Live not far from Kempton and it's been dry all day and very windy. The rain forecast on the website I use (yr.no) is negligible. I say good to soft with good places, but we'll have to wait and see as weathermen make tipsters like me look good.
Jezki is arguably the over-priced horse in the race. I do think The New One should have won last season, but he wouldn't have won by far.
I like Spring Heeled. He's being primed for the race by Jim Culloty, who has proved himself a fair target trainer.
The simplest answer is probably the best - class. Kempton stages some good jumping and the better horses get sent there.
He doesn't look short of speed, but I wouldn't back a Mullins horse for Cheltenham before I knew the target for sure. It's only a minor understatement to say he could fill the Supreme on his own.
Personally I don't think there's any chance Rock On Ruby will stay 3m.
No More Heroes is my banker so far, but it's early days yet.
I would definitely discard if ground is unsuitable.
He definitely does and he has some speedy types against him. If there's value in the race - and I won't be playing myself - it might be Sign Of A Victory with the ground drying out.
That's the big worry with him. He has the form, but seems to have got slower with age. It's amazing to think that four years ago he was contesting a Bula (beaten by Menorah and Cue Card, if you remember).
It should do, but I'm afraid I'm too lazy to sit in front of my computer with a stopwatch. I'm always prepared to listen to what others say though.
Fewer races. It's that simple. Horse population isn't big enough. Trainers are set in their ways and are not going to change. We've seen that with Field Size Bonus races not attracting any more runners.
Vautour looks a machine. I'd be surprised if he was not the best, but whether he and Un e Sceaux would ever take each other on is another matter.
Nor did I, but if you are going to have rules they have to be adhered to. I'd hate to see horses disqualified when they are obviously the best in the race, but we will end up going down that route if jockeys are just going to shrug their shoulders after breaking the rules.
Assume you mean Dynaste (Grands Crus is retired). He could well be a player too. I think the race is far more open than the betting suggests.
Without a shadow of a doubt. He's hardly having a bad year is he? There seem to be a lot of people who want to knock him purely because he took over from Daryl Jacob with Paul Nicholls. I don't get it. Those moaning about his ride on Zarkandar amazed me.
Two: Barshiba winning her first Lancashire Oaks as everyone told me she wouldn't stay and I thought she was a certainty. And Kempes in the Irish Hennessy in 2011. He' been cantering in the Lexus before coming down and it seemed all the bookies had missed him.
Not my sort of bet but he'll probably be shorter than that wherever he goes.
Chocolate Hobnobs. Do they make anything else?
That's all we've got time for I'm afraid. Thanks a million for some brilliant questions and have a great Christmas.