Following a very modest Tuesday of racing, the blog continues its selective strategy with two bets on Wednesday. Tuesday's nap selection for the competition went down by a neck, need a decent winner on Wednesday after Dale 'The Gibbo' Gibson extended his lead on the monthly table with a 7/2 winner. Through (slightly) gritted teeth, nice work Dale, but I'm not quite done with! :)

WEDNESDAY:

A really intriguing maiden hurdle at Punchestown and I'll be having a reverse forecast on two potentially smart recruits. Clonbanan Lad won three bumpers very impressively at the start of last season and looks one to keep onside in coming weeks. Henry De Bromhead's charge will have plenty supporters, but after a treble the other day, Jessie Harrington provides a plausible alternative in Operating. A smart bumper winner, taken out of a race on the Punchestown 'lake' earlier this year, because the trainer wanted to protect her young prospect, should make a fine race of it.

Elsewhere it's another very quiet day, but I do fancy one at Kempton. I've been waiting for EASTERN DRAGON E/W (Kempton 6.05) to drop back to 6f, after a decent speed figure last time, but hasn't been getting home over 7f and 8f. This is Paul Mulrennan's only ride of the day and the booking is significant for this prominent racer. If getting a decent break can nip round the inside and will be hard to beat against some modest rivals. It's very different from the soft ground Iwilsayzisonlyonce won on last time and a bigger danger on the treble is Ouzinkie, only 2lbs higher than when winning a handicap last time, however barely a length covered the first five home that day, so the form may not amount to much and the switch from Wolverhampton to Kempton isn't guaranteed to suit.
The biggest danger might be the unexposed handicap debutant for Roger Charlton on a mark of 65, Sakhee's Rose, however stall 11 will make it difficult for George Baker.

WEDNESDAY BETS:

2.20 Punchestown: Operating and Clonbanan Lad; Reverse Forecast.
6.05 Kempton: Eastern Dragon e/w (12/1 Bet365). Blog Nap. Edit: Into 8/1 Morning

Thanks for popping in, brimming with anticipation ahead of the Breeders Cup. And for flat lovers, Jebel Ali starts on Friday and there are several meetings at Meydan this side of Christmas! Not to mention Dundalk is on, on 'Fantastic Friday'!