I want to evade the mainstay of the weekend action at Ascot and see if we can unearth a sexy little Lucky 15 to help pay for those goose-fat roasties and an enormous turkey.
Let’s start at the very beginning and a young horse that has simply been crying out for a test of stamina.
Neil Mulholland sends only two of his charges all the way up to Newcastle and INDIAN BRAVE 12.05pm will take in the opening staying novice hurdle.
His running style suggests he needs all of three and a half miles, but with his amateur partner taking 7lbs off, our first selection will receive a mighty 13lbs from the penalised Ascot winner Kimberlite Candy. Enough said.
PINZOLO finally returns to the type of race and a handicap mark that matches his talent in the Lingfield 12.15.
Last time out behind Battalion, he ran way too freely and the 1m 2f trip was very much on the sharp side. Compensation awaits here at the main expense of Barye.
PEMBA had no chance against Top Notch at Warwick last month, but Fergal O’Brien has set her sights a deal lower for the 1.45 at Newcastle and everything looks in her favour to open her chasing account at the second time of asking.
And to complete the quartet, pencil in the name of PHAROH JAKE in the finale at Lingfield at 3.40pm as our price horse in this multiple bet.
A rapidly run five furlongs is his domain and the make-up of the race in his favour with so many front runners/pressers in the field. Expect the veteran to be mowing down his younger rivals as they sling shot into the home stretch.
Good luck & I’l be back with an ante-post look at the races over Christmas next week.