Good evening from the Major who writes from a rural Worcestershire scene which is sharpened by a frosty and fresh wind.
I hate the elongated Christmas build up. For children, the sensation of Christmas is different – the build up, the anticipation. When you leave childish things behind though, The veneer of Christmas is removed and the pleasure comes from the simple basics.
The commercial pomp that comes with Christmas has always existed and while distasteful at is crassest, that is not the worst element to me.
No, far worse are those who spend 25% of their year celebrating Christmas. Grown adults who put up trees, shop and smile like maniacs. That scares me.
Today’s Plumpton and Towester tips were a bit mixed and generally poor. Disappointing but not disastrous. Wednesday has a couple of decent races over timber each side of the Irish Sea and I thought a few tips were in order.
The first handicap is wide open, ugly and I’m not sure I want to be heavily involved. Rear Admiral at 4/1 has had his confidence boosted having been back in winning points action but the step back into this class might be tough. Stagecoach Jasper is my runner up (5/1) but the tip is a chance on 16/1 Newdane Dancer. This one is returning from a year and a bit break but is still young and has the assistance of the excellent Lucy Alexander.
The juvenile looks more straightforward and I am a fan of the John Ferguson trained Ruacana and I hope 3/1 is about.
Team Reveley are in decent form and so I’ll take a chance on their chase debutante Reasonable Force (8/1).
The 2.50 looks a spot kick for Doyly Carte and 1/2 doesn’t put me off. The win last time out was bloodless.
Neither of the last two races make much of a betting prospect.
Hereford Tips – Wednesday
Charlie Longsden has a good Hereford strike rate and you know I am Noel Fehily greatest fan so Long Wave at 6/1 or better is my bet in the opener.
The second at Hereford is a race worthy of the entrance fee… Vulcanite versus Salden Licht – the former was a great novice hurdler last year while the latter has a line of form with Oscar Whiskey telling you he is a great horse. I take Vulcanite to do the business.
In the 2.10 I like Drumshambo for Venetia Williams but small stakes.
Barney Curley has sent one runner to Hereford in the last few years and it won. Giant Sequoia hasn’t the form but that doesn’t matter with this stable. I am chancing my arm that the gamble comes. Get in now.
In the opener, Venture Capital will be all the rage. His last race on heavy may have been bottomless but his bumper form is top class. Lines from that race taken literally mean he is a cut above this lot.
Mullins looks set to double up with the promising Tasiocht running in the second. There will be little love in that price though.