We're reaching that time of year; Flat season time! Some people absolutely love the National Hunt and I really do enjoy the spectacle, but my recent NH results leave a lot to be desired and punting on the racing where they don't have to jump over things really cheers me up! Throughout the season, I will be writing a number of articles (in a bid to quit being a lazy so-and-so) and the first to go live is the Ante-Post

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March 22, 2017
James Boyle
We got a couple of good spins on the last day of Cheltenham with Winter Escape and Wait For Me running really well in the County Hurdle but it wasn't enough for a winner. The first mentioned showed his true worth this time and looks nailed on to have a big handicap in him. Castello Sforza impressed with the way he travelled in the Martin Pipe but then went out like a light and failed to get up the hill. Velvet Maker

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March 18, 2017
James Boyle
Day three was more of the same. Impulsive Star travelled well for some time in the Pertemps, then came under pressure and dropped out like a light. Why he failed to give his running so badly is beyond me. In the same race, Rocklander wasn't good enough, whilst Clondaw Warrior can have similar comments applied. The other two runners were more annoying as Henryville was travelling well when hampered by a faller and would

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March 17, 2017
James Boyle
I'm starting to remember how tough Cheltenham is every year! Bellshill was the best performer for me on the second day, running third behind Might Bite and it was a top performance in defeat. Alpha Des Obeaux was one place behind him and paid the price for trying to sit on the pace with the winner, although was reported to have bled once again. I was disappointed with Peregrine Run in the Coral Cup as he didn't quicken

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March 16, 2017
James Boyle
Nothing went as planned on day one of the festival. Two Taffs did run a cracker in the final race for us, finishing a close third having tanked his way along but was badly hampered at halfway and that arguably cost him a victory. A Genie In Abottle was my bet of the day but got too far back and simply looked paceless on the ground, which was a pity. The Druids Nephew ran all right in the opening handicap but wasn't good

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March 15, 2017
James Boyle
Saturday was decent courtesy of Nimr winning the Lincoln trial at Wolverhampton. It's a rare day when I'll back one of our last time out handicap winners in another handicap but he looked well-treated and a potential improver stepped up in trip, which is exactly how it played out. His keenness did threaten to get the better of him but thankfully didn't as he found plenty for pressure when it mattered. Keenness did get

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March 14, 2017
James Boyle
There was a weak finishing effort from John Reel at Wolverhampton and my judgement of the pace makeup in that contest was all wrong. I expected that three of them (including the bet) would be up top swinging along at their leisure but it turned out that the three decided to go too bloody quick, particularly John Reel and Plutocracy... who was pulled up! That set it up for the strong stayers who had ignored the leaders

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March 11, 2017
James Boyle
All of Saturday's bets were well backed, although none were up to it on the day. Katenko moved around Newbury with a lot of zest for some time and I thought he was going to have a massive chance on the final circuit, but he tired and had nothing left when the others went on. Bright New Dawn got badly outpaced in his race and looked like finishing out with the washing, only to run on powerfully in the straight to post

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March 06, 2017
James Boyle

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