Diary: November 29 2014



12.20 It is hard to gauge how good A Doll in Milan is but she has done nothing wrong thus far and it might be worth taking on the favourite with this unexposed type.

1.20 Bobcatbilly has a good strike rate over fences and both trip and going should suit. He could also be leniently treated.

2.25 World Hurdles winner More of That should win this on the ratings. He could just be vulnerable to the race fit improver Cole Harden and I feel the latter could represent the value.

3.00 Rocky Creek is a model of consistency and finished runner up in this race last season. He deserves respect here but the fact that he is 5lbs worse off this year and that his main aim this season looks like being the Grand National persuades my to look elsewhere.

Smad Place won the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March. He goes well fresh, acts on any ground and has won here twice. Fingal Bay I another Cheltenham Festival winner albeit over hurdles. His last effort over fences ended badly at Exeter but he has the class and is another serious contender. The going should not be a problem. Irish challenger Djakadam looks a worthy favourite and is potentially very well handicapped. The other one I would give a mention to is Merry King who was 5th last season and who ran well at Ascot last time out. Smad Place is my selection.

3.35 I am going for an outsider here in Next Sensation.


1.05 Definitely Red and Chidswell look the main contenders. Slight preference is for the former.

2.05 Aurore D’Estruval

3.15 Sir Vinski


1.25 Fine Article


2.15 Monbeg Theatre

Diary: November 22 2014



12.25 Pleasant Company

2.05 Rajdhani Express

3.15 Bellanos

3.50 No No Manolito

Gowran Park

3.20 Don Poli


2.25 This looks to be between Trustan Times, Volnay de Thaix and Katkeau. Volnay de Thaix just gets the nod.

3.00 Taquin Du Seuil is just preferred to Cue Card and Dynaste