Antartica De Thaix to repeat last year’s win

4.05 Huntingdon  ANTARTICA DE THAIX    4pts @ 9/2

This looks the race of the day & I’m backing the Paul Nicholls 8yo to repeat her win from last season. She beat Harry Fry’s Desert Queen 9l last March, but is 10lb worse off with her rival so things are set to be much closer this year. The selection finished in front of Desert Queen again at Market Rasen last November when both making their seasonal re-appearances & with Desert Queen promising to help set a strong pace, I fancy her to set the race up for our mare once again. Another mare who likes to front-run is Dan Skelton’s Rene’s Girl. The 8yo looks likely to take on Harry Fry’s 10yo for the lead & there’s always the possibility (and hope) that they manage to cut each other’s throats out in front. In fact, I’m slightly surprised that Rene’s Girl appears as, following her runaway win in Doncaster’s Silver Vase Mares Chase, her trainer nominated the Manifesto Chase at the Grand National meeting as her next race. Oliver Sherwood’s 5yo Got Away beat the selection just over 4l in a 3-runner affair at Leicester last month. He’s now 7lb worse off with our mare & although Got Away is the more unexposed of the two, I suspect this 42k pot has been the selection’s main target of the season. I don’t know what to make of Kerry Lee’s Happy Diva. I had her down as a weak finisher when she got beat at a short price at Uttoxeter last November, but her last two novice chase wins has put that theory firmly to bed. This is by far her hardest test & the likely strong pace may expose her but I’ve got little right about the 7yo so far.


February 21, 2018 by : Posted in Free Racing Tips 1 Comment
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One Response to “Antartica De Thaix to repeat last year’s win”

  1. ANTARTICA DE THAIX – 9/2 PU -4pts
    Mistakes, chased leader until before 3rd, driven & lost place before 10th, dropped herself back to last at next, reluctant after, tailed off & pulled up after 3 out.

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