Horse Racing Tipping Record for March 2013

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01-Mar-133:50 PMDoncasterCivil Unrest£10.0002.50£0.00-£10.00-£10.00
01-Mar-132:30 PMLingfieldElectrician£10.0018.00£90.00£80.00£70.00
01-Mar-134:00 PMNewburyLe Bacardy£10.0019.00£100.00£90.00£160.00
02-Mar-133:30 PMDoncasterAaim To Prosper£10.0013.00£40.00£30.00£190.00
02-Mar-132:30 PMKelsoNo Planning£10.0011.25£22.50£12.50£202.50
02-Mar-133:05 PMKelsoBob’s Dream£10.00012.00£0.00-£10.00£192.50
02-Mar-132:05 PMNewburyWater Garden£5.0012.00£15.00£10.00£202.50
02-Mar-132:15 PMLingfieldChjimes£10.0008.00£0.00-£10.00£192.50
02-Mar-134:35 PMLingfieldSt Ignatius£10.00017.00£0.00-£10.00£182.50
03-Mar-134:30 PMHuntingdonCoffee£10.00026.00£0.00-£10.00£172.50
03-Mar-135:20 PMSedgefieldSchinken Otto£10.00035.00£0.00-£10.00£162.50
03-Mar-132:50 PMSedgefieldRory Boy£10.00044.00£0.00-£10.00£152.50
04-Mar-132:30 PMSouthwellNoble Legend£10.0013.50£45.00£35.00£187.50
04-Mar-134:00 PMFfos LasCoup Royale£10.00011.00£0.00-£10.00£177.50
04-Mar-136:00 PMKemptonRight Step£10.00011.00£0.00-£10.00£167.50
05-Mar-133:00 PMExeterJosh’s Dreamway£10.000-5.50£0.00-£10.00£157.50
05-Mar-132:50 PMNewcastleRunswick Relax£10.000-14.65£0.00-£10.00£147.50
05-Mar-132:10 PMSouthwellWitchry£10.000-23.80£0.00-£10.00£137.50
06-Mar-132:50 PMCatterickD´Gigi£10.000-32.95£0.00-£10.00£127.50
06-Mar-132:40 PMFontwellChestnut Ben£10.000-42.10£0.00-£10.00£117.50
06-Mar-137:30 PMKemptonHaadeeth£10.000-51.25£0.00-£10.00£107.50
06-Mar-134:30 PMLingfieldHoney Of A Kitten£10.000-60.40£0.00-£10.00£97.50
06-Mar-133:00 PMLingfieldSpinning Ridge£10.000-69.55£0.00-£10.00£87.50
07-Mar-132:40 PMCarlisleRudemeister£10.000£0.00-£10.00£77.50
07-Mar-133:25 PMSouthwellRainford Glory£10.000£0.00-£10.00£67.50
07-Mar-133:00 PMWincantonChesil Beach Boy£10.000£0.00-£10.00£57.50
07-Mar-137:40 PMWolverhamptonTravelling£10.0014.00£50.00£40.00£97.50
08-Mar-133:20 PMAyrHowizee£10.000£0.00-£10.00£87.50
08-Mar-133:00 PMLeicesterUnwanted Gift£10.000£0.00-£10.00£77.50
08-Mar-132:50 PMSandownOlympian Boy£10.000£0.00-£10.00£67.50
08-Mar-135:40 PMWolverhamptonHazard Warning£10.0013.00£40.00£30.00£97.50
09-Mar-132:15 PMAyrJonny Delta£10.0016.50£75.00£65.00£162.50
09-Mar-134:15 PMChepstowMy Viking Bay£10.0006.50£0.00-£10.00£152.50
09-Mar-132:40 PMSandownSoll£10.0018.00£90.00£80.00£232.50
09-Mar-132:20 PMWolverhamptonSodar Deity£10.0014.50£55.00£45.00£277.50
10-Mar-133:50 PMMarket RasenCrowning Jewel£5.0013.50£22.50£17.50£295.00
10-Mar-132:00 PMWarwickHassadin£10.0003.33£0.00-£10.00£285.00
11-Mar-133:10 PMPlumptonWilde Ruby£10.0002.33£0.00-£10.00£275.00
11-Mar-131:30 PMCheltenhamChampagne Fever£10.0018.00£90.00£80.00£355.00
12-Mar-133:20 PMCheltenhamZarkandar£10.0003.00£0.00-£10.00£345.00
13-Mar-131:30 PMCheltenhamBack In Focus£10.0014.00£50.00£40.00£385.00
13-Mar-134:40 PMCheltenhamBordoni£10.0004.00£0.00-£10.00£375.00
14-Mar-132:40 PMCheltenhamCue Card£10.0014.50£55.00£45.00£420.00
14-Mar-133:20 PMCheltenhamBog Warrior£10.00010.00£0.00-£10.00£410.00
15-Mar-131:30 AMCheltenhamOur Conor£10.0015.00£60.00£50.00£460.00
16-Mar-134:15 PMFfos LasMountainous£10.0013.25£42.50£32.50£492.50
16-Mar-135:10 PMKemptonMoleskin£10.0004.50£0.00-£10.00£482.50
16-Mar-137:50 PMWolverhamptonAlmaty Express£10.0004.40£0.00-£10.00£472.50
17-Mar-134:00 PMCarlislePosh Bird£10.0005.00£0.00-£10.00£462.50
17-Mar-133:15 PMLingfieldMother Jones£10.0009.00£0.00-£10.00£452.50
18-Mar-134:00 PMWolverhamptonBaltic Prince£10.0015.00£60.00£50.00£502.50
18-Mar-134:40 PMSouthwellBonnie Burnett£10.0007.00£0.00-£10.00£492.50
18-Mar-134:50 PMKemptonBroughtons Bandit£10.0004.00£0.00-£10.00£482.50
19-Mar-135:20 PMSouthwellPutin£10.0008.00£0.00-£10.00£472.50
19-Mar-134:40 PMWolverhamptonRoyal Peculiar£10.0005.00£0.00-£10.00£462.50
20-Mar-133:45 PMHaydockSpiekeroog£10.0008.00£0.00-£10.00£452.50
20-Mar-133:30 PMWarwickPower Pack Jack£10.0001.50£0.00-£10.00£442.50
20-Mar-136:15 PMKemptonSpellmaker£10.0003.00£0.00-£10.00£432.50
21-Mar-134:20 PMChepstowMark The Book£10.0002.25£0.00-£10.00£422.50
21-Mar-133:05 PMWolverhamptonInvigilator£10.0007.00£0.00-£10.00£412.50
21-Mar-139:00 PMKemptonMr Chocolate£10.00015.00£0.00-£10.00£402.50
22-Mar-133:00 PMDoncasterRed Tyke£10.0003.00£0.00-£10.00£392.50
22-Mar-133:50 PMNewburyAfrican Broadway£10.0001.50£0.00-£10.00£382.50
22-Mar-134:35 PMSedgefieldOveryou£10.0002.50£0.00-£10.00£372.50
23-Mar-132:35 PMSouthwellThorpe Bay£10.0005.00£0.00-£10.00£362.50
23-Mar-133:45 PMSouthwellMataajir£10.0013.75£47.50£37.50£400.00
24-Mar-133:40 PMLingfieldMia Boy£10.0007.00£0.00-£10.00£390.00
24-Mar-133:55 PMWincantonBygones Sovereign£10.0005.50£0.00-£10.00£380.00
25-Mar-132:40 PMLingfieldWarrant Officer£10.0007.00£0.00-£10.00£370.00
26-Mar-134:40 PMFontwellJoin The Navy£10.0014.00£50.00£40.00£410.00
26-Mar-132:20 PMLingfieldGabrial The Duke£10.0012.50£35.00£25.00£435.00
26-Mar-134:30 PMSouthwellLexington Bay£10.0014.00£50.00£40.00£475.00
27-Mar-131:30 PMLingfieldAthletic£10.0001.63£0.00-£10.00£465.00
27-Mar-133:10 PMSouthwellCaldercruix£10.0001.75£0.00-£10.00£455.00
28-Mar-132:50 PMFfos LasSmokey George£10.0008.00£0.00-£10.00£445.00
28-Mar-134:10 PMLudlowCootehill£10.00111.00£120.00£110.00£555.00
28-Mar-132:40 PMWolverhamptonLady Of Burgundy£10.0004.00£0.00-£10.00£545.00
30-Mar-133:45 PMCarlisleHumbie£10.0015.50£65.00£55.00£600.00
30-Mar-132:55 PMKemptonBuckland£10.0019.00£100.00£90.00£690.00
30-Mar-133:35 PMMusselburghNewstead Abbey£10.0018.00£90.00£80.00£770.00
30-Mar-136:10 PMMeydanAnimal Kingdom£10.0016.50£75.00£65.00£835.00

    February 16th Horse Racing Preview

    khyber-kim-full_2901378[1]With Cheltenham approaching faster by the minute, Festival hopefuls are hoping to get the last minute prep run to put them in the ideal condition come their big race in March.

    And potential festival stars are out in numbers at Ascot, Wincanton and Haydock this weekend all in hope of gaining one over their rivals.

    The Betfair Ascot Chase is the days big feature race of the day. The strength in depth of the field is phenomenal with four out of the six runners being either previous or reigning festival winners.

    2011 Arkle victor, Captain Chris, leads the market at 5/2 at Paddy Power and will take all the beating if his King George efforts are anything to go by.

    Philip Hobbs’ stable star came from nowhere to jump away from Long Run at the last only to get outstayed on the run in to the line.

    His form is boosted even further with victory over Finian’s Rainbow and Ghizao in his season return at Ascot in the Amlin 1965 Chase. He did have 10lbs in hand on Finian’s Rainbow that day but that by no means would have reversed the twenty-length hammering in which he gave the current Champion Chaser.

    Finian’s Rainbow ran an absolute stinker in that seasonal reappearance but jockey Barry Geraghty was never confident giving away all that weight on such dire ground.

    Although the ground is likely to be on the heavy side of soft, it will by no means be as traitorous as the race in November and connections are much more bullish of a performance this race, than they were last race.

    At 7/2 with Coral, there is almost certainly value providing he can rekindle the form that saw him pronounced the best 2m chaser last year.

    Finian’s Rainbow is a lot older than many may think at 10-years-old. He has matured late and it was last summer that for me saw him really grow up consequently leading to his blockbuster season last campaign.

    However he looked to have slipped back into old habits last time out but should he have matured for that run, he will most certainly be a contender in this race and whatever race Nicky Henderson selects for him come March.

    The youngest horse in the field comes in the form of the impressive, yet slightly complicated, Cue Card.

    The Collin Tizzard trained seven-year-old has been destined for greatness ever since his eight length romp over Al Ferof in the 2010 Champion Bumper.

    Big time success has somewhat alluded Cue Card since that victory but his record shows signs of consistency and his form is very boastful.

    His latest outing in the King George can be discarded from the form books as he struggled to see out the trip and made two big errors early on. He did however still finish a respectable fifth in a very hard race.

    His glorious demolition of Menorah and Edgardo Sol in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter in November shows what he can do on his day and also showed his willingness to see out 2m4f.

    He may have beaten very little that day but anything that wins a Grade Two by 26 lengths must be considered.

    He has come closer than anyone to taking down the mighty Sprinter Sacre and looks the type who will only get better. He for me, is the one to beat.

    Somersby is arguably the most frustrating horse in national hunt racing. His form just never adds up as he seems to turn up when least expected.

    For that reason I would never rule Somersby out but I do think at 5/1 he is slightly on the short side as there is better in the field.

    Paul Nicholls trained Ghizao is appealing at 10/1 for E/W backers as he is mighty fine jumper who should stay the trip. The ever popular Pigeon Island props the betting as the 66/1 outsider with this race coming probably a year or two too late.

    With the weights for the Grand National being announced this week, there has never been a more appropriate time for the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock.

    Rigadin De Beauchene is the 5/1 favourite for the race after his stunning victory in the Classic Chase at Warwick last out. Despite that victory the handicappers have only raised him 2lbs to 10-5 putting him in the ideal position to strike again.

    His rivals come in the form of Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude (6/1) and runner up Tea For Three (11/2).

    Monbeg Dude has been handed a 10lbs penalty for that victory but still looks well in considering the 12lbs he has in hand of Tea For Three.

    The speculation of Grandouet’s Champion Hurdle chances has been rife in the racing news this week. A slight injury to Nicky Henderson’s hopeful has ruled him out of Wincanton’s Kingwell Hurdle leaving Paul Nicholls’ Zarkandar the outright favourite (4/9).

    The ever improving Raya Star (4/1) looks to be his biggest test but it will surely be a procession for Zarkandar just to tune him up for the Champion Hurdle next month.

      Horse Racing Preview 9 February 2013

      DarlanRacing was hit hard this week with the high profile tragic loss of Champion Hurdle hopeful Darlan as well as fatal injuries for Mujamead and Desert Vision. High profile stars such as Silviniaco Conti, Flemenstar, Sir Des Champs and My Tent Or Yours will hopefully put on a show this weekend to remind us all why we love this sport so much despite the tragedies that sometimes occur.

      With top racecards from Newbury, Leopardstown and Warwick, racing fans are spoilt for choice as trainers hope to fine tune their festival hopefuls with just over a month to Cheltenham.

      Newbury’s ‘Super Saturday’ is the perfect preparation for trainers on this side of the Irish Sea, and for punters; it answers a lot of questions as to what are serious festival players, and what simply aren’t.

      The Irish however have their own preparations ongoing and the Irish Hennessy at Leopardstown looks certain to be a classic.

      Flemenstar and Sir Des Champs will lock heads for the third time this season in what looks to be a stunning Irish Hennessy and will also answer a lot of questions as to whether ‘round 4’ between these two stars will be in the Gold Cup.

      Flemenstar’s convincing victory over Sir Des Champs in the John Durkan in December was nothing short of electrifying. The way he approached and took off at the fences with so much accuracy made the hairs on my back stick up and he never looked at one point like the race wasn’t his.

      However we all know the class of Sir Des Champs and many thought he would come back in the Lexus Chase with questions over Flemenstar’s ability to stay the 3m trip.

      It looked for the majority of the race like it was to be another sublime demolition for Flemenstar after gobbling up a number of fences in superb style.

      He looked in full control coming to last fence but looked tired jumping it and the field began to draw him in up the running and was eventually beaten a close third by Tidal Bay but beat Sir Des Champs by a nose on the line in a pulsating finish.

      However Sir Des Champs jumped very poorly that day again and he came on like a train at the end prompting many to think he can reverse the form at the third time of asking.

      At 11/8 a piece for the Hennessy there is little to choose between them in the market and it will undoubtedly be close.

      It comes down in my opinion to whether or not Flemenstar stays or not. If he stays the trip then it is hard to see anything but a victory as he jumps so well, if not then Sir Des Champs will be there to pounce.

      The Betfair Hurdle is arguably the most open out of the many feature races tomorrow with Supreme Novice’s hopeful My Tent Or Yours leading the market at 9/2.

      The promising Nicky Henderson trained 6-year-old has had a complicated season so far despite his two wins and a second from three runs.

      His maiden victory over hurdles was an impressive one seeing off Taquin Du Seuil by 1½ lengths at Ascot, form which was boosted by Taquin Du Seuil’s Challow Hurdle victory. However his second run was less impressive when beaten 4½ lengths by Chatterbox over this course and distance at 4/11.

      He did however return in superb style when beating Population by 7 lengths at Huntingdon last month and Henderson remains confident that he has got what it takes to be a player come the festival next month.

      At 11-2 in the weights he has 10lbs in hand of top weight stablemate Petit Robin (11-12) and considering his form he is coming off a handy mark to strike.

      Henderson has an army of contenders with Cash and Go, Punjabi, Lyvius and First In the Queue to add to My Tent Or Yours and Petit Robin so must have confidence of taking the race.

      However, there is class all over this field of 23 including the likes of Cotton Mill and Swing Bowler both off handy marks, it is by no means a certainty that Henderson will be in that winners enclosure come 3.45.

      Paul Nicholls leading charge comes in the form of Pearl Swan. The promising five-year-old had a topsy-turvy novice campaign last year which included a victory, a disqualification and a fall at the last at the festival.

      That festival performance was one of the most peculiar races I have seen. Coming round the bend at the top of the hill Ruby Walsh was asking questions with the horse very much off the bridle and looked for all the world like he was to be pulled up. However he came charging from nowhere down the hill and had as much chance as any coming to last only to fall.

      Off a mark of 10-13 he is poised to strike and at 9/1 with Ruby Walsh on his back, he is good value to do so.

      Ruby Walsh and Paul Nicholls will also team up in the Denman Chase on Gold Cup fancy Silviniaco Conti. At odds of 4/6 he is a little more fancied than Pearl Swan in the Betfair Hurdle but still looks good value after his Betfair Chase romp in November.

      Nicholls has deliberately held back his new Gold Cup hopeful so he is as fresh as possible come the festival, and this looks the ideal prep run. Despite carrying top weight he is still very much the one to beat boasting some tremendous form including defeating King George conqueror Long Run and Wierd Al.

      Paul Nicholls will be cautious of the fact that Kauto Star once was beating in this race from top weight many years ago but it is by no means the same with Silviniaco Conti giving away weight to only 4 of the 8 declared runners with Menorah, Master Of The Hall and Weird Al all going off that 11-10 mark.

      Nicholls was quoted as saying he would not swap Conti for any other of the Gold Cup contenders so it would seem like it should be procession for him this weekend.

        Racing Preview 2 February 2013

        Despite the withdrawal of the all the hurdle races, Sandown Park has beating the weather to get an all chase card including the classy novice chaser Captain Conan.
        The Nicky Henderson trained six-year-old has looked very impressive in his first season over fences with victories at Cheltenham’s Open meeting and Sandown Park.
        He looks a real old fashioned chaser jumping at pace with ultimate control and elegance and at 4/9, he is a big odds on favourite to take the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase.
        Although it looks promising for Captain Conan, it is by no means going to be a procession. He is moving up from 2m to 2m4f which will not be easy.
        That is most probably due to the fact stablemate Simonsig seems to be the leading contender for Nicky Henderson in the 2m novice division.
        Henderson is consequently leaving his options open and moving Captain Conan up in trip gives him the optimum chance for festival success come March.
        Captain Conan will face three with Houblan Des Obeaux (9/2) and Changing Times (8/1) the most likely to come up with a challenge leaving Third Intention (14/1) as the outsider to take the Grade 1 spoils.
        Despite no hurdling at Sandown, Ffos Las is to host the wide open Welsh Champion Hurdle with the impressive Oscara Dara taking top weight and favouritism after a very impressive win at Kempton last month despite making a mistake at the last.
        The eight-year-old trained by Henderson is a 7/2 shot with William Hill and looked in real control throughout his last race before wobbling at the last losing all momentum.
        However what impressed the most was the way he responded as he simply regained his composure and sprinted away from his rivals to win by 3 ½ lengths.
        Tanerko Emery (4/1) however looks to hold a big chance following up his second at the Open Meeting with two victories at Sandown and Lingfield.
        With them races being subsequently weaker than this, the handicappers have laid off him (10-5). That means he gets nearly a stone-and-a-half on the favourite (11-10).

          Cheltenham Trials Day Preview 2013

          reve-de-sivola-ascot-2-full_2877196[1]With the likes of Grands Crus, Oscar Whiskey, Imperial Commander and Sprinter Sacre all set to make appearances at Cheltenham this weekend, racing fans are set for an explosive day of racing.
          That is however if the wintery weather holds back after devastating the racing last weekend.
          In one of the most important meetings in terms of festival preparation in the calendar, there are top class races which will give clues for the Gold Cup, Champion Chase and World Hurdle amongst others.
          The biggest race of the day is the Argento Chase which features a whole range of Gold Cup fancies from the Lexus Chase winner Tidal Bay, to the returning 2010 Gold Cup conqueror Imperial Commander.
          Despite the withdrawal of this year Gold Cup favourite Bob’s Worth, the Argento looks set to be a cracker with a star studded field led by Tidal Bay (9/4).
          The resurgent 12-year-old has shown glimpses of class in his early career when winning the Arkle by 13 lengths at the 2007 festival but he has never since shown any consistency. That is however since his move from Howard Johnson’s to Paul Nicholls’ yard last year.
          The champion trainer eased him into the season last year opting to leave out Cheltenham festival and go straight to Aintree where he was a distant 4th behind Big Bucks in the Liverpool Hurdle.
          However that lesson seemed to do him wonders as he followed with a thumping 15 length win in the Gold Cup at Sandown.
          He started this season with a return over hurdles and comfortably saw off Crack Away Jack and odds-on favourite Smad Place at Wetherby.
          A valiant display in the Hennessy Gold Cup when staying on to finish second to Bob’s Worth when given 6lbs to the Gold Cup favourite.
          The best was still to come when he again stayed on superbly in the Lexus Chase against Ireland’s best, to beat First Lieutenant by a head in a superb finish involving Sir Des Champs and Flemenstar.
          The torrid autumn and winter may well have helped Tidal Bay as he seems to love the soft ground but even still his form is tremendous going into this race and is a worthy favourite.
          Nicholls still reiterated even the night before the race that he was only 50/50 to race so should you fancy him, don’t move too early. Nicholls appearance on the Morning Line should give more of an idea whether or not he runs.
          Tidal Bay’s main rivals are Grands Crus (9/2) and the returning Imperial Commander (6/1).
          Grands Crus’ disappointing Paddy Power Gold Cup was followed by a solid performance when finishing 3rd to Long Run in the King George on Boxing Day.
          That run come very soon after a wind pipe operation and he could well improve on that performance.
          There is no doubting Grands Crus’ class but he seems to struggle when the race becomes a battle and the soft ground doesn’t help that but he definitely is in with a big shout.
          Imperial Commander has had a very long layoff through injury and returning at the ripe old age of 12, he has a very difficult task ahead of him.
          However trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has never lost faith in his Gold Cup hero and has always insisted that the old spark is still there and could not be happier with him leading into the race.
          A horse which is blessed with as much talent as Imperial Commander is always a threat and should you fancy him to return with a bang, his ante-post odds for the Gold Cup in March of 50/1 may also appeal as they will be considerably slashed should he bag this race.
          The torrential weather last weekend forced the Victor Chandler Chase to be rescheduled for this meaning fans will get the chance to see the emerging superstar Sprinter Sacre.
          Blessed with class and speed Sprinter Sacre has torn the 2m division apart for a season and a half now and questions are now been asked if he can even be beaten never mind when.
          Priced at 1/5 bookmakers will not be taking any gambles after seemingly holding him too big in the Tingle Creek when he won at odds of 8/13 from Kumbeshwar.
          Never before have I seen such an energetic chaser jump with so much style and accuracy. It is scary to think the level in which Sprinter Sacre could reach.
          Rarely does the 7-year-old make mistakes but should he get too close into a fence for example he simply adjusts himself and gobbles up the rest like a true athlete.
          He leaves jockey Barry Geraghty motionless on almost every run coming off the bridle only a handful of times during his career and tomorrow will no doubt be the same.
          With the race result seen be by many in little doubt, the market of betting without the favourite will most probably be the most popular.
          Sanctuaire is the 13/8 favourite and will probably take the beating providing he doesn’t try to take on Sprinter Sacre on with a gallop again.
          When lining up in the Tingle Creek a lot of punters believed that he could indeed beat the favourite and galloped off early on to draw out a nine length lead on the unbeaten chaser.
          However Sprinter Sacre was simply toying with him and when the railway fences came around the final time he drew him in and Sanctuaire had nothing left when travelling into the final furlong.
          He responded with a gutsy effort in the Desert Orchid at Kempton when looking at one point defeated to reverse the form on Kumbeshwar.
          Somersby (12 win 5/2 without favourite) is making his season return after an up and down season last year concluding with defeat to Sanctuaire at Sandown. On his day he can produce a big performance but lacks any sort of consistency.
          William Wishes (14 and 7/2 without the favourite) produced a fantastic performance despite making a big mistake two out staying on to win by two lengths.
          His form is fantastic bearing in mind the run Champion Court gave in the King George and at 7/2 without the favourite, is an appealing price.
          With the absence of the invincible Big Bucks, the staying hurdling division has been blown wide open and tomorrow will see top two-and-a-half-miler Oscar Whiskey return with another crack at 3m.
          After a very disappointing run in his maiden attempt at 3m in the World Hurdle, trainer Nicky Henderson will hope he can prove he can stay the trip in the Cleeve Hurdle this weekend and is 13/8 to take the Grade 1 race.

            Horse Racing Preview for Saturday 5th January 2013

            This weekend’s racing has a super line up with Grade One action coming from Sandown and Chepstow with the rearranged Welsh National taking centre stage.
            Torrential weather this winter has cost a number of racecards already this winter but luckily, just like the Peterborough Chase, the Welsh National has been promptly rearranged.
            Teaforthree (3/1) heads the betting for the Grade 3 handicap having produced a number of good jumping performances this season despite not scoring even a place since his festival win at Cheltenham last March.
            The Rebecca Curtis trained 9-year-old was sixth in the Hennessy last month and finished a lowly eighth in the Henrietta Knight Handicap at Cheltenham’s Open Meeting.
            However, despite the lack of winning form, Teaforthree jumped well throughout both of the races and was facing stiff competition especially in the Hennessy.
            Curtis has had her 9-year-old in contention for this race for some time and has even put him through his paces on the beach to make sure the heavy ground does not hamper his chances.
            He carries the second top weight of 11-3 and looks the best of the field but I am not sure whether that justifies his price.
            With Teaforthree the outstanding favourite there is plenty of each way value should you oppose Rebecca Curtis’s 9-year-old.
            Last year’s runner up Giles Cross (12/1) beat Grand National winner Neptune Collonges at Haydock last year before disappointing in the Grand National when pulled up.
            This is his season reappearance and connections are confident of a big performance off a handy mark of 11-3 considering his decent form last season.
            Paul Nicholls’ big chance comes in the form of Michel Le Bon (7/1) and the lightly raced 10-year-old is in good form after running a good race when second to The Package in the Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton in November.
            Sona Sasta (9/1) is the best out of the lower weights (10-0) and has course form after his win of the 3m course earlier in the season. However David Pipe’s number one jockey, Tom Scudamore, has chosen to ride Master Overseer (14/1).
            Viking Blond (9/1), Universal Soldier (10/1), Soll and Monbeg Dude (12/1), make up the rest of the top end of the betting with the rest of the field 16/1 or greater.
            That is apart from Alfie Spinner (14/1), but the Nick Williams trained is more likely to go for the HBLB Handicap Chase at Sandown where he is a 5/1 chance.
            There is a stiff challenge facing the Noel Fehily ride with Johns Spirit (11/2) and Royal Charm (6/1) looking very promising off good marks and Fruity O’Rooney (9/1) has produced a string of good handicap performances over the past year.
            Hey Big Spender (14/1) is top weight but you have to question the reason for running it so soon after a shocking reappearance at Ascot last month. There could be some each way value if he is anything close to his best and if the last performance was just a one off.
            Sandown is also staging the Tolworth Hurdle which looks set to be a belter with a range of promising novices such as Royal Boy (3/1), Melodic Renezvous and Poet (7/2) going head to head for Grade 1 glory.

              King George VI Chase 2012 Race Preview

              King George VI Preview

              This year’s King George VI maybe without its true king Kauto Star, but it promises to be a truly epic contest with flair and class splashed all around the field.
              Long Run has looked out of sorts ever since the rejuvenated Kauto Star beat him last season but he is still the favourite to regain the crown in which Kauto Star made his own.
              Despite Kauto Star’s absence, Long Run has plenty of company including three representatives of last year’s top class novice division.
              Cue Card, Grands Crus and Champion Court are all likely to feature and the first two especially are a real threat to Long Run.
              Kauto Star’s brother, Kauto Stone, looks set to lead the Paul Nicholls charge and Nicky Henderson has the luxury of two big fancies with Riverside Theatre set to make his season debut.
              Henderson did have three hopefuls until pulling out Finian’s Rainbow due to the likely heavy ground.
              Philip Hobs also reduced his number of runners to one after Menorah and Wishful Thinking were withdrawn leaving Captain Chris his sole runner.
              For Non Stop, Champion Court, Junior and The Giant Bolster are the only other remaining contenders in a super strong field of ten.

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              King George Contenders

              Long Run

              Best Price: 2/1 Paddy Power
              Long Run
              Long Run has not had things all his way in recent times. Things no matter how big or small just don’t seem to be going the way of the 7-year-old but his time will come again and that time could be this Boxing Day.
              His 2011-12 season couldn’t have been much worse being comprehensively outclassed by Kauto Star in his first two runs before his sole victory at Newbury in February.
              The Gold Cup was to follow and again he failed to prevail this time getting outstayed by the late Synchronised.
              This season did not get off to the best of starts when beaten by another Paul Nicholls horse in the form of Silviniaco Conti in the Betfair Chase last month.
              However there is most certainly light at the end of the tunnel for Long Run and whatever criticisms he has, he never fails to produce a big run.
              Long Run’s record stands at eight wins, four 2nds and three 3rds from his fifteen runs over fences.
              Despite obvious jumping issues, not only has Long Run never fallen, but he has never finished outside the top three. A record that is nothing short of phenomenal for a horse whose big weakness is jumping.
              I suspect that he may make the running this year and he is most certainly going to make the trip which you can’t say about some of his rivals.
              One issue that surrounds and will continue to surround Long Run is jockey Sam Waley-Cohen. Many would prefer to see Henderson’s usual first choice jockey Barry Geraghty take the mount after a number of high profile errors from the amateur jockey.
              One thing’s for sure, I personally would feel more comfortable with my money on Long Run if Geraghty was in the saddle and I think he may well have turned over Silviniaco Conti last month had that been the case.
              Despite losing to Silviniaco Conti last month, and the jockey, Long Run is a worthy favourite and you would think he will be there or there about come the finish line.

              Cue Card

              Best Price: 11/2 William Hill

              For me Cue Card is the most exciting horse in this race and should he get the trip, will take a lot of beating.
              I picked Cue Card at the start of the season as my one to follow due to the fact that had things gone his way last season, we could be talking about a superstar.
              His second run as a chaser proved a disaster as he unseated rider Joe Tizzard leaving Grand Crus to bolt up the hill.
              His next run also ended in disappointment when getting beat a short head to Bobs Worth at Newbury. However, had jockey Joe Tizzard handled the situation better, he most certainly would have won that race.
              He then bounced back to score over For Non Stop before finishing second to the great Sprinter Sacre in the Champion Chase but finishing 22 lengths ahead of third place Menorah.
              His season return could not have got off to a better start pulverising a field of five at Exeter by 26 lengths.
              The one question mark next to Cue Card is he is stepping up in trip from 2m to 3m. With the heavy ground, it is not certain a regular three-miler will make the trip never mind a horse that has never ran further than 2m4f.
              Trainer Colin Tizzard has claimed he expects Cue Card to get the trip and said if he should, he will be hard to beat and I would have to agree with him.
              At 9/2 last week I thought he was too short considering he is not certain to make the trip but now at 11/2, there is some good value for the 6-year-old.

              Riverside Theatre

              Best Price: 11/2 Betfred

              Probably Nicky Henderson’s second string, but by no means should be discounted as he boasts an outstanding record over fences.
              The Ryanair champion has scored in three of his four Grade 1 runs since second to Long Run in this race two years ago.
              His only defeat came in the Betfred Bowl at Aintree when he was pulled up as the 7/2 favourite. That run probably came too soon after his festival success and should be discounted from what otherwise is a good-looking record.
              The withdrawal of Finian’s Rainbow answered a potentially difficult decision for jockey Barry Geraghty as he would have had to choose between the Champion Chaser and the Ryanair conqueror.
              It will be interesting to see how Riverside Theatre performs in an all star field. He has a chance if he is as good as we are led to believe but I think there is better in the race.

              Kauto Stone

              Best Price: 8/1 Ladbrokes

              Brother of the great Kauto Star, Kauto Stone has a real opportunity to continue the legacy that the name “Kauto” has in this race.
              Had you asked me this time last year about Kauto Stone, I would have put him nowhere near being a potential King George contender.
              He was beaten twice by Finian’s Rainbow last year as well as losing to Sizing Europe and Riverside Theatre but bounced back in sensational style this season with a pulsating win over First Lieutenant.
              Despite his return to winning ways this horse is nothing like his famous brother and I don’t believe he will ever be a patch on Kauto Star.
              He has the advantage of having, who I believe to be the best jockey, Ruby Walsh on his back and if this horse has any chance of taking this race, it will be up to that man to scrape everything out of him.
              That said I really believe there is much better in this field and he is far too short at 8/1. Had Al Ferof been in the race and Ruby Walsh be riding him, Kauto Stone would be more than double his current price.

              Grand Crus

              Best Price: 9/1 William Hill

              Along with Cue Card, Grands Crus is a really exciting prospect in this race. A horse oozing in class and style at his best, Grands Crus looks likely to return to the track after a minor breathing op last month.
              Grands Crus for me produced the best performance of the season when superbly winning the Feltham Chase over the same route as the King George.
              Grands Crus attacked the fences that day with pace and accuracy and was in control of the race from start to finish. Should he reproduce that performance then he will be the one to beat.
              He had a disappointing run at the festival which was a shock to most. I think that may have been down to a lack of a run in-between with trainer David Pipe opting not to go for the Argento, a race that would have been ideal for the 7-year-old grey.
              His return this season ended again in disappointment when pulled up in a brutally run Paddy Power Gold Cup in torrential conditions.
              The grey tracked the leaders all the way before making a move three out. He was pulled up immediately after that fence with reports at the end of the race claiming he lost a shoe but Pipe sent him for a breathing op.
              He claimed at the time he would be unlikely to make the King George but his inclusion in the final field must suggest that Pipe is happy with his recovery.
              One thing is for sure, Pipe wouldn’t be risking Grands Crus if he was not fully fit and at 9/1, there is some serious each way value, he is certainly when at his best, good enough.

              The Giant Bolster

              Best Price: 10/1 SkyBet

              This progressive seven-year-old has a rollercoaster of form but there seems to be something a little special about The Giant Bolster.
              With the champ (AP McCoy) taking the saddle, he will be put, if good enough, into a position to win the race.
              After getting up ahead of Long Run in the Gold Cup last year people are expecting big things this season but he failed to make any sort of impression in the Betfair Chase last month and I can’t see anything different in the King George.
              He proved at Cheltenham that he has a big run in him but whether he has enough to get his head over that line first I’m not so sure.
              He is a grafting horse who stays all day so there could be some each way value but there is plenty more chances in this field better than him.

              Captain Chris

              Best Price: 14/1 William Hill

              Energetic and hard working, Captain Chris is everything you want to see for a 3m chaser.
              His seasonal return could not have gone better jumping accurately and handling the ground perfectly to score over For Non Stop.
              He was ridden along the rail by jockey Richard Johnson and to prevent him jumping right and it was a tactic that seemed to work. Kempton like Ascot is a right handed course so should he wish, he could do the same.
              He did have weight on the field in that race at Ascot last month. Weight which he won’t have in hand this race.
              He is gutsy and has the capability to win big races so by no means should be discounted.

              Junior, For Non Stop, Champion Court

              Best Price: Junior 25/1 William Hill, For Non Stop 33/1 William Hill, Champion Court 33/1 Coral

              Junior was a surprise late entry from David Pipe and I think they may well be sniffing some place money with the ground being so soft.
              I personally think the field is too strong for him likewise with Champion Court.
              For Non Stop however is a different case. I can’t believe this horse is the price he is after smashing a good field at Aintree. He was not disgraced at Ascot and had he not had that run I think he would be in single figures in the betting.
              Surely some each way value at 33/1 I sense there could be another big run in him.

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                Horse Racing preview for 22 December 2012

                Prospect Wells
                Racing kicks off an intense festive period with a top race card at Ascot this weekend, with the Ladbroke Hurdle and the grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle taking centre stage.
                This time last week the Long Walk Hurdle was looking to be a procession for the seemingly invincible Big Bucks, but news of a tendon injury picked up at his home in Ditcheat, has ruled the five time World Hurdle champion out for the season.

                Long Walk Hurdle

                The 3m hurdle division has consequently weakened due to Big Bucks dominance in recent years, but this injury blows a window of opportunity for one horse to stamp there authority on an otherwise competitive division. It will be up to the remaining horses left in the Long Walk Hurdle who will be first to make an impression.
                Big Bucks’ absence leaves a field of eight and the betting is relatively balanced ranging from 9/4 (Smad Place) to 14/1 (Cucumber Run) with Kayf Aramis propping the market as the 50/1 outsider.
                The Alan King trained favourite was third behind Big Bucks and Voler La Verdette in the World Hurdle but was a beaten odds on favourite at Wetherby last month by top chaser Tidal Bay.
                Should he wish to take this race he will have to beat off the company of another Wylie owned hopeful in Prospect Wells (6/1).
                The Paul Nicholls trained 7-year-old made an impressive seasonal debut when beaten 1/4l by stablemate Zarkandar at Wincanton last month, but was a well beaten 10th in the Racing Post Hurdle the week later.
                Reve De Sivola (5/1) and Master of the Hall (8/1) both have claims, but it is Cucumber Run (14/1) holds real each way value.
                But it is Trustan Times (10/1) that, for me, holds the biggest threat to the field. Although this is a higher class than his previous runs, he comes into the race off the back of two wins on soft ground.

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                Ladbrokes Hurdle

                The ground will most definitely play a big part in this week’s racing and form on soft or heavy ground will be a good guide in a big handicap race like the Ladbroke Hurdle.
                Olofi lapped up the torrential ground at Cheltenham last month when taking the Racing Post Hurdle and despite a 4lb penalty; he is good value at 9/1 to repeat that success.
                Olofi’s record on good/soft or soft ground is in stark contrast to firmer ground and a slow pace will definitely suit the Tom George trained six-year-old.
                Cash and Go was beaten by Olofi in the Racing Post Hurdle but is the shorter of the two in this, despite given weight to his rival.
                The Nicky Henderson trained five-year-old is joint favourite with Balder Succes (7/1) bounced back from defeat to Zarkandar and Wincanton with an odds on victory at Haydock last month.
                The four-year-old is one of Alan King’s brightest hopefuls and was impressive in his first season last year before falling in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.
                Ranjaan (10/1) is Paul Nicholls biggest chance with lightly raced four-year-old making his first appearance of the season and could well be the dark horse in a super competitive race.

                VERDICT FOR TODAY

                Long Walk Hurdle: Trustan Times (3/1)
                Ladbroke Hurdle: Olofi (10/1) PADDY POWER

                  December Gold Cup Preview 2012

                  A rain-swept Cheltenham is back in the spot light once again with the December Gold Cup and the International Hurdle taking centre stage.
                  This year’s December Gold Cup looks set to be a belter with a number of classy chasers taking part including Paddy Power Gold Cup runner up Walkon.
                  The Alan King trained horse is 5/1 joint favourite to go one better over the same course and distance as the Paddy Power but the handicappers handed him a 6lb penalty for that gutsy performance.
                  His main rival in the betting is the up and coming Unioniste (5/1) after he followed up his gutsy Aintree win with a decent performance at Cheltenham last month before perishing to RSA favourite Dynaste.
                  However the promising Paul Nicholls chaser carries bottom weight of 10-0 and would have being better off still had jockey Harry Dernham been able to reach the handicappers 9-8.
                  David Pipe’s Notus De La Tour will make his seasonal reappearance and will hope he can reverse the form from last year when Walkon beat him at Exeter.
                  However he was giving away 7lbs to the field that day going off even-money-favourite and it is definitely not past him to take this race. He goes well fresh and has been beaten by some of the best including Sanctuaire and Flemenstar.

                  Rock On Ruby

                  Notus De La Tour however will not be the most anticipated season returner of the day as Champion Hurdler Rock On Ruby looks set to make his reappearance in the International Hurdle.
                  He will however have big competition from former stablemate Zarkandar, and the ever promising Grandouet.
                  Rock On Ruby (9/4), who landed former trainer Paul Nicholls with his first ever Champion Hurdle, has since moved stables and is now trained by Harry Fry.
                  Zarkander (5/4) looked very good last out giving away more than a stone to beat Prospect Wells at Wincanton.
                  That was despite a blunder at the last by his stablemate seemingly giving the race to the five-year-old.
                  Grandouet (5/2) for the majority of last season was seen as the real threat to Hurricane Fly. Unfortunately for the Nicky Henderson trained five-year-old, his last outing was when defeating the impressing Overturn in this race last year and should the same horse return, he will be the one to beat.
                  There is a full card of top racing at Cheltenham this weekend with Oscar Whisky and Our Father both odds-on favourites to take their respected races.
                  Our Father was absolutely scintillating when beating Sire Collanges by 20 lengths at the Open Meeting last month and is appealing even as short as 5/6 to take the Novices Chase tomorrow.

                  Overall Verdict
                  Bet of the day: Our Father (5/6) + Oscar Whiskey (4/9)
                  December Gold Cup: Walkon (5/1)
                  International Hurdle: Grandouet (5/2)

                    Betfair chase preview 2012 Haydock

                    we are away this weekend so no usual tips but as a bonus we have a full preview of the Betfair chase below.

                    Long Run leads a small but star studded field in this year’s Betfair Chase as fans flock to Haydock Park for the Grade 1 feature, despite the torrential weather.
                    The 2011 Gold Cup winner will face five others in a bid to win his first Grade 1 since that emphatic victory at the festival 18 months ago.
                    A victory will mark the 7-year-olds first at Haydock after being defeated by a rejuvenated Kauto Star last year.
                    Fans will get the chance to see the five-time King George and two-time Gold Cup winner as he is paraded around the Lancashire Course in recognition of his achievements after his retirement last month.
                    Old foe Long Run will be hoping the absence of the Paul Nicholls 12-year-old will allow him to go onto to greater Grade 1 success.
                    However, since the retirement of Kauto Star, Paul Nicholls has been searching for the next joker in the pack and that could come in the form of Silviniaco Conti.
                    The six-year-old looked much improved than he did as a very impressive novice last season in taking the Charlie Hall in commanding style.
                    The promising chaser scored by 11 lengths to Wayward Prince and although this will be tougher, should he have more improvement, then the Betfair Chase may well stay with Paul Nicholls.
                    Long Run
                    Best Price: William Hill 13/8
                    With a King George and a Gold Cup held to his name in the season of 2010/11, last season (2011/12) was very much a reminder of how competitive this 3m division is.
                    Many thought after Long Run saw off both Kauto Star and Denman in the 2011 Gold Cup as a six-year-old, that he would go on to dominate the division, but that was not the case.
                    Kauto Star came back with a bang last year with some spectacular jumping displays that left his rivals, including Long Run, miles behind in terms of all round style and class.
                    Indeed it has always been Long Run’s inability to jump consistently that has often let him down in races.
                    Had he not made a mistake at the last in the King George VI last year then we may well be talking about this still young and talented horse in slightly better stead.
                    That said, although his jumping is ordinary, everything else about this horse is class from head-to-toe.
                    The fact that he has won Grade 1 races whilst making jumping errors shows how good Long Run potentially could be.
                    We sometimes may forget that he is still only a 7-year-old and has much improvement in him, and this potentially could be the year that Long Run really puts his name into the all time greats.
                    His sole victory last year came against Burton Port at Newbury in February where he saw off his stablemate by ½ a length whilst giving away 10lbs in weight.
                    Some saw that display as mediocre but that is arguably the best Long Run has jumped and had he jumped as well in the Gold Cup I think he may well have won.
                    Despite all the criticism, Long Run is still the horse to beat on this side of the Irish Sea at least.
                    I sense as a 7-year-old he may well have done some growing up over the summer and should his jumping improve, expect to see this superstar in and around the mix come Gold Cup day in March.
                    Silviniaco Conti
                    Best Price: William Hill 9/4
                    There is a big reputation on this six-year-olds shoulders following the retirement of Kauto Star last month.
                    Kauto Star was one of the first horses to carry large fan bases wherever he went.
                    People would travel the country with their yellow, purple and green memorabilia to see Kauto Star and they will seek a replacement.
                    After demolishing a field of six in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby last month, Silviniaco Conti may well be given that responsibility.
                    Of course Long Run has fans of his own but there will be a number of Kauto Star fans lumping on this Paul Nicholls trained horse to finish what Kauto Star left behind.
                    Paul Nicholls has been very impressed in this horse and is confident he can be a King George/ Gold Cup contender come Christmas and March and there will be no better way to enter them off a victory over Long Run.
                    His record is very impressive scoring on eight of his 13 runs with defeats only to Invictus, Menorah, Cue Card, Grands Crus and Mile Chief.
                    But it is the look of improvement that makes this horse so exciting. He has definitely got a chance should he improve from the run at Wetherby.
                    Weird Al
                    Best Price: Betfred 11/2
                    If there was an award at running fresh then Weird Al would be up there with the best of them.
                    The Donald McCain trained 9-year-old has won every one of his season debuts and is good value at 11/2 to continue that trend.
                    McCain pulled him out of the Charlie Hall last month, instead eyeing this as his fresh run and he is expecting a big run.
                    We saw with For Non Stop last month that horses that like running fresh seem to produce their best form and for that reason Weird Al is very much in the mix for this grade 1.
                    Due to liking being run fresh, Weird Al has been lightly ran all of his career scoring six times in his 12 races over a period of four ½ years.
                    He should take to the soft ground and should he produce the form he is possible of, will be in the mix whether it is for the win or E/W.
                    The Giant Bolster
                    Best Price: Coral 6/1
                    A very impressive yet unexpected second in the Gold Cup in March this seven-year-old is the complete opposite of Weird Al after been heavily ran through his career.
                    A total of 20 races has seen only four wins but many believe he can improve on that Cheltenham performance.
                    That Cheltenham performance saw him jump the last level with Long Run before staying on to beat Long Run by ¾ of a length.
                    However, even with improvement it is unlikely he will repeat that Cheltenham performance fresh and it maybe later in the season where we see the true potential of this David Bridgwater trained 7-year-old.
                    Cannington Brook
                    Best Price: SkyBet 16/1
                    If the words of trainer Collin Tizzard are anything to go by, the heavier the ground the better for Cannington Brook.
                    The eight-year-old has not won for over a year and unless the ground is like treacle I find it very hard to give him a hope.
                    Best left alone even if the ground does get heavy. E/W value should the ground become an issue.
                    Wayward Prince
                    Best Price: Betfred 33/1
                    Well beaten by Silviniaco Conti at Wetherby last month and there is nothing to suggest he is likely to reverse that form.

                    OVERALL VERDICT

                    Winner: Long Run 13/8  ​Each Way: Weird Al 11/2