Advised THURSDAY AFTERNOON 23RD JANUARY

Racecourse: Gowran Park
Time: 15:00
Date: 23/01/2020
Horse: Acapella Bourgeois
Current Odds: 11/2 Paddy Power & Betfair Sportsbook both 6 places else 6/1 Betvictor 5 places, use BOG bookies.
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 1/2 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

Willie Mullins trains locally and has trained the winner of this valuable handicap chase four times from the past eight rewnewals. He has six declared runners today with stable jockey Paul Townend chosing to ride top weight Acapella Bougeois. Owners Slaneyville Syndicate are headed by Lar Byrne who owned past Champion Hurdle winner Hardy Euctace. They have two runners but our selection is preferred to Total Recall. Acapella Bourgeois takes the same route as Willie used last year with winner Invitation Only running at Tramore on New Years Day. I thought that Al Boum Photo won that Tramore race more impressively this season than last and we all know he has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup inbetween. Acapella Bourgeois travelled and jumped well at Tramore showing himself on good terms. He will have no issue with this trip having finished third in the Irish Grand National over 3m5f last season. His record on anywhere from soft to heavy ground is impressive winning four times and placing four times from 11 runs. As the class horse of the race representing champion trainer Willie Mullins we can expect a very good showing from Acapella Bourgeois in a slightly below par renewal of this race compared to the past few years.

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Racecourse: Gowran Park
Time: 15:00
Date: 23/01/2020
Horse: Mick The Jiver
Current Odds: 25/1 Skybet, Paddy Power & Betfair Sportsbook, all three paying 6 places, use BOG bookies
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 1/2 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

Mick The Jiver has got in as 1st reserve this morning which will have come as a relief to his connections. Last year he was not rated high enough to make the cut but a facile win at Navan in December over three miles ensured a hike from the handicapper with 8lbs doing the job rightly. This race is a big step up in class for Mick The Jiver but he looks overpriced off a very low weight of 10-3. Testing going and plenty of fences are the key to this horse who is a much better chaser than hurdler. He is racing from a career high mark which is a worry considering his age of 10 years old. On the postive side of the equation he will enjoy the trip, course, ground and low weight with his stamina assured for today’s test.

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**Next Selections due Date & Time:

Friday Night 24th January ~19:00

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