HORSE RACING: Leading pundit Charlie McCann marks your card for this weekend’s racing and selects four likely winners at Kempton tomorrow and Fairhouse and Ffos Las on Sunday.
Kempton and Huntingdon are optimistic of beating the big freeze (and the prospect of flooding) tomorrow as turf racing returns for the first time in almost a fortnight.
The highlight of the Kempton card is the Lanzarote Hurdle (2.45) named after the great Fred Winter-trained animal due off at 2.45 and twelve are due to post including Aachen owned by Tony Bloom the owner of Brighton Football Club.
Snakebite (3.15) returns after a 1000 day absence from the track but he has been well-entered up in recent weeks and his young handler has made a cracking start to his career.
Naas have transferred their Saturday card to Sunday so there is a cracking day’s racing with five competitive meetings including a Grade 2 chase from Fairyhouse with Gold Cup contender Rare Bob due to make a belated seasonal reappearance.
Grand National winning trainer Gordon Elliot raids Ffos Las from his base in Southern Ireland and he is unlikely to be sending the horses over for the good of their health.
Nicky Henderson’s string remain in rude health and the hat’s might be coming off about 3 pm as the Lambourn trainer saddles the Queen’s Gold Award in the 2.50.