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Fridays Racing Tips – Leopardstown Lexus Chase, Christmas Hurdle and Novice Chase – Load the cannons again my friends

Good evening from Worcestershire where the Major writes from the lounge. The good lady has joined me and while that scuppers the darts action, she compromised to ‘Escape to Victory’ so karmic forces remain balanced.

What a glorious day of betting for the Major. Winners were plastered all over yesterday’s blog. A double in Ireland and three from five at Kempton was a resounding success. Excellent but just shy of the mothership, it was close, as close as Bourne getting up on Dildar….. Aaahhhh the sweet sanguine feeling of loss.

Bad losers are awful gamblers, they get confused. Nothing is personal, if you need a refresher in how to lose, watch my favourite film , The Sting…. A sharp intake of breath, a tilt of the hat and as Kipling said, never breath a word about your loss.

Leopardstown on Friday completes a fantastic schedule of Christmas racing. Let us do battle once again, join me, I feel a final 2012 push, we shall take the ridge and repel the counter, we shall meet them man for man, with bayonets fixed. To Leopardstown.

Leopardstown Tips

I am going to start with tips for the Lexus. It is being run on heavy ground, which will be cut up but most in the field will enjoy it. What a race we have, we have all been waiting for it. Surely the Lexus Chase only concerns the first two in the market.

The highest profile horse I am ignoring is Tidal Bay. He was conceding 6lbs to Bobs Worth when providing a worthy challenge in the Hennessy but I think that was the extent of his abilities. He has been quirky in time and I am not convinced travel will be for him. That said, Ruby is in the seat and might choose to make the running as Tidal Bay will be best suited by a searching stitching stamina test. Turning twelve though and after a hard race last time, he is first of the main protagonists with a line through.

Midnight chase did once beat Tidal Bay but on this ground, I can’t see him landing a blow here.

So the front two…. Flemenstar leapt to the head of the Gold Cup market when serving up a beating to Sir Des Champs last time out. Peter Casey is a colourful owner and it will be good for the sport to see Flemenstar remain a top class horse winning good races.

This is over a further half mile which possibly plays for Sir Des Champs’s chances. When he lost to Flemenstar it was over arguably too short a trip and his seasonal debut and so it is fair to expect better from him.

Sir Des Champs is a two time festival winner and his RSA quarterbacked a decent betting Cheltenham for the Major. My heart is with him. He has an extra year on Flemenstar and I think he is an excellent prospect for the Gold Cup.

I am pretty convinced by the argument that Sir des Champs can reverse placings. Davy Russell was quite kind to him in the John Durkan, these conditions will play into his hands. This sthe start and the finish of the Majors search for a Lexus tip.

11/4 is available on Sir Des Champs and at that price, the Major is a big buyer.

Tips for the Christmas Hurdle

The 1.35 Christmas hurdle has a air of utter quality about it.

Zaidpour is installed as favourite after taking the Hattons Grace last time up but I am not sure of that race. It was a steadily run affair and not form I trust entirely. Monksland was pretty close to Zaidpour that day with Voler la Vedette back in third.

That mare is a wonderful horse and a bloody good yardstick so if I am wrong about the race then Zaidpour is damn good. He is a horse that was kept busy in the summer but not to much effect, his French raid was poor and I just find him hard to trust.

I like So Young, but if they insist on cutting out the pace with him then he won’t be winning this.

Weapons Amnesty was a mighty impressive winner of the RSA who has been plagued with injury. I had him earmarked as a Gold Cup sort prior to his extended spell on the mend list. Given he is returning to hurdles first, I expect this is an exploratory mission and we can expect more next time up. That said, he is receiving some handy weight off some of these due to the construct of the penalties.

When it comes down to it, probably the winner is one of the Hattons Grace finishers. Of them, Monksland appeals the most at 4/1. Zaidpour makes me nervous and I think my tip is more progressive and in receipt of an extra 2lbs and stepping up in distance, I am taking a slice.

2.25 Topaz Novice Chase

Goodness me there are some puzzles in here. Some excellent horses and this will be very informative.

Aupcharlie looks second of the Mullins string but could be anything after an impressive chase win with impeccable jumping.

Avrika Ligeonniere gave a good beating to Dedigout last time out and the former looks a top class novice, it is fair to say Mullins will know where he stands with Dedigout. Avrika went on to beat Benefficient in the Drinmore.

The main Mullins horse heads the market. Back In Focus looked a top class horse and another natural at the obstacles, clearly a that to all. 5/4 just seems a bit short, although he looks the likely winner.

Instead the Major is going to tip Tofino Bay at 10/1. The Troytown win was brave, particularly so as a novice. He is a less fashionable sort having taken the handicap route but I think the form is good. He is fine on soft and has a likeable attitude – have a slice.

Good luck tomorrow troops, courage… Roll those dice.

Sunday Grade Two at Naas Tip, plus Hereford Tip

Good morning from the Major who writes briefly on the Sabbath with a Sunday chance.

Yesterdays tips bore little fruit, we were desperately unlucky with Colour Squadron.  He looked to me as though he was going to hold Captain Conan, who I had rated as the main threat, at the last but he had started veering left.  As the Sandown hedge disappeared, Colour Squadron tried to run out. 

Far from criticising Mr Richard Johnson, I thought praise was in order for getting him straight again afterwards.  He managed to get the horse going and I thought he was closing again at the line where he lost by a shoulder.

Captain Conan by the way looks a very exciting chase prospect.  Although he was introduced into several Cheltenham novice markets, I would only back on a NRNB basis as I suspect he may be saved for Punchestown or Aintree and then put away for next season when his chase career will surely start.

Ashfields Dream at Wincanton did not give us a run after hitting a fence and pulling up, I suspect something went wrong there.

Just one race to look at today and it is the Grade 2 Slaney Novice Hurdle from Naas.

1.40 Naas

There is a red hot favourite in the Giggistown Dedigout who comes with a fine reputation.  From this string that does actually count for a lot in the MAjors view and the money has been coming overnight.  6/4 is a distant memory and evens is all you will get.

Dedigout looked a very decent point to point animal and is surely, like Captain Conan, destined for a career over fences.  Mart Lane seems a decent yardstick, after a decent Punchestown bumper and a solid Perth hurdle, which he won despite being scruffy at the obstacles. 

The Perth opposition may not have been strong but Mart Lane did put plenty of fresh air in second, so he did all he should have done.

When Mart Lane met Dedigout at Navan last time out, Dedigout came out on top, the record reads 3 and a quarter lengths in it.  The truth be told, if it were a boxing match, it would have been stopped a lot earlier!

To give Dedigouts form an even further boost, the third that day, My Murphy, picked up a Grade three novice hurdle at Limerick over Christmas.

So we have a horse who is rumoured to be first draw, on ground he likes,having shown form that is solid, with the money coming.  It is not a bad thing sometimes to do the obvious.

All aboard the Dedigout train… chooo choooooooooo.

2.00 Hereford

Not a great race but one in which Chartreux looks a slight false favourite to the Major.

Officially Chartreux had the best hurdles ratings of these but we are only talking 2lbs and now in a different discipline, that margin to judge a favourite is weak.  Granted, clearly the Pipe team thought more of the horse which was in a Pertemps Final but on chase debut, odds-on looks plenty skinny to the Major.

My tip for the 2.00 at Hereford goes to the second favourite who at least has seen the big obstacles.

Brackloon High ran credibly when second at Fontwell.  He was staying on when making a critical error at the last.  Those errors have been predominant at other times too, so that is a concern.  However, it is only his second time over fences so perhaps he will have learned something from the experience.

I also think the extra two furlongs around Hereford in the soft will be to his benefit.  Fennis Boy is likely to take them around, possibly with Minella Bliss, this might suit Brackloon High who will be doing his best work at the finish, we hope!  4/1 is the price with Ladbrokes and Victor Chandler.