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28 Dec
2015

Arctic Excursion Just The Ticket At Leopardstown

It’s a wet and windy Leopardstown that’s set to welcome another big crowd for day three of the annual Christmas meeting, one which boasts the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle and Lexus Chase as its chief components, both of which you’ll see live with us on RTE2.

The three mile Christmas Hurdle (1.55pm) in particular looks set to be a thriller, pitting strong stayers Martello Tower and Alpha Des Obeaux against the classy, but stamina unproven, Arctic Fire.

Albert Bartlett winner Martello Tower is returning to the track from a 290 day absence since his Cheltenham heroics, but even so is bound to try and make this as searching a test as possible.

The same is true of Alpha Des Obeaux, who was comfortably accounted for by Arctic Fire in Fairyhouse’s Hatton’s Grace Hurdle last month, though that came over half a mile shorter than today’s trip.

Seemingly there aren’t too many chinks in 169-rated Arctic Fire’s armour, a horse available at just 8/1 for the two mile Champion Hurdle in March, though the conundrum for his trainer is the embarrassment of riches which sees him furnished with two seemingly superior options for that contest already, in the shape of the monster Faugheen, as well as Nichols Canyon.

Trying to keep them apart is no easy feat, so it makes sense to try and chisel out a new discipline for Arctic Fire, stepping him up in trip in a fascinating experiment.

Will he stay, or will the petrol light be flickering on empty?

On ratings the last season’s Champion Hurdle runner up ought to be an odds on shot, he’s proven on Soft ground, hails from a stable in red hot form, and has the assistance of Ruby Walsh.

Perhaps more importantly, he’s seen out both of his races this season powerfully, staying on well to score over two and a half miles at both Navan and Fairyhouse, a precedent which bodes well for this afternoon.

There’s no guarantee, but I expect him to win today, and his current odds of 12/1 for the World Hurdle to be adjusted accordingly.

Elsewhere, winner number 167 of the season beckons for champion jockey elect Richard Johnson, as he partners Cotillion in Leicester’s Parsley Selling Hurdle (1.25pm).

Johnson, on target for trainer Ian Williams at Huntingdon on Saturday, gets the leg up on a horse who won on the all-weather 12 days ago, and was last seen hurdling at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival.

It’ll be a disappointment if he doesn’t have too many guns for some limited opposition.

Good luck!

Monday’s best bets:

1.25 Leicester – Parsley Selling Hurdle – 5 Cotillion (win) @ 5/4 (Betfred, Betvictor, Coral or Hills)

1.55 Leopardstown – Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle – 2 Arctic Fire (win) @ 11/10 (bet365, Betway or Paddy Power)

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Posted 2 years, 10 months ago

24 Jan
2012

Painter Man In The Frame At Leicester

To brighten up a dull Tuesday a big run is expected from David Pipe’s Painter Man in Leicester’s 0-110 Humberstone Handicap Hurdle at 4.10pm this afternoon.

Injury prone in the past, this is a horse who’s only had 16 career starts despite being a 10-year-old, and he can defy top weight off a mark of just 110 in a race which might not take too much winning, especially given his love of heavy ground.

If they’ve got him back to somewhere near his best form he ought to go very close in this company.

Some of the 5/2 available with any of Boylesports, Stan James and William Hill looks the way to go.

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Posted 6 years, 10 months ago

11 Mar
2011

Ice Tea To Land Military Coup – Friday’s Tips

It’s fair to say Sandown Park’s Grand Military Gold Cup for amateur riders isn’t a race which leaves me breathless in anticipation with Cheltenham knocking on the door, but it’s a great opportunity to back a winner, especially if a car boot sale on Imperial Cup day doesn’t float your boat as an idea to try and raise some much needed funds for next week’s assault on the senses.

This afternoon’s renewal (3.30pm) can go to Sian McCain’s 11 year old Ice Tea in the hands of Lucy Gardner – this Glacial Storm gelding has lost none of his old zest, winning three of four starts in hunter chases since being transferred from the care of husband to wife at Bankhouse Stables, and off a mark of 130 minus his rider’s claim he holds a clear advantage at the weights on the terms of today’s contest.

Sandown’s quicker ground will hold no fears (has won on Good, Good to Firm & Good to Soft), and he probably has the best pilot among this mixed bunch. Win bet at 11/4 with Stan James is the recommendation.

Not to be outdone by the fairer sex Donald can ensure a double on the day for the McCain household by winning at the fifth attempt over fences with 134 rated hurdler Cool Mission in Ayr’s Corona Beginners’ Chase over 3m 1f at 2.45pm.

His jumping has let him down to date, but his best effort over the larger obstacles came on his latest attempt at Doncaster in the hands of Jason Maguire (no significant errors), when going down two lengths to the more than useful Beshabar (Ice Tea won on the same card).

Today he’s miles clear on ratings at level weights, and I expect him to make all and not see another rival.

He isn’t one for maximum confidence, but the penny is clearly beginning to drop and it’ll be a surprise if he doesn’t take this straight forward looking opportunity faced with only four opponents.

It’s a trip to Leicester for me where I think the two and a half mile handicap chase (4.50pm) can go the way of Tim Vaughan’s Dead Or Alive under decent conditional Tom David.

The winner of four of his 19 chase starts and three of his four point to points, today can prove to be exactly the right day to catch this Exit To Nowhere eight year old as he returns from a long break to take advantage of his favoured faster ground.

Not seen under rules since August he has dropped four pounds to 123, and with his rider’s claim is now level with his last winning mark of 118.

We know he’s well as he won a point to point just 27 days ago, and although he’s hard to catch right he can take this trappy contest given that there are clear reasons to pick holes in all of the opposition.

Good luck!

Friday’s best bets:

2.45 Ayr – Corona Beginners’ Chase – 2 Cool Mission (win)

3.30 Sandown – Grand Military Gold Cup – 8 Ice Tea (win) @ 11/4 with Stan James

4.50 Leicester – Cavalry Handicap Chase – 1 Dead Or Alive (win) @ 11/4 with Bet365 or Paddy Power who both offer best odds guaranteed.

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Posted 7 years, 8 months ago

01 Mar
2011

Master In Mind At Leicester on Tuesday

Sophie Leech sends in form 11 year old Master D’Or on the long trek north to Leicester from her picturesque Kingsbridge, South Devon base on Tuesday, and her veteran Cyborg gelding can gain his sixth career win under rules in the ladbrokes.com Squire Osbaldeston Handicap Chase at 3.00pm.

The old boy comes here in preference to an engagement at Plumpton on Monday, and my hunch is connections have made the right decision given that this looks a soft target against some largely unproven or out of form rivals.

Raised to a perch of 102 after winning at Uttoxeter (heavy) at the end of January, he followed up with a fine effort over three miles at Lingfield three weeks ago, when he was third beaten only half a length – another few strides and he surely would have won, but the handicapper has left him unchanged on a winnable looking mark (has won off as high as 110 over hurdles and 105 over fences).

I never have any hesitation in backing one partnered by talented Johnny Farrelly, and he gets the leg up for the first time on the former Philip Hobbs inmate.

I know Duke Of Ormond will be a popular selection after his winning chase debut at Market Rasen nine days ago, but he didn’t show much over hurdles and now has to carry a seven pound penalty on ground more testing than he has thrived on before.

Tim The Chair might be one to watch now he tackles fences, but the experience of Master D’Or who’s thriving at present means he merits a win bet here.

Those of you who tuned in to watch Channel 4 Racing on Saturday afternoon will no doubt have been impressed by how Zarkava’s half brother Zarkandar burst on to the scene in the Adonis Hurdle.

Daryl Jacob was massively impressed with this son of Azamour, and he can show any amount of improvement when he lines up in the Triumph Hurdle in 18 days time. A slice of the 9/1 available with Sky Bet looks a worthy addition to the antepost portfolio.

Good luck!

Tuesday’s best bet:

3.00 Leicester – ladbrokes.com Squire Osbaldeston Handicap Chase – 3 Master D’Or (win) @ 4/1 with Victor Chandler or Stan James

Cheltenham Festival antepost:

JCB Triumph Hurdle – Zarkandar (each way) @ 9/1 (Sky Bet)

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Posted 7 years, 8 months ago

01 Jun
2009

Best Bets for Monday’s Racing

After a couple of promising efforts John Dunlop’s well regarded Times Up can score in the 4:30 at Leicester now that he steps up in trip and the 6/4 generally available with any of the following bookmakers makes appeal –  Ladbrokes, Stan James, Paddy Power.

Later on at Windsor, take a bit of the 3/1 with Bet365 about Nadeen, building on his debut success in a Brighton maiden.

Two win singles and a win double is today’s advice.

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Posted 9 years, 5 months ago

10 Dec
2008

Look to Leicester for the Wednesday Nap?

You get the impression Nicky Henderson could train a winner with the yard terrier right now, and the recent hot streak can continue with the long-awaited return of Au Courant in Leicester’s opening Beginners’ Chase at 12.50pm.

The eight-year-old, a winner of a bumper and a hurdle race when last seen out some 3 years ago (he has a 1056 day absence to overcome), is said to have schooled like a high-class chaser in the making, and can see off his four rivals to make it a winning return with Tony McCoy in the saddle.

Anyone concerned about the lay-off should bear in mind how adept Henderson seems to be at re-introducing horses from a spell on the sidelines – Clay Hollister’s Sandown romp on Saturday is a case in point, so don’t be put off.

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Posted 9 years, 11 months ago

12 Nov
2008

Harris & Davies can paint the town red

Chepstow trainer Ron Harris was celebrating winning the Channel 4 trophy with the prolific Judge’n Jury (winningmost horse on the turf in 2008) over the weekend, and he can keep the smile on his face with a bold display from Red Current in the Hotel & Conferencing at Wolverhampton Apprentice H’Cap at the Midlands track tonight (6.20pm).

The four-year-old filly got her head in front at Leicester back in September, and although she hasn’t troubled the judge since then, she has slipped to a winning mark, and her shrewd trainer looks to have found the ideal opportunity in this weak contest for a return to the winner’s enclosure.

What’s more, she’s favourably drawn (stall 1), so snap up a bit of 8/1 each way with either Totesport, Coral or bet365.

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Posted 10 years ago

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