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Before we get to this Saturday’s horse racing tips let us eulogise a while.

Last Saturday brought devastating news on one of racing’s great stars, the death of Many Clouds; a very sad day indeed.

Many Clouds was a great favourite of ours, an old fashioned dour stayer and superb jumper of fences built in the Denman mould and in his passing he will be missed immensely.

The warrior ran his heart out up the Cheltenham hill defeating unbeaten chaser Thistlecrack at level weights. Lets hope that a future race is graced with his name but not at Cheltenham who have a habit of ditching past heroes in favour of money. Remember ” The Bula ” who they sold to Boylesports, very sad indeed; another champion who lost his life at Cheltenham through injury. Perhaps Aintree is the place, I am sure a northern course will oblige.

Now back to this Saturday……….Sandown hosts the Contenders Hurdle and our outsider selection for the Champion Hurdle, Brain Power, runs. We recommended this rising star last month at 25/1 for the CH and he now is 12/1 in most lists. On Saturday Brain Power is 2nd favourite at 6/4 and he needs to win impressively against the likes of Irving to cement his place in the Champion Hurdle.

We only advise Brain Power for Saturday.

Good luck

Major Domo

Spring Fancies

Well, over Xmas we gave you three tips and their performances ranged from abject to brilliant.

Jenkins ran a shocker and was not even placed; Cue Card ran well enough finishing second but not good enough to trouble the new superstar, his stable companion Thistlecrack; but our old favourite Native River did us a massive favour when destroying the field, carrying top weight, in the Welsh National. That was a Denman- like job and we were on at the recommended 7/1.

Winter is here and it’s time to start thinking about some big races looming in the spring.

We fancy the following:

Lets Dance at 6/1 for the Dawn Run at Cheltenham

Brain Power at 25/1 for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham

Native River at 8/1 for the Gold Cup at Cheltenham

Rivet at 20/1 for the 2000 gns at Newmarket

Rhodonendron at 5/1 for the 1000 gns at Newmarket

Get your prices now at Oddschecker

Back soon.

Major Domo

Xmas Crackers

Well Christmas is upon us and one has to be up early on Boxing day. We have all been there, you know, up late hangover, mind is racing and before you know it its dark again and racing is over.

We are prepared this time and suggest three crackers for you.

Firstly, can Thistlecrack win the King George?…… possible but we think not. Why?……because we think that taking on such a class act as Cue Card will prove too much for a novice…ITS A LAY….as simple as that.

Jenkins looks hot in the first race at Kempton and on Tuesday we think that the one we should have backed when winning the Hennessy Native River, is a great each-way bet at 7/1 in the Welsh National.

Have a great Xmas folks.

Major Domo

Many Clouds

Sorry about last week as we stated that we were torn between Native River and Blaklion in the Hennessy ending up suggesting the latter.

No excuses we should have stuck with our first pick but changed our mind.

Not good enough really as have found that changing your mind hardly ever pays off although Blaklion did run a blinder and was just beaten for a place being 2/1 in the straight on the exchanges.

This Saturday sees the return of that superb jumper Many Clouds in the Lotto Chase at Aintree. This former grand national winner is a big favourite of ours although flopping in the downpour with his big weight when last seen in this year’s national. The horse was second in this last year to class act Don Poli but beat Menorah and Southfield Theatre.

Although we feel that the field is less classy this time we are concerned about the horse’s fitness compared to the others and suggest just a small wager on him if only just to supplement the excitement with his superb jumping. This horse is a blast from the past of old fashioned staying chasers.

Major Domo

 

Hennessy Gold Cup

 

Well, as we advised last week,to lay Coneygree, we hope that you did just that as the horse was not race fit.

Newbury, this Saturday,  feature  the famous Hennessy GC.

Not our favourite course Newbury going way back to Bula’s first defeat in 1971 after 13 straight wins.

No Bula’s or Denman’s on show this year but plenty of good 2nd season novices.

We looked at Native River who we like but have gone for Blaklion the RSA winner, as was Denman, and are confident of at least a place.

Good luck

Major Domo

BET FAIR CHASE

Gold Cup novice winner Coneygree makes his belated return from injury this week and given the quality of opposition we think that it is asking too much of this good horse and suggest that 2/1 is a lay on a demanding track such as Haydock.

Major Domo