Well this ridiculous weather continues! Got a feeling the horses and jockeys will be dirtier than Harry Derham and Unioniste were last week! We all of course need to celebrate that we are still living and breathing after the fabled Mayan Prophecy of the 2012 Apocolypse came and went. Had to have a giggle at those idiots who went to the French town looking for aliens to save them, what has the world come to?
Anyway, let me take this chance to wish everyone who reads my blog a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope you all have a great time over the festive period and here's to a healthy 2013 – with lots of winners!
Let's hope Haydock goes ahead today. It's passed an inspection but rain is still tumbling down!
On to today's tips :
Two Lucky 15's for me today, with my usual top three bets in there too.
Roberto Goldback 1435 Ascot – has won well here before and didn't get much of a sniff in the Hennessey after unseating the rider. Likes Ascot, drops down in grade and has a good chance. (3rd – 4-1)
Into Wain 1510 Ascot – (NAP) ran a cracker when just pipped by Petit Robin last time at Sandown. He will love the ground again and with Ascot having the uphill finish from the final bend it should play into his strengths. He's a couple of pounds better off with Petit Robin for a SHD defeat. Got him at 22-1 this morning. Big player! (I hope!) (unplaced)
Ulck du Lin 1540 Ascot – (nb) you couldn't be anything but impressed with his latest win. He oozed class that day and a repeat of that should see him take this too. An exciting proposition. (WON – evens)
Mia's Boy 1355 Lingfield – one of my old favourites and a horse that has won me a few bob in the past. Enjoys running in small fields and ran well in second last time. Usually takes a race like this once or twice a season. Chance to do it today. (Unplaced)
Second Lucky 15
Dormouse 1210 Haydock – those of you who follow me on Twitter will know this one I napped twice when it won on both occasions earlier in the year. Has won on heavy before, and despite being higher in the weights has to have a chance. (Unplaced)
Bakbenscher 1345 Haydock (treble) – this horse has class, but hasn't been showing recently. He is potentially very well treated today and has a record of 3-3 on heavy ground and boy will today be heavy! (WON 4-1)
Mumbles Head 1415 Haydock – was fancied last time out to run a good race at Aintree but fell early on. He will be thereabouts at the end if his jumoing holds. Is a great price too! (Unplaced)
Master of the Hall 1400 Ascot – another horse who runs well here. Has run some good chases last season and looked to be a decent prospect. He has the ground to suit and if he jumps to some of his old chase form over hurdles today he has every chance. (Unplaced)
So, those are the Bandits selections today – remember they are my selections and I'm by no means an expert so don't blame me if they lose! If you are having a flutter, please do so within your own means.