With Kempton and hopefully Chepstow holding back the tide of abandonments, the Lanzarote Hurdle and Welsh National are the feature races on Saturday as the words Cheltenham and Festival are heard even more frequently as the year turns.
‘Mighty’ Matt Chapman starts the year in red-hot form after a 127/1 treble last weekend, top jock Ruby Walsh is rested & refreshed and our secretive trader will shortly emerge blinking into the daylight of racing podcasts. Add to that a swaggering Turftalk ‘I’m staff now, baby’ Tom trawling through the form book and you look in safe hands. Hopefully.
With all four still undaunted in their New Year’s resolutions to bring you more winners, Saturday’s card will soon show who’s the ITV of the TV tipsters or who ends up as CH4.