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Defined is the clear form pick of those with experience and sets a good standard, but there are some interesting newcomers lurking, notably KING OF TOMORROW, and Charlie Appleby’s colt gets the vote. Stablemate Al Nayyir, Gloucestershire and Fleurman are other debutants with the potential to play a part and are worth monitoring in the betting.
The market should help split John Gosden’s pair, who are both returning from a break after making their debuts in the summer. Aureum having finished lame when turned over at a short price at Kempton and Waldfabel having shaped nicely in splitting two subsequent winners behind the useful Gold Wand at Newbury.
Calculus could turn out a shrewd buy at just 1,000gns, but he may be better off in handicaps in due course. GREEN PLANET, who shaped well at Wolverhampton late last month, gets the nod.
Just pipped on her nursery debut last Tuesday, DUBAI TIGRESS can only look well treated off the same mark – especially with the return to this trip in her favour. Decadent, who’s been dropped 2lb, is a danger switched from cheekpieces to blinkers, as is Youllovemewheniwin, who’s back up in distance having been well supported on his nursery debut last month.
Compass Point is much respected turned out under a penalty for his recent Southwell success and a case can be made for both Dusty Damsel and Brother In Arms too. However, MY LAW didn’t enjoy the rub of the green when fifth here last time and can capitalise on a good mark for her new yard.
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Freedom And Wheat and Madame Peltier take a rise in the handicap for recent wins but are sure to make their presence felt again, while multiple course and distance scorer Takeonefortheteam is always to be much respected round here.
But, PRIZE FIGHTING (NAP) signalled he’s ready to strike when an excellent runner-up to Takeonefortheteam after being hampered here last time and gets a confident verdict.
Tarroob is open to improvement, but she hit a flat spot before winning an uncompetitive 1m 2f novice at Chelmsford last time and she’ll need to be sharper back down in trip against some battle-hardened rivals.
Giuseppe Cassioli is weighted to turn things round with UZINCSO from three weeks ago here, on 2lbs better terms for a neck (World Title held in fourth), but the winner had a bit in reserve that night and can improve his record in C&D handicaps to 4-4.
Both Central City and Renardeau could easily bounce back, while C&D winner Twpsyn is weighted to go close. However, CULTURE has proved admirably consistent here this autumn and is taken to register a third course success, as well as a first for his new trainer.
Several trainers are looking to break long losing runs, notably Anthony Carson (360 days), whose Burning Sun hasn’t had much luck of late and holds leading claims otherwise, and John Spearing (four months), whose Cool Strutter has been responsible for the yard’s only two wins all year.
Essaka is an obvious candidate on his latest Bath second off 4lb higher, but most wins have come in the summer and he’s 0-15 on the all-weather. The vote goes to KALIMOTXO, who’s done better for the visor going on and is up to winning if more amenable in the preliminaries.
Now rated 20lbs lower than for his comeback in the summer, URBAN HIGHWAY offered more last time after a slow start and looks ready to take advantage of a sliding mark. Charles Le Brun is an obvious danger, along with Jungle Boogaloo, who did much better for her new yard last time at a bigger price, and the lightly raced Whistling Sands in a race in which few make any appeal.
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