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18 Jan
2017

No Win No Fille

Following a double at Ayr on Tuesday Welsh trainer Evan Williams has his string in great nick at present, and he looks to have a terrific chance to add to his season tally at Ludlow on Thursday, with his Robin Des Champs mare, Fille Des Champs, appearing to be a major danger in the hands of Adam Wedge.

She lines up in the mares’ handicap hurdle at 3.00pm, full of confidence after a breakthrough win in just her second ever handicap, a success achieved at Ffos Las last month.

Stepping up in trip that day to two and a half miles on testing ground, she just got better and better the further she went, and this extra half mile on an easy track like Ludlow should be more than okay.

She gets weight from all six rivals and can capitalise.

Good luck!

Thursday’s best bet at Ludlow:

Racing UK Mares’ Handicap Hurdle – 7 Fille Des Champs (win) @ 11/4 (BetVictor)

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31 Dec
2016

In With The New At Newbury

A pair of exciting looking five-year-olds can hopefully help pay the day’s expenses by featuring heavily at Newbury this afternoon, lead by the Dan Skelton-trained Robin Roe in the feature Grade 1 Challow Novices’ Hurdle (1.50pm).

Very highly thought of at home in Ireland, where the son of Robin Des Champs won his point-to-point at Boulta, he struck on debut for the Skeltons in a Warwick bumper in the spring, and then reappeared in October with an eye catching maiden hurdle success at Aintree.

It’s significant that the win over timber came at the expense of an exciting looking sort in No Comment, who has since gone in at Market Raspberry and Plumpton.

Clearly this is a huge test in Grade 1 company, but Robin Roe nonetheless looks tempting at 2/1 with BetVictor.

A little later on, the Rebecca Curtis-trained Geordie Des Champs dips his toe into handicap company for the first time (3.00pm), having run up a sequence in a bumper and three novice hurdles.

Barry Geraghty is town to ride him, and his mark of 129 certainly doesn’t look overbearing despite the biggish field.

Good luck!

Saturday’s best bets at Newbury:

1.50 – Challow Novices’ Hurdle – 8 Robin Roe (win) @ 2/1 (BetVictor)

3.00 – Betfred Wishing You A Happy New Year Handicap Hurdle – 10 Geordie Des Champs (win) @ 10/3 (BetVictor, Paddy or Skybet)

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29 Dec
2016

Island Destination

Smal fields are the order of the day for the fourth and final chapter of Leopardstown’s big Christmas Festival, where Coney Island can hopefully leave his footprint on the Grade 1 Neville Hotels Novice Chase (1.55pm).

Up in trip after winning the Drinmore at Fairyhouse, Coney Island has the look of a serious staying chaser.

Owner JP McManus had two winners here yesterday, Bleu Et Rouge and Thirsty Work, and can add another to his tally with a horse who is only 10/1 for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Good luck!

Thursday’s best bet:

1.55 Leopardstown – Neville Hotels Novice Chase – 5 Coney Island (win)

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28 Dec
2016

Keep A Lid On It At Leopardstown

A stunning 11 winner haul has come the way of Willie Mullins the last two days, including Grade 1 prizes for Min, Douvan and Saturnas, but for once the powerhouse might have to settle for second best in today’s feature, the Grade 1 Lexus Chase (3.00pm, RTE2).

Mullins saddles market leader Djakadam, twice runner-up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and fit from a win at Punchestown, but this could be the day a horse formerly in his care comes back to haunt him…

Now racing for Henry De Bromhead, Valseur Lido may very well have what it takes to repeat his first time out win for his new stable, achieved in Grade 1 company at Down Royal last month, by winning the Lexus.

Unsurprisingly he’s the choice of Bryan Cooper, who could’ve opted for any of the five horses lining up in the distinctive maroon colours of Gigginstown.

The way he went about his business last time out marked him out as a Gold Cup hope, though he’ll need to be to take care of Djakadam and co.

Valseur Lido is the recommendation at 5/2, a price available with any of Betfred, Boyles, Coral, Hills or Paddy.

Elsewhere on the card, an intriguing runner in the Pertemps Hurdle Qualifier run at 12.50pm is Pat Kelly’s Presenting Percy, for whom the step up in distance to three miles can unlock further improvement.

On a hat-trick following wins at Galway and Punchestown, he steps up dramatically in trip here, representing a small but deadly operation in Craughwell, close to Galway in the west of Ireland.

It’s a tip in itself that Davy Russell chooses him over Sea Light, while Kelly had a big win at Limerick yesterday when he struck with Lizzies Champ.

Don’t be surprised if he follows suit with Presenting Percy.

Good luck!

Wednesday’s best bets at Leopardstown:

12.50 – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) – 6 Presenting Percy (each way) @ 11/2 (Betfred, Coral, Paddy or Skybet)

3.00 – Lexus Chase – 12 Valseur Lido (win) @ 5/2 (Betfred, Boyles, Coral, Hills or Paddy)

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Posted 3 weeks ago

27 Dec
2016

Something Special At Kempton On Tuesday

The likes of bet365, Betway, Betfred, Boylesports, Ladbrokes and Skybet offering even money about Special Tiara for Kempton’s two mile Desert Orchid Chase (2.20pm) had the look of a late Christmas present overnight, something that hasn’t gone unnoticed with Henry De Bromhead’s charge now generally 10/11 or shorter.

The winner of this race in 2014 and also a dual Grade 1 scorer elsewhere on his CV, Special Tiara has course, track, trip, ground and the weights on his side today, as he bids for a repeat of two years ago.

Principal rival, Sire De Grugy, is a star in his own right, yet he’s rated a pound inferior and has to try and concede 10lbs.

Need any more persuading? Racing is rarely so simply that everything proceeds as smoothly as you hope it will, but even so Special Tiara looks a clear selection to turn these advantageous circumstances into a win today.

Meanwhile, across the pond it’s day two of the big Christmas meeting here at Leopardstown, with the Foxrock venue gearing up for the arrival of Douvan, who is around 1/6 to lead them on a merry dance in the 2m 1f Grade 1 at 1.20pm.

The seven-time Grade 1 winner is 4/7 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase in three months time, and should be a treat for anyone shrugging off their hangover and braving the cold.

Looking for one or two to try and make the day pay?

Special Tiara’s stablemate, Avenir D’Une Vie, certainly looks in interesting at 100/30 in the Grade 1 Future Champions Novice Hurdle at 1.55pm.

Bryan Cooper selects him above the very highly-regarded Peace News, as well as two other Gigginstown runners in the field of eight, and you’d have to say he did look ever so smart on his first run for his new stable at Fairyhouse.

Next up, the two mile handicap hurdle (2.30pm) is about as tricky as you can ever find, even by Irish racing standards, but bone horse for whom I have a real soft spot is John Murphy’s four-year-old, Swamp Fox.

A winner at Galway on the Flat back in the summer and subsequently this in the Irish Cesarewitch, he looked the business when winning over hurdles at Listowel and is fit form a solid third, also over timber, at Naas.

The mount of David Mullins, Swamp Fox is 16/1 each way with loads of firms including Betfred, Coral and Paddy.

Lastly, there’s a monster field of 28 for the three mile Paddy Power Handicap Chase, perhaps not such a surprise when you factor in the mention of €104,500 to the winner!

It’s more than eye-catching to see Ruby Walsh wasting down to just above ten stone to ride The Crafty Butcher on his second outing for Willie Mullins, especially in a race where four of the last five winners went off 7/1 or shorter.

That said, any bookie worth their salt will be paying five places each way, indeed Paddy and Skybet are paying six.

With that in mind, both firms go 33/1 about last year’s third, Folsom Blue, about whom trainer Mouse Morris said yesterday: “Folsom Blue would love a bit of rain but has only got 10st 4lbs and Bryan Cooper has picked so I think he could go really well.”

He looks an each way play for small stakes, as does the Willie Mullins inmate Sabremont, a 20/1 shot who was going really nicely when brought down in the Troytown at Navan.

Good luck!

Today’s best bets:

1.55 – Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle – 1 Avenir D’Une Vie (win) @ 100/30 (bet365, Betfred, BetVictor, Boylesports or Ladbrokes)

2.20 Kempton – Desert Orchid Chase – 4 Special Tiara (win) @ 10/11 (Hills, Ladbrokes or Skybet)

2.30 Leopardstown – Paddy Power “You Beauty” Handicap Hurdle – 8 Swamp Fox (each way) @ 16/1 (Betfred, Coral or Paddy)

3.00 Leopardstown – Paddy Power Handicap Chase – 13 Sabremont (each way) @ 20/1 (Skybet or Paddy Power – BOTH SIX PLACES)

3.00 Leopardstown – Paddy Power Handicap Chase – 22 Folsom Blue (each way) @ 33/1 (Skybet or Paddy Power – BOTH SIX PLACES)

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24 Dec
2016

The Ghost Of Christmas…(Boxing Day Tips)

Ace up-and-coming trainer, Neil Mulholland, already finds himself on 67 National Hunt winners for the season, including three in bumpers, and the Northern Irishman is looking to make it a very merry Christmas by sending a team of 12 into battle on Boxing Day, with runners spread across a total of five meetings!

Two of his Christmas crackers make it into my festive Yankee, a bet spearheaded by unbeaten Solighoster at Huntingdon (3.40pm).

A chestnut by Loup Solitaire, he won his sole point in Ireland and then did the business in a canter at Newcastle on his rules debut, giving promising amateur, James King, an armchair ride.

King, son of much-loved journo Andrew, unsurprisingly retains the mount for Solighoster’s second bumper, and though the pair are up against contenders from top stables such as Henderson and Pauling, this horse is one to take a long look at.

Huntingdon will suit him and he looks much more appetising than turkey sandwiches ever could, on offer at 5/1 with either Paddy Power or the Betfair Sportsbook.

Also miles away from the razzmatazz of Kempton Park, Mulholland looks to notch a third win on the bounce with the tough and gutsy Mrs Burbidge, who arrives in the opener at Fontwell (12.05pm) on the back of wins at Southwell and Uttoxeter.

The in-form mare, a daughter of Pasternak, has the benefit of the excellent Ciaran Gethings, a member of Philip Hobbs’s extensive team’, in this conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle, and she is a clear pick in a decidedly winnable looking event.

Elsewhere, on a day where there are a total of 11 meetings spread around Britain and Ireland, one who could go very well at big odds is the Donald McCain-trainer The Pierre Lark, who lines up for the first time in a handicap, taking his chance in the 0-100 novices’ handicap Hurdle at Market Raspberry (2.55pm).

Ridden by a promising talent in the shape of Harry Stock, a conditional claiming seven pounds who is operating at a 20% strike-rate (6 winners) over hurdles in the early stages of his career, The Pierre Lark has gained some great experience in straight novices, and might now be able to use that prior knowledge to good use in a weak race.

He looks generously priced at 16/1 each way with either Coral or Paddy.

Lastly, a slightly more high profile clash than those mentioned above is Cue Card against Thistlecrack in Kempton Park’s 32 Red King George VI Chase (3.15pm), a clash to make jumping fans drool…

Not that it really matters who wins as long as both superstars come back safe and hopefully with reputations enhanced, but on the premise that Josses Hill may take on Thistlecrack for the lead and force him into a blunder or two, I’m backing the miles more experienced campaigner, the wily, the brilliant Cue Card, to pounce late on and win it again.

Good luck!

Monday’s best bets:

12.05 Fontwell – Rathbourne Ltd Of Bath Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle – 4 Mrs Burbidge (win) @ 7/4 (Paddy Power or Skybet)

2.55 Market Rasen – Rand Farm Park Holiday Kids Club Novices’ Handicap Hurdle – 3 The Pierre Lark (each way) @ 16/1 (Paddy Power)

3.15 Kempton Park – 32 Red King George VI Chase – 1 Cue Card (win) @ 5/4 (Ladbrokes)

3.40 Huntingdon – Keep Calm And Carry On Intermediate Open NH Flat Race – 1 Solighoster (win) @ 5/1 (Paddy Power)

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Posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago

25 Nov
2016

App Has Fighting Fifth Win In Store

Just 30 days ’til Christmas and a famous Saturday lies in wait on the racing calendar, one that boasts crown jewels such as the Hennessy, Rehearsal Chase and Fighting Fifth Hurdle among its headline acts, on a day when four National Hunt fixtures vie for your attention.

It goes without saying that plenty of eyes will be on Newbury on Hennessy Gold Cup day, but up in the north east a massive crowd will be pouring into Newcastle’s atmospheric Gosforth Park, almost all of them trying to work out what’ll be winning the day’s big prizes.

There’s a meaty £120,000 to be split up among the six runners lining up for the stanjames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2.55pm), a quality two mile shootout which has gone the way of some big names down the years…

Irish-trained runners account for three of the six, and though Galway Hurdle runner up Hidden Cyclone has a loyal band of followers, it’s more likely that this is the day we see the best of Gordon Elliott’s filly, Apple’s Jade.

Race fit after fluffing her lines at Down Royal three weeks ago, this dual Grade 1 winner ought to be ready to roll now, crossing the Irish Sea at the end of a fortnight in which her trainer has had 10 winners.

Rated 153, she receives weight from all five rivals, and ought to be able to take care of chief market opponent Sceau Royal, who she beat comprehensively at Aintree in April.

Jack Kennedy gets the leg-up as she makes her second start for her current team, having left Willie Mullins’ care during the summer.

Talking of in-form operations, there are few trainers motoring at quite such speed as Malcolm Jefferson right now, and he can strike with Gully’s Edge in Newcastle’s novices’ limited handicap chase (2.20pm).

By Kayf Tara, the step up to 2m 7f will surely be of huge benefit on his second try over fences, especially on a more conventional track given that the undulations of Carlisle weren’t necessarily to his liking first time out.

He has the run under his belt now though, and it has to be a tip in itself that his trainer is in such a rush to get him going over fences.

Elsewhere, former dual course and distance winner Beauboreen has a cracking chance to add another win to his CV at Bangor, as he lines up for Jennie Candlish and Sean Quinlan in the three mile Ginger McCain Memorial Handicap Chase (1.05pm).

Blinkers, in which he won consecutive starts last season, replace a visor two weeks on from an eye catching return to action at Uttoxeter.

Seemingly unfancied that day, he ran a cracker to be third, and might improve again here with conditions in his favour.

Lastly, another handler going really well at present is Shropshire-based Henry Daly, who already finds himself on 10 winners for the campaign.

He’ll surely have high hopes for his tough mare, Nordic Nymph, as she tackles the staying handicap hurdle at 2.50pm.

A winner at Ludlow under Richard Johnson when returning from a lengthy absence, her three pounds rise is negated and then some by Stan Sheppard’s five pound claim, and getting plenty of weight from the majority she looks poised to strike again.

Good luck!

Saturday’s best bets:

1.05 Bangor – Ginger McCain Memorial Handicap Chase – 5 Beauboreen (win)

2.20 Newcastle – Weatherbys Stallion Book Chase (Novices’ Ltd H’cap Chase) – 2 Gully’s Edge (win)

2.50 Bangor – Ffarm Vintners Handicap Hurdle – 8 Nordic Nymph (win)

2.55 Newcastle – stanjames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle – 6 Apple’s Jade (win)

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Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

18 Nov
2016

Card Marked For More Haydock Success

The upcoming two day meeting at Haydock Park is a definite high water mark in the early stages of the National Hunt campaign, top heavy as it is with big names and serious prize money.

Hot on the heels of the Cheltenham Open Meeting, it is the second in a series of big weekends that also includes the Hennessy and the Tingle Creek, plus Cheltenham’s big December fixture.

On Saturday afternoon the Channel 4 cameras, aided and abetted by various dishevelled members of staff, will be on hand to see if Colin Tizzard’s Cue Card can win the feature Betfair Chase (3.00pm) for the third time in four years?

The line-up for this year’s running of the £209,000 Grade 1 is a thing of beauty, pitting the reigning champ in this race (and also 2013 winner) Cue Card against 2014 hero Silviniaco Conti, plus revered unbeaten chaser Coneygree.

Not seen for a year, Mark Bradstock’s fragile but brilliant 2015 Gold Cup winner looks certain to blaze a trail up front in a bid to make it six from six over the larger obstacles, and so good is this animal he might be able to burn them off…

That said, it’s also quite likely he might tire late on in his first outing for 377 days and set it up for a bird of prey like Cue Card, who’ll be looking to swoop late on and etch his name on the trophy once more.

Don’t discount the likes of improvers Seeyouatmidnight or Irish Cavalier, the former being a horse I love every time I see him, but for win purposes there’s no way I can abandon Cue Card, not with a run under his belt and the rain arriving.

His jockey, Paddy Brennan, rode his 1000th winner on Wednesday – what a way this would be to add to that meteoric tally…

Also on Saturday, another returning big gun who goes extremely well first time out is My Tent Or Yours, who ought to be able to justify favouritism in the £100,000 Betfair Price Rush Hurdle (1.50pm).

Likely to trade around the even money mark, he’s better than his five rivals and holds them all on ratings.

He normally contests better races than this, and won first time out in 2011, ’12 and ’13, while his first outing after a vast injury layoff in 2016 amounted to a phenomenally good second in the Champion Hurdle.

Victory for him would be a welcome boost for team Henderson after a rough time of it last Sunday.

Lastly, sandwiched inbetween the two races already discussed is another worth lending your eyeballs to, in the shape of the 15-runner Betfair Exchange “Fixed Brush” Handicap Hurdle (2.25pm).

One of the stories of the early part of the campaign has been the form of ace rider, Brian Hughes, predominately on the northern circuit.

Five winners and two seconds in one day at Musselburgh on Monday highlighted the confidence surging through his veins at present, and here’s it’s intriguing to see him team up with the ultra canny Dr Richard Newland.

The Grand National winning trainer has hit the bullseye twice from just eight runners in the past fortnight, hinting at the wellbeing of his string, and in Westren Warrior might possess exactly the right sort for the test provided by the extended two and three quarter mile Betfair Exchange “Fixed Brush” Handicap Hurdle.

The brush hurdles are like mini fences, something which will suit this seven-year-old former winning point-to-pointer.

He’s straight from a run at Cheltenham last month, and in the hands of a great jockey will be a threat under a favourable racing weight.

Good luck!

Saturday’s best bets at Haydock Park:

1.50 – Betfair Price Rush Hurdle – 3 My Tent Or Yours (win) @ 10/11 with Paddy Power

2.25 – Betfair Exchange “Fixed Brush” Handicap Hurdle – 7 Westren Warrior (each way) @ 8/1 with Skybet

3.00 – Betfair Chase – 2 Cue Card (win) @ 13/8 with Skybet

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Posted 2 months ago

13 Nov
2016

‘Mo’ The Way To Go At Cheltenham

The unbeaten five-year-old, Winter Escape, is the choice of Barry Geraghty from a trio of JP McManus-owned runners in this afternoon’s Cheltenham feature, the stanjames.com Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2.30pm), but I wonder if he’ll regret not opting to ride Modus?

Winter Escape has an unblemished record following wins at Doncaster (twice) and Kempton, but he begins life in handicaps off a stiff enough mark (142), and lacks any experience in this type of race.

Compare and contrast that to year older Modus at more than double his odds, a horse who has shown an affinity for Cheltenham when winning his bumper there, as well as finishing second in the Champion Bumper of 2015, a performance he backed up when finishing third a month later in the equivalent race at Punchestown.

What’s more, Modus is fit from a recent third in a deep race at Ascot, in which he ran on powerfully after being held up off a strong gallop, and also has experience of cut and thrust handicaps such as the Tote Gold Trophy and the County Hurdle.

In a contest stacked with possibilities none look much more convincing than Modus, with his trainer, Paul Nicholls, continuing to fire in the winners on a daily basis.

Modus looks a very fair each way prospect at the 15/2 offered by any of BetVictor, Coral or Paddy Power.

Down south at Fontwell it’s Southern Natonal day, but for anyone searching for a nap bet, look no further than Tim Vaughan’s horse, Galros Lady, in the 3.50pm race.

It looks significant that the in-form Welshman has opted for this race from the five entries held by this mare, who comes here after easily winning on her stable debut, and carries just a mandatory penalty for that Lingfield success.

In a weak race, she’s 6/5 to reward her trainer’s placing skills and make it two from two for Vaughan.

Good luck!

Sunday’s best bets:

2.30 Cheltenham – stanjames.com Greatwood Handicap Hurdle – 7 Modus (each way) @ 15/2 (BetVictor, Coral or Paddy Power)

3.50 Fontwell – totepoolliveinfo.com Handicap Chase – 9 Galros Lady (win) @ 6/5 (bet365, BetVictor or Skybet)

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Posted 2 months ago

12 Nov
2016

Shuffle Up At Cheltenham

It’s a massive day for Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard and his team at Cheltenham, as they prepare to send out stable stars such as Thistlcrack and Fox Norton, both of whom will be names eagerly discussed by the hordes descending on Prestbury Park.

Also batting for team Tizzard though is seven-year-old Fourth Act, who looks a viable angle from which to attack for the endurance test which is the extended 3m 3f Bet Victor Handicap Chase at 1.50pm.

Likely to be cherry ripe after a run at Ascot a fortnight ago, when powerfully staying on at the finish of the three mile trip, he might very well have even more to give at this longer distance, and a low weight of just 10st 5lbs will surely help.

A winner over the big fences at Wincanton last season, he won’t mind a drop of rain but goes perfectly well on better ground too, and in Tom O’Brien he has a rider who has enjoyed nine wins in the past two weeks, four of them for the Tizzards.

Next up is the big one at 2.25pm, the £160,000 Bet Victor Gold Cup, a 19-runner two and a half mile shootout laden with possibilities.

At double figure odds, one of those is very definitely Double Shuffle for the red-hot duo of Tom George and Adrian Heskin.

Fourth to the reopposing More Of That in a novice chase here at Cheltenham at this meeting a year ago, this horse goes especially well at this venue, as proven by his Festival third to Ballyalton in March.

Inbetween times, he was a winner at Ludlow, beating none other than Colin Tizzard’s Fourth Act in a close finish!

More recently, Double Shuffle has a run under his belt, chasing home Art Mauresque (who also runs in this) at Chepstow.

That should put him cherry ripe, and as an improving six-year-old without too many miles on the clock, he looks one to take very seriously, especially with his stable having clocked up 7 more wins in the last couple of weeks.

Good luck!

Saturday’s best bets:

1.50 Cheltenham – Bet Victor Handicap Chase – 13 Fourth Act (each way) @ 12/1 (Betway)

2.25 Cheltenham – Bet Victor Gold Cup Handicap Chase – 11 Double Shuffle (each way) @ 11/1 (BetVictor or Ladbrokes)

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Posted 2 months, 1 week ago