October was a mega payday for Power Naps customers with 61 points profit in the back pocket, front pocket, side pocket and under the baseball cap.
Stand by for a very special offer coming your way on Power Naps that will help warm those Winter blues with plenty of lovely National Hunt crackers. The key to winning at the Winter game is to know the stables in form as I wrote last Thursday. This is so much more important than the flat as there are less trainers over the sticks so a smaller pool to keep an eye on.
This weekend is the excellent two day meeting at Wetherby culminating in the Charlie Hall on Saturday. The Charlie Hall is the first serious chase of the new season and the big guns will be out in force and the Ante Post market is already strong. Everyone seems to want to be on Paul Nicholl’s trained Silvianoco Conte who is 9/4 with many of the books. He is a talented second season chaser alright and is probably best caught fresh but for me this is a case of bookies running scared of the trainer rather than pricing up on form. There are some seriously good chasers in this race and there is no way this horse should be 9/4.
The mercurial Diamond Harry is an attractive proposition at 8/1 because he is certainly best fresh and seems to deteriorate quickly after but on his day he is top top class.
Nicky Henderson trains Master of the Hall who on his day is a solid if unspectacular chaser but one I could see getting a place at least so at 12/1 I wouldn’t put you off having a bit on him and Diamond Harry each way rather than walloping a very bad value fave.
I couldn’t let today’s column go without mentioning the retirement of Kauto Star yesterday. It’s always sad when an a superstar bows out but we all felt when Ruby pulled him up in the Gold Cup that the end of the line was here. My lasting memory of Kauto won’t be his Gold Cup Triumphs to be honest like Dessie before him I think he hated the place but of him in the paddock at Kempton for his second King George win when I was lucky enough to be in attendance. He sauntered into the paddock before and was walking round waiting for Ruby to receive his final instructions. He casually looked round as if to say do you lot actually think you can give me a race here? In reality they didn’t and Ruby had one scare at the last when the horse decided not to jump but sauntered home. Three miles at pace round Kempton is gruelling and those behind were blowing like mad afterwards but Kauto literally looked like he could go round again! This is one special Chaser and his achievements in the king George will never be beaten, so have a good retirement Kauto, we will miss you!
Back next Thursday.