#startracking Sat. Dec. 19th 11am

Good morning everybody! Not at my best today having been hit by a heavy cold.

Let’s hope Christmas comes early and the “Jolly” lands the Ladbroke!! (See #startracking Ante Post)

 

Still trying to get my head round Ascots card yesterday?! Was it the ground?

So here’s TODAYS going report. “CONDITIONS have dried out at Ascot overnight ahead of a stellar six-race card on Saturday with the official going now good to soft, soft in places. Racing on Friday took place on soft, good to soft in places at the Berkshire venue though clerk of the course Chris Stickels expects the track to ride “a bit better” today. The forecast is for a mild and breezy day, with the possibility of some showers in the afternoon, with temperatures rising to 15C. Stickles said: “It was very much dry and quite breezy overnight so we have seen the going change. It should ride a bit better than yesterday, though there is a chance of showers in the afternoon.”

Britain’s other two jumps meetings will have a firm emphasis on stamina – with Haydock racing on heavy ground and Newcastle’s conditions improving slightly to heavy, soft in places, while Fairyhouse also race on heavy ground over in Ireland.” Winter ground up North!

#startrackingoohthatsinteresting

Harry Skelton rides in first three at Haydock AND the last at Ascot on Zarib AND Pricewise has put it up!

Paul Nicholls on Betfair Ascot 15:00 – Salubrious He has had a few problems in the past and is not the easiest horse to get right, but he is pleasing me at the moment following his successful comeback at Carlisle after missing much of last season with a leg injury. Salubrious is a decent horse on his day as he showed when winning the boys’ race at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2013. He has improved for the run at Carlisle, will enjoy the ground at Ascot and I’d like to think he has a live chance.

Tom Scudamore on Simon Clare’s Coral blog In the 1.50pm I’m on La Vaticane for David. She’s done little wrong since coming over from France. She ran well at Cheltenham and then ran even better at Newbury just fading from the last fence. I think the 2m 2f will really suit her today. I think she has a favourite’s chance. Ascot should suit, she’s pretty straightforward. Everything is in her favour.

 

Fri. Ascot 12.50 Noel Fehily, the rider of HE’S A CHARMER (IRE), unplaced, reported that the gelding ran too free in the early stages. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination revealed that the gelding coughed.

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