supreme Bob 11/4
Bridge Of Sighs 2/1
Frivolous Lady 4/1
Elysian Prince 7/2
Moon River 7/1
Le Reve 4/1
Welliesinthewater 2/1
Kalahari 9/4
Logans Lad
Truckers Highway 9/2
Les Gar Gans 11/2
Jess 11/4
Kadrizzi 2/1
William Of Orange 9/2
Percella 3/1
Little Stampy 2/1
Money Team 7/4
Mulzamm 9/4
Mystic Sky 15
Dont Be 20/1
Commeragh Trix 9/4
Supreme Bob 11/4
Ruby Rambler 11/4
Baby Shine 6/1
Minstrels Gallery 4/1
North Hill Harvey 4/1
Seek The Fair Land 6/1
Jers Girl 2/1
Quatrieme Ami 2/1
Little Sweetheart 11/4
Entihaa 9/4
Alibi De Sivola Carlisle
Mindurownbusiness 2/1
Seychelloise 15/8
El Campeon 4/1
Pithivier 11/4
Yes I Did 2/1
Final Assault 15/8
Rosa Fleet 7/2
The Steward 7/2
Throthehatch 9/4
Clondaw Cian 9/2
The Cobbler Swayne 15/8
Rouge Nuage 12/1
Automotive 7/2
Love The Leader 2/1
Butlergrove King 15/8
Gleann Na Ndochais 4/1
Replenish 3/1
Atwix 5/1
Be On Time 15/8
Ullswater 11/8
After Eight Sivola 6/1
Tobefair 7/1
Forever My Friend 3/1
Top Offer 9/2
Roadie Joe 9/4
Billy Ranger 5/2
Sea Pride 3/1
Mandria 3/1
Harlequin Striker 5/1
Polarisation 3/1
Libran 9/1
Curious Carlos 11/4
Sir Billy Wright 15/8
Dr Robin 9/2
Algaith 5/2
Be Lucky 10/3
Air Force Blue 9/4
Balmoral Castle 6/1
Highland Reel 7/4
More Mischief 6/4
Dear Bruin 7/4.
Bold Runner 12/1 EW.
Seamour 5/2
Guiding Light 13/8
Talyani 11/4
The Tin Man 9/4
Temple Lord 7/2
Azure Amour 5/1
Pixeleen 11/4
Franklin D 5/4
Picture Dealer 11/2
Shipyard 11/8
John Splendid 2/7
Majenta 5/1 EW
Swift Cedar 11/4
Trulee Scrumptious 3/1
Ghinia 7/2
Tigers Tale 3/1
First Selection 11/2
Stone Roses 15/8
Lady Tiana 7/2
Iseemist 11/2
Tobefair 11/4
Mutawathea 9/2
War Envoy 10/1
Mercers Row 3/1
Saved By The Bell 9/2
Avenue Des Champs 5/2
Code Red 14/1
One More Go 4/1
Kerrymerry 11/4
Adaay 6/1
Pennant Dancer 8/1
King Of Rooks 11/4
Cygnet 5/2
Red Baron 3/1
Cygnet 4/1
Libran 13/2
Goolagong Girl 9/2
Libran 7/1
Goldream 5/1
Pennant Dancer 7/2
Go Dan Go 2/1
Tanerko Emery 4/1
Lungarno Palace 4/1
Bon Chic 2/1
Arctic Lynx 5/2
Osaila 4/1
Kublai 15/8
Don Cossack 3/1
Dark Ocean 3/1
Princess Ombu 5/1
Party Palace 9/1
Quadriga 8/1
Windshear 15/8
Elusive Ellen 9/4
Better B Quick 11/4
Rebel Rebellion 7/1
Subversive 2/1
Forgivienne 17/2
Tsarglas 5/2
Desert Strike 12/1
Matraash 9/4
Primrose Valley 11/4
Its A Long Road 2/1
Murrayana 2/1
Comeonginger 10/3
Perfect Cracker 12/1
Pearl Noir 2/1
Lean On Pete 5/1
Bowberry 4/1
Chelwood Gate 5/4
Royal Macnab 4/1
Always Bold 13/2
Brave Spartacus 7/2
Telegraph 9/4
Varsovian 11/4
Gigawatt 5/2
Gabrial The Terror 9/2
Shanroe Santos 11/4
Theregoesthetruth 5/2
Kodafine 3/1
Perfect Pasture 4/1
Hallelujah 2/1
Baradari 11/2
Rebel Rebellion 12/1
Monkerty Tunkerty 7/1
Steel City 5/4
Cody Wyoming 2/1
Rathlin Rose 10/3
Brandon Hill 9/2
Gores Island 3/1
Royal Player 10/11
Rock On Ruby 5/2
Francos Secret 5/1
Melvin The Grate 9/4
Grey Danube 6/1
Toot Sweet 3/1
Welease Bwian 14/1
Benbane Head 16/1
Daveron 3/1
Deep Resolve 7/2
Champagne Chaser 9/4
Past Forgetting 3/1
Malibu Sun 9/2
Dont Be 2/1
Rowlestone Lass 9/1
The Ould Lad 9/4
One For The Boss 5/2
Strawberry Martini 7/1
Dont Be 9/2
Good Authority 5/2
Desilvano 15/8
Tikkandemickey 6/1
Robbie 9/1
Big Baz 5/2
Sam Winner 15/2
Synonym 100/30
Toothemoonandback 5/2
Favorite Girl 100/30
Monbeg Theatre 5/2
One For Hocky 3/1
Brother Brian 3/1
Alright Benny 5/2
Eurystheus 9/4
Mary Le Bow 3/1
Cadmium 4/1
Blue Kascade 5/2
Midnight Charmer 9/4
Montoyas Son 5/2
Madame Lilibet 7/1
Dark Ruler 3/1
Urban Space 10/1
Eastern Dragon 7/1
Lady Tiana 4/1
Yakoum 6/1
Chesil Beach 7/2
Caulfields Venture 11/4
Mister Bob 9/4
Knights Reward 5/1
Abbeygrey 9/4
Phoenix Returns 9/4
Islandmagee 9/4
Della Sun 100/30
Sleep In First 2/1
Bluegrass Blue 11/4
Interception 2/1
Knight Owl 5/1
Bayleyf 3/1
Battersea 8/1
Green Howard 15/8
Chapellerie 2/1
Baltic Knight 11/4
Secret Missile 7/2
Hallings Wish 9/4
Storm King 9/2
Giant O Murchu 10/3
Saborido 3/1
Elhaame 9/4
Ssafa 7/1
Pretty Bubbles 5/2
Maverik 10/1
Rawoof 4/1
Go Go Green 14/1
Trulee Scrumptious 6/1
Rusty Nail 15/8
Mick Duggan 2/1
La Bacouetteuse 11/4
Kiwi Bay 3/1
Solar Spirit 7/2
Almagest 3/1
Thourntoun Care 11/4
Gorteenwood 5/2
Ballybough Gorta 15/8
Jargon 2/1
Dr Red Eye 9/2
Tenor 11/4
Swiss Cross 11/4
Top Chief 5/2
BookEm Danno 11/4
Bernisdale 9/2
Gravitational 4/1
Le Chat DOr 3/1
Pennant Dancer 9/2
Baitha Alga 15/8
Laughing Jack 9/4
Genius Boy 3/1
Beach Belle 15/8
Midnight Diamond 4/1
Youre Fired 9/4
One Pursuit 4/1
Tiggy Wiggy 3/1
Chatez 7/1
Comrade Bond 2/1
Uncle Dermot 3/1
Uncle Dermot 100/30
BookEm Danno 4/1
Sir Lynx 7/2
Intibah 5/2
Six Wives 2/1
Lemon Gent 2/1
Secret Art 7/1
Alices Dancer 3/1
Should I Stay 9/4
Mull Of Killough 4/1
Sudski Star 15/8
Ifan 6/1
Hold Court 3/1
Time Square 8/1
Camden 5/2
Heronry 7/1
Ballylifen 7/2
The Lock Master 4/1
Bob Keown 7/2
The Lock Master 7/2
Ballyoliver 8/1
Villa Royale 6/1
Dynaste 3/1
Present View 8/1
Capisci 3/1
Gibbstown 7/2
Khajaaly 6/1
Dark And Dangerous 9/4
Fair Breeze 3/1
Kaylif Aramis 11/2
Saffire Song 5/1
Songcraft 9/1
Star Links 5/1
Ballyesker Hill 5/2
Grendisar 9/4
Masterful Act 5/2
Robin Hoods Bay 4/1
Wilfrid Pickles 4/1
Star Links 3/1
Captain Chris 15/8
Random Success 2/1
Stanlow 6/1
Perfect Pasture 11/4
Munaawib
Tony Dinozzo 2/1
Baradari 11/4
Caroles Spirit 2/1
Dubai Hills 11/4
Lord Protector 5/1
Maggie Pink 5/2
Renard DIrlande 11/4
Next Sensation 15/8
Melodic Rendezvous 9/2
Dancing Daffodil 5/2
Powerful Pierre 2/1
Hunters Lodge 8/1
Standing Ovation 3/1
Jump City 7/2
Line DAois 15/8
Volume 9/4
Pantxoa 6/1
Goal 9/4
Mister Fizz 3/1
Waahej 2/1
Ebony Express W8/1 8/1
Tawhid 15/8
Bayan 5/1
Aloha 4/1
Exclusive Waters 2/1
The Lark 15/8
Lancelot Du Lac 3/1
Gordon Lord Byron 7/2
Anytimeatall 9/2
Yojimbo 9/4
Cullentry Royal 9/2
Royal Bajan 9/4
Papradon 12/1
Surf And Turf 5/2
Glen Moss 5/2
Bohemian Rhapsody 11/4
True Pleasure 3/1
Silver Rime 7/2
Certavi 3/1
Floating Along 11/4
Born To Fly 15/8
Dineur 5/2
Alwilda 15/8
Oceana Gold 2/1
Reginald Claude 5/2
Dame Nellie Melba 15/8
Jubilee Dancer 15/8
Secondo 15/8
Excellent Aim 5/2
Forever My Friend 11/4
Progenitor 13/2
The Grey Gatsby 11/4
Snowy Dawn 5/2
Riskit Fora Biskit 4/1
Universal 3/1
Al Kazeem 15/8
Ambiance 7/2
Front Page News 5/2
Sky Lantern 9/2
Glen Countess 8/1
Man Of Steel 4/1
Great Crested 11/4
Baltic Knight 2/1
Clowance Estate 11/4
Emperors Hope 5/2
Dom Lukka 5/1
Honoured 9/4
Area Fifty One 11/4
Langley Vale 15/8
Creek Falcon 3/1
Yeager 15/8
Nafa 5/2
Clon Brulee 9/2
Ralston Road 3/1
Lord Ashley 5/2
King Of The Danes 4/1
Coral Sands 7/1
Nafa 3/1
Eton Forever 9/2
Eshtiaal 9/4
The Black Baron 4/1
Brunton Blue 9/4
Edgware Road 4/1
Saint Thomas 15/8 (dht)
Sky Lantern 9/1
Honest Strike 2/1
String Theory 9/4
Molon Labe 14/1
Sleep In First 7/2
Aryal 7/2
The Clyda Rover 4/1
Deputy Dan 11/4
Stuccodor 7/2
Araldur 2/1
El Salvador 15/8
Rockalong 3/1
Mojolika 15/8
Hidden Justice 5/2
Calculated Risk 4/1
Solwhit 9/4
Cappa Bleu EW 12/1
Ace Master 5/2
Five Rivers 7/2
Rumble Of Thunder 4/1
Irene Kennet 5/1
Goldstorm 15/8
Devout 3/1
Top Of The Range 11/4
Riskit For A Biskit 15/8
Come On Annie 4/1
Botteen 5/1
Howards Legacy 2/1
Everaard 15/2
Bridge That Gap 11/4
Leviathan 9/4
Goldstorm 2/1
No Way Hozay 2/1
Light Burst 2/1
Mubtadi 4/1
Boxing Shadows 7/2
Toga Tiger 9/4
Lukes Benefit 6/1
Bitaphon 4/1
Gorgehous Lliege 3/1
Adiynara 10/1
Katenko 4/1
Woolfall Sovereign 2/1
Last Fighter 3/1
Master Of The Sea 11/4
Chartreux 2/1
Killimore Cottage 9/4
Kames Park 11/4
Mica Mika 11/4
Shaunas Spirit 5/1
Flag Of Glory 5/1
Lean On Pete 2/1
Lager Time 9/2
Tarquinius 5/2
Outlander 9/4
Noble Witness 10/3
Neige DAntan 5/2
Shaking Hands 11/2
Sulpius 5/2
Stow 4/1
Dark Lover 9/2
Changing Times 11/4
Doctor Harper 2/1
De La Bech 7/2
Sakhees Rose 3/1
Amok 3/1
Our Father 11/4
Buck Mulligan 11/4
Cue To Cue 7/2
Locked Inthepocket 6/1
Harouet 11/1
Ivors King 7/2
Bladewood Girl 5/1
Nameitwhatyoulike 5/2
Fama Mac 9/2
Lamb Or Cod 7/2
Grand Liaison 5/2
Little Rocky 2/1
Dolores Rocket 15/8
Pericoloso 15/8
Tis Rock N Roll 4/1
Fire Ship 2/1
Fattsota 9/2
Im Back 15/8
Solar Deity 4/1
Hit The Switch 4/1
Chosen Character 11/4
Jacob Cats 10/3
Ingleby Angel 15/8
Empowerment 85/40
Hawdyerwheesht 4/1
Black Spirit 7/2
Trackmate 9/2
JoBurg 9/2
Kings Flyer 7/2
Heeraat 9/2
Finch Flyer 15/8
Star Links 4/1
Premier Dane 14/1
Universal 3/1
Mister Ming 5/2
Raving Monsun 9/2
Changing The Guard 11/4
Green Howard 7/4
Illustrious Prince 7/2
Juarla 9/2
Premier Dane 9/4
Geminus 4/1
Royal Dutch 9/4
Echion 4/1
Brigadoon 7/2
Gospel Choir 5/2
Ethics Girl 14/1
Another Citizen 7/1
Kalk Bay 7/1
Meccas Team 9/2
Fresa 2/1
Charlie Em 9/2
Sound Of Guns 15/8
Orwellian 2/1
Victor Hewgo 4/1
Asker 9/4
Iktiview 10/1
Captain Scooby 7/1
Guiletta 3/1
Rock A Doodle Doo 11/2
Able Master 6/1
Potomac 4/1
Liberty Island 4/1
Farang Kondiew 3/1
Fenella Fudge 5/1
Cardigan Island 7/4
Gra Geal Mo Chroi 6/1
Cosmic Moon 6/1
Lahaag 15/8
Basseterre 11/4
Our Boy Jack 7/4
Liliargh 6/4
Queen Of Mantua 5/2
Colbyor 9/4
Teak 2/1
Cecily Parsley 85/40
Lexis Boy 3/1
Bint Alzain 11/4
Niceonefrankie 2/1
Vertueux 5/2
Kedleston 2/1
Kentford Grey Lady 5/2
Emmaslegend 2/1
Woop Woop 3/1
Battlecry 11/4
Woop Woop 5/1
The New One 11/4
Alfraamsey 15/8
Deacon Blues 5/2
Mauritino 2/1
Diverting 11/4
Alfraamsey 15/8
Avon River 2/1
Ardglen 2/1
Tanmawy 2/1
Passionada 2/1
French Navy 2/1
Bogini 9/4
Deliberation 15/8
Hot Rod Mamma 3/1
Absolute Shambles 5/2
Sansili 3/1
Im The Decider 9/4
Side Glance 2/1
Imaginary Diva 9/4
Blown It 15/8
Roninski 15/8
Polar Annie 5/2
Eijaaz 2/1
Jewelled Dagger 2/1
Little Jimmy Odsox 3/1
Roodee Queen 10/3
Princely Hero 11/2
Farlow 2/1
Lexis Boy 15/8
Kool Henry 2/1
John Forbes 9/4
Quite Sparky 13/2
Golden Waters 15/8
Bondage 9/4
Princely Hero 5/2
Minis Destination 5/1
Addictive Dream 4/1
Show Rainbow 5/2
Wooden King 9/4
Malibu Sun 11/4
Miss Muga 11/4
Elzaam 10/3
Health Is Wealth 15/8
Tatispout 3/1
Mandhooma 85/40
Dream Achieved 11/5
Bold Diva 3/1
Indian Shuffle 15/8
Sir Kezbaah 9/4
The Which Doctor 5/1
Nideeb 9/4
Topolski 15/8
Go Maggie Go 15/8
Stormin Exit 2/1
Robertewnutter 5/2
Trooper Clarence 11/4
Numide 4/1
Non Dom 9/4
Premier Sagas 9/4
Flying Phoenix 15/8
April Fool 7/2
Elhamri 2/1
Unlimited 10/3
Honourable Arthur 7/2
Anne Of Kiev 9/2
Stanley Rigby 9/4
Yourelikemefrank 11/4
Lord Lansing 5/2
Hollo Ladies 9/4
Mossley 3/1
Fantasy Gladiator 9/4
Salpierre 9/4
Take Ten 3/1
Calypso Bay 5/2
Mr Hudson 2/1
Kilcrea Kim 5/2
Garton King 7/2
Psychic Ability 2/1
Ingleby Spirit 7/2
Cappagh 15/8
Kartanian 11/4
Lang Shining 9/2
Earlsmedic 7/2
Dreamacha 10/3
High Twelve 3/1
Sharp Sovereign 15/8
Vesuve 2/1
Oldrik 11/4
Finch Flyer 9/4
Epic 7/2
Rudanphast 15/8
Mushy Peas 15/8
Poets Voice 2/1
Nave 9/4
Magic Cross 9/4
Classic Swain 3/1
La Fortunata 10/3
Jet Away 2/1
Midday 15/8
Changing Lanes 6/1
Jack Luey 9/4
Orpenindeed 2/1
Lady Eclair 15/8
Space Telescope 9/4
Perfect Blossom 11/4
Mandhooma 5/2
Christopher Wren 5/2
Space Telescope 8/1
Parks Prodigy 3/1
The Fonz 2/1
Maid In Heaven 9/4
Jollywood 3/1
Milhu 9/4
Strike A Deal 15/8
Penang Cinta 15/8
Boogie Waltzer 100/30
Feathered Crown 15/8
Day Of The Eagle 10/3
Aviate 11/4
Pro Pell 11/2
Kajima 15/8
Mostly Bob 3/1
Shalamiyr 2/1
Activate 9/4
Mabait 9/4
Quick Reaction 5/2
Bathwick Bear 2/1
Captain Chris 2/1
Avow 3/1
Buona Sarah 2/1
Admission 10/1
Bene Lad 15/8
Sophies Choice 3/1
Buxted 5/2
Drussell 15/8
Fred Bojangals 7/2
Mister Pete 5/2
Bothy 2/1
Gansey 9/4
Ginger Grey 9/4
Shadows Lengthen 11/4
Qozak 2/1
Oiseau De Nuit 2/1
Wunder Strike 2/1
Ere Alfie 100/30
Doctor Pat 9/4
Wishfull Thinking 15/8
Follow The Dream 11/4
Natural Action 85/40
Magnetic Pole 2/1
Banjaxed Girl 9/4
Bowdlers Magic 11/4
Manjam 2/1
Woop Woop 5/1

Notable Winners

Glen Countess 8/1
Glen Countess 8/1
Coral Sands 7/1
Coral Sands 7/1
Molon Labe 14/1
Molon Labe 14/1
Urban Kode 13/2
Urban Kode 13/2
Legacy Gold 9/1
Legacy Gold 9/1
Everaard 15/2
Everaard 15/2
Lukes Benefit 6/1
Lukes Benefit 6/1
Adiynara  10/1
Adiynara 10/1
Shaking Hands 11/2
Shaking Hands 11/2
Locked Inthepocket  6/1
Locked Inthepocket 6/1
Valerene 11/1
Valerene 11/1
Harouet 11/1
Harouet 11/1
Bladewood Girl 5/1
Bladewood Girl 5/1
Premier Dane 14/1
Premier Dane 14/1
Princess Of Orange 6/1
Princess Of Orange 6/1
Ethics girl 14/1
Ethics girl 14/1
Another Citizen 7/1
Another Citizen 7/1
Kalk Bay 7/1
Kalk Bay 7/1
Iktiview 10/1
Iktiview 10/1
Captan Scooby 7/1
Captan Scooby 7/1
Rock A Doodle Doo 11/2
Rock A Doodle Doo 11/2
Able Master 6/1
Able Master 6/1
Gra Geal Mo Chroi 6/1
Gra Geal Mo Chroi 6/1
Cosmic Moon 6/1
Cosmic Moon 6/1
Silviniaco Conti 7/4
Silviniaco Conti 7/4
Unforgettable 4/1
Unforgettable 4/1
Burnhope 4/1
Burnhope 4/1
Loose Chips 7/1
Loose Chips 7/1
Gores Island 14/1
Gores Island 14/1
Eurohunter 8/1
Eurohunter 8/1
Woop Woop W5/1
Woop Woop W5/1
Deacon Blues 5/2
Deacon Blues 5/2
Alsindi 5/1
Alsindi 5/1
Princely Hero 11/2
Princely Hero 11/2
Korabushka 4/1
Korabushka 4/1
Quite Sparky 13/2
Quite Sparky 13/2
Perfect Tribute 12/1
Perfect Tribute 12/1
The Which Doctor 5/1
The Which Doctor 5/1
Numide 4/1
Numide 4/1
Anne Of Kiev 9/2
Anne Of Kiev 9/2
Lang Shining 9/2
Lang Shining 9/2
Changing Lanes 6/1
Changing Lanes 6/1
Space Telescope 8/1
Space Telescope 8/1
Pro Pell 11/2
Pro Pell 11/2
Admission 10/1
Admission 10/1

Racing Associate's Update

So after last weekend’s Cheltenham Festival Trials Day – did we learn anything new? I guess a few things. We know that last Saturday’s impressive BetBright Trial Chase winner, Smad Place now looks a fair e/w bet at around 12/1 for the Gold Cup next month, while if you fancy Djakadam, who fell when still going well in that race, you might have a few hairy moments on the jumping front come next month. As a result Vautour is the new favourite for the Gold Cup with most bookies, but, don’t forget, still holds an entry in the Ryanair Chase. We’ll get a few more clues ahead of the Gold Cup this weekend over in Ireland with the running of the Irish Hennessy – I’ll be taking a deeper look into that race below, but it looks like providing last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup third, Road To Riches, with the perfect prep race before heading to Prestbury Park next month.

We also saw my World Hurdle fancy – Thistlecrack – bolt-up in the Cleeve Hurdle last weekend. The 5/2 on offer a few weeks ago when I looked at that race is now long-gone, with the Colin Tizzard-trained horse now generally around 6/4 – hope you got on!

Yanworth was the other star last weekend, for what was a cracking day all-round for the Alan King camp. This JP McManus-owned 6 year-old is now into 2/1 favourite for the Neptune Novices Hurdle on the Wednesday, with jockey, Ruby Walsh, who will be up against him for Willie Mullins, saying this week Yanworth be hard to beat.

Plenty to digest, savour and look forward to when it comes to the Cheltenham Festival, but this weekend we see the C4 cameras head to Sandown, Wetherby and Ffos Las. I’ll be giving you my main picks from the best of the races at those venues, plus a look at the Irish Hennessy Gold Cup.

Irish Hennessy Gold Cup – Road To Riches To Bank Weekend Money

Leopardstown 3.40 – Irish Hennessy Gold Cup (Grade 1) Cl1 3m  ATR
13/13– Had run at Leopardsown over fences before
13/13 – Last ran was 6 weeks or less
13/13 – Had won over at least 3m before in their career (any code)
12/13 – Placed favourites
11/13 – Had won a Grade 1 Chase before
10/13 – Ran in the Lexus Chase (Leopardstown) last time out
10/13 – Came from the top 3 in the betting
10/13– Aged 9 or younger
10/13 – Irish-bred
10/13 – Winners that went onto run in that season’s Cheltenham Festival (no winners)
10/13 – Had won between 3-5 times over fences (rules) before
9/13 – Had won over fences at Leopardstown before
8/13 – Placed in the top 3 last time out
8/13 – Winning distance – 3 lengths or more
8/13 – Winners that went onto run in that season’s Gold Cup (no winners)
7/13 – Rated 160 or higher
6/13 – Winning favourites
5/13 – Trained by Willie Mullins (9 wins in all)
4/13 – Won last time out
2/13 – Won by a UK-based trainer
The average winning SP in the last 13 runnings is 3/1
RICHARD’S VERDICT: I was lucky enough to land this race in back-to-back years in 1998-99 with Dorans Pride and Florida Pearl, so it’s always a contest I’ve fond memories of. In recent years we’ve also seen horses like Beef Or Salmon, Florida Pearl and Jodami win the Irish Hennessy Gold Cup more than once, so with that in mind the 2015 winner, Carlingford Lough, will be looking to add his name to that fall of fame of repeat winners. That said, this 10 year-old has not won since taking this prize 12 months ago and has struggled to hit that form of late – he was last seen running way down the field in the Lexus Chase here at the track over the Christmas period.

The Willie Mullins camp have won this race a staggering nine times, including three of the last five. Their 2013 victor, Sir Des Champs, is engaged again, but is another that needs to put a recent poor Lexus Chase run behind him.

Foxrock, who is trained by Ted Walsh, was only beaten a length in third in the Lexus Chase so if running to that level again has a huge chance, while his track stats read an impressive UR-2-3-2-1-2-3 – looks a solid each-way player here.

First Lieutenant was second in this season’s Lexus – beaten just ½ a length – so is another that enters the shake-up on that form. But, having said that, he’s won just three of his 28 chase starts and the last of those wins came back in April 13. He’s become a shade frustrating to win with – despite often running his race, so is another for the each-way players but it would be a slight shock if he’s up to winning.
So based on all that, and on current form and the official ratings, the one to beat is ROAD TO RICHES. Noel Meade’s 9 year-old has been lightly-raced this season after running a solid third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last year. He was last seen winning the Clonmel Oil Chase over a shorter trip, but has CD-winning form at Leopardstown after landing the 2014 Lexus Chase. The official ratings suggest he’s got 5lbs in-hand on the others on these terms so if running to form looks the one to beat before heading for another tilt at the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival next month – where he’s currently around 12/1.

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Sandown: 2.25 - Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices´ Chase (Grade 1) Cl1 2m4f110y CH4
12/12 – Returned 9/2 or shorter in the betting
12/12 – From the top 3 in the betting
12/12 – Won no more than 3 times over fences before
12/12 – Placed in the top 3 last time out
11/12 – Ran within the last 6 weeks
11/12 – Finished in the top 2 last time out
10/12 – Aged 7 or younger
10/12 – Won between 1-3 times over fences before
9/12 – Favourites Placed
8/12 – Winners that went onto run at that season’s Cheltenham Festival (no winners)
8/12 – Favourites
8/12 – Winning distance – 2 lengths or more
6/12 – Aged 7 years-old
6/12 – French bred
5/12 – Irish bred
5/12 – Ran at Cheltenham last time out
4/12 – Trained by Paul Nicholls
3/12 – Winners that went onto finish in the top 5 in the RSA Chase
3/12 – Had run over fences at Sandown before
3/12 – Trained by Nicky Henderson
2/12 – Ridden by Ruby Walsh
The average winning  SP in the last 10 runnings is 7/4
RICHARD’S VERDICT: The Nick Williams yard won this in 2012 with For Non Stop and look to hold another big chance this season with TEA FOR TWO. This 7 year-old was a very impressive winner at Kempton on Boxing Day, giving his jockey, Lizzie Kelly, a memorable Grade one success and I think he can land another for his up-and-coming rider here. That win was over 3m, but the drop in trip won’t be an issue, especially in this ground and the stiff Sandown finish should be another plus for the horse. This talented hurdler is now 2-from-2 over fences and if running well here could be seen next in a few weeks for the BetBright Chase at Kempton on the 27th.

Sandown: 3.00 - Betfred Mobile Heroes Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 2m7f98y CH4
10/10 – Raced in the last 8 weeks
10/10 – Won by a horse aged 9 or younger
9/10 – Won over at least 2m4f (hurdles) previously
9/10 – Carried 10-12 or less in weight
8/10 – Officially rated 135 or lower
8/10 – Winners that went to race at the Cheltenham Festival that season
8/10 – Winning distance – 2 ½ lengths or shorter
8/10 – Won only 2-3 times over hurdles previously
7/10 – Winners that came from the top 3 in the market
7/10 – Returned 13/2 or less
6/10 – Won by a horse aged 7 or younger
5/10 – Placed Favourites
5/10 – Won by an Irish-bred horse
4/10 – Raced over hurdles at Sandown previously (3 won)
4/10 – Won last time out
4/10 – Favourites
4/10 – Won by a French-bred horse
4/10 – Ran at Cheltenham last time out
3/11 – Won by the Paul Nicholls yard
2/11 – Won by the Philip Hobbs yard
2/11 – Ridden by Richard Johnson
1/11 – Winners that went onto win at that season’s Cheltenham Festival (Ryanair Chase, 2007 Taranis)

RICHARD’S VERDICT:  The Suzy Smith-trained Invicta Lake took this contest 12 months ago and despite being a few pounds out of the handicap here is on roughly the same mark as when landing the spoils last year. The horse will love the ground and heads here off the back of a solid fourth at Huntingdon in a fair Class Two Hurdle so looks a fair each-way option in a very competitive race. The Hobbs and Nicholls yards have won 5 of the last 11 renewals between them so their Saddlers Encore and Ibis Du Rheu are also respected. Ibis Du Rheu is closely-matched with another runner Yala Enki after that pair finished first and second last time out at Kempton, but with a decent weight turn-a-round then Paul Nicholls’ Ibis Du Rheu is preferred to get his revenge on that horse. Baywing is another horse that will attract a lot of interest after winning it’s last four on the spin. He’ll love the ground and heads here off the back of an easy 5 length win at Haydock, but this is another step up in class so a fair bit more is required in my book. Therefore. I’m siding with the Hobbs-trained SADDLERS ENCORE (e/w) here. This lightly-raced 7 year-old ran a solid race back last time when fifth of 10 at Wincanton and with that being his first run in just over 20 months then we can expect him to come on a fair bit for it. He’s won twice from 4 runs over hurdles, plus add in that he ticks a lot of the key trends then he looks the value each-way call against the three ahead of him in the betting.

OTHER TV RACE TIPS
Sandown
1.50 – BOLD HENRY
3.35 – LE REVE (e/w)
Wetherby
2.45 – NATIVE RIVER
Ffos Las
2.05 - SILSOL
3.15 – BOB FORD (e/w)

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