We have been on a bit of a break due to the weather and the holidays but we're going to look to end the year with the final Saturday NAP of 2022
** The NAP is now a non runner so will be void **
As I am up for the final of our £100 Challenge competition I have also included todays NAP in my selections so the pressure is on now to deliver! I think we have found a potentially well priced one here in the last at Newbury for the day.
Doctor Ken has finished 1st and 2nd in two tries over the larger obstacles with the win coming at Aintree before a 2nd (when a short priced fav) up at Ayr where he possibly bumped in to a smart one. He still very much looks on the up to me and the step up in trip here looks like it should potentially suit for Olly Murphys smart 6YO.
I don't think the ground should offer any real cause for concern although he'd probably not want it getting too soft, the weather forecast looks quite damp for the day but there is a strong breeze so I think it should be ok and the experienced Aidan Coleman once again takes the mount.
There are a number of dangers in the race with Bold Endeavour winning on his debut for trainer Nicky Henderson LTO when making all at Leicester however I don't think he'll get it all his own way here as Unanswered Prayers also made all when winning LTO on his chase debut. Nothin to Ask is 2 from 2 over the fences but the Fergal O'Brien yard hasn't really been firing of late which would be a concern and Tea for Free isn't without a chance with young Lilly Pinchin taking off 3 however his hattrick of wins have all come on good ground
I'll be cheering on our charge though and hopefully it will be the lucky last not just at Newbury but of 2022 for us. Happy New Year to you all and lets hope we sign it off with a win!
Good Luck and don't forget you can check out more from me plus all our other racing features here on The Cheeky Punts this weekend
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