CHRISTMAS ANTE POST
As we approach the Christmas break I thought it would be only right to look at the Ante-post races coming up from a Boxing Day onwards. It’s sure to be enthralling stuff!
Rowland Meyrick 26th December – Wetherby (WANDRIN STAR)
Price 7/1 Paddy Power
A race which will cut up with a lot entered in the Gerrard Silver cup at Ascot today. Looks a perfect opportunity for this horse to chance its arm at a graded prize. Was always going to be a staying chaser and is now putting it together for Kim Bailey. A wide margin defeat of Fleminport at Bangor last time was impressive and foot perfect nothing could get near. That was his first try in a handicap and still looks relatively treated in this. Should get a nice racing weight at a track the trainer has reaped rewards at in the past.
King George Chase 26th December – Kempton (POLITOLOGUE)
Price 5/1 Coral
Was pressed all the way by CHARBEL last time out but was only ever doing enough to win and I don’t feel was ever going to lose that race disputes the seconds persistent challenge close to home. Such a gutsy horse who travels and battles, and with the step up in trip likely to suit he should be a real contender for a yard who know how to win a King George.
Paddy Power Future Champion Novice Hurdle 27th December – Leopardstown (TORNADO FLYER)
Price 7/2 888bet
One from my book I am very excited about. Won his maiden with minimum fuss and with ease. I have backed this horse Ante Post for the Ballymore at 14/1. Listen, the Mullins team have a real powerhouse with this horse, straight after the Champion Bumper last year he went into my notebook as I believe he was the best in that race and would certainly make the best hurdler. I know it was only a maiden at Punchestown, but you had to be very impressed.
Welsh Grand National 27th December – Chepstow (ELEGANT ESCAPE)
Price 6/1 Bet365
I cannot hide my excitement to see this horse. It’s a bold statement in a to make in a national but I think this horse will take a lot of beating. I’ve been hoping this was the plan and it looks as though it is. This marathon distance should play into what he does best which is gallop and jump well. Last time stayed on dourly under a welterweight to grab second behind us surely Gold cup contender Sizing Tennessee. A Welsh National looks perfect for him, a stronger horse last year in all aspects of his game, the Tizzards know how to win one of these as last year proved and this horse looks a very similar profile to that winner.