Good morning fellow #startrackers. Stand by your in-box because your correspondent has plenty to say! We had a fantastic December and although the Welsh National has been postponed and Sizing Gold was pulled out of the Paddy Power Chase at the eleventh hour, Minella Foru came up trumps at an advised 12/1.
With a bit of luck and a following wind there should be three posts before midday. Firstly todays runner, the last few runners and a heads up for Wednesday and Thursday. Secondly a #startracking Ante Post piece reviewing the fantastic King George and the Lexus chases and putting up selections for the Gold Cup and the Grand National. Thirdly a betting review for December with the introduction of a new button on the top menu of SimpleSimonSays… . All exciting stuff so let’s get on with it!!
#startracking Tuesday Dec. 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.
Racing Going Reports @RCAGoingReports · Tues 6.51am
@NewburyRacing is Soft (Heavy in places on the hurdle course). 2.1mm of rain overnight #Newbury
STILLETTO Newbury 2.35 In the last post I wrote “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.” Well Chepstow was abandoned and I think this was his best option. He could be very well handicapped off OR132. There are two major concerns though. Firstly the current form of Team Ditcheat as highlighted in the Racing Post “CONCERN is growing over the performances of some of the runners from the Paul Nicholls stable after a number of horses produced lacklustre runs over the festive period. That is the view of Nicholls’ nephew and pupil assistant Harry Derham, who said that everyone in the yard would be “doing our absolute best” to get the horses firing again.” 2:10PM 28 DEC 2015, and secondly the stiffer Newbury fences so we will reduce the bet to two stars** and take the 11/4 on offer.
Wednesday December 30th
MILES TO MILAN 30Dec15 1:45 (Four Day) at Taunton, Bet totequadpot Novices’ Hurdle
A very strong field entered, including Modus under a 10lb penalty with Geraghty jocked up!
NITROGEN 30Dec15 3:25 (Four Day) at Taunton, totescoop6 Play New Year’s Day Handicap Chase
Thursday December 31st
SOLOMN GRUNDY 31Dec15 12:20 (Four Day) at Uttoxeter, Abacus Decorators Maiden Hurdle. Would prefer further but heavy ground at Uttoxeter may bring his stamina into play.
Fridays cards at Cheltenham and in particular Musselburgh look as though they could be fruitful for us #startrackers!
#startracking Sat. Dec. 26th – Mon. Dec. 28th
Saturday December 26th
Two star** bets
TOP GAMBLE Wetherby 1.45 @6/1 WH Non-runner
Sunday December 27th
One star* bets Ante Post (already struck)
SHOTGUN PADDY Chepstow 2.55 @10/1 Meeting Postponed until Jan.9th Bet Stands.
MINELLA FORU Leopards. 3.00 @12/1 (7/1 SP) 1st I didn’t anticipate writing this in the near future but Barry Geraghty gave the horse a peach of a ride. Held up off the pace, ridden to get the trip, a mistake three out put him on the back foot but it was steady progress and only fifth jumping the last he had enough horse under him to get up on Leopardstown’s stiff run-in. He did well to pick the right one in the first place as he had EIGHT JP horses to choose from!
SIZING GOLD Leopards. 3.00 @10/1 Non-runner (losing Ante post). Recurrence of injury.
Two star** bet
TOMBSTONE Leopards.1.45 @3/1 2nd Quite simply should have won! I have real issues with Bryan Cooper at the moment. He is a talented, brave young jockey but I don’t like him at an obstacle as he lets the horse find a stride and he goes with it and Ireland’s senior jockeys are tactically having him for breakfast!! Tombstone is a very nimble hurdler, who travels, stays at least 2m6f but most of all has gears. Cooper had him in the ruck all race getting buffeted about, tried to come through a gap that wasn’t there on the home turn and when he did get some daylight he hung behind Long Dog. Gigginstown need to wake up, smell the coffee and swallow their pride. Davy Russell would have won on this horse! I still think this horse is a major player in the Neptune at Cheltenham and I have gone in again at 14/1. (Barry, Boylesports have 16/1!!)
CAPARD KING Chepstow 1.50 @?? Meeting Postponed until Jan.9th
STILLETTO Chepstow 3.10 @?? Meeting Postponed until Jan.9th
Three star** bet
DE NAME ESCAPES ME Leopards. 2.20 @?? Non-runner.
Monday December 28th
BRONCO BILLY Leicester 2.35 15/8F 7th No bet. Too soon. Guess what they said he “bounced”! we will stay with him as I think he has a bit of class and could start handicapping off a gift of a mark.
28Dec15 2:35 (Five Day) at Leicester, Old Year Novices’ Hurdle
Only two weeks since his last race, prefer if he didn’t run. Update Thursday/Saturday am.
TIPPMANBOY Catterick 1.35 9/4F (touched 11/4) 2nd No bet. He had two handlers in the paddock and got warm going to the start. Despite that he ran a cracker in what looked an above average Catterick novice hurdle and indeed this first division was run almost 2.5 seconds quicker than division two. Tippmanboy led, hurdled fine but set the race up for Champagne at Tara who finished stronger. We will stick with him despite three seconds and see if he goes handicapping off OR117. I am sure he will deliver over fences.
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