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Charlie hails from Glasgow with Rich from the Isle of Wight…. They are joined by Jamie & Chris, who are full time members of the site.
Yes we are all miles apart but we are united by our passion for horse racing..
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A big day in racing before the BIG day next Saturday & what festive delights we are about to be delivered by the time we have all consumed our weight in food & drunk the well dry…
Let us take the load & help you with our thoughts on today’s racing….

Charlie –

Haydock- (Heavy)

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2.05 Betfair Exchange Handicap Hurdle Class 2Albert’s Back – Out of Champs Elysses and Neath. Has won 3 hurdle races out of the 4 contested, the wins have came at Wetherby on soft ground. Although hasn’t won away from Wetherby over obstacles, has ran in a few decent races without being disgraced, most notably was a 2nd placed finish at Leicester on heavy going on the 13th February this year when beaten 17 lengths by First Flow. Won latest race at Wetherby on the 14th November this year when beating Haafapiece by 3 and 1/4 lengths over 2m on soft ground. If showing up in same mood could easily get involved here in a very open looking race.

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Ascot – (Heavy)

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3.00 Silver Cup Handicap Chase ListedThe Conditinal – Out of Kalansi and Gorrie Vale. Has ran in 12 chases and has won twice. The most recent victory came at Cheltenham on the 10th March when beating Kildisart by a neck over 3m 1f on soft ground. If handling today’s going could easily get involved here but will need to show more than he has on previous run in the Ladbrokes Trophy when finishing 3rd behind Cloth Cap and Aye Right.

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3.35Arriverderci – Out of Martaline and Etoile D’Ainay. Has ran in 6 hurdle races winning twice. The wins have came at Hereford, Wincanton and Wetherby. Covering distances of 1m 7f to 2m 3f 54y on Soft ground. Beat Rhosneigr by 1 and 1/4 lengths at Wincanton on the 4th January this year. Won again at Wetherby on the 31st October when beating War Lord by 2 and 3/4 lengths over 2m 3f and 154y. Fell on most recent start at Haydock when 2nd gifting the race to War Lord who he had already beaten previously, if showing up in same mood today and with a clear round can gain compensation here.

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Jamie –

2:05 – Haydock – Betfair Handicap Hurdle –
Selection: War Lord 

Colin Tizzard’s War Lord has strung together strong back to back performances so far this season at Wetherby & Haydock. He is now on a career high handicap mark as a result of that Haydock win which was in Grade 3 company, one of his main rivals today Our Power was back in third that day beaten nearly 3 lengths. It’s likely that War Lord will have to put up an improved performance to win today but at least we know that he likes the track, although the only worry would be the heavy ground as he has never raced on it before. I liked the way War Lord travelled and jumped over course & distance four weeks ago and I’m confident he won’t be too far away. At more value, The Last Day could go well after a year off the track. 

2:25 – Ascot – Porsche Long Walk Hurdle –
Selection: Roksana 

A little cracker of a Grade 1 here and I have shied away from the big two in Paisley Park & Thyme Hill here. Roksana took the step up to 3m in her stride last time out at Wetherby against the likes of Lisnagar Oscar, Next Destination and Kildisart, giving them an eight length beating on soft ground. For her seasonal reappearance it was a superb effort and with the weight allowance she gets here I feel she could provide a small upset in the final Grade 1 before Christmas. Roksana is a very solid Mare, goes well on soft ground and is proven at Grade 1 level. She has every chance. If Thistlecrack still retains some of his old magic then he could be the e/w value at a big price. 

Haydock Park

Chris –

Ascot
2.25 Long Walk Hurdle

Thyme Hill is a seriously progressive 3m hurdler, but I’m sticking with Paisley Park here to turn the Newbury form around. Connections were adamant after the race that the 2019 Stayers Hurdle winner would improve massively for what was a very respectable comeback run. A 3lb swing is also a plus, and with very little splitting the pair at the prices, I’ll side with the Emma Lavelle trained charge.

3.00 Silver Cup Handicap Chase

Espoir De Guye has been well supported and the price has been slashed overnight, but I won’t let that put me off. Venetia Williams runners must be respected at this time of the year when the mud flies, with this son of Khalkevi also boasting a perfect record of 2 wins from 2 at Ascot. He tries 3m for the first time here, but the way this improving 6yo ran over 2m 5f last time gives plenty of hope over staying trips.

3.35 Exchange Trophy Handicap Hurdle

A typically competitive renewal of this race, I’m siding with Harambe of Alan King to take home the spoils. 7yo’s have won 2 of the past 3 renewals and he is only 5lb higher than his Greatwood Hurdle win of last season. Unfortunately he couldn’t repeat that due to falling at the last when bang in contention in the same race a month ago. Better luck hopefully awaits today and should go well at a very good price.

Final Word with Rich –

Linfield (AW) – Standard….

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

Dubai Warrior – Dansilli x Manbooba 4yo Colt.
Winner of this race last season when beating stable companion, Court House by 2 & 3/4 lengths & warmed up for this race by landing the Listed Churchill Stakes over C&D by 3 & 1/2 lengths on November14th.
Has only had 1 defeat on AW at Chelmsford, back on September 4th 2019 in a Class 2, 1m 2f Handicap by a neck to Desert Fire.
The Winter Derby Group 3 winner.
3 from 3 over C&D. 4 from 5 over distance on AW & 6 from 7 career runs on AW….
Top rated 114.

Haydock – Heavy…

2.05 Handicap Hurdle – Class 2 – 2m 2f 191yds….

Chirico Vallis – Poliglote x Quora Vallis 8yo gelding.
2 runs over 2m 3f since 21st October when he won a Class 3 Handicap Hurdle at Fontwell by 2 & 1/2 lengths before a neck runner up at Bangor on November 11th to Mint Condition.
Heavy ground is no issue with 2 wins from 4 runs on the ground.
Top Rated 141…

That is everything for you today folks…. Keep an eye out for our KING GEORGE VI Stats page & we will be back on Boxing day with a Blog for you all….

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry & Safe Christmas, we send you are best wishes for the festive season & wish you all stay safe…

All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team


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