#startracking Thursday December 31st 10.00am

To my amazement both Uttoxeter and Warwick have passed inspections and along with Punchestown they will be splashing through heavy ground.

 

#startracking has just the one runner today.

SOLOMN GRUNDY Uttoxeter 12.20 There is a bit of money about for him this morning (8/1-6/1) so we will hope that the heavy ground brings his stamina into play and put him up as a one star* selection to win @ 6/1 general. Here is why I put him in #startracking. “This is the least exposed of the Brookhouse horses I’m putting forward. In his second Irish PtP he was third to Missed Approach (current OR140) and Weststreet (OR119) and he changed hands for just £30K. Off the course for eighteen months he made his British debut in a hot C4 novice hurdle at Taunton behind Vieux Lille. He was given a schooling in public tender, educational ride by Tom Scudamore being held up, making some progress turning for home and coming home a happy fourth. This son of Westerner will probably want further and maybe a fence but showed enough promise on debut to be worth following especially when the Pipe team eventually hits their straps.”

 

#startracking had just the one runner yesterday.

MILES TO MILAN        1st        6/1        We put him up at one star* e/w at 10/1 and that now puts

#startracking a whopping 59 stars in front for December!!

The ground at Taunton was wet but they went through it with jockeys all over the course looking for better ground! Miles to Milan travelled just off the pace, hurdled efficiently, led turning for home , Johnson had a look over his shoulder to check where favourite Modus was, came to the stands side and quickened away well from the last. More to come methinks, another novice hurdle under a penalty then let’s go handicapping off 130-ish?

Favourite Modus looked like another Nicholls horse that didn’t get home but there is a school of thought that suggests he may have been protecting that mark of OR139 for the Betfair hurdle on better ground? He is very much on that radar!!

 

#SimpleSimonSays…

Punchestown 2.05      Grade 2 three mile novice hurdle on heavy ground. Interesting pair of Mullins runners in Up For Review (Ricci/Walsh) and Nambour (Gigginstown/Cooper) with some decent opposition in Jetstream Jack (Whately/Russell) and Cogryhill (Gigginstown/Geraghty) from Gordon Elliott’s yard. I am a fan of Nambour, he could be a real star, but I can see another scenario where Walsh, Geraghty and Russell out-manoeuvre Cooper AGAIN!

I think if Cooper is proactive on Nambour and makes all, whilst attacking his flights, the current price of 9/4 is too big and I’m putting him forward as a #SimpleSimonSays two star** selection @ 9/4.

 

I will send out another post at 4.30pm today which will hopefully cover all the action on New Year’s Day.

Very keen to see the final declarations at Cheltenham and Musselburgh.

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