Inside The Rail
AT long last AP McCoy has received the greatest accolade in an unbelievable career, being crowned BBC Sports Personality of The Year on Sunday evening.
Telephone votes by the general public provided AP with a landslide victory over his nine rivals.
For all us racing fans this really is a fabulous result.
AP, the most successful jockey in history, truly deserves to pick up this award.
He's been champion jockey 15 times and has won virtually all of racing's top prizes, including the Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Grand National.
After winning the National this year on Don't Push It, this award is the icing on the cake.
Life in the world of racing is getting very frustrating indeed.
The weather is causing havoc, with meeting after meeting being lost to either frost or snow. It is going to have to relent soon for any racing to take place over the festive period.
Losing these prestigious meetings would be a huge disappointment to the industry as the Christmas fixtures are a major part of the racing calendar.
There are lots of big races to be won and large amounts of prize money to be picked up.
This year's Hennessy Gold Cup winner Diamond Harry is unlikely to be seen on the track again until the Totesport Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March. His trainer Nick Williams says the horse is in good form but always runs best fresh. I personally think this horse is a good ante-post each-way bet for the big race.
Weather permitting, there are seven jump meetings scheduled for Boxing Day (on Sunday), plus three more in Ireland.
Kauto Star will be the star attraction at Kempton where he attempts to win a fifth consecutive King George VI chase. He will be ridden by one of my jockeys, Noel Fehily, who is deputising for the injured Ruby Walsh.
The Christmas Hurdle is on the same card and Starluck will be very much suited by the track.
Hopefully, he will go one place better than when finishing runner-up to Peddler's Cross last time out.
The Coral Welsh Grand National will be run at Chepstow on Monday December 27. This race is a true test of stamina and is normally run on very soft ground.
I fancy the Paul Nicholls trained Watamu Bay. He has all the right credentials for this race.
Hello Bud, with Sam Twiston-Davies on board, must be an each-way shot after winning over the formidable Aintree fences last time out.
Happy Christmas to all my readers and hopefully a prosperous 2011.