Newbury’s Winter Carnival

Morning all,

Inside today’s main piece I have a few stats for Newbury’s Winter Carnival. I take look at Friday’s big race the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle and a couple of races from Saturday’s ‘Fighting Fifth’ meeting at Newcastle. Plus, there’s a selection from Wolverhampton.

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Ladbroke Trophy Preview

Morning all,

For punters of a certain age. The Ladbroke Trophy will always be known as the ‘Hennessey Gold Cup’. Whatever you call it. The race remains one of those most iconic handicap chases of the winter season. It’s the highlight of Newbury’s two-day Winter Carnival which gets underway on Friday.

They have been watering at Newbury Clerk of the Course Keith Ottesen is quoted in the Racing Post as saying: “The ground is naturally properly good to soft at the moment and I don't see it drying out, so there are no ground concerns in terms of it being quick”

Taking that comment at face value. Then it should be nice jumping ground, especially so if the rain does arrive on Saturday. No excuses ground unless you want the mud that is.  

Fingers crossed the ground is deemed suitable for the horses still entered at the five-day stage. If it is then we’re set for some great action.

Inside today’s column I look at some of the key trends and contenders for the Ladbrokes Trophy. Plus, there’s a Wednesday selection at the bottom of the piece.

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Tracker Tuesday

Morning all,

The dry spell of weather has seen some small field sizes across the Britain and that continued yesterday. Normally at this time of year the soft-ground horses would have made their first starts of the winter campaign but they haven’t had their conditions in the last six weeks. Clearly this situation will change and likely enough when the rain does finally arrive it won’t stop and we’ll be concerned about waterlogged tracks. Until it arrives, we can expect small field sizes to remain the order of the day. Looking at the short term forecast there doesn’t look like there’s going to be a lot of the wet stuff until next month.

Inside today’s main piece I have three for the tracker. Plus, I have a selection from Wolverhampton.

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