It’s Christmas and Chelsea are top of the pile and one has to say it’s well deserved. Man City look the only logical challengers but they will have to keep their full squad fit if they are to run the Pensioners close.
I suppose you could class John Terry as a pensioner in footballing terms but he is playing out of his skin. He is the type of guy you would want in the trenches next to you as he will run through a brick wall and at the same time you will know he is not round your house chatting up your wife.
We have no racing until Boxing Day but then a couple of days of superb jumping at Kempton with the highlight the King George.
I’m going to be backing Cue Card from the Tizzard yard. He ran an honourable 2nd last year behind Silvinianco Conti but I believe he might be able to reverse the placings this year.
After Kempton we can start counting down the days to Cheltenham in March. The one thing I’m really hoping for on the jumping scene is that come the big festival that both Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy both get to run in the Queen Mother Chase as it will in my opinion be the best jumping event since Arkle took on Mill House many years ago.
We had another winner last week with The Young Master although he didnt take a lot of finding.
Keep Kicking trainer S.Dow – Just found one too good in Planetoid at Lingfield and he can pick up a staying race on the polytrack.
Opera Buff trainer J.Santos – Ran in the same race as the above leading into the straight and a drop in trip seems sensible.
Planetoid trainer J.Best – He is on a winning streak and there is no reason it can’t continue.
Baine trainer J.Eustace – He made a slow start which is something you can’t get away with at Southwell and with a better break next time he should go close.
La Reve trainer Lucy Wadham – Ran a super race behind The Young Master only receiving a few pounds and I’m sure he can frank the form.
Back next Wednesday but in the mean time I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas.