I was hoping to go to town on the Sandown card, but it was abandoned on Friday afternoon. So let’s concentrate on Lingfield and Newcastle.
There should be no problems on the polytrack at Lingfield – where the 1m 4f handicap is the feature event. The most interesting horse is Energia Eros, who has been running in Group One races in Brazil, but it’s impossible to tip him on his UK debut.
Usually backing something in stall 13 would put me off. But I have a feeling MODERNSTONE (2.35pm) will actually benefit from being hung out wide. His style is to be dropped out the back and come home fast. That tactic is easier to execute from an outside box. Lightly raced, sure to stay and open to improvement, he should run well
Earlier on the all-weather card I’ll be stunned if ANGLO IRISH (12.50pm) doesn’t deliver. John Gosden’s horses at this time of year in these types of races tend to be different class, and he ran well on his debut over a mile at Kempton. The step up to 1m 2f should help.
Fans of the jumping game should look to Newcastle – where the 3m Handicap Chase is the main event.
The one to have a few quid on is GWLADYS STREET (1.40 pm). This seven-year-old stays strong and acts on heavy ground – which is good news!
He is also at the right end of the handicap with just 10st 7lb on his back which is another plus in what are bound to be testing conditions.
Rain. It’s such a pain. Before long Paddy will be putting up markets on the amount of rainfall at tracks. Remember that was my idea – you hear me Paddy?
So Happy New Year everyone. Let’s make Paddy have an awful 2014. Yeeehaaa!