ROCK THE KASBAH (2.30) can fend off all rivals to win the CF Roberts 25 Years Of Sponsorship Handicap Chase over three miles and two furlongs this afternoon at Cheltenham.
The Philip Hobbs-trained eight-year-old put in his best performance over fences last month at Prestbury Park with a determined and resolute victory over a furlong longer trip. He battled gamely up the hill that day to beat Royal Vacation by a length and a quarter. Hobbs is bang in form and while he goes up 6lb, so is his Grand National hope.
JOSIE ORDERS (3.10) is gunning for a fifth Cheltenham win for cross-country king Enda Bolger. The ten-year-old is clearly in fine fettle and can repeat his back-to-back Cheltenham wins in 2015. Fact of The Matter chased the selection home last month and can do so again this afternoon.
The best bet of the day is at Kempton on the all-weather this evening. K CLUB (nap, 7.15) is sure to go off at a huge price, but the outsider of a field of five in the 6f nursery can turn the tables on her main rival, Shining Armor, who finished two and half lengths ahead of Richard Hannon's two-year-old when second to Deputise at Wolverhampton on last Saturday.
SAME CIRCUS (nb, 1.00) won over course and distance back in March, and found the ground at Catterick a tad too quick for her last time. A return to her best form on her preferred soft ground would be good enough today.
HORSE RACING TIPS DECEMBER 14
1.00 Same Circus (nb) - WON!!!! 6/1
1.35 The Herds Garden - 2ND Place 4/1
2.10 Salmanazar - 2nd Place 6/1
2.45 Falco Blitz
3.20 Welsh Saint
12.45 Lil Rockerfeller
1.20 Al Dancer - WON 7/2
1.55 Troubled Soul
2.30 Rock The Kasbah
3.05 Josies Orders - Third 4/1
3.40 Aaron Lad - WON 8/1 !!!!!
12.35 Nadaitak - 2nd Place - 1/2
1.10 Gowiththeflow (treble) - 2nd Place - Evens
1.45 Golden Jeffrey - Won 7/4
2.20 Sir Mangan - 2nd Evens
2.55 Miss Spent - Won 3/1
3.30 Kloud Gate - Won 2/1
5.15 Soar Above
6.45 Roman Spinner
7.15 K Club (nap)
7.45 Caspar The Cub
8.15 De Little Engine