Saturday December 29
Leopardstown 2.35 WIN
Champion Irish handler Willie Mullins saddles two in this competitive Grade Three contest for mares. And Zuzka, ridden by son Patrick, is likely to be all the rage after her close third to top-class novice Jezki last time out. But she is burdened with a 6lb penalty, so I much prefer Ruby Walsh’s mount, who receives 10lb and is regarded in the yard as the better horse. In five outings so far, the four-year-old daughter of King’s Theatre has been beaten only once -- and that by a smart rival likely to be making his mark at the Cheltenham Festival. Mullins’s exciting prospect was particularly impressive last time and can take this step-up in grade in her stride.
Only finishing missing in another fine Mansfield Town display says boss Nigel Clough, but injury list lengthens for his depleted squad in Leyton Orient defeat
Mansfield Town made to pay for missed chances as they lose at Leyton Orient
One more new face in for Mansfield Town as early injuries mount?
See who you can pick out in our fans gallery from Mansfield Town v Derby County
Former Mansfield Town boss Mick Jones dies aged 75
FRIDAY: MONKSLAND WON (11/4)
THURSDAY: ALAND ISLANDS FELL
BOXING DAY: RAYA STAR 2ND (8/1)
TIP OF THE DAY SUPPLIED BY SCOOP RACING (RICHARD SILVERWOOD).