Simply Saturday

Welcome to Arseonlineracing. This website is 100% independent with NO affiliate links. The website is curated by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles, Charlie hails from Glasgow while Rich is from the Isle of Wight…. Miles apart but united by the sport of kings….

Boxing day was a feast of racing & yesterday was another day full to the brim. Today is no different and there is certainly plenty to go around…. We both had the same winner on Thursday, with Slate House landing the Kauto Star at Kempton.
As usual Charlie will lead the way & Rich will have the Final Word….

Charlie –

Leopardstown – 12.50 – Tout Est Permis -Was pretty impressive last season when winning the Troytown Chase, hasn’t really got going this year so far since winning in January at Thurles over 2m 5f. Was stepping up in trip at leopardstown in the Irish National and finished 8th in April. Was then sent to Punchestown and dropped slightly in distance to 3m 1f and finished 3rd behind Jett and Alpha Des Obeaux. Next race was at Clonmel in November when fishing 4th behind Douvan, Jett and Monalee. Most recently was a 3 length 2nd to The Jam Man at Navan over 3m 60y on the 7th December. Today’s race is over 3m and with a similar display can gain compensation here.

Win Advised

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Limerick – 2.50 – Minella Times -Comes into today’s race in good shape, having finished a 1/2 length 2nd at Clonmel over 3m behind Generator City in October. Was then sent to Navan on the 7th December and won over 2m 4f beating Ben Dundee by 3/4 of a length with Glenloe who was 3rd some 10 lengths further back. Has gone up 6lb for that and with yard in good shape another bold display can’t be ruled out.

Win Advised

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Catterick – 3.05 – Maison D’Or -Was 3rd at Cartmel in June behind Decor Irlandais and Winding Roe over 2m 6f and 31y. Made reappearance at Kelso in October and finished 6th behind Wild Sam over 2m 4f and 189y when looking to have needed the run. Made up for that when stepping up in distance for next race at Catterick to 3m 1f and 71y and won beating Oath Keeper by 2 lengths with Too Many Chiefs a further 28 lengths further back in 3rd. Has been raised 7lb for that and may still have more to come.

Win Advised

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Well that’s my thoughts on today’s selections, good luck if following and please remember to keep stakes small so it doesn’t hurt your pockets. I will now hand you back over to Rich for the Final Word.

 

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Final Word with Rich –

Thanks Charlie, it has been a really good couple of days of fine top class racing and long may it continue… I have 1 from Newbury & 2 from Leopardstown….

Newbury… Soft…

1.50 Handicap Hurdle…. Class 2… 2m 4f 118yds…

Now Look At Me… Winner on hurdle debut in May at Uttoxeter when taking a Class 5 2m Maiden before finishing 4th under a penalty to West Coast Flyer at Ffos Las in a Class 4 Novice Hurdle later in the same month. Off till October 27th when finishing a neck runner up at Wincanton in a 1m 7f Class 4 Handicap Hurdle from an opening mark of 118. Stepped up in trip & Class at Fontwell on November 8th, again finishing runner up by 3/4’s of a length to Pasero in a Class 3, 2m 3f Handicap Hurdle….

Leopardstown…. Soft…

2.00 Frank Ward Memorial Hurdle… Grade 1 …. 3m…..

Bacardys…. Beat Apples Jade by 9 & 1/2 lengths in the Lismullen Grade 2 Hurdle 2m 4f on season return on November 10th. Although beaten by 9 lengths by Honeysuckle last time out at Fairyhouse in the Grade 1 Hattons Grace Hurdle(2m 4f)  in 2nd, that was 4 lengths ahead of Apples Jade on December 1st
Apples Jade may well be the danger, now running with first time cheek pieces and has won the last 2 running’s of this race…

3.10 Savills Chase… Grade 1… 3m….

Presenting Percy… The 2018 RSA Chase winner had a torrid time with Injury after winning at the Cheltenham Festival. Having won on a belated season return in a Grade 2 Hurdle race in January, headed to the 2019 festival & finished 8th to Al Boum Photo in the Gold Cup. Returned after 268 days away when finishing 3rd by 3 & 1/4 lengths to Min in the John Durkin Memorial Chase(2m 4f) Grade 1 and is now back up in trip.
This race also see’s the return of the 3 time Grade 1 winner Kemboy, who beat Clan Des Obeaux by 9 lengths in the Aintree Bowl in April before beating Al Boum Photo in the Gold Cup over C&D by 2 lengths in May…..

That is everything for you all folks… Thank you for all your support in 2019 & we are looking forward to 2020….

All the Best – Charlie & Rich

Bumper Boxing Day 2019

Welcome on Arseonlineracing’s Bumper Boxing Day 2019. This website has NO affiliate links & is 100% Independent. It is curated by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles, Charlie hails from Glasgow while Rich is from the Isle of Wight… Miles apart but united by the sport of kings….

This is the first days racing since December 21st & the folk who work in the industry deserve their break as it is now non stop until the end of the season. No less than 11 meetings today in the UK & Ireland, so it’s a very busy time for yard staff, loading runners to go to Wincanton, Wolverhampton, Kempton to Huntingdon & Wetherby….

We cannot promise to cover every meeting, but we do have some thoughts for you today…

As usual with our racing blog posts, Charlie will lead the way, our King George VI thoughts in the middle & Rich will have the final Word….

Charlie –

12.50 – Vegas Blue – Nicky Henderson has won this race 4 times in last 8 renewals, he has 2 darts this year Fred and Vegas Blue. My preference is for Vegas Blue having only had 2 runs and won both, with the first of those victory’s coming at Bangor over 2m and 145y, beating It’s Probably Me by 3 lengths. Was then sent to Huntingdon and won again beating Wynn House by 4 lengths. Looks a very capable horse who seems to keep on finding more when asked, and another bold display looks likely today.

Win Advised

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1.55 – Slate House -Won at Cheltenham in October over 2m 4f when beating Garo De Juilley by 11 lengths. Was then sent to Cheltenham again on the 16th November to race over 2m 4f and 44y and fell 2 out when In contention. Was then sent to Huntingdon for latest run and Slate House got back in the groove when winning again over 2m 7f and 129y, when beating Tarada by 1/2 length on the 8th December. Another bold display looks likely as long as this race hasn’t come along too soon and looks the one to beat here.

Win Advised

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2.30 – Fusil Raffles -Had won and placed 2nd in France before making switch to 7 Barrows, has been very professional in both starts on UK soil winning both with relative ease. First of those wins came at Punchestown on the 4th of May when Fusil Raffles won a Group 1 Hurdle at first time of asking beating Fakir D’Oudairies by 2 and 3/4 lengths over 2m. Next run came at Wincanton on the 9th November and Fusil Raffles won again beating Grand Sancy by 3/4 of a length over 1m 7f and 65y in a Grade 2 Hurdle. With those wins under the belt Fusil Raffles looks the one to be on in this race although stablemate Epatante could be biggest danger.

Win Advised

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King George VI Chase.. Kempton.. 3.05… Our Thoughts…

Charlie – Cyrname -Has won last 3 starts for trainer Paul Nichols and is also 2 from 2 here. The wins this year have came at Ascot over 2m and 58y and the 1st of those was a 21 lengths demolition of Doitforthevillage who was beaten by 21 lengths. The next victory came over 2m 5f and 8y and was another demolition job beating Waiting Patiently by 17 lengths. Most recently beat Altior by 2 and 1/4 lengths over 2m 5f and 8y on the 23rd November. Has had time to recover from that race and should go well again here but faces another tough rival in Lostintranslation who has won last 2 starts and Clan Des Obeaux who won this race last year. My preference is for Cyrname to take the spoils here giving Paul Nichols another welcome winner.

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Rich – Footpad…. Was unbeaten during his debut chase season in 2018 but fell on return last November 2018 and was a 1/2 length runner up to Simply Ned in a Grade 1 Chase at Punchestown and was off till March 2019, when heading to the Cheltenham Festival, sadly finishing 26 lengths 8th of 12 to Frodon in the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase.
Back to winning ways when landing a Thurles 2m 6f Class 1 Listed Chase from Mala Beach by 10 lengths on season return on November 21st…

 

Final Word with Rich –

Thanks Charlie, was nice to get a couple of winners on Saturday to take us nicely into this festive period….

Kempton – Soft, Good to Soft in Places….

12.50 Novice Hurdle… Class 2… 2m….

Getaway Fred…. Beaten runner up on race course debut at Exeter in a 2m 1f Class 4 Maiden Hurdle, when bumping into Hang In There, who won by 7 lengths and has since won The Sharp Novice Hurdle, Grade 2 at Cheltenham on October 22nd. Getaway Fred was a 3 length winner on  November 20th when landing a Class 4 Novice 2m Hurdle at Chepstow…..

1.55 Kauto Star Novice Chase… Grade 1… 3m….

Slate House… 2 wins from 3 runs this season having had a second wind operation in the close season. Won on season return at Cheltenham in the October meeting, when taking a Class 2 2m Novice Chase by 11 lengths and was travelling well when falling 2 fences from home in the Grade 3 Gold Cup Handicap Chase(2m 4f) at the November meeting at Cheltenham.
Made up for that by landing the odds at Huntingdon, Taking the 2m 7f Class 3 Novice Chase by 1/2 a length from Tarada…

2.30 Christmas Hurdle… Grade 1… 2m..

Fusil Raffles… C&D winner when making UK race debut in February when winning the Grade 2 Juvenile Hurdle by 9 lengths. Off till May, then travelled to Punchestown to run in the 4YO Champion Hurdle 2m Grade 1 beating Fakir D’Oudaries by 2 & 3/4 lengths.
Made it 3 wins from 3 starts on November 9th, when landing the Wincanton Grade 2 Elite Hurdle 1m 7f from Grand Sancy by 3/4’s of a length….

Leopardstown… Yielding

2.20 Novice Chase.. Grade 1… 2m 1f…

Fakir D’Oudairies…. 2 wins from 2 starts since going chasing at the start of this season, having finished runner up in the Grade 1 Doom Bar at Aintree & The 4YO Champion Hurdle in May to Fusil Raffles. Landed the odds on Chase debut when taking a Navan 2m 1f Beginners’ Chase by 3 lengths from Melon & making it 2 from 2 on December 1st by winning the Drinmore Chase by some 22 lengths….

That is everything for you today folks… Thanks for popping by & we hope you are having a fantastic Christmas…

All the Best – Charlie & Rich

 

The Saturday before Christmas

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Welcome to Arseonlineracing. A 100% Independent racing website with NO affiliate links. This website is curated by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles, Charlie hails from Glasgow while Rich is from the Isle of Wight… Miles apart but united by the sport of kings….

We have reached the final Saturday blog before Christmas and before we get on with todays thoughts, we would just like to say Thank You to you all for reading & wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We would also like to thank Jamie – AKA @Glen_Colt & Chris Price for their hard work and contributions to this site in the last 12 months. We would also like to say thank you to Fran Altoft for the kind use of her fantastic photos….

As usual when we blog, Charlie will lead the way & Rich will have the Final Word….

Charlie –

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Haydock – 2.05 – Big Shark – Has won both starts since finishing 2nd in a point to point race, won over 2m 7f at Worcester, before winning again over 3m 2f at Hereford when beating Mr Muldoon by 10 lengths. Carries a penalty for those wins but jocks claim wipes out 5lb and that could be instrumental for his chances of a follow up.

Win Advised

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Ascot – 3.00 – Kildisart -Has been in fantastic form winning 3 times from last 5 runs dating back to December last year at Ascot. Won at Cheltenham on next start after that Ascot win, over 2m 5f when seeing off Highway One O One by 2 lengths in January this year. Was then a 10 and 1/4 length 4th behind Defi Du Seuil at Cheltenham over 2m 3f and 168y in March. Was then sent to Aintree stepping up in trip to 3m 1f and won again beating Mr Malarky by 5 lengths in April before being rested. Made seasonal return at Carlisle in November and finished 3rd over 2m 4f some 11 and 1/4 lengths behind winner Lostintranslation. Steps back up in trip to 2m 7f and 180y for todays race and another bold display can’t be ruled out.

Win Advised

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Thurles – 3.05 – Silver Sheen -Has won last 2 starts, beginning with a 2 and a 1/2 length victory over Mc Alpine at Wexford over 2m 4f in October. Won again on next start at Thurles over 2m 6f and 216y when beating Allez Dance by 6 and 1/2 lengths with Royal Thief a further 6 and 1/2 length behind Allez Dance in 3rd. Faces Royal Thief again today and should confirm places with that rival once more in a slightly deeper race. Trainer Mrs J Harrington has a 21% strike rate at Thurles and another bold display can’t be ruled out.

Win Advised

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Well that’s my thoughts on today’s Selections, good luck if following and please remember to keep Stakes small so it doesn’t hurt your pockets. I will now hand you back over to Rich for the Final Word.

Due to delay in deciding if racing goes ahead today my writeups will be updated later as Rich has a race at Lingfield at 12.55 and we don’t want to have to replace that race. Sorry for any inconvenience….

Final Word with Rich – 

Thanks Charlie. Last Saturday didn’t go to plan but better luck this time.. I have a couple from Linfield and 1 from Ascot…

Lingfield – AW – Standard….

12.55 Novice Stakes… Class 5… 2YO Only… 1m 1yd..

Take Me To The Sky…. Finished 3rd on debut at Newmarket in a Class 5 7f Novice Stakes, beaten by 3/4’s of a length on August 16th. Made AW debut at this course on August 30th, when finishing a 1/2 length runner up in a Class 6 7f Novice Stakes. Has since had a wind operation & returns to the track after 113 days away & is stepped up in trip by an extra furlong….

2.00 Quebec Listed Stakes… Class 1… 1m 2f…

Dubai Warrior… 3 wins & 1 place from 4 all weather starts. Made a winning debut last November in a 1m Class 6 Novice Stakes at Chelmsford by 4 & 1/2 lengths. Made a winning seasonal return in August at Kempton, when taking a 1m Class 4 Novice Stakes, again by 4 & 1/2 lengths. Stepped up in trip to 1m 2f in September and was beaten by a neck in a Class 2 Handicap at Chelmsford.
Finished a 9 & 3/4 length 7th of 8 in the Group 3 1m 2f Prix Du Prince D’Orange at Longchamp in October(Only turf run) before resuming winning ways back on the All Weather again at Chelmsford on November 7th when taking a Class 2 1m 2f Handicap by 1/2 a length from Kasbaan.
Rob Havlin is 3 from 3 on board & alongside John Gosden, the same combination who won this race last season with Wissahikon….

Ascot…. Heavy….

1.15 Graduation Stakes… Class 2… 2m 5f 8yds….

Riders Onthe Storm…. Moved from Ireland to the UK and made a winning UK Chase debut in a Class 2 Handicap over 2m 4f on November 9th when beating Cepage by 1 & 3/.4’s of a length. Winner of a Class 1 Novice Chase over 2m at Punchestown on soft ground and his Irish form on heavy reads.. 5 – 2/1/2…..

That is everything for you today folks, thanks for popping by & a Merry Christmas to you all…

A big thank you to ALL the stable staff, vets, jockeys, trainers for your hard work this year & we wish you a very Merry Christmas.. Stay Safe..

Merry Christmas & All the Best – Charlie & Rich

Cheltenham – December Meeting

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The website is curated by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles. Charlie hails from Glasgow while Rich is from the Isle of Wight… Miles apart but united by the sport of kings….

Day one of the December meeting got off to a fantastic start with winners from Nicky Henderson & Fergal O’Brien. The French raider landed the Cross Country as they did in November, so we look forward to a nice card today, with a couple of Graded races to look forward to…..

As usual on a Saturday, Charlie will lead the way & Rich will have the Final Word, so take it away Charlie……

Charlie –

Cheltenham

12.45 – Mr Fisher -Normally seen over 2m with some decent performances at that distance. Won a novice hurdle at Kempton in December last year over 2m. Then won another novice hurdle at Haydock over 2m in January this year. Posted 2 poor performances at Cheltenham in March and at Haydock in May when finishing 8th and 7th retrospectively. Finished 2nd on most recent start at Warwick over 2m last time out when beaten 3 lengths by Torpillo. Goes up in distance for todays race over 2m 4f and 127y and should relish the extra yardage. Currently available around 11/4 with most firms.

Win Advised

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3.05 – Pentland Hills -Has had 3 runs this year and won all 3 for Nicky Henderson, the 1st of those wins came at Plumpton over 2m when beating The Flying Sofa by 14 lengths. Was then sent to Cheltenham and raced over 2m 1f and won again beating Coeur Sublime by 3 lengths. Latest run came at Aintree and Pentland Hills won again beating Fakir D’oudairies by a neck, Pentland Hills looks a nice prospect for Nicky Henderson and should be in the mix today, Currently available around the 11/4 price with most firms at time of writing.

Win Advised

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3.40 – Dame Compagnie -Has 2 wins and a 2nd place finish from last 5 runs. The wins have came at Uttoxeter over 2m in November 2017 and Cheltenham over 2m 4f in April 2019 and the 2nd place finish came at Ascot over 2m 3f in February 2018. Setbacks have been very frustrating and if everything has been sorted, should take all the beating today and could make a mockery out of that 2-1 price come race time. Was 5th here on seasonal return over 2m when rallying late and passing rivals on run in. Step back up in trip to 2m 4f and 56y should be more suitable and another bold run is anticipated.

Win Advised

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Well that’s my thoughts on today’s selections, good luck if following and please remember to keep stakes small so it doesn’t hurt your pockets. I will now hand you back over to Rich for The Final Word.

 

 

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Final Word with Rich….

Thanks Charlie, it was good to land 3 from 4 last week and lets hope we can become like that supermarket chain, where every little helps!

Cheltenham… Good to Soft….

1.55 Gold Cup Handicap Chase… Class 1… 2m 4f 127yds…

Cepage…. Despite only winning twice in this sphere, has hardly run a poor race. Was runner up in this race last season to Frodon by 1 & 1/4 lengths and then was rested until last months meeting at Aintree on November 9th. Was again a runner up in a Class 2 Handicap over 2m 4f by 1 & 3/4’s of a length to Rider ofthe Storm, who misses out due to an administrative error. Oldgrangewood was in 3rd that day & won next time out at Newbury….

2.30 The Bristol Novice Hurdle… Grade 2… 2m 7f 213yds…

Champagne Well…  Finally won over hurdles here in the October meeting in a 2m 5f Class 2 Novice Hurdle by 1/2 a length before finishing a 3 length runner up in the Grade 2 Hyde Novice Hurdle to Thyme Hill….

3.05 International Hurdle… Grade 2… 2m 179yds…

Elixir De Nutz…. 3 wins from 4 starts last season with 2 of those wins coming at this course. Landed the Sharp Novice Hurdle and the landed the C&D Class 3 at this meeting by beating Jarveys Plate by 1 & 3/4 lengths. Made it 3 from 4 when taking the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle by 1/2 a length at Sandown when last seen on January 5th. Season return….

That is everything for you today folks… Thank you for your support & for popping by…

All the Best – Charlie & Rich

 

Aintree & Sandown

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With a lot of races scheduled for today we focus our attention on Aintree and Sandown, as usual Charlie will start with his selections while Rich has the last say with The Final Word.

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Charlie –

Aintree 1.00 – One Night In Milan -Has had 2 starts in 2019 winning at Kelso over 2m 4f and 189y on the 10th September when beating Morraman by 4 lengths. Returned to Kelso on the 18th September and finished a 1 length 2nd to Aye Right over 2m 4f and 189y. With a repeat of those efforts today, that should be enough to get involved here and runs off the same mark as last time currently available around the 15-2 price with most firms.

Win Advised

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Sandown 2.25 – Smarty Wild -Has won 4 times this year, beginning with a Class 4 Novice Hurdle over 1m 7f and 169y at Ludlow on the 6th of February when beating Chambard by 3/4 of a length. Next win came at Exeter over 2m 175y in another Class 4 Hurdle, when beating Midnight Midge by 11 lengths. Was then sent to Taunton on the 11th March and won again over 2m 3f and 1y, when beating Putting Green by 4 lengths. Was a tad disappointing on next start at Cheltenham on the 25th October when finishing last of 16. Was then sent back to Exeter and won again in a Class 3 Handicap Hurdle over 2m and 127y when beating Manvers House by 2 lengths. Has gone up another 4lbs for todays race and if repeating the form shown at Exeter and Ludlow that should be enough to get involved today, currently available at 6-1 with most firms and is an Eachway selection.

Eachway Advised

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Aintree 3.15 – Gold Present – Fell on seasonal return at Ayr in a Class 1 listed Handicap Chase over 2m 4f. Was then sent to Sandown for next run and finished 2nd over 2m 7f on the 27th April some 11 lengths behind Black Corton. Goes well fresh and looks to be on a workable mark, has no ground issues and is available around 11-1 with most firms at time of writing and is an Eachway selection.

Eachway Advised

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Well that’s my thoughts on today’s selections, good luck if following and please remember to keep stakes small so it doesn’t hurt your pockets. I will now hand you back over to Rich for the Final Word.

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Rich – 

Final Word Special…..

Aintree… Good to Soft…

1.30 Becher Handicap Chase… Grade 3… 3m 1f 188yds….

Walk In The Mill… Winner of this race last season on the way to finishing a 14 length 4th behind Tiger Roll in the Grand National. Rated 137 when running here last season & comes into the race 4 higher at 141. Pulled up on season return at Wincanton with 2 fences to go on November 9th. This is the start to the 2020 Grand National…..

2.40 Many Clouds Chase…. Grade 2….. 3m 210yds…

Native River…. Last seen trying to retain his Gold Cup crown at Cheltenham in March, when finishing a 9 & 1/2 lengths 4th to Al Boum Photo, when rated 173. Winning the Gold Cup from a mark of 166, Native River spent last season running from 176 when runner up to Bristol De Mai in the Lancashire Chase at Haydock and a 13 & 1/2 length 3rd to Clan Des Obeaux in the King George VI and runs from 167 today(Joint TR)….

The DANGER comes from the other top rated runner in Might Bite, with both horses being C&D winners and who can forget their epic battle in 2017. The pair faced off last season, when Might Bite was well below par and eventually had a wind operation between the King George VI & the Gold Cup. Sadly was pulled up at Cheltenham and this is the second run following the operation. If both horses run to their mark then we could be in for another epic battle.
I have to mention race fit Black Corton, who is not in the same form as last season and is stepped up in trip to see if this helps….

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Sandown… Good to Soft, Soft in Places…

1.50 Henry VIII Novice Chase… Grade 1… 1m 7f 119yds….

Topillo… Made 2 hurdle starts since October, winning on a return in a 2m Class 2 Handicap Hurdle by 5 lengths on October 11th before heading to Cheltenham just 15 days later, finishing a 1 & 3/4 length 3rd to Quel Destin in another 2m Class 2 Handicap Hurdle. Switched to larger fences and made Chase debut in a 2m Class 3 Novice Chase on November 20th at Warwick, when beating Mister Fisher by 3 lengths with Lisp in 3rd, who has since won a 2m 1f Class 3 Novice Chase by 19 lengths….

3.00 Tingle Creek Chase… Grade 1… 1m 7f 199yds…

Defi Du Seuil…. Made a winning seasonal return in the Grade 2 Cheltenham Chase(1m 7f 199yds) on November 17th, when beating Politologue by 1 & 3/4’s of a length and despite that rival now having a second run after a wind operation & having 3Lb’s on Defi, I think it is unlikely the form will be reversed…
The DANGER is likely to come from Irish raider  Un De Sceaux, who is top rated at 171. UDS was last seen at Punchestown winning the Champions Chase by 4 lengths from Min in April when landing the Grade 1 contest. A 4 length runner up in this race last season and winner of this race in 2016 by 1 length, in an epic contest with Sire De Grugy. Won on seasonal return at Cork in 2017….

That is everything for you today folks…. Thanks for popping by & for your support…

DID YOU KNOW… In 2019 we published 22 interviews with Trainers, Jockeys, Owners, TV/Podcasters & Photographers!! WE will make 23??!! Watch this space!

All the Best – Charlie and Rich