Racing this New Year's Day
It is New Year's Day and Monday’s racing and it’s the usual Bank Holiday mix with no abandoned meetings just yet despite the recent weather and with heavy going in evidence at most tracks stamina and guts will be the order of the day.
As you may have noticed I am a big fan and friend of Nigel Twiston-Davies, and he has a very decent novice chaser in Ballyandy who looks a spot of value at Cheltenham in the Dipper Chase at 1.25pm. It is a class contest and he cannot be seen as a good thing by any means, but he has the build to be even better over fences than he was over hurdles, and if he runs to his potential and not to his form, he could surprise them all this afternoon.
Dan Skelton’s Red Rising looks a decent recruit from the point to point field and could take some stopping over the three miles at 2.35pm though his last win should not be taken at face value with his major challengers falling by the wayside at Southwell. He is improving with experience and could well win this though he has an added ten ponds and this could be his last chance in a handicap for some time if put up any further.
Lastly, its back to Nigel for Kingfothecotswolds each way in the bumper at 3.45pm. A good looking son of Arcadio, he seems sure to improve considerably for his debut fourth at Wincanton when backed as if defeat was not an option. Although his supporters burned their fingers that day, a recovery mission is on the card so expect a bit of a punt again this afternoon.
Lastly, this is my big chance to wish you a Happy New Year with lots of winners – as always I will try to help you out with that with the Cheltenham Festival sneaking up on us slowly!
Ballyandy 1.25pm Cheltenham
Red Rising 2.35pm Cheltenham
Kingfothecotswolds each-way 3.45pm Cheltenham