#startracking Monday December 21st 12.30pm

A JOLLY good morning everybody!!

Saturdays Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot went absolutely to script except the last stride!! Fehily gave the selection a peach of a ride but in the end I thought Johnson had nicked it and having aged five years in five minutes I was delighted to take a dead heat!!

That puts #startracking 46 stars in front since December 1st!!

I am currently looking for some value in the Welsh Grand National and Leopardstown’s Paddy Power Chase both being run on Sunday.


No surprise here then! “Nicky Henderson, the trainer of BLUE FASHION (IRE), which was pulled up, reported that the gelding had a breathing problem. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding failed to reveal any abnormalities.” You cannot back a Henderson horse until he tells us what the health issue is!


#startracking news

Bags Groove Harry Fry suggested in Sundays Racing Post that Bags Groove would run in the bumper at Wincanton on Boxing Day and should win. There goes the price then!

Copper Kay “Copper Kay was very impressive at Cheltenham,” said Hobbs.”She will be kept to bumpers this season and will not run again until the Listed mares’ bumper at Sandown on the Saturday before the Cheltenham Festival.

All being well, she could then head on to Aintree before going over to Punchestown.” She could meet Warren Greatrex’s impressive filly La Bague au Roi at Aintree which would be some clash.

Caroles Destrier Taken out of Welsh National, will be sparingly campaigned with Bet365 (old Whitbread!) 23rd April as next target.

More to come at 7pm tonight


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