Completely happy Chris-mas! I’m delighted to be beginning a brand new weekly column for Solar Racing.
With the Cheltenham Pageant simply across the nook, there’s no higher time to speak horses – let’s hope I can bag you some winners.
Racing is my past love and Prestbury Park is my second dwelling.
There’s nothing just like the roar of the gang, the luck of the Irish and the joy of the ultimate, stamina-sapping hill.
I’ve been going to the course ever since I may stroll and I can’t anticipate Trials Day on Saturday.
It’s a cracking afternoon that basically will get my juices flowing forward of the large one in March, and, as ever, there are many clues on present.
Santini is prone to go off favorite within the Cotswold Chase however I’ve at all times cherished SLATE HOUSE.
One in all Colin Tizzard’s many stars, he regarded to have the BetVictor Gold Cup wrapped up when cruising into it in November – solely to hit the deck on the second-last.
He’s a very proficient chaser who bowls alongside and jumps like a dream, so this step into open firm shouldn’t be an excessive amount of of an issue and I reckon he can notch a fourth win of the season.
Bristol De Mai is the most important hazard however I anticipate Colin Tizzard’s chaser to be too good.
Chris's Cheltenham Crackers
2.25 Slate Home
3.00 Harry Senior
3.35 Paisley Park
Within the Ballymore Trial, I’m with group Tizzard as soon as once more.
HARRY SENIOR is a horse going locations and he ought to reverse kind with the thrilling Sporting John.
I used to be down at Exeter when the 2 took one another on and I knew that day each could be very stylish varieties sooner or later.
Sporting John had slightly bit an excessive amount of gasoline for Harry Senior that day however the best way by which Tizzard’s horse has improved suggests to me he’s the one to catch now.
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Final however not least, it’s the Cleeve Hurdle!
PAISLEY PARK is already 5-Four for the Stayers’ Hurdle on the Thursday of the Cheltenham Pageant and if he wins this he’s certain to go odds-on.
Emma Lavelle’s stamina machine is a correct crowd favorite and I anticipate him to strut his stuff on Saturday earlier than taking up the large one in March.