What a time we had last weekend, with two double-digit winners as part of a 127/1 treble. Paddy was absolutely in bits threatening me with the sack!
But I’m here for you, not Paddy, but I told him to work off the Christmas pies. But you are only as good as your last tremendous winner – so let’s kick on.
I want to start at Chepstow with the Welsh National 1.45pm – which hopefully will survive the weather. The one I like to make a splash in the mud is the 2013 hero MOUNTAINOUS for the in-form Kerrie Lee stable. He’s not 5lb lower than the mark he landed this event off, and should be hard to keep out of the frame after a fine effort at Sandown last time.
It’s the Grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow over an extended 2m at 2.20pm, and I like ADRIEN DU PONT who ran well in defeat for Paul Nicholls at Cheltenham last time. This contest looks winnable.
On the same card, the 3m handicap chase and the one to have a few quid on each-way here is JENNYS SURPRISE, trained by Fergal O’Brien who stays really well in heavy ground.
We end at Chepstow with the 2m 4f handicap chase at 3.25pm. Colin Tizzard’s FOURTH ACT gets some weight from one or two of the big guns and he stays well and acts on heavy ground. He should run well.
We start at Kempton with a Listed Chase (2pm) over 2m 5f, and I want to be on WISHFUL THINKING for Philip Hobbs. He should bounce out and make all.
The Lanzarote Hurdle (2.35pm) is much tougher, but have a few quid each-way on WESTERN WARRIOR, who hacked up for Richard Newland last time. There are better fancied horses, but he might go well at decent odds.
We did some serious damage to Paddy in the last two races last weekend and I like SHANGANI (3.10pm) each-way selection for Venetia Williams while HOLLYWOOD ALL STAR (3.45pm) is a much-improved performer for Graeme McPherson.
Off a low weight he could go close.
So best of luck. I’ve gone for muddy horses as we get down and dirty for some more Yeeehaaas!