Sunday 19th December

A disappointing day yesterday when potential beat proven form hands down in the 2 big races.
It may be worth excusing both Vintage Clouds and Sams Adventure slightly on the basis both were pulled up and were found to have lost front shoes (Vintage Clouds both) in the sticky ground but that should not take away from the excellent runs of the victor and place horses. Notachance ran a much better race as suggested and may have grabbed a bit of shrapnel with anyone using Sky (won't be counted of course). At Ascot Grand Sancy disappointed and Checkitout just missed a place where the shrapnel horse (Jerrysback) grabbed a place, but overall has to be seen as a very poor day at the Office.
There is NH at Fakenham and AW in the UK today and an NH Card at Thurles where Sean will have a tilt at the long distance Chase.
The sport takes the customary 3 days off on the 23rd / 24th and 25th as will we and from the 26th (Boxing Day) it's a cracking week to look forward to. We'll see what's value over the next 3 days as usual and in the meantime over to Sean.