The Weekend Whisper (Fri 9th Jan)


TWW currently stands at -3.00 pts

Moving house is never easy until you bed right back down again and that’s exactly what happened to this column last Friday as the two Saturday selections drew a complete blank.

My two selections Saturday may appear at first glance to be absolute head-scratchers and a little bit off the radar but I believe I’ve found some value in them both as they aren’t obvious picks.

The first runner I am suggesting to follow is in the opening race at Warwick- the Betfred Goals Galore Novices’ Handicap Hurdle and Vent Nivernais is the choice.

This is the first run in the UK for this Evans French import and some will probably will say he’ll need the run but in a race that won’t take much winning let’s take a chance on him actually being ready.

Vent Nivernais showed some ability in steeplechase races at Vittel and Granville racecourses in France in the autumn has been assessed as being 107 rated which is up there in this race.

Liam Treadwell is a positive jockey booking and the reason I am chancing this horse is because Treadwell/Evans have a good record together when pairing up so I’m going to give them an each-way shout on Saturday.

If you thought that first selection was way out how about this one? This one is running under the car headlines in the last at Wetherby, the Racing UK Anywhere Available Now Fillies’ ‘Junior’ Standard Open NH Flat Race. The filly in question is the Venetia Williams trained Pink Tara.

I’m quite a fan of Kayf Tara bred fillies and there are actually two in this race but I am going to side with the one trained by the current Queen Of NH – Venetia Williams. Callum Whillans is jocked up to take of that extra five pounds so that is an extra shrewd  move in itself.

With all the focus probably centering around A.P McCoy’s mount in the race, come off time my fancy could be quite a tidy price for each-way purposes.

TWW advises:

0.5 pt e/w 12.45 Warwick- Vent Nivernais (20/1 Betfair Sportsbook).

0.5 pt e/w 3.55 Wetherby- Pink Tara (9/1 Bet Victor) *08.39

*Prices correct as of 8pm Friday. Pink Tara price will be timestamped once confirmed*


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