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Winning return for Nico?

With the abandonment of Chepstow yesterday, we are left with the one jumps meeting at Catterick. The going at the North Yorkshire track is Soft and Good to Soft in places. A dry day with light winds is forecast.

Two races to quickly look at:


Pam Sly sends Walsingham Grange north and he sets the form standard.

Conditions are fine for him and I expect a prominent ride from Kielan Woods.

5/4 on my tissue which is just about in line with the market.


Pam Sly


Treaty Girl jumps well, with latest second at Newbury on new year’s eve giving her a solid chance here.

Jockey Nico de Bonville takes the ride after a three month absence following a broken arm sustained at Cheltenham. I make Treaty Girl 9/4 to provide him with a comeback winner.

Treaty Girl


Plenty to go at tomorrow with cards from Sandown, Wetherby and Musselburgh.

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Festival Membership

Since we lost the meetings at Lingfield and Ayr earlier in the week, the slight ease in the ground has permitted a full racing programme to go ahead in the past few days.

Today Catterick report their going to be Good to Soft whilst the more exposed Chepstow is again on heavy ground.

Not much inspiration from today’s cards. One race to look at is the 3.25 at Catterick. Irish import Just Georgie was noted as one Sue Smith could progress after two good showings in points.

Ran a decent second behind a long odds-on favourite on Boxing Day at Sedgefield. Will appreciate the better ground and is expected to figure today.

4/1 on my tissue and just a half point above that at present.

Bristol De mai
Bristol De Mai on the gallops

Tomorrow we have Tea For Two and Bristol De Mai  in opposition at Sandown. I will take an in-depth look on tomorrow’s blog post. Going conditions may be affected by the heavy rainfall forecast overnight.

3/1 winner yesterday made it seven winners from the last nine bets. Momentum is building as we head towards the Cheltenham Festival.

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Champions Day

Six races from Ascot on Channel 4 tomorrow on Champions Day, starting from 12.45 with the Group 2 Long Distance Cup.

This 2 miler attracts some of the best from both the flat and National hunt. Willie Mullins sends over three horses from his County Carlow yard including Cheltenham Festival winner Wicklow Brave.

Leading the market are last years’ winner Forgotten Rules, trained by Dermot Weld and Brian Meehan’s Agent Murphy. The latter taking on this extended distance for the first time.

There are a few running tomorrow who have done us some favours this season, Gm Hopkins and Twilight Son spring readily to mind.

Gm Hopkins edges out Temptress to give us a 12/1 victory in the Royal Hunt Cup
Gm Hopkins edges out Temptress to give us a 12/1 victory in the Royal Hunt Cup

The rest of tomorrow’s fixtures contain a flat meeting at Catterick plus three jumps cards.

It is going to be a long hard evening and morning of study plus collating information from various sources.

Back tomorrow with the regular Saturday preview.