Loader’s Lucky 63 – Massive multiple covering races the four major jumps cards on New Years Day
Chris Loader rolls six of his New Years Day selections into this Lucky 63, taking in races at Cheltenham, Musselburgh, Fakenham and Catterick on Wednesday 1st January.
To kick off 2020 I’ve got an EW Lucky63 with selections coming from Cheltenham, Catterick, Fakenham & Musselburgh. Can we make it a perfect start to the year?
Wednesday’s Lucky 63
This six-year-old was in fine form when scoring at Musselburgh last time out for Alistair Whillans on stable debut. He looked to be progressive when previously with Ian Williams but moving up to a Nothern yard could see him in a better light. He’s been raised 10lbs for that success and if can display his credentials again he’s a major player here.
This mare was a comfortable winner when bolting up at Fakenham last time out for Michael Roberts. The handicapper raised her 13lbs for that victory but in this company I think that is manageable. If she’s in the same form she’s the one to beat.
Cepage has been running well in defeat this season with a two placed efforts to his name at Cheltenham. Before that he was seen finishing second behind Frodon who went on to score in the Ryanair at the Festival. Here he is treated on better terms to the rest of the field, with Kalashikov shouldering top weight. Venetia Williams won this race with Aso last year with the colours and she could produce the winner again.
I backed Normal Norman on this day last year and he hacked up at a nice price. It looks like John Ryan has targeted this again and he ran a good race on the flat when winning at Kempton early in December. That looked like a prep for this race and his mark of 128 still looks within his capability. I would be willing to side with him again in 2020.
Kilbricken Storm looked to be going places after his victory in the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival in 2018 but things haven’t gone to plan since then. He went chasing but didn’t look a natural and then on first start this season he blew up, back over hurdles probably needing the run. He’s now down to a mark of 143 and with Harry Cobden booked this could be the time to catch the nine-year-old.
I put up Reverant Cust on my Twitter feed as my NAP last time out and he got up in the final strides suggesting that going up in trip should suit. Catterick is also his favourite track as that was his third course victory. I think as long as the doesn’t get too soft he can score again.