Diary: November 28 2015

The main event tomorrow is the Hennessy Gold Cup, the 3.00 at Newbury. 8 of the last 10 winners have carried more than 11 stone. Two that fit that category this year are Saphir du Rheu and The Druids Nephew. The former was runner up in the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and went on to win a Grade 1 novice chase at Aintree. The Druid’s Nephew won a competitive handicap at the Cheltenham Festival last season and was running a big race in the Grand National before falling in slightly unlucky fashion. Of those further down the weights I will give a mention to Ned Stark, a winner at this meeting last year who also won a decent race at Wetherby. He has already run this season, at Ascot, and that should put his right for tomorrow.

Saphir du Rheu is the selection with the other two mentioned next best. Smad Place who was 5th last season is another to consider.

1.15 La Vaticane is my other Newbury selection.

Diary: November 27 2015

We had mixed fortunes at Newbury today. A couple of fallers in the novice chase, a couple of odds on winners and a 7/1 winner in the bumper.


12.25 Alan King has won this race a couple of times in recent years. He saddles Ardamir this time, a winner over hurdles in France. He carries a penalty for that win but is a scopey sort and I will burden him with my selection. The Paul Nicholls runner looks the danger.

2.05 Three Musketeers and Zeroshadesofgrey were both beaten favourites last time out but both showed promise. My selection is Three Musketeers with a small saver on Zeroshadesofgrey.

3.15 Champers on Ice has the best form credentials and has to be the selection. Minella Awards is a horse with considerable potential and any market move in his direction should not be ignored.

3.45 Wait for me has impressive bumper form and should go well over hurdles. He is the selection. At a bigger price Bun Doran looks interesting.


12.15 Billy Biscuit.

Diary: November 26 2015


12.30 This is an intriguing contest that could revolve around Modus and See the World. Modus, representing the Paul Nicholls stable is flat bred but has very solid form in bumpers, being placed twice in Grade 1 races. He has also already won over timber at Taunton for which he has an 8 lbs penalty. See the World was hugely impressive when winning a bumper at Wincanton last season on his only start. The selection has to be Modus but See the World could just be very special.

1.35 Unowwhatimeanharry, a recent Cheltenham winner, is my selection.

2.10 Beast of Burden was going like a winner when unseating at Chepstow and should go close given a clear round. Value at Risk is a course winner and was 5th in the Albert Bartlett. It is hard to choose between the two but I will go for Value at Risk.

2.45 Chosen Well handles the ground, goes well fresh and comes from last season’s winning stable.

3.50 Fly du Charmil and Royalzaro are point to point winners. Preference is for the former.