#startracking Thursday December 24th 4.30pm

Merry Christmas everybody!

Great ten days racing coming up and hopefully #startracking can help pay for the Christmas ex’s! This will be my last posting until 11am Tuesday morning, the 29th.


Going @kemptonparkrace Winter Festival

Good to Soft (Soft in places), GS 6.0, H 5.9 on Wednesday at 14:30 TurfTrax ‏@TurfTrax


@Chepstow_Racing   There is a precautionary course inspection at 8am on Boxing Day to assess prospects for Sunday’s @Coral Welsh Grand National. Chepstow Racecourse

Chepstow inspect at 8am on Boxing Day to assess the course for the Welsh National card on Sunday. Currently heavy, waterlogged in places Racing Post ‏@RacingPost 11.45am Thurs. 24th


Saturday December 26th

2.20 Wetherby – Abricot de L’OasisI took a chance with him over two miles last time because I thought the race would cut up. In hindsight it did anything but that. The winner of the race has gone and won again. Two miles and five furlongs around Wetherby will be much more to his liking and I would say he has an each way chance.” Dan Skelton Stable Talk Dec. 24th

#startracking bets for Boxing Day

Two star** bets

TOP GAMBLE              Wetherby 1.45 @6/1 WH

ABRICOT de L’OASIS  Wetherby 2.20 @ 7/2 WH

BACARDYS                  Leopardstown 3.25 (IF Odds against!) Trading at 4/6 currently

GUNNER FIFTEEN       Kempton 3.45 @13/2 WH

One star* bets

MONEY MAID             Market Rasen 1.00 @3/1 PP

The more ambitious may like to put them in multiples (Phil!) perhaps excluding Bacardys.



Sunday December 27th

#startracking bets for Sunday 27th

One star* bets Ante Post (already struck)

SHOTGUN PADDY      Chepstow 2.55 @10/1

MINELLA FORU           Leopards. 3.00 @12/1

SIZING GOLD              Leopards. 3.00 @10/1

Try to get the bets below on Saturday after 1pm as they should be Best Odds Guaranteed on-line.

If on High Street do it Sunday am Corals hold advertised prices from 8.30am (maybe 9am on a Sunday), Hills, Betfred and Ladbrokes from 9am all for about 15mins max and with limits! Or wait until 11am and get Guaranteed Best Odds in the Happy Hour at Paddy Power, Betfred and Ladcrooks.

Paddy Power offer BOG on all singles from the moment they open the door and on multiples in Happy Hour.

One star* bets

SIZING GOLD              Leopards. 2.55 One star* e/w @ best odds offering 5 places (probably PP!)

SHOTGUN PADDY      Chepstow 2.55 One star* e/w @ best odds offering 5 places (probably PP!)

WOODLAND OPERA  Leopards.1.45 @??

Two star** bets

TOMBSTONE              Leopards.1.45 @??

CAPARD KING            Chepstow 1.50 @??

STILLETTO                   Chepstow 3.10 @??

Three star** bet

DE NAME ESCAPES ME Leopards. 2.20 @?? Please about 8/1??



SIZING GOLD Leopardstown 3.00 Exert from Racing Post Q & A Dec.23rd with David Jennings

Q – If you had £20 quid left after Christmas what would you put it on!

A – “I would stick it on Sizing Gold in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown on Sunday. He’s off 135 and I think he is a better horse than that. By all accounts this has been the plan since the autumn and his return at Punchestown was really encouraging. I think he will go off about 13-2 or shorter to be honest so take the 12s now!” David Jennings 5:16 PM yesterday

JJ Burke on “SIZING GOLD 8yo b g (/22125/126/0-3) Flemensfirth – Mandys Gold Paddy Power Chase

He ran a real good race after a long layoff at Navan and he will go for the Paddy Power Chase. He is in good order and I’d like to think that he has improved for that. It will be a very competitive race, but he gave me a lovely feel a Navan and with a bit of luck, he’ll run a big race. Grand Jesture is in that race too and on his day he is a good horse.”


SHOTGUN PADDY Chepstow 2.55 Exert from Racing Post Q & A Dec.23rd with David Jennings

A – “..Shotgun Paddy. I backed him last year and he ran a shocker but I might back him again because I loved his run at Cheltenham last time. He looked back to his old self there. David Jennings 5:14 PM yesterday


BRONCO BILLY 27Dec15 12:20 (Five Day) at Chepstow, Download The Coral Mobile App Maiden Hurdle

Only two weeks since his last race, prefer if he didn’t run.


CAPARD KING  27Dec15 12:50 (Five Day) at Chepstow, coral.co.uk Money Back If Novices’ Limitd Handicap Chase

Looks a good opportunity off OR139. The downside would be heavy ground and those undulations in the Chepstow straight. Possible bet.



27Dec15 2:20 (Five Day) at Leopardstown, Paddy Power “One Account … To Bet” Handicap Hurdle

3Jan16 1:50 (Early closer) at Naas, Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)

“If the handicapper puts him up say 10lb at worse he could be interesting in one of the 2m Christmas handicaps..WELL the handicapper has put him up 11lbs but he IS in a Christmas handicap! The jockey who has had the most rides and winners for Noel Meade this season is Ger Fox and he can claim 3lbs. This could be our Christmas Cracker!!


STILLETTO  27Dec15 3:10 (Five Day) at Chepstow, coral.co.uk Best Price Guaranteed On Horse Racing Handicap Chase Stilletto has run in and won a solitary C4 beginners chase at Catterick and has been given a mark of OR132. Here’s the rub, the horse he galloped all over at Catterick, Amore Alato, was leading by six lengths when coming down at the last in a C1 G2 novice chase at Ascot last Friday. If he had stood up he would have run to about OR145. Stilletto could be a real handicap snip and there is every chance the handicapper saw the Ascot race the same and Stilletto could be put up for standing in his box. His owner Roger Brookhouse has a history of fast tracking and over facing his youngsters and I reckon he fancies a go at the Chepstow C2 £30K handicap! He would be getting two stone from topweight Mr Mole, also trained by Nicholls, who was 5th in the G1 Tingle Creek for Gods sake! Is this the Christmas Cracker?


TOMBSTONE 27Dec15 1:45 (Five Day) at Leopardstown, Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)

3Jan16 1:50 (Early closer) at Naas, Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) If he takes the Leopardstown G1 route then my Neptune bet is on the line! Tombstone travels, jumps and has gears but I’m just not sure this real winter ground is ideal.

“Soft ground is key to Tombstone.” Robbie Mac FF Podcast


WOODLAND OPERA  27Dec15 1:45 (Five Day) at Leopardstown, PP Future Champions Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)

3Jan16 1:50 (Early closer) at Naas, Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)

Like Tombstone we could be about to find out if he can hack it at Grade 1 level? Would expect if he lined up against the Mullins batallion’s to get a double figure price.

Jessica Harrington on “WOODLAND OPERA 5yo br g (1-1) Robin Des Champs – Opera Hat

Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)

He’ll go for the Grade 1 two-mile novice hurdle. He won well at Navan and I hope that he runs a big race. I see him as a future chaser, but he is unbeaten and we’ll learn a good bit more about him next week. It will be a big step up in class for him, but he seems to be very well so we’ll let him take his chance.” Dave Keena Irish Field 24th Dec


Monday December 28th

BRONCO BILLY 28Dec15 2:35 (Five Day) at Leicester, Old Year Novices’ Hurdle

Only two weeks since his last race, prefer if he didn’t run.

TIPPMANBOY 28Dec15 1:35 (Four Day) at Catterick, Watch On 3 Devices racinguk.com/anywhere Maiden Hurdle

Seems an appropriate race. Would like to see him at the start, if he is playing up= watching brief, if settled two star** bet

Tuesday December 29th

Newbury Racecourse ‏@NewburyRacing · 12.45 Thurs.

After almost 11mm of rain this morning, our going is now soft, heavy in places on both the hurdle and chase courses.


BALLAGH 29Dec15 2:00 (Four Day) at Newbury, Betfred “Goals Galore” Challow Novices’ Hurdle Grade 1

Big ask. Watching brief. Barters Hill and possible Mullins runners.

CHEF D’OEUVRE 29Dec15 2:00 (Four Day) at Newbury, Betfred “Goals Galore” Challow Novices’ Hurdle Grade 1

Big ask. Watching brief. Barters Hill and possible Mullins runners.

NITROGEN 29Dec15 12:50 (Four Day) at Newbury, Betfred TV Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

Right type of race at a course I think he would enjoy. Two more furlongs would be ideal but as the ground has worsened perhaps it will bring his stamina into play. One star* bet if he runs.

NITROGEN 29Dec15 1:25 (Four Day) at Newbury, Betfred Mandarin Handicap Chase

Slightly better race than the 12.50 but is 3m. Two star** bet if he runs.

STILLETTO 29Dec15 2:35 (Four Day) at Newbury, Betfred “Be Part of the Action” Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

Hopefully he ran (and won?) on Sunday! Wouldn’t be surprised if the trainer thinks this is the right race but I’m sure the owner wants Sunday! Little nervous about the stiffer fences but three star*** bet if he runs here.

Wednesday December 30th

BRONCO BILLY 30Dec15 3:05 (Four Day) at Haydock, P L Betting At 188Bet.co.uk “Fixed Brush” Novices’ Hurdle

Of all of his entries I think this would be a very suitable race and would warrant a two star** bet if he runs.

MILES TO MILAN 30Dec15 1:45 (Four Day) at Taunton, Bet totequadpot Novices’ Hurdle

A very strong field entered. Update Tuesday.

NITROGEN 30Dec15 3:25 (Four Day) at Taunton, totescoop6 Play New Year’s Day Handicap Chase

Possible. Update Tuesday.


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