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Month: December 2019

Paddy Power Handicap Chase (Fairlawne Chase – Grade 3): Ex Patriot Far Too Big in Fairlawne

Paddy Power Handicap Chase (Fairlawne Chase – Grade 3): Ex Patriot Far Too Big in Fairlawne

2.00 Cheltenham We’re looking to get 2020 off to the best possible start with a win in the Fairlawne Chase, as it was once known, and with just twelve of them declared this time our job has in theory been made easier than it should have been. Still, we needed to whittle the field down as we do and we’ve come up with what we think are better half of the declared runners, all six of the below runners standing…

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Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Arthur’s a Punter’s Gift In Welsh National

Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Arthur’s a Punter’s Gift In Welsh National

2.50 Chepstow Given its twenty-two fences, 3¾ miles and a whole load of closely handicapped runners, the Welsh Grand National takes a great deal of winning and that is as true for punters as it is for owners, trainers and jockeys. This £150,000 spectacular is one of the genuine highlights of Christmas racing and while we could have probably genuinely pinpointed at least a dozen horses who would have had a theoretical winning chance at the earlier declaration stages, we’ve…

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Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed Race): Back Jerry in Ascot’s Silver Cup

Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed Race): Back Jerry in Ascot’s Silver Cup

3.00 Ascot Just ten are due to go to post for this year’s Silver Cup, all of them at a glance holding some sort of each-way chance in the race.  Given big weights, the need for a different track layout or ground and a lack of improvement however we’ve managed to lose five of them leaving a shortlist of five for the £100,000 contest. The ground is set to be heavy at Ascot meaning this will take some getting, but…

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Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Skelton’s in Pole Position to Land Saturday Feature

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Skelton’s in Pole Position to Land Saturday Feature

1.55 Cheltenham This year’s renewal is a typically competitive race, but a few have great profiles and some are well-handicapped, leading us to our six-runner shortlist:  Brelan D’As Having been rerouted from his intended two-mile target after racing was cancelled on the Friday, Brelan D’As ran a blinder over this 2½-mile trip when second in the BetVictor Gold Cup last month and it seems he’s found his niche. However, as good as he was that day and with potential further…

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Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3): We’re Sweet on Candy in the Becher Chase

Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3): We’re Sweet on Candy in the Becher Chase

1.30 Aintree The Becher Chase, run over the Grand National fences of course, is one of the country’s favourite staying handicap chases and with 18 runners declared this year’s renewal looks like being a real cracker. Naturally this is competitive, however we’ve whittled the field down to what we think are the six standouts in the field with the selection looking to have a bit of weight in hand. Ballydine With just seven chases under his belt so far, there…

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