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4th January 2019

This big boy has had a wind op, wears blinkers and throws in the odd poor run.

He could jump a double decker bus though and Hendo reckons the National is right up his street.

Owner John Hales pocketed a nice few bob making the Teletubbie dolls but must have thought he’d gone a bit Dipsy and La-La waiting for injury prone Aux Ptits Soins to come right.

The horse has spent more time in a treatment room than Doctor Kildare, but has a ton of ability and looked a bit special when running away with the 3m handicap hurdle on this card.

Big Dan Skelton plans to wrap him up in cotton wool until the Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle and the 33-1 currently available for that race looks fair.

Those brave in-running punters copped a whack round the chops in the 2m4f novice chase when Lostintranslation rallied late to nab Defi Du Seuil.

The runner-up traded at an eye-watering 1-100 before wilting on the run-in and is screaming out for a drop in trip.

Robert Winston had three well fancied rides at chilly Chelmsford on Thursday.

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Unfortunately Classic Charm (6-1 to 9-4) and Glory of Paris (100-30 to 15-8) sank quicker than the Titanic, but good old Tropics put his jock back on top by winning a hot 5f handicap.
This 11-year-old is well into bus pass territory but he’s got more guts than a marine and is a credit to Dean Ivory and his underrated team.
Kevin Frost knows the time of day and landed a lovely tickle with Documenting (11-2 to 3-1) in the 7f handicap at Lingfield on Monday.

This fella has landed a couple of tasty touches since arriving at Frosty’s yard and is a proper job horse.

Arcanada (7-1 to 3-1) banged home another right hook for the Billy Bunters when he made all under a canny Richard Kingscote ride in the 1m handicap.
Connections reckon this bruiser is firing on all cylinders and plan to keep him properly busy on the sand this winter.

Sussex veteran Paddy Butler is starting his 43rd year with a licence and joked that he’s already spent 42 years at the bottom!

God loves a trier though and Paddy had his moment in the sun when Mercers won a 5f handicap here.

She bends better than the hare at Wimbledon and is made for Lingers.

Black mark of the week goes to the Tote’s betting partner Britbet, who chalked Stopdworldnletmeoff up as a non-runner on all their boards in the last when he was very much in the line-up and actually started jolly.

Luckily for them the horse didn’t win, but it was a proper Dad’s Army style cock up and just isn’t good enough for a supposedly professional outfit.


RATHHILL (2.25 Sandown) is held in high regard by connections and looks ready for this step-up in
class after an easy win at Newbury.

Nicky Henderson has a yard full of smart youngsters and he’ll be disappointed if RATHHILL gets beaten in the Tolworth Novice Hurdle (2.25) at Sandown today.

He did everything right at Newbury last time and could be a bit special.

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