Cheltenham in 2014

Happy New Year to everyone! Hope you are not nursing too heavy heads after last night's exploits! Here's to a happy and healthy year to you all!
On to today's action, as of yet my old man hasn't sent me his selections. He is nursing a hangover, so for the moment it's just my selections today. A good day's racing ahead, so lets all kick back, recover and enjoy these fine beasts doing what they do best.
POUNGACH 1400 CHELTENHAM (NAP) – (PU – £5.00) Is the class horse in the race. His chasing career really hasn't developed and I wonder whether this is a venture back over hurdles as a future career, or just a confidence booster? Either way he has a great chance. He is on an appealing mark today considering he ran 2 lengths behind OSCAR WHISKEY here the other year off OR155. Today he is on a mark of OR147 and must have a craxking each way chance. I thought he ewas moving well in the Badger Ales trophy and just seemed to run out of gas on his first run of the season. Very hopeful today!
IFANDBUTWHYNOT 1410 MUSSLEBURGH (NB) – (2nd – 13-2) Improving quickly and ran well last time to defeat the ill-fated CHATTERBOX at Newbury in a Listed contest. Drops a grade here and despite having a 6lb rise in the ratings I still think he will take this.
ACKERTAC 1430 CHELTENHAM (TREBLE) – (unplaced) Ran second at the festival to RAJDHANI EXPRESS over this distance and defeated GOULANES here too, but over further. He is a pound lower in the ratings today than that success and must have a big chance.
ALFIE SPINNER 1245 CHELTENHAM – (2nd – 7-1 = £4.38) Has been running consistently well in some good races. He has decent form on softish ground and is on a mark that should see him be AT LEAST competitive. With AP on his back it may see him grind it out from the front.

The Ladbroke Hurdle Day

As I write the blog today the relief of knowing I have two weeks holiday to recharge the batteries is comforting. It's been a bloody long haul this term. Really looking forward to the Christmas break and it's even better when you have got two little children like I have, brings all the special memories back. Anyway enough of the mushy nonsense on to the horses, after the weather that we have had here in the lofty heights of Sheffield there is only one horse I could pick today! Enjoy the racing today and if you're having a flutter – good luck! Can I also wish a big Merry Christmas to you all and a prosperous 2014 too.
PINEAU DE RE 1515 HAYDOCK (NAP) – (unplaced) is a solid jumper and has decent form over fences. Reverts to hurdles today and is on the same mark as when second at Carlisle last time out. That was a very good run behind an unexposed horse and today the soft ground will really suit too, big chance!
STORM SURVIVOR 1500 ACSOT (NB) – (unplaced) really fancied this horse for the Becher chase the other week when he fell at the first fence. Going to give him another go as he is a dour stayer and will relish the conditions underfoot. He has most definitely got a race like this in him.
EMPEROR'S CHOICE 1405 HAYDOCK (TREBLE) – (unplaced) has some really cracking form in the locker from last year beating the likes of SYDNEY PAGET and BIG OCCASION and he ran decent enough behind BACK IN FOCUS at the festival. This trip is a little shorter than normal but with the stiff Haydock run in it will feel like three and a half miles on this ground. He will love the soft ground too.
CHRIS PEA GREEN 1535 ASCOT – ran a cracker when just pipped over course and distance behind PINE CREEK earlier in the season. He then ran a cracker behind CHATTERBOX last time out and yet seems to be double the price of that horse? He loves it here and will love the softer ground. Big chance to run another solid race – each way selection.
I want to add a new section to my blog FATHER V SON
I have got my old man to pick his four best for the day against my best four. We will go for a £2.50 each way selection on each and see who wins on profit each week.
PINEAU DE RE = – £5.00
Total = -£7.50
LANCETTO WON 14-1 = £43.75
DELL ARCA -£5.00
Total = £38.44

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