Advised TUESDAY NIGHT 31st DECEMBER

Racecourse: Cheltenham
Time: 12:50
Date: 01/01/2020
Horse: Singlefarmpayment
Current Odds: 9/2 generally
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 0.5 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

Cogry was a game winner from Rock the Kashbah over course and distance last month with Singlefarmpayment back in fourth place. They renew rivalry tomorrow with Cogry 4lbs worse off at the weights. It will be close once again and we know Singlefarmpayment needs to be delivered very, very late as he pulls up in front. Doing Fine was unfortunate to not have a win against his name as he passed the post first at Sandown only for the race to be voided! He has a great chance if producing his best form but rarely puts in good back to back efforts. All told I am going to side with Singlefarmpayment who goes well around Cheltenham and races in first time pieces. Jonathan Burke will have learned lots about how to ride this quirky horse last time out. The race should be run to suit a closer as both Cogry and Kingswell Theatre like to dominate up front. Just don’t count your money until he has passed the post first even if running all over them over the final fence!

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Racecourse: Cheltenham
Time: 14:00
Date: 01/01/2020
Horse: OK Corral
Current Odds: 8/1 Paddy Power & Betfair Sportsbook both paying 4 places
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 0.5 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

A really good handicap chase with Kalashnikov top weight off a rating of 161. He was robbed by Oldorangewood at Newbury over this trip losing out by a nose. Life will be even tougher here as the handicapper upped him 6lbs for that Newbury effort.  OK Corral and Ballyhill are the two horses I liked carrying lower weights on soft ground. Ballyhill is well handicapped again but out of form so we go with the Nicky Henderson trained OK Corral. This horse failed to fire in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Nebury where he lost a front shoe. He’s a talented horse who placed in an Albert Bartlett hurdle as a novice. Over fences last season he started off very well with two good wins. He showed a decent turn of foot to quicken clear of Secret Investor at Warwick on good ground. We can forget his run in the four miler at the festival where he suffered interference and the ground was horrible that day with just the four finishers. Ok Corral can get involved here if his jumping holds up off a nice weight of 11 stone and Barry Geraghty riding.

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Racecourse: Cheltenham
Time: 2:35
Date: 01/01/2020
Horse: Kilbricken Storm
Current Odds: 8/1 William Hill & Boylesports 4 places else 15/2 generally, look for bookie paying 4 places.
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 1.0 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

Kilbricken Storm ran much better than the official result of beaten 22l behind Goodbye Dancer here in December. The winner has shot up 10lbs in the ratings while Kilbricken Storm has been dropped 2lbs to a rating of 143. He travelled and jumped with real zest on his recent run and jumped the final hurdle not far off the lead only to tire badly on the run to the line. It was his seasonal debut and first run following a wind operation and connections would have been well pleased with that effort. Kilbricken Storm is a Grade 1 Albert Bartlett winner who has won twice over course and distance. Last season didn’t work out following a failed chasing novice career but the engine remains and he looks very well treated carrying 10-9 and rated 143.

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Racecourse: Musselburgh
Time: 14:15
Date: 01/01/2020
Horse: Peter The Mayo Man
Current Odds: 14/1 Bet365 just 3 places else 12/1 Skybet paying 4 places
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 0.5 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

Peter The Mayo Man needs decent ground to show his best following a chequered racing career. He seems to have done well since switching from Paul Nicholls yard to Dan Skelton. The ground was too soft at Cheltenham last time out but previously he got the eye travelling and hurdling fluently at Newbury over 2m4.5f. At Newbury he raced from a rating of 133 and has been dropped 8lbs to 125 which gives him a proper chance of getting bank to winning ways. Conor Shoemark travels up for the ride and this just might be his day with plenty of pace guaranteed.

**Next Selections due Date & Time:

Friday Night 3rd January ~19:00

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