Xmas is upon us and the Don will be glad to get in the car and set off to Ascot not just because it’s a high quality days racing but to avoid the shopping. I love the town we have made our home but Newmarket high street will be crazy today so it will make my visit to Berkshire all the more fun.
Going racing at Ascot this time of year can seem lonely given the vast size of the place but I expect a good crowd today and so there should be given the quality on offer. Starting at 12.45 it’s good racing all the way till we get to the big race which closes proceedings The Ladbroke handicap hurdle. Now Ladbrokes can be a bit dare one say careful on prices but they have dug deep on the old sponsorship fund and this race has attracted all the top yards chasing a pot of pre xmas gold.
The Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson has targeted this race and sends out two of the more fancied runners in Chatterbox and Rolling Star. Stable jock Barry Geraghty has chosen Rolling Star which has to be significant you would think but in the last 48 hours there have been lorry loads of cash for the stables other horse Chatterbox ridden by David Bass. Dismiss this mob at your peril but I’m looking elsewhere.
My top Northern Mole tells me there is strong confidence behind the Malton trained Totalize who was such a promising novice last year and Ascot should suit his style of running. He has to run a big race but the one I just favour and our Xmas Saturday cracker is coming over from Ireland and is trained by the shrewdies shrewdie Willie Mullins.
City Slicker comes here on a roll after winning his last two races and has the benefit of sports personality third AP Mccoy on board. It’s fitting that in the latter stages of his career AP is starting to be recognised by the wider sporting public. Lets take the 10/1 with Betvictor and back City Slicker each way for a pre xmas gamble.
3.35 Ascot – City Slicker 10/1 (Betvictor) – Each Way Bet
I hope all readers of the column have a great xmas, I will be heading to Kempton on Boxing Day for the King George where I have got some monster punts planned. Join my private service and finish 2013 with a bang and make 2014 your best year ever. The proof of the pudding is in the record, you get what it says on the tin with the Don. Not many can make this game actually pay but I do and my members do. There are no shortcuts just discipline, determination and the best contacts in racing.
Enjoy the festivities and as always Trust in the Don.
Back next Saturday… Fatter, Richer and ready for the New Year!!!
The Gambling Don