Whatever wins today is going to have to be a horse that enjoys soft ground and stays well! Hopefully I can highlight a few horses to bolster the Christmas coffers.
Only Medermit (each way) came in for us last week, and what a great run it was. He’s gone into the notebook for future meetings in the New Year.
So on to today and the best three :
MASSINI’S MAGUIRE (NAP) 3.05 ASCOT
Unbeaten in two starts at Ascot and has always been knocking at the door in Listed events like this. ‘Dickie’ Johnson on board is a real plus and I reckon he will cruise round and come home strongly despite being off the track for 413 days.
PROSPECT WELLS (NB) 3.35 ASCOT
A super competitive Ladbroke as always. Prospect Wells should be running here unbeaten but for a slight blip earlier in the year. A class horse on the flat (ran in French Derby), Paul Nicholls has done what Howard Johnson couldn’t, got him to jump! He will cruise along and his class will show up the hill, my concern is the impressive Gibb River!
PEARLYSTEPS (TREBLE) 2.45 HAYDOCK
A dour stayer ( ran in a 4 mile at Cheltenham) and will like the softer ground. Has been running in class races and not quite getting there – today’s the day!
For a little side bet also look for REINDEER DIPPIN 2.10 HAYDOCK, who loves it soft and also WOODY WALLER 1.40 HAYDOCK for an extra chance.
Good luck if you’re having a bet!