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Sunday 28th December

Rein Man / Saturday 27th December 2014 / 17:28

Leopardstown 13.50

I can't wait to see Monksland back on a racecourse and it's strange to think he's still just a 7 year old who could have a brigt further ahead of him. He was last seen winning this race 2 years ago and would have finished closer than an 18 length 3rd in Simonsig's Neptune had he not been caught in a pocket then hampered 2 out. Yet to finish out of the top 3, he has proven his stamina in these conditions before whereas some of these have question marks in that department and 15/2 looks generous.

Monksland - 1pt e/w @ 15/2

Leopardstown 14.55

It's got to be Bob (Boston not Worth) for the Lexus. He didn't get the test he needs last time when the ground was quick enough over 2 and a half and didn't look fully wound up for seasonal bow at Down Royal. The excuses are mounting up but on his form at the end of last season he should probably be favourite for this. Bobs Worth might just need the run as he did on reappearance last term and Road To Riches might find this a different test to last time, for all he could be a reformed horse this term. A couple will not have appreciated the recent rain and Sam Winner doesn't have the tongue tie on, which is a head scratcher. Boston Bob at 11/2 looks the bet.

Boston Bob - 1pt @ 11/2

Leopardstown 12.50

Dara Tango is the obvious one for the 3 mile handicap hurdle but I do have slight concerns about the trip, enough to swerve at 7/2 in an open heat full of unexposed sorts. The 3 Tony Martin runners are all on the shortlist and the one worth backing could be outsider of the bunch Elishpour. He looks well treated off this mark and was a heavy ground winner in France. The step up in trip is an unknown and he is by Oasis Dream so there must be concerns but he has bundles of stamina on his dam's side and is worth support at 16/1.

Elishpour - 1pt e/w @ 16/1

I also like Horendus Hulabaloo at 12/1 who looks certan to want this far. A proper slogger, 3 miles in this ground should suit and I'm not sure he got the test he needs off just 2lb lower last time out.

Horendus Hulabaloo - 1pt e/w @ 12/1

Saturday 27th December

Rein Man / Saturday 27th December 2014 / 09:05

Leopardstown 13.20

Ballycasey is a fascinating runner back over 2 miles 1 tomorrow but I'm not desperate to take 3's. Stable companion Twinlight would be a surprise winner and he might be there to set a bit of a gallop for Balycasey (though I'm not convinced that's the case and he'll find something else going forward anyway). Either way, he is a Grade 2 winner who will relish the ground after yestaerday's rain. His inconsistency explains his price at 25/1 but on a going day he's not far off these and is too young to give up on yet.

Twinlight - 0.5pt e/w @ 25/1Won 15.63pt

Leopardstown 14.55

Main fancy for the Paddy Power is Wrong Turn. His last 2 wins came at the track and I'm sure he's better than this mark. The tongue tie goes on due to some poorer efforts of late but hopefully a return to the track will help. Yard form is a worry but 25/1 looks far too big. Also worth a nibble at the same price is Daring Article, though not as strong a fancy as Wrong Turn. He has run well here before and was travelling well in the race last year before coming down 6 out. Blinkers go on and, though there may be a few others better treated, I'm sure he has a big race in him somewhere along the line.

Wrong Turn - 1pt e/w @ 25/1Lost -2pt

Also worth a nibble at the same price is Daring Article, though not as strong a fancy as Wrong Turn. He has run well here before and was travelling well in the race last year before coming down 6 out. Blinkers go on and, though there may be a few others better treated, I'm sure he has a big race in him somewhere along the line.

Daring Article - 0.5pt e/w @ 25/1Lost -1pt

Chepstow 14.35

Shortlist for the Welsh National consists of Benvolio, Amigo, Midnight Prayer and Hawkes Point and preference is just for the latter at 11/1. There's lots to like about Sean Bowen, who claims 7lb, and the 2 teamed up here in the trial to finish a well held 3rd. This looks very much the plan though though and he's just 2lb higher than when beaten a head 12 months ago. He will strip fitter for the run last time and cheekpieces could just find him that little bit extra needed. I can't split the other 3 for a bet so will have to leave it there.

Hawkes Point - 1pt e/w @ 11/1Lost -2pt

Chepstow 15.10

Also at Chepstow, Renard is back in the race he won last year and his last 2 wins have come over this course and distance. The recent rain will have been a big plus, as he needs it testing at this trip, and 6/1 means he's a bit of a bet to nothing as he'll surely be involved. There's a couple that lke to go forward so he should get the test he needs and a 6lb higher mark than last year may not be enough to stop him.

Renard - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Placed 0.25pt

Kempton 13.40

Today is all about Balder Success and I can't see him beaten. He was so impressive at Aintree last year and can get his career back on tack this afternoon. He likes it here and will likely get a test given that Module and Special Tiara are not ones to hang about. He was disappointing in a poor Tingle Creek that was his for the taking but Wayne Hutchinson back, who has a great record on him, is a big plus and I'm willing to forgive him the run at Sandown. The recent rain will inconvenience others more than him and 9/4 is attractive enough.

Balder Success - 3pt @ 13/8Lost -3pt

Kempton 14.15

I backed Shangani over 2 miles at Cheltenham and thought he'd fare better than 6th when stepped back up to 2 and a half last time. Now thinking he's worth a try at 3 miles, he looks a nice bet today at 7/1. Loose Chips will be a danger if allowed his own way up top but that looks unlikely and Shangani saw out 2 and a half so well at Newbury in testing conditions that 3 miles here should suit. Cloudy Bob is also of interest back going this way round.

Shangani - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Placed 0.38pt

Boxing Day

Rein Man / Friday 26th December 2014 / 08:42

Kempton 15:10

Silviniaco Conti should add to the long list of multiple King George winners this afternoon. However, there are a few candidates at the prices that warrant a closer look. One must be Cue Card who will take this if in the same form as last year given today's better ground. I'm not sure he is quite the same however. Dynaste is so consistent, almost never out of the top 3, and may just come on for the run last time when 3rd in the Betfair. He hammered Al Ferof at Cheltenham, was just a few lengths behind today's favourite at Aintree, and yet can be back at 8/1. He pulled muscles in this last year but any doubts about him staying the trip should be dismissed. He won a heavy ground Feltham in a quicker time than Long Run won the main event a few races later. He stays, and he's been underestimated in first time cheekpieces.

Dynaste - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Placed 1pt

Kempton 13:25

Hopefully the ground will not be too soft for The Skyfarmer as, with a half decent surface, he's really well treated. I backed him over hurdles at Cheltenham last year off 10lb higher and he's a bigger price here for a lesser race. The worry is that his jumping hasn't been too slick on 2 starts but it was better last time and any improvement here gives him decent claims at 12/1. Also on the list are Katgary, who would be going up if the tongue tie was retained, and outsider Uriah Heep, who both look as though this further trip should suit.

The Skyfarmer - 1pt e/w @ 12/1Lost -2pt

Kempton 15:45

Tidal Way is very tempting at a price in the last at Kempton but chances are he'll find something better treated on this return to hurdles. That could be the Pipe import Alternatif, who's been given THAT mark of 123…who knows how good he is? I'd rather back one of Theinval and A Good Skin with preference for the latter. He has improved for each start under rules and was ridden with restraint last time when it paid to be up there, perhaps with one eye on a mark. His form has seen plenty of subsequent winners produced and his opening mark of 122 looks feasible. He's a soft ground point winner, by Presenting, so today's good to soft should be ideal and he's a generous price at 7/1.

A Good Skin - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Lost -2pt

Wetherby 13:45

The Wetherby feature sees Rose Of The Moon back at his favourite track and I've always thought he has a big race in him. He goes fresh so last time was a disappointment but he didn't have too hard a time of it and I suspect this race has been the plan. 2 from 2 over course and distance, the cheekpieces go back on and he's back to just 2lb higher than his last win (here). 11/1 will likely shorten. Fentara is worth a play too. She is yet to be out of the first 3 here and goes well for Peter Buchanan.

Rose Of The Moon - 1pt e/w @ 11/1Lost -2pt

Monday 22nd December

Rein Man / Sunday 21st December 2014 / 23:56

Kempton 15:20

I like 2 in the 7 furlong Kempton handicap in the form of Good Luck Charm and Brigliadoro. The former is back to a more suitable trip but the worry is that he's a hold up performer and there's not bags of pace on here. That has to be a concern for the favourite too. The selection was ridden handily to win from stall 4 over course and distance a few starts ago before disappointing back on turf. He was poorly drawn for his return to the all weather next time when not able to close off a decent pace but will be benefited from stall 3 today and it should pay to race handy. Eased 2lb, he should have the run of this at 9/1 with Danny Brock back on.

Brigliadoro - 1pt e/w @ 9/1Placed 1.25pt

Kempton 15:50

The next race has bundles of pace on and anything that likes to have his or her own way up top will be up against it. I can't see past the market leaders and would have Strategic Force as favourite over the otherwise likeable Head Space. Adam Kirby won on this 3 year old in a maiden over course and distance at the start of the year and he may just have needed his return last time back from a break. Lady Brigid made all that day but the selection should be better suited to the running of the race today and I think he wins this, currently 7/2.

Strategic Force - 2pt @ 7/2Won 7pt

Sunday 21st December

Rein Man / Sunday 21st December 2014 / 10:29

Lingfield 13:40

Scrapping around a little for a bet today but John Louis should take some stopping at Evens (he opened 7/4). He was ahead of Batavir last time, the Pipe horse that bolted up next time up in trip and Venetia Williams's 6 year old looked to want further too. He's up to 2 and a half miles and over fences for the first time but makes plenty more appeal than most of these. He's a heavy ground winner and there's been money for him on 2 starts over hurdles this term off what looks a decent mark.

John Louis - 2pt @ 1/1Lost -2pt

Lingfield 13:10

Hopefully we can hit a short price double as the 3 mile chase looks to be between last time out course winner and 2nd, Strange Bird and Leith Hil Legasi. The winner was a touch more comfortable than the second that day and, even with a 5lb pull in favour of the Longsdon mare, Strange Bird looks a decent bet at 5/2. She has bundles of stamina in her pedigree and this return to 3 miles should really suit. Finish The Story shouldn't be discounted but I'm not mad about the form of his win last time when only 3 finished and the favourite burst a blood vessel.

Strange Bird - 2pt @ 5/2Lost -2pt

Saturday 20th December

Rein Man / Saturday 20th December 2014 / 08:38

Ascot 13:50

One more chance is given to Bellenos today. We know he likes this track and, if willing to put a line through his run last time, he has a favourite's chance. He finished lame a few weeks back and that is a concern but 5/1 still looks generous and there has been some money about for him. His trainer suggested the ground was lively enough on reappearance so today should be ideal and there is plenty of pace on meaning he'll have this run to suit. Hobbs can get one ready so Ballygarvey has to be respected but he will have plenty of competition up top.

Bellenos - 1pt @ 5/1Lost -1pt

Haydock 14:05

I've been atop the Safran De Cotte cliff a few times, all last term, and it looks time to get back up there this season. He may just have needed it last time, though he has gone fresh before, and I thought he shaped quite nicely. Back in trip at a track he's won at over hurdles, he will relish the ground and Jake Greenhall, who was on for his last success, returns for the first time this term. He was a disappointing favourite in this last year but has eased 8lb and can be backed at 8/1.

Safran De Cotte - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Lost -2pt

Haydock 14:40

The top 3 on the card for the handicap hurdle at Haydock on the C4 card make plenty of appeal, particularly Run Ructions Run who should come on for her reappearance. I was nearly a backer of River Deep at Cheltenham though and thought he ran well, just fading after looking as though he'd be in the money approaching the last. He's been eased 3lb and drops in trip at this sharper track, all of which should suit. He looks feasibly treated on his novice form and 9/1 is plenty big enough.

River Deep - 1pt e/w @ 9/1Lost -2pt

Ascot 15:30

It's tricky to split the chances of Activial and Shelford but I do think the latter should be at the head of the betting. 7/1 about Dan Skelton's horse isn't to be sniffed at and he should really be unbeaten over hurdles bar a mistake at the last on debut here. He drops in trip but should enjoy a test this afternoon and has won on soft. That was at Chepstow last time when beating a subsequent scorer, who won off a 5lb higher mark, and a 7lb rise looks within him.

Shelford - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Placed 0.75pt

Also on the list are Bayan and Pine Creek but the big price fancy is outsider Jebril. He couldn't defy a penalty after winning at Plumpton and jumped poorly last time so needs to put that behind him. He was sandwiched between Jolly's Cracked It and Clondaw Banker here 2 starts back though, which looks solid form for all it was a moderately run affair. He was well clear of subsequent scorer Wilberdragon that day and a mark of 130 isn't as harsh as 66/1 might suggest for a yard in fine form.

Jebril - 0.5pt e/w @ 66/1Lost -1pt

Friday 19th December

Rein Man / Friday 19th December 2014 / 15:10

Ascot 15:05

Batavir has the tongue tie on and A P McCoy booked for his 2nd UK start over what looks a more suitable trip. He looks a worthy favourite. Little Boy Boru is a very feasible alternative but is still 3lb higher than when beaten last time, though this drop in trip is a plus. At the prices it may be worth having a go at Oscar Prairie who is 4lb higher than his last win but will relish conditions and should appreciate his drop back from a marathon trip last time. That was in May but he has twice won fresh in the past and the yard form shows no sign of letting up. The lack of usual headgear is a concern, and he might be one to side with when it returns, but he looks worth a play at 16/1.

Oscar Prairie - 1pt e/w @ 16/1Lost -2pt

Thursday 18th December

Rein Man / Thursday 18th December 2014 / 19:45

Kempton 17:45

Lots of competitive handicaps at Kempton this eve and none more so than the 6 furlong Class 7. I like both the Jeremy Gask runners, a yard in form, and particularly Lucky Royale who looks worth backing at 8/1. Pick of the prices though is Black Truffle at 10/1 who should appreciate a strongly run 6. There are a few out wide that like to go forward here and if they come over, it should ensure a proper test. Black Truffle is 6lb below his last win, which came here in April. He drops in class and the visor goes back on, replacing the eye shield, the same switch used before that last susccess and the yard sent out their first win in 50 a few days ago. He has, regrettably, been hammered and the 16/1 is long gone.

Black Truffle - 1pt e/w @ 10/1Won 12.5pt

Kempton 19:45

I've also backed Rezwaan earlier on the card but his price is now silly. Another shifter is Gigawatt who has cheekpieces on for the first time. He is a touch frustrating and I fancy the headgear will help. His 2nd to a progressive sort last time reads very well for this drop in class and he shows up here off the same mark. The yard are in good form and the clock last time was impressive. He lost his chance at the start on penultimate start but seemed to put that behind him at Lingfield. There's enough pace on to ensure he can get into this from mid pack (his likely position from stall 8) and I can't see him out of the top 3 at 7/1.

Gigawatt - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Lost -2pt

Wednesday 17th December

Rein Man / Tuesday 16th December 2014 / 16:59

Ludlow 14:25

Opening Batsmen must have a great chance this afternoon having been eased a further 3lb for his reappearance last month. He looked the winner for much of the Badger Ales but shaped as though the run was needed and he now drops a fair way in class and can be backed at 11/2. He handles cut so the forecast rain isn't a worry and he's now 7lb lower than when winning the Racing Plus Chase nearly 2 years ago.

Opening Batsmen - 1pt @ 11/2Lost -1pt

Newbury 12:40

I nearly went with Gevrey Chambertin last time at Cheltenham but wasn't sure that course was going to play to his strengths. A couple of mistakes early and it was all over. The plus for him that day was headgear back on, something he seems to need, and blinkers replace cheekpieces today, which must be worth a try. If he's on song he's chucked in off a mark of 129, a stone lower than when winning the Fixed Brush at Haydock last year over hurdles. His chase debut saw him a lucky winner with Buck Magic idling close home but he still got better the further he went and will appreciate this extra trip. We've seen nothing like the best of him over fences and he's very appealing for this drop in class at 10/1.

Gevrey Chambertin - 1pt e/w @ 10/1Won 12.5pt

Tuesday 16th December

Rein Man / Tuesday 16th December 2014 / 00:45

Kempton 15:20

The feature at Kempton has a few lining up against each other again from a race 12 days ago. Of them, Doctor Parkes was the most unlucky and has a far better chance from his better draw this afternoon. However, the one I like at the prices is Triple Dream. Drawn widest of all that day, he flirted with racing up with the pace but had to come widest of all before dropping back and never really getting into it. He was badly drawn the time before too and this is a horse who's 12 wins have seen 11 (the last 11) come from up with the pace. He'll be ready for this after 2 starts since a break and can race up with what little speed there is this afternoon from stall 4. 4lb lower than his last win, which came over course and distance, he's no 12/1 poke.

Triple Dream - 1pt e/w @ 12/1Lost -2pt

Catterick 14:10

Bourne is very tempting at Catterick and it wouldn't really be a surprise were he to bolt up off this mark. He's badly out of form though and, at a similar price, Harris could be the answer. He goes well here and his last win came over fences at the track off this mark. He won by miles too and has to be better than an 8/1 shot after showing a return to form last time, albeit in a claimer. The hood he wore that day is retained, as is his 7lb claimer. He may have company up top from Sam Lord but doesn't have to lead and is more proven at the trip than a few of these.

Harris - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Lost -2pt

Monday 15th December

Rein Man / Monday 15th December 2014 / 12:00

Prima Porta should really be winning at Ffos Las today and, though she's not much of a price, 5/2 is a little bigger than I thought it might be. Her form is the best in the book, especially her last time out 4th which should work out very well. She didn't quite last home that day over further but a return to this trip looks ideal and she's been eased a couple of pounds for this return to a lesser grade.

Prima Porta - 2pt @ 11/4Lost -2pt

Knockanrawley looked as though he wanted further at Newbury last time. He gets that today and this race will take a fair bit less winning. He's short enough though and some of these, though not in peak form, like the track and look feasibly treated. Both the Evans Williams pair are big dangers and Paul Maloney appears to have chosen outsider of the field Makethe Mostofnow. I'm finding it tricky to split their chances and they are similarly priced but the selection is certain to get the trip and is a previous course winner over fences. He has struggled off this sort of mark in the past but the way he has won off a little lower suggests this is feasible and he was rated higher as a novice. He needs it to drop right but looks underestimated at 12/1.

Makethe Mostofnow - 1pt e/w @ 12/1Lost -2pt

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