Loader’s Lucky 15 – Sunday, December 8

It was a mixed day of fortunes on Saturday which seems to be have been the way my form has been since Thursday. I’ve been getting some winners, some placed and some hard luck stories. I’m hoping on Sunday we can get a nice win on the board to round off the weekend from my EW Lucky15.

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1.15 Kelso – Caventara

When it comes to the Borders National at Kelso, trainer Sandy Thompson has been the one to follow winning the last four renewals. Caventara looks the one to follow up with his extraordinary record in the race. The seven-year-old is bred for stamina being a son of Kayf Tara and his dam previously won the Welsh National. This looks like it has always been the plan for Caventara who bolted up on his seasonal debut at the course last month. Despite being hiked up 7lb pounds the mark off 115 looks generous.

2.00 Huntingdon – Top Notch

Top Notch is a yard favourite for Nicky Henderson and owes connections nothing. Not able to cut it in Grade 1s, races such as the Peterborough Chase look taylor made for the eight-year-old. Top Notch is a previous winner of the race when it was rerouted to Taunton in 2017 but will be a major player this year. Already a winner on his seasonal reappearance at Aintree over hurdles this has been the plan he’s the value bet of the race.

2.15 Kelso – Bernardelli 

The less weight the better is seems to be in these veterans race is normally a major factor in my opinion. Bernardelli seems to have lots in his favour tomorrow at Kelso being a previous course, conditions and a recent run. He’s also lurking on a dangerous mark of 126 which he won off 1lb lower earlier this year. With Danny McMenamin claiming an extra 5lbs this contest looks a great opportunity for the Nicky Richards gelding.

3.35 Cork – Gunfire Reef 

I was at Fontwell when this four-year-old hacked up like a horse to follow next time out when he destroyed the field with ease. However looking through the form it shows the Tom Symonds must think highly of the horse has he ran in a Grade One behind Pentland Hills. Even though he’s been raised 11lbs for his latest success that still might not be enough and James Nixon’s 5lb claim will help matters. If the November Meeting at Cheltenham hadn’t been on when he won at Fontwell I’m sure he would have been noticed and made favourite for this race. With ground no issue and likely to be prominent which can suit Sandown, he has solid credentials to go all the way.