Sam Turner is looking forward to a fine couple of days of racing, starting on Friday with two bets at Cheltenham plus a progressive horse at Chelmsford.
Rockpoint (Cheltenham, 12.45)
ROCKPOINT may not be a regular winner but knows his way around Prestbury Park and won a Grade 2 race here over 3m a year ago.
The gelding was due that victory after clocking well on soft ground in a warm Newbury handicap two weeks before and upped his game to score with a relentless performance, winning by nearly three lengths. Unfortunately, his form tailed off after - including a 50-length beating at the Cheltenham festival - as he seemed unable to maintain his effort at the business end of races.
Connections opted for wind surgery as a result and after a decent break, Rockpoint returned to action here for his chasing bow and whilst it was an unspectacular performance, he kept on galloping and built on that last time - again here - with a most promising run.
Staying on well in the mud behind a warm favourite, there were no signs of the engine misfiring and he looks ready to get his career firmly back on track.
Falco Blitz (Cheltenham, 3.40)
FALCO BLITZ scooted round Fakenham’s tight turns at the end of October and then built on that with a gutsy run here behind Jatiluwih who was landing a five-timer.
There was no disgrace in defeat up against a rampantly in-form horse and, clearly moving in the right direction, Falco Blitz looks the value call in a competitive contest from a top team.
Good Tidings (Chelmsford, 5.30)
GOOD TIDINGS was all over the place in a warm Kempton race 24 days ago in a first-time visor when slowly away, racing too freely and running into trouble 2f out after he had settled down and started to motor. To his credit, the three-year-old picked up nicely again and clocked impressively in the final furlong.
Good Tidings looked unlucky to me and on my figures can take this tight contest with his usual - and winning jockey - back on board this evening.
SAM TURNER’S BEST BETS
Rockpoint 1pt win (12:45 Cheltenham) 4/1 Coral
Falco Blitz 1pt ew (3:40 Cheltenham) 7/1 William Hill
Good Tidings 1pt win (5:30 Chelmsford) 10/3 BetVictor
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