Horse racing: Okay, I'm ready to Master Mind a fresh winning run

No mention of the K word this week after we failed at the final fence last weekend to equal a 25-year-record of 13 winning naps in a row.

But hands up as never in a million years could I envisage Long Run winning like he did and, whether our selection was cherry ripe or otherwise, no way would he have beaten Nicky Henderson's new star.

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The only regret is not napping Nadiya De Le Vega last weekend but time moves on and hopefully tomorrow can start another sequence with Master Minded a confident selection to land the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot (2.25pm).

Odds of 1-2 will not be everyone's cup of tea and last Saturday is a clear example that shorties can quite clearly be beaten.

However, the chances of two losing in quick succession are pretty slim and there is no question whatsoever that Master Minded is the best horse in the race.

He is rated 178 with Petit Robin and Somersby next best at 163 and 162 respectively, meaning if this race was a handicap Master Minded would be carrying a stone more than his rivals.

Instead he competes off level weights and a clear round of jumping should be enough to see him home in front.

And, while in hindsight tipping Kauto – oops mentioned it – last weekend was maybe a risk with the horse now 11-years-old, Master Minded is still only eight and should have plenty more big prizes ahead of him.

The same can also be said of L'accordioniste and she looks an excellent next best at Ascot in receipt of five pounds from Carole's Legacy.

The latter was our big New Year's Day tip at Cheltenham and she proved she is as game as a pebble in finishing a valiant second to Tartak.

However, as admirable as her attitude was that day it shows Carole's Legacy is no real superstar – if she was she would have won – while L'accordioniste on the other hand has the potential to be absolutely anything.

She remains unbeaten having won three out of three and was extremely impressive when winning at ??? last time.

The best is surely yet to come and she looks to have a great chance in receipt of weight of her likely main danger.

There's also some cracking action at Haydock tomorrow but while he ought to absolutely hack up, nobody will get rich backing Peddlers Cross in the Champion Hurdle Trial at 2.05pm.

The form of his victory over Binocular has been advertised in no uncertain times, but odds of 2-11 make him virtually impossible to back.

Instead, better bets at Haydock are likely to be Gibb River in the opener (1pm), Wymott in the beginner's chase at 1.30pm at a bigger price, King Fontaine in the Peter Marsh Chase (3.15pm).

Gibb River has now won two from two for Henderson and appears a horse very much on an upward curve. The excellent and under-rated Andrew Tinker can steer him home.

Wymott too is another horse on the upgrade and while his trainer Donald McCain's main big hope is clearly Peddlers Cross tomorrow, it is no secret that they also hold the exciting Wymott in very high regard.

There will be some long faces if he gets beaten.

And then there is King Fontaine, who just looks a big price at 11-2 in his race given that he is also a horse on a roll and given the manner of his victory last time.

At those odds, and in a bid to get near the top of the table, we might just make him the nap.

Best of luck whatever you back and a have a great weekend.

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