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Matt Chapman exclusive: This 14/1 shot could be a Classic each-way bet

by Matt Chapman | January 10, 2014

I’ve hit the crossbar and banged my head against the post in the process the last two weeks and I’ve not enjoyed it.

Paddy knows just how a hangover feels – and that’s what I have felt like. But it is with a renewed urge we go to war this weekend and I’m gunning for Paddy’s cash once again.

You hear me Paddy?

Let’s start with the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Kempton. The one to be on here is David Pipe’s former top bumper horse THE LIQUIDATOR (1.35pm).

He’ll go off in front and while a more testing course would be ideal I really feel he can get most of these off the bridle before turning for home.

Of course this is a field of young, progressive horses. But I feel The Liquidator will take all the beating.

The big handicap of the day is the Lanzarote Hurdle and I fancy IF IN DOUBT (2.40pm) will prove a tough nut to crack.

I was at Towcester when he won on his seasonal debut. He still ran green there and would have won hard held but for hitting the front too soon. He’s gone up 8lb which looks lenient to me. He could be chucked in and AP McCoy rides.


At Warwick  Willie Mullins’ Irish raider RATHVINDEN (3pm) looks the one to beat in the Grade 2 novice hurdle. He could hardly have been more impressive in two bumpers and a maiden hurdle at Cork. This is a step up in class but he will love the conditions.

Grand National Trial

Finally, the marathon Classic Chase at Warwick (3.35pm) will be an absolute lung buster. I’m going to have a little bit on two of them namely the progressive VESPER BELL who should start favourite. But Cheltenham hero SAME DIFFERENCE appeals at a double-digit price in this Grand National trial.

Both go in the mud and both stay the distance. Vesper Bell has to bounce back from a fall at Aintree while Same Difference has to put two poor runs behind him this season.

Have a fabulous weekend and let’s hope we bounce back to form. I’ll be watching on from Punchestown and Navan where I’m looking forward to two days of Irish racing. Yeeehaaa!

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