Dave Nevison has a couple of fancies at Haydock plus another at Kempton. Watch how the trio fare live on Racing TV
2.20 Haydock: Indy Five
Has gone up 4lb for an excellent seasonal reappearance effort but still looks to be well-in compared to his rivals here.
His yard could not be in better form and it seems very unlikely how well they are running that he will go backwards from that first run for Tom Symonds.
The tight Haydock track should also suit his running style and if he gets into a good rhythm up front, or close to the pace, I expect him to have seen off most of these in the straight.
Hopefully, he will be far enough in front after the last fence to avoid getting overhauled close home like last time. Brian Hughes is obviously a seriously positive booking.Click here to claim your FREE Racing TV Christmas Jumper!
2.55 Haydock: Oscars Leader
Another bottom weight in a handicap on this card who looks set to go very well.
He too is from a stable in good form and looks set to attempt to make all on a track that suits front runners.
He has been left on the same mark as last time, which could well be generous as he came up against a good one in Mr Coffey, who is useful and looks one to follow.
There is certainly nothing in this field that looks as favourably treated and the only horse likely to press for the lead is the top-weight, who is running after a 12-month absence and will probably need the run, so the way looks clear for Oscars Leader to break a run of placed efforts.
7.00 Kempton: Lord Halifax
I put this horse in my Racing TV tracker after he won this race last season and he has barely been in the frame since so he owes me a few quid!
However, he is definitely worth one final chance. He has dropped down to the same mark he won this off last term and in hindsight a 9lb rise was harsh.
This is the first time he has returned to Kempton, which obviously suits him well. Turf racing doesn’t seem to be his thing anymore, plus a wind operation is also noteworthy.
Also, I have strong faith in Charlie Fellowes as a trainer. There are so many possibly positive factors that will hopefully conspire to get him back on track.
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