A lot has been made of the fact that wind surgery operations will now be publically-available information.

I think in this day and age we like to lap up data and stats so I am all for added information being available. What I would say is that those who think this is a path to making money might come unstuck quite quickly.

We could see horses being backed and going off favourite – simply because they have a ‘WS’ against their name. Not all wind operations are successful, and even if they are, it doesn’t mean they’re suddenly going to find pounds of improvement.

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I am sure we will see stats and tables about how these horses perform, but I doubt there will be an obvious trend.

On to Ascot today and I have rides in two of the big races. Josses Hill runs in the Christy 1965 Chase and has some excellent form to his name. He won the Peterborough Chase last season and went on to finish fifth in the Ryanair Chase.

Nicky Henderson’s horses are in good form, the going and trip will be fine for him, and he has got the talent to win this, but stablemate Top Notch and Smad Place, who won the Old Roan last month, are going to be tough to beat.

I’ve never ridden for Arthur Moore before and you’d imagine he’s sending over Dandridge from Ireland with a view to at least being very competitive in the Shawbrook Handicap Chase.

I’ve never sat on him, but he has great form in the book, including a second and fourth in the last two Grand Annuals. He’s had a couple of runs this season on soft ground, and his best form looks to be better surfaces so that should suit and he runs off a nice low weight.

The big race of the day is at Haydock, where Bristol De Mai is favourite for the Betfair Chase, following his win in the Charlie Hall, in which Cue Card fell.

Everything points to him following up, but I have always been a fan of Cue Card and you never rule him out – I certainly wouldn’t think his age of 11 is a barrier either. Throw in Outlander too and you have the makings of a fascinating race.

The World’s End is being talked of as a Stayers’ Hurdle type and he will need to win the Betfair Stayers’ Hurdle, or finish very close up, to justify that target.

He has the best form in the book, having won the big novice hurdle at Aintree and was there with every chance before falling two out in the Albert Bartlett at the Festival. He has course and distance winning form and would be my idea of the winner.

I would urge you to follow Fountains Windfall, who I won on at Southwell this week. He jumped really well on his chase debut and he will win again.

Finally, I wish Ruby Walsh a speedy recovery following his broken leg sustained in a fall last weekend. Ruby says it like it is, so if he thinks he’ll be back for the Cheltenham Festival, then he will be.

Ruby has suffered a long, long list of injuries but he always comes back, usually stronger and hungrier than ever, which is bad news for the rest of us!

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