Time to back Bally

  • By: Nick Grant
  • Last Updated: February 28 2013, 20:59 GMT

Nick Grant's nap has already won today at 13/2 - he has a tip for every remaining UK and Irish race today.

Kempton: Close Together fancied to go well
Kempton: Close Together fancied to go well

KEMPTON: 5.30 Rightcar, 6.00 Fire In Babylon, 6.30 Bouyrin, 7.00 Hatta Stream, 7.30 Tartan Jura, 8.00 Close Together, 8.30 Qeethaara.

LUDLOW: 2.00 Bullet Street, 2.30 Kie, 3.00 Grassfinch, 3.30 BALLYOLIVER (NAP), 4.00 Big Society, 4.30 Classic Swain, 5.00 Dropzone.

SOUTHWELL: 2.20 Kabbaas, 2.50 Hillbilly Boy, 3.20 Lucies Diamond, 3.50 Antonio Gramsci, 4.20 Ascendant, 4.50 Hellbender, 5.20 Our Ivor.

TAUNTON: 2.10 Alwaystheoptimist, 2.40 Garryleigh, 3.10 Jump City, 3.40 Toby Lerone, 4.10 Bold Chief, 4.40 Swansbrook, 5.10 Come On Annie.

THURLES: 2.25 Dangan Daylight, 2.55 Lastoftheleaders, 3.25 Pigeon Creek, 3.55 Bright New Dawn, 4.25 Raise Hell, 4.55 Cerveza Dinero, 5.25 Daisy's Gift.

DOUBLE: Ballyoliver and Kabbaas.

Ballyoliver can bounce back from a disappointing performance on his latest start to take the feature Forbra Gold Challenge Cup Handicap Chase at Ludlow on Thursday.

The Venetia Williams-trained stayer had an off-day when a well-beaten fifth to Buddy Bolero at Leicester.

He was clearly expected to do much better as he was sent off second favourite behind the winner, and had run very well in all his starts in the two months leading up to that, including being successful at Newbury.

The nine-year-old had also finished third to Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Cape Tribulation in the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby on Boxing Day and was a good second to Firebird Flyer over this course and distance in November.

With the Williams string continuing in terrific form, Ballyoliver should be hard to beat.

Bullet Street could not match strides with the Cheltenham-bound duo of Far West and River Maigue at Ascot, but Evan Williams' charge will be hard to beat dropped in grade for the Bet Live At corbettsports.com "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.

Despite being beaten, Williams must have been pleased as Bullet Street was only a total of five lengths adrift on what was his British debut.

A winner in his native Ireland for Martin Hassett at Limerick in November, Bullet Street looks to the type to do well and will not meet anything like Far West in this.

Harry Fry has made a terrific start to his training career, with the exploits of Rock On Ruby and Opening Batsman fully advertising the 26-year-old's talents.

The Dorset handler can continue a fine first season by saddling Bold Chief to victory in the Bathwick Tyres Handicap Hurdle at Taunton.

The eight-year-old has had a light campaign so far and was last seen finishing a respectable seventh of 17 to Dark Lover at Cheltenham in December.

He has been dropped 2lb for that run and looks fairly treated for a horse that is relatively unexposed.

Kabbaas could hardly have been more impressive on her last visit to Southwell and cannot be opposed on her return to the Nottinghamshire track in the bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.

The Roger Varian-trained filly is likely to find things a little tougher than her 20-length stroll at long odds-on earlier this month, but the manner of performance that day means a starting mark of 75 in handicaps is likely to be very workable.

Stepping up to a mile should only bring about further improvement in the twice-raced daughter of Pivotal and it will be interesting to see where connections opt to go next if all goes to plan.

Ascendant looks the interesting one with Graham Lee booked in the Best Horse Racing Odds With bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.

The John Jenkins-trained gelding returned to action in December, running a solid race at Wolverhampton before turning out again at Dunstall Park the following month, beaten less than two lengths on both occasions.

But he really caught the eye in a hot 'jumpers' bumper' at Kempton last time out behind smart pair Fair Trade and Pearl Swan, meeting some trouble in running to boot.

If he can build on that he is going to be a danger to all having been dropped 1lb since the second of those Wolverhampton runs.

It is worth keeping the faith with Close Together as she drops back to a mile for the BetVictor Exclusive Antepost Offer Aintree 2013 Handicap at Kempton.

Robert Mills' lightly-raced filly won at the trip in October but has been tried over 10 furlongs on her two starts since.

She got an enterprising ride last time out but looked for all the world like she failed to stay, and if ridden in a similar fashion might take some catching this time.


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