A few stats from the charity preview:
Age 7 to 9 – 9 out of 10
Christmas Hurdle at Kempton – Only 1 winner last 10 years
Ran in same calendar year – 9 out of 10
All ran in last 51 days
On these stats this leaves just Jezki and Arctic Fire. However, the final assessment in the preview leaves this as a duel between The New One and Faugheen, with Arctic Fire being the value option for each way backers.
Wicklow Brave finished 6th in last years Supreme Novices at Cheltenham and is fairly handicapped on that form.
He has been a disappointment since but it is of interest that connections are running him here.
Saint Raph had the race won when being left clear at Wincanton.
Unexposed and one to keep onside.6/1-13/2
Westward Point is returning from a lengthy absence.
He won well at Wetherby on his latest start and is fairly handicapped.
Big variation in prices offered 13/2-10/1.
Tap Night has been a disappointing horse but has become well handicapped. Stayed on when the race was over at Cheltenham on latest start. Steps up to 3 miles and is fitted with first time cheek-pieces. Is of interest at 10/1 generally. (11/1 with the sponsors)
Fox Appeal is running consistently well and still figures on a fair mark in the context of this race. The step back up in distance may suit and at 6/1 I would want to keep him “onside”.
Steve will again be raising much needed donations for the Lambourn Valley Housing Trust (Registered Charity No. 1049742). The Trust provide affordable homes for stable staff and their families.
Donations start from £25 for membership from Saturday 7th to Sunday 15th March, which includes all four days of the Festival.
All Special Charity memberships will include:
– Exclusive Cheltenham Preview
– Horses to follow directly from the Lambourn trainers
– Advance booking discount
You can pre-register now by either:
– Email Steve@slh.co.uk providing your full name and postal address
– Racing Office on 0208 650 5721
UPDATE: Four horses to follow at the Festival already received from Nicky Henderson. Register now and qualify for the advance booking discount.