I had just the one winner from four selections yesterday but the column still broke even on the day and is showing a massive £122.50 profit to a £1 pound stake since Monday!
There are plenty of good opportunities on Saturday so let’s hope I can keep it going.
3.30 Anna Jammeela – Drops back into Class 6 grade after finding it a bit tough in Class 5 last time out.
Was successful at this level on her penultimate start and looks well-handicapped off just 2lb higher.
She’s copped a good draw and trainer Lucy Wadham’s horses are running to form.
1.15 Another Crick – Could never quite get to the winner at Southwell last time (he got first run) but it was a very likeable display.
He finished seventeen lengths clear of the third that day and probably deserves the subsequent 6lb rise.
The ground will be ideal and of the five rivals only two are in-form.
He should have enough progression in him to see them off.
Bully’s Saturday Bankers
12.15 Kelso – Geronimo
1.15 Newbury – Another Crick
2.05 Doncaster – Lady Buttons
3.30 Southwell – Anna Jammeela
3.40 Leopardstown – Meticulous
2.05 Lady Buttons – Was a brilliant winner of a handicap chase at the track last time out, barely coming off the bridle to land the odds in style.
She steps up in grade here but is nicely in at the weights with most and almost certainly has more to come over fences.
The Adam Nicol/Philip Kirby combination have been flying of late and their mare will be very difficult to beat if jumps and travels with her usual amount of zest.
12.15 Geronimo – Beat an in-form sort seeking a hat-trick at Ayr last time out and clearly relished the emphasis on stamina that day.
Stamina will be at a premium again in these conditions and he can beat them off again even after stomaching a 7lb rise.
He’s seven-years-old but only had six starts under rules and there could well be more to come.
3.40 Meticulous – At the time of writing Joseph O’Brien’s contender is 13-8 in what is essentially a match against Mt Leinster – and that is too big a price.
When last seen in July he was a very easy winner of a Killarney bumper and that form looks strong with the third placed horse going on to win a bumper impressively.
He’s got Willie Mullins’ horse to beat but that one’s bubble was burst last time out behind Malone Road and my selection could have too many gears.