After a terrific week at Cheltenham that included big-price winners Cole Harden and Wicklow Brave, Tony Calvin is looking for more success at Uttoxeter today, and he believes the Gold Cup winning team can land another big prize...
Carruthers looks the horse to back win and place in the Midlands Grand National at 15:50 today. Back him at 17.016/1 and 4.84/1 respectively.
It has nothing to do with the fact that his half-brother Coneygree won the Gold Cup yesterday - I don't do sentiment, especially with a raging hangover - more the fact that he is a seriously well handicapped horse these days.
Yes, he is getting on a bit as a 12yo and ran disappointingly in this race a couple of years ago but I thought that there was more promise in his run at Warwick last time than the formbook tells you.
I thought his jockey made a mistake in not trying to lead there and the horse sulked a bit in behind as a result. But he still ran well to a point, and he has now slipped to a mark of 133, some 17lb lower than when chasing home Shotgun Paddy at Warwick last season. It is hoped that Nico De Boinville guns him out from the front today.
Catching On looks a serious player but the price has long gone there and while I toyed with putting a saver on Woodford County and Foxbridge, I'll just stick solely with the old boy.
I think Atlantic Roller is a bit overpriced at 7.87/1 in the 14:40.
He disappointed on his only attempt at this trip in the past but trainer Paul Nicholls is adamant that he has been "crying out" for 3m and if he does last home then I think he is the horse to beat if reproducing the form of his Wincanton second in heavy ground last time.
I am going to chance Devil To Pay at odds of 17.016/1 in the 15:15.
The fact that connections are persevering with this horse after a three-year absence tells you that he is still showing some sparkle at home, and he has been dropped 14lb since his last start back in March 2012.
And who did he finish second to at Taunton on his penultimate start? Why, a certain Sire De Grugy. The ground could be an issue but I think the step up in trip will suit, as he was a stayer on the Flat. He could be a total blow-out but I'll take my chances at the price.
Alaivan stood out for me at 12.5 in the 14:20 at Kempton. Well, he did before becoming a non-runner at 9am anyway! I nearly sided with Saffron Wells instead, but I'll leave the race alone.
There is some decent racing at Lingfield and I thought Grendisar was a fair price in the 15:05 but I'll leave the all-weather alone for now.
Have a good day's punting, one and all, and hope Cheltenham treated you well.
Back Carruthers at 17.016/1 win and 4.84/1 place in the 15:50 at Uttoxeter
Back Atlantic Roller at 7.87/1 in the 14:40 at Uttoxeter
Back Devil To Pay at 17.016/1 in the 15:15 at Uttoxeter