Following a 9/4 winner yesterday, Steve Ryder kicks off the new year with two selections on Wednesday 1st January.
2:20 Tramore- Shattered Love 7/2 (1pt)
Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo is obviously the one to beat in this race but I think it is worth taking a chance on Shattered Love to upset the favourite. She was a brilliant novice chaser who won the Neville Hotels Novice Chase and the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival two seasons ago. She has been inconsistent since but looks more reliant on soft ground these days as she showed when winning on her penultimate start at Clonmel in a listed race.
Shattered Love was in contention in second when she made a bad mistake 3 out in the John Durkan Chase and I am hoping her race fitness can mean she will upset the favourite in receipt of 18lb.
2:55 Fakenham- Hats Off To Larry 9/4 (1pt)
Hats Off To Larry should prove incredibly hard to beat in this race if he can transfer his flat ability to over hurdles. He is rated 86 on the flat following a victory at Nottingham in August and now has a second attempt at a hurdling campaign. He ran twice over hurdles last year with two sixth places finishes at Ascot and Huntingdon but they were in much better contests.
Hats Off To Larry faces rivals rated only 114 and 110 in this race so he should be open to a lot more progress in this code and he can hopefully get off the mark over obstacles in this race.
2:20 Tramore- Shattered Love 7/2 (1pt) click here for best odds
2:55 Fakenham- Hats Off To Larry 9/4 (1pt) click here for best odds
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