Singlefarmpayment is one of three selections from Andy Holding on New Year's Day.
Preseli Rock has been ploughing his way through mucky ground throughout his short career so he will be one of the few who will be at home in these unwelcoming conditions that face the runners at the home of National Hunt racing. His latest performance in particular highlighted his ability to run to a decent standard on heavy ground and hailing from a stable where the green shoots of recovery are now in full bloom, Rebecca Curtis' inmate should go a long way to keep his record of never finishing out of the frame in tact.
Singlefarmpayment finally got his just rewards for several near misses with a smooth victory at Southwell last time and he primed to put up another bold display off his light weight in this competitive looking handicap. The way Tom Lacey's charge disposed of subsequent winner Westren Warrior at the Nottinghamshire venue points towards the six-year-old being right on top of his game at present and having proven that he stays 3m on testing ground, the son of Milan can provide his rookie trainer with a landmark success.
Hopefully racing at the West Country venue gets the go ahead as Winning Spark looks to have a fine chance of atoning for an unlucky incident at Taunton last time out. Looking the most likely winner of a competitive handicap hurdle, Jackie Du Plessis' charge lost vital ground and momentum when his jockey almost came off after the second last and although the partnership remained in tact, the damage had been done. Prior to that unfortunate episode, the son of Theatrical had run another commendable race behind the progressive San Benedito at Wincanton and as both performances were achieved on testing ground , there's no reason why he shouldn't go well again with similar conditions in the ascendancy