Alan Dudman had a winner yesterday with the well-backed Blue Rambler. He heads to Carlisle on Sunday with a Colin Tizzard horse, and also a pick in the staying feature chase of the afternoon....
"Milborough however, has won fresh before, and with an Eider success under his belt in 2015 - we know he stays forever. He landed that marathon from 134, and yet he is only 1lb higher for this."
13:35 Carlisle - Size up a punt on Tizzard's giant Brisbane
There's something about seeing a big old-fashioned chaser starting his career over fences, and no horse will be larger than Colin Tizzard's Sizing Brisbane at Carlisle on Sunday - he is an absolutely enormous beast.
His CV over hurdles was short-lived with just three starts, and by far-and-away his best run came at Limerick over 2m4f in a maiden hurdle. He finished second against a nippier type, but the front two pulled a couple of lengths clear. His jumping over the smaller obstacles was accomplished too. The horrible cliche of 'anything is a bonus' ought to come into play - but he is really made for Carlisle.
The 8yo is one of the Ann and Alan Potts' horses to make the switch to the Tizzard team, and his handicap debut mark of 115 is intriguing. He's a half-brother to Grand National winner Rule The World, whilst Baring Bingham second Venalmar is another relation.
With top conditional Harry Cobden claiming 3lb, this giant son of Nayef can hopefully get his fencing career off to a perfect start, after all; he's very lightly-raced for his age, and we will start to see him in a better light this term.
14:45 Carlisle - Milborough to surprise in stamina test
I love these staying handicap chases, and I've made no secret about that here. Plus I could not find a bet on the Huntingdon card at all for Sunday - so all roads lead to the 3m2f contest at 14:45.
The two 'young guns' towards the top of the weights are In The Rough and Belmount - but the market hasn't exactly missed them. And whilst I am a big fan of Fill The Power - his stable aren't quite firing, and a few of Sue Smith's runners are needing the outing. He hasn't been seen for 542 days.
Milborough however, has won fresh before, and with an Eider success under his belt in 2015 - we know he stays forever. He landed that marathon from 134, and yet he is only 1lb higher for this.
The 10yo was last seen in the Scottish Grand National - and finished a creditable seventh at Ayr (a track he has not always enjoyed). Carlisle and fences are definitely his thing though, with form at the course previously. He's a sound jumper who does warm to the task in a race - and he certainly won't be failing for stamina.
Sadly no rain is forecast, so hopefully the ground stays with a bit of soft in the description. I'll take a chance with Milborough to plug on - and he might be able to nick a place through sheer staying power.
Sunday's Recommended Bets
Back Sizing Brisbane 1pt @ 5.509/2 in the 13:35 at Carlisle
Back Milborough 0.5pt @ 22.021/1 in the 14:45 at Carlisle
Back Milborough 0.5pt @ 5.04/1 in the place market in the 14:45 at Carlisle
Weekly P/L: -0.25
Previous week: +0.50pts