Loader’s Lucky 63 – Saturday, December 7

We certainly have a treat on offer this Saturday with top class action at Aintree and Sandown. This is one of my favourite race days of the year. I have picked out six bets and put them into a an EW Lucky63 where I’m hoping we can have a Super Saturday.

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12.50 Sandown – Deputy’s Oscar

I put Deputy’s Oscar up on her last start which came in a very warm mares’ handicap at Wincanton. I have a feeling this race is slightly easier where she ran a respectable handicap debut to finish fourth at the Somerset course. The six-year-old met some useful rivals that day and travelled really well into the race. Stuart Edmunds does really well with his mares and this can be seen by the likes of Maria’s Benefit, Molly Childers & Queenohearts. Also Edmunds has a fantastic record at Sandown with an all-time career record of 6-15 (40%) at +£24.13 to a £1 stake. The soft ground and trip shouldn’t be an issue as the mare won a point-to-point over three miles in Ireland. If she can get a prominent position she could be a real danger.

1.30 Aintree – Walk In The Mill

This has always been the plan for Walk In The Mill and he looks to have a great chance. After winning this race last year he ran a cracker in the Grand National to finish fourth. He has shown a love for the fences and that’s a massive factor when looking for the winner in this race. He’s still fairly treated off a rating of 141 and could have more to give. His run last time was slightly disappointing as he’s got a good record fresh but he normally puts in a better effort on his second start. Despite a quiet time for Robert Walford,he had a winner at Sandown on Friday suggesting that his stable might be coming into form. It seems that Walk In The Mill could be coming to near his peak and if that’s the case he has to be a live contender.

1.55 Chepstow – Captain Cattistock 

I’ve been following this horse this week in the entries as he’s in my Tote Ten To Follow. The son of Black Sam Bellamy has entries in the London National at Sandown or here in the Welsh National Trial. It seems that by sending him here there keen to see how he handles the track before possibly sending him for the actual Welsh National on the December 27th. He’s already ran one good race at the track  that looks strong form when he third in a novice chase between Now McGinty & De Rasher Counter. Last time out he ran a gallant race in defeat in the Southern National at Fontwell giving away bags of weight to a well handicapped horse of Nick Williams. I think this is a very winnable race for him and could still have more in his locker. For me he would be my banker bet of the day.

2.25 Sandown – Song For Someone 

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.

3.15 Aintree – Touch Kick

Touch Kick has done me a few favours in my short punting career and he’s one I’m keen to side with in the Grand Sefton. The combination of Paul Nicholls and Trevor Hemmings won this race last year with Warriors Tale and they have a live chance today. Nicholls has always admitted this has been a target for him and thinks he will be ideally suited by the fences and the trip. I can definitely see his case and he won nicely at Fakenham when last seen. Off a mark of 139 he’s definitely can make his presence felt.

3.35 Sandown – Classic Ben

There’s a lot to like about the profile for Classic Ben in the London National. He’s already a course winner winning early this year and looks like he needs a long staying trip. The run was probably needed at Bangor-On-Dee but looked like a nice preparation. Carrying a low racing weight and Edmunds good record at Sandown suggests that he’s probably the one to beat.