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Philip Hobbs has won the Caspian Caviar (December Gold Cup) with Monkerhostin (2004) and Village Vic (2015) and looks to hold outstanding claims of landing the valuable prize again courtesy of War Sound. A good hurdler in his youth when rated as high as 148, he was seemingly struggling to fulfil his potential over fences last year but appears to have come to life in a big way this time around.
He absolutely dotted up at Aintree last month on his seasonal return and while a rise of 10lb makes life tougher, the nine-year-old – who has only had nine chase starts in his life – still looks feasibly treated from a mark of 146. He handles any ground and has a similar profile to Village Vic.
Obviously there’s guesswork involved here but an opening mark of 122 could underestimate Definitelyanoscar in the closing OLBG.com Mares' Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham. Harry Fry’s charge got off the mark over timber at Warwick last time, travelling very strongly through the race and staying on strongly to beat a well-regarded Nicky Henderson rival in Barados Blue.
She’s going to be suited by the stronger gallop and stiffer track here and is going to keep on improving. At around 6/1 she rates a decent bet.
Won his first three chases in tremendous style and probably didn't lose much in defeat when beaten four lengths by Santini at Newbury. Still improving and looks a solid prospect even if there's a bit of rain around.
Palace are 19th in the home league table, scoring just four and conceding eight, while Leicester are the division's best away side outside of the 'big six'. Coupled with Zaha's suspension, it all points towards a good afternoon for the Foxes.
Considering they are around 2/1 to win, Leicester to score twice or more here is a tempting 21/10 chance which comes with insurance in the event of a high-scoring draw.
This allows for a 2-1 or 3-0 scoreline and is worth considering due to the fact that two of Spurs' four games immediately after Champions League fixtures have been victories under this threshold - the other two were against top-six duo Man City and Arsenal.
Samuel Saiz is set to leave Leeds for Getafe in January and is unlikely to play any part here. That should see Adam Forshaw step into his position as a more advanced midfielder and he has come close to scoring when playing that role earlier in the season. Bolton’s off-field issues continue to mount and Leeds will fancy their chances of grabbing goals here.
Jack Grealish will miss this game through injury. The obvious replacement would be Glenn Whelan, who would take up a deeper role in midfield. That would allow Conor Hourihane to play Grealish’s attacking position and he has found the net on multiple occasions already this season.
Our Sporting Life Acca came in at 7/1 last Saturday, so let's go for two on the trot!
NFL returns to Saturday action which means the play-offs are close, and the Texans will be almost there once they beat the New York Jets. Houston lost their nine-game winning streak last week but they’ll bounce back in the Big Apple.
The fact I’m even willing to consider backing the Browns shows how far this traditionally awful team has come. They haven’t beaten the Denver Broncos for 28 years, but that streak ends here. The Browns have more wins this season than in the last three combined, they’re on the up, and rookie QB Baker Mayfield as the offence firing, unlike a rather sluggish Denver attack under Case Keenum.