Thursday December 31

No runners on New Year’s Day, and, while Alan is looking forward to a day’s shooting on Saturday, he will doubtless also be keeping an eye on Sandown and Chelmsford, where we are represented at both meetings.

Assessing our prospects, Alan said:”Araldur goes for the £100,000 Veterans Chase Final at Sandown, which is his favourite track. In five visits he has not finished out of the frame, winning twice, and this testing three miles will suit him so much better than Leicester, where he was a little disappointing last time. It was never going to be his ideal course, but we had to run him there as it was the last chance to get him qualified for Sandown, which has been his target for some time.

“We have Precision Five running in the £25,000 staying handicap at Chelmsford. She has been second five times since she won over this course and distance last February and pays for her consistency, having gone up 18lb. However, she produced a career-best performance when beaten only a neck at Kempton last time and is worth a crack at this valuable prize.”