Been a nice couple of days without having to worry about racing, time spent with the family which is always good with plenty of food & drink consumed. It’s the best days racing of the year now though and it’s tough to whittle my selections down to just three with so many on the shortlist. Let’s just hope I’ve picked the right ones! The feature race of the day is of course the #KingGeorge, I think if Might Bite doesn’t jump into the car park he’ll win but at a price I’m happy to back the improving Whisper each-way, strong form and always runs his race, it should be a cracker of a race. Good luck if following!
Tuesday 26th December:
#NAP – APPLESANDPIERES (2.45 Wetherby) – Won here over a slightly shorter trip in April over hurdles, beating Guitar Pete who recently won the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham (chase). Won his only previous start on soft ground and a recent fifth behind another subsequent winner was in a 0-145 handicap, so this drop down into 0-130 will be less demanding and if getting this extra yardage he looks overpriced with Henry Brooke an interesting jockey booking. (11/2) – Bet365 – 5pt – Lost
#NB – REINING SUPREME (1.20 Kempton Park) – A race in which Nicky Henderson has had plenty of joy in the past decade, having four winners and this chase debutante has reportedly been schooling very well. Won a couple of novice hurdles (one bad run in bottomless ground) so the better ground here will suit. Has won over this trip and if taking to the larger obstacles I’m sure this son of Presenting will play a leading role. (11/2) – Bet365 – 3pt – Fell
#IWAC – PERSIAN DELIGHT (1.30 Wincanton) – Lightly-raced seven-year old posted a couple of good efforts in Maiden hurdles last season, the form of those now look ridiculous. Won over C&D on last start of last campaign and probably needed his reappearance at Exeter last month over a trip too short. Has won twice on soft ground so the surface will suit, step up in trip a positive and Paul Nicholls enjoys having winners at his local track. Sure to go close. (6/1) – William Hill – 1pt ew – Lost