Horse racing: Carole's can maintain fine new year Legacy

New Year's Day cards at eight meetings tomorrow including or Irish friends and the way the day should be – wall to wall sport and racing though Catterick's card will have to survive a 2pm inspection today.

And it's Cheltenham's card that's the clear highlight where the advice is simple – go very, very early if you're heading there and get on Carole's Legacy in the day's feature (2.35pm).

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Tomorrow's New Year's Day meeting at Prestbury Park will forever hold a special place on a personal score after Radium for Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty brought home all the previous day's Warwick's losses when winning the first race of 2010. Probably the best racing moment yet.

Henderson has a whole host of interesting entries in the opener this time around and whatever Geraghty rides must go close but Carole's Legacy is definitely their representative in the Chase and she ought to take a fair bit if beating.

Normally when you see races like this there are a whole host of improvers or up and coming types from big yards yet Carole's Legacy looks the only one and really does leap off the page.

True, Tartak won a decent race last time and could be a danger but most of his rivals tipped up last time and it's fair to say he has not looked straightforward. Taranis and Hey Big Spender are also very capable on their day – not to mention the gallant Mister McGoldrick who could go close – but with form figures of 1221-1 not to mention her connections, Carole's Legacy quite simply has to be the selection.

She is basically as tough as teak and in 14 starts she has recorded nine victories and three seconds.

That's impressive yet as she keeps alternating between hurdles and fences – and only wins by small margins – the handicapper finds it hard to nail Carole's Legacy down.

It could be argued this race is a rise in grade but there's not much to be frightened of and Carole's Legacy victory in a mares' race last time was actually very smart form with the hugely capable Banjaxed Girl in second and the race time breaking the track record.

There's not many if any boxes that the selection does not tick and her price will be interesting - the forecast price of 7-2 surely going to prove derisory.

Fair enough if she is and all the better but in my book she's a 6-4 chance, if not shorter, and hopefully she makes it another happy New Year's Day at Cheltenham for the second year in a row.

Elsewhere at Cheltenham, Henderson's Master Of The Hall should also go close if contesting the Dipper Chase at 2pm while Tony McCoy's customary winner will likely come on the back-to-form Karabak at 12.55pm.

The smart looking Keys should also go well in the finale (3.45pm) but as we have the full runners and riders for the all-weather card at Southwell let's attempt a treble there with Luck Of The Draw (12.15pm),

Even Stevens (1.55pm) and Boogie Star (2.30pm).

Luck Of The Draw looks just about the best of them as he was second to a horse called Captain John Nixon last time who has won a boat load of races since. His trainer Sir Mark Prescott is also one of the shrewdest around and Luck Of The Draw runs here instead of five other forthcoming engagements.

The secret is already out with Even Stevens as he bolted up last time and was warm order to go in again the other day before wrecking the stalls but while up in class here, he is likely to go in again.

And finally while Boogie Star looks no star at all, he won well enough last time to suggest he can go in again.

Fingers crossed he does and we all have an opening day's punting like the one at Cheltenham last January 1st!

Best of luck and Happy New Year.