Wednesday 24th November

It's rarely the case that a moderate Handicap Chase in Ireland becomes such a hot topic as the 12.30 at Punchestown did yesterday. A plunge horse backed as if it couldn't lose (and not the first time for the horse or the yard) wins by the proverbial mile, with what could be seen as a pace setter the only other horse in the race seemingly interested in racing. We'll leave it to the conspiracy theorists to debate. The bottom line is that we didn't find the winner but providing you got on with the majority of those bookies who paid odds to 5th, a 5th place SP of 12/1 on Four Country Roads was something of a "get out of jail free" card on the day.
There are small fields over Jumps at Wetherby and Hereford today and AW at Dundalk and Kempton. The Kempton Card has a decent C1 race and a lot of 2 year old races so we'll have a bash at a competitive C5 Handicap at 6.45 with our AW (Northern Turf expert) starting what could be a busy spell IF the snow and cold weather comes in as forecast. One thing is for sure NH Tracks need some form of rain or snow pretty quickly as many good horses are being denied runs and in some cases Trainers are struggling to use grass gallops that are just too firm to risk their horses on.