Happy 2018 from Nigel and all at the yard though it is a quiet time for the stable stars who were in the main in action over the Christmas period and are now having a well-deserved rest before a look at the Cheltenham trials on their way to the Festival proper in March, which is sneaking up rapidly. All are reported to be in rude health, including Blaklion who is unlikely to race again until after the weights for the Grand National at Aintree in April are published.
Nigel’s Charity Bet
As always, we’ve given Nigel a £25 charity bet to place on a horse of his choice – and this week it will be on……
Double Ross Each Way 3.00pm Sandown Saturday
“I have both Double Ross and Benbens in here but the stable favourite looks likely to be the better suited to the heavy ground we are all expecting. As I have said before I do like targetting these veteran chases when I have the right ammunition, and as he has won off three pounds higher in the past I am pretty hopeful of a decent run today, though it is a tough weekend and nothing comes with a guarantee.”
If Double Ross wins or places, we’ll donate the winnings to the Injured Jockeys Fund!
Templehills 3.20pm Chepstow
“I will be interested to see how he gets on this afternoon on his first run of the season but I can tell you he is in really good form at home, and I am adding a tongue strap for the first time to see if that helps him finish his races. He has plenty of time to improve further at the age of seven and I expect to get a few more wins out of him though like most of my horses this weekend, this is competitive and I’ll settle for a place if necessary.”
Good Boy Bobbie 3.55pm Chepstow
“The son of Flemensfirth is one of my best bumper horses and has improved at home after his winning debut over course and distance which he won by a nose after a slow start when running on strongly to get up at the last moment. He will have learned plenty from that and looks even better on the home gallops and although he has to carry a winner’s penalty here against some very smart opponents, I still expect him to run a huge race with Sam in the saddle again this afternoon.”
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