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.
 
SON
PINEAU DE RE = – £5.00
STORM SURVIVOR = -£5.00
EMPERORS CHOICE = – £5.00
CHRIS PEA GREEN = £7.50.
Total = -£7.50
 
FATHER
LANCETTO WON 14-1 = £43.75
TARTAK UNPLACED = – £5.00
HOUBLON DES OBEAUX WON 6-4 = £4.69
DELL ARCA -£5.00
Total = £38.44

Father 1 Son 0
 

Charlie Hall Chase

Today sees the return of the jumping season. Am I looking forward to it, just a bit! My all time favourite horse, Tidal Bay, goes again aswell. The picture above is of him winning the Lexus Chase last year under an awesome ride from Ruby Walsh. There are some cracking races today and some old favourites and some potential new stars in the offering. This is what racing is all about!
If you're having a bet, good luck, and whatever happens lets hope all these favourites of ours get round in one piece. The Charlie Hall Chase is always the grand curtain raiser, today I'm not having a bet in the race as I think the up and coming horses have alot to find with Long Run, especially on softer ground.
 
CHRIS PEA GREEN 1445 ASCOT (NAP) – (2nd – 8-1) this horse is a potential huge improver this year and he ran very well behind Our Conor in the Triumph at Chletenham, despite not having a smooth run. He is a horse I will follow closely and with the conditions being a bit softer I think it will play to his strengths even more. COURT MINSTREL is a class horse and I backed him both times when winning las year, he is one to follow but I think the ground will be against him today, he needs genuine good ground in my opinion and I don't think he'll get it today.
 
ROLLING ACES 1505 DOWN ROYAL (NB) (WON – 9-4) Paul Nichols has an awesoem record in this race and I think my selection will win again for him. He ran some excellent races last year and his form with OPENING BATSMAN is strong despite him being pipped by his rival at Kempton. He has been targetted for this race and should deliver
 
TIDAL BAY 1500 WETHERBY (TREBLE) – (WON – 11-4) what a horse this guy is, and a real character too. Paul Nicholls has really got the best out of him and he won this race last year off the same mark. He went on to have an incredile season over the timber and compounded my fondness of him. At the weights he would have had a difficult time against AT FISHERS CROSS, however, now that foe is a non runner he has every chance of repeating his success. Win or lose I don't care, he's owes me nothing.
 
OPENING BATSMAN 1520 ASCOT – (PU) another horse that owes me nothing after winning at Kempton last year when I napped him on this blog. That was a smooth performance and there was alot to like. He is another horse with a big future and I think you can forget his run at Aintree towards the end of last year. He was tired, Aintree is a specialist course and BATTLE GROUP made it a ferocious pace which meant my boy had to be niggled along and he son faded. Today should be more smooth and pedestrian and his is a massive price considering ROLLING ACES is 2-1 fav for the Powers Irish Whiskey Chase.
 
FAIRY RAITH 1410 ASCOT – (unplaced) won here and at Haydock towards the end of last season and has very strong form in the book, including a defeat of CONQUISTO who franked the form last week under AP. Has lots of things in his favour and should run a big race.
 
SWIFTLY DONE 1420 NEWMARKET – (4th – 20-1) my old mate Declan Carroll sends a few to headquarters and he has a decent record there. My selection is running a pound below his last winning mark and cries out for soft/heavy ground. He has that today and could run a big race.
 
TULLIUS 1530 NEWMARKET (3rd – 7-2) I was really disappointed with his run when I napped him on here the other week, he obviously needed it. Let's hope today he shows his true colours, SOVEREIGN DEBT helped the form of his last success when running well in defeat the other week at Doncaster. Has to run better today!
 
PRINCE DE BEAUCHENE 1430 DOWN ROYAL – (3rd – 7-1) this guy was favourite for the National before injuring himself and I cannot believe he is 12-1 for this race, yes there are a few others that are well treated, but he has class and 3 miles in yielding ground is right up his street.
 
FINESSE 1600 NEWMARKET (unplaced) I watched this filly win well at Warwick earlier in the year, she has good form on quicker ground but also has won on soft. She was thrown in the deep end last time out in a Listed contest and drops back to Class 4 this time. She may be forgotten, but I haven't!
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 43/213 = 20.2%
Wins 179/1095 = 16.3%
Placed 284/1095 = 25.9%

Win and Placed = 42.3%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£61.83