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Angus McNae

Captain's Blog - Friday 14th December

Given the milder weather conditions there will be no problems for the two-day Cheltenham meeting that begins today. I have had a decent look at the card, which is very competitive and am keen on Turn Over Sivola in the 1.20pm.

He has looked progressive this season winning a maiden hurdle at Plumpton and then a novice event at the same track. He was impressive last time out and the form is looking good. The third horse home that day was Invicta Lake, beaten 24 lengths, and he has come out and won a novice event at Fontwell by a cosy four lengths since.

The time of the race was good and Turn Over Sivola gets into today's contest off a mark of 123, which is very fair. This is clearly a much tougher contest than the novice hurdle that he won at Plumpton, but I think he is up to the task. The horse is a best-priced 6-1, which is a decent price and he should be backed each-way. 

Dark Lover who is trading at as short as 9-2 is the obvious danger. He is dropping in grade after finishing 7th in the Racing Post Hurdle. He had previously won a decent handicap at Cheltenham and he may have found his latest run coming too soon after that big first effort of the season.

Ruby Walsh replaces Ryan Mahon on board which is obviously a plus and previous course winners at Cheltenham often return to the track to win again. One word of caution is that he will race off a mark that is 11lb higher than the one he won off two starts ago.

There would be nothing wrong with backing both of them and at 6/1 and 5/1 and if one obliges a nice profit would be snared.

The World Darts Championship starts tonight and thus Christmas officially begins in the McNae household. Once the darts start we can put the tree up and the decorations and they will remain in place until after the final in early January. I am planning a trip to the tournament next year with friends and I will be watching with some envy as the action starts tonight. Just 12 months to go and then I can sing walking in a Taylor wonderland.

 

Today's Selection:

1.20 Cheltenham - Turn Over Sivola (6/1 Ladbrokes )

 

 

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