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12 Apr
2013

Saturday’s Racing Tips from Doncaster and Kempton

Tom’s having a lie down in a darkened room following all the excitement of Cheltenham and Aintree, but in his absence we once again call upon the services of his Channel 4 Racing colleague Nick Lightfoot who takes the reigns for this Saturday’s tips…

After all the build-up, Cheltenham and Aintree didn’t disappoint, with fantastic exhibitions  from Sprinter Sacre and co thrilling the racing world. But even though Channel 4 racing will still broadcast National Hunt racing from Ayr and Sandown in the coming weeks, it’s clear that we need to don the ‘flat caps’ as the first classics of the season draw closer.

We’re double-handed this afternoon on 4, based at Kempton Park [where the car park resembles a lake] and bringing in the best of the action at Doncaster.

Richard Hannon’s Chandlery is something of a forgotten horse in the listed mile at Doncaster. The last time we saw him in racing action was a victory at Glorious Goodwood in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes, but that was in July 2011 and it remains to be seen whether the horse retains the ability shown two years ago.

With that in mind, it could pay to back known form, and Highland Knight aside, few have stronger claims than Gabrial. Richard Fahey’s 4yo posted one of the most impressive handicap performances of the whole season last year when romping to victory in the Silver Bowl at Haydock in May. That day he was talked of as a real Group-class horse and two valiant efforts in Group 1 company subsequently did little damage to his reputation. His turn of foot is a potent weapon and might well make him the one to beat.

Later in the card, the 20-runner 6f handicap looks a tricky early season puzzle to solve. Jack Dexter is clearly the pick on form. His recent defeat of last season’s Ayr Gold Cup winner, Captain Ramius, over the course and distance was a real eye-catcher. He quickened very stylishly and won with a bit in hand, but today faces a tougher task off of a 7lb higher mark. A value alternative could be Our Jonathan, who was only a length and a half behind Jack Dexter that day. His mark hasn’t altered, and it shouldn’t be forgotten that he won the Ayr Gold Cup off the same mark two seasons ago. Races early on in the season are usually the best time to catch him, and his recent yard switch to Tim Pitt’s looks to have worked the oracle having left behind his dip in form at the end of last season.

Solar Deity’s relentless improvement is unlikely to come to a halt in Kempton’s 3.50.  The step-up in trip to a mile should suit perfectly and Marco Botti’s charge has already defeated the likes of George Guru and Atlantis Crossing, who re-oppose today. With very little recent winning form on offer it should pay to side with Solar Deity, even at short odds.

Good luck everyone, have a great day of punting.

Nick

Saturday’s Best Bets
2.20pm – Doncaster – Gabrial [win] @ 4/1 (Betfred, Bet Victor, Ladbrokes)
3.30pm – Doncaster – Our Jonathan [each way] @ 14/1 (Skybet, Betfred, Bet Victor)
3.50pm – Kempton – Solar Deity [win] @ 15/8 (Coral)
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Posted 5 years, 7 months ago

16 Jun
2011

It’s Getting Tasty On Day Three Of Royal Ascot

It was tough going in the trenches at Ascot on Wednesday afternoon, with the general consensus that after a day firmly in the punters’ favour on Tuesday it was very much an equaliser for the layers, what with both So You Think (4/11) and Shumoos (6/5) well backed shorties that bit the dust.

Granted you have to take the bookies PR reps claims of poverty with enough salt to fill a mine, but Tuesday certainly was a fillip for those investing their hard earned, and scores now stand at one a-piece.

Thursday looks relatively complicated as well, but I’ll kick off with just the 21 juveniles so sift through in the opening Norfolk Stakes at 2.30pm, live on BBC1.

The one everyone will be craning their necks to get a good look at in the paddock is Everyday Dave, clearly a very fast young horse who comes here under the tutelage of top American trainer Wesley Ward.

Unbeaten after wins in America and France he has a good draw in 16, and must hold a major shout.

Plenty of you will recall Ward came calling at Royal Ascot back in 2009, first winning the Windsor Castle Stakes with 33/1 shot Strike The Tiger, then openly admitting he had a much faster filly for the Queen Mary in the guise of Jealous Again.

Jealousy, quickly followed by a minor bout of depression, quickly followed by violence would probably have been the reaction for those who scoffed at his claims: backed in from 16/1 into 13/2 she won by just the five lengths, over five furlongs, at Royal Ascot!!

If there is one to send the Americans home empty handed my money is on one of the home team – Richard Hannon’s Crown Dependency, a really exciting Acclamation colt who did regular readers of this column a big favour when winning his maiden over six furlongs at Goodwood during Punchestown/Chester week.

Richard Hughes had to give him a bit of help that day, but when he pushed the button there was plenty in the tank, and he was eased towards the finish for an easy debut victory.

Encouragingly, the third horse that day Airborne Again (also Richard Hannon) then went out and franked the form with victory at Salisbury a week later.

My only real concern is his draw, lowest of all in stall one.

High numbers appear to have been in vogue on days one and two, but all of that can change in the blink of an eye, and at 15/2 with either of Coral or Paddy Power I do think there’s value to be had there each way.

Next up, I’m expecting the Ribblesdale (3.05pm) to go to Ireland, with Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning teaming up as ever with Sunday’s Group 3 Cork winner Banimpire, a Holy Roman Emperor filly who probably ought to be a sprinter or at best a miler, but there’s stamina on the dam side and she’s actually a strong galloping sort at up to a mile and a half.

Three times a Group 3 winner already this calendar year, she bounced back from a fifth in the Irish Guineas (when sent off just 9/1) with a win over the Ribblesdale trip just four days ago in the Noblesse Stakes.

If that hasn’t taken the edge off her she’s the one they all have to beat.

The big race is the Gold Cup at 3.45pm, and this is a real teaser for backers of either the favourite Fame And Glory or next in Duncan, with neither tested at the extreme two and a half mile trip.

Will they stay? Who knows, though both have the class in abundance: Fame And Glory was second Sea The Stars’ Derby, fifth in the Arc last season, plus is a former Coronation Cup winner, while Duncan netted the Yorkshire Cup on his reappearance.

The problem is, if you’re entertaining the idea of getting fired in either of them at relatively short odds (2/1 and 6/1), what happens if the petrol light is flickering on empty and you’ve done your cash after two miles?

My idea is to dip in at a far bigger price with a small each way bet on Barry Hills’ Tastahil, a 20/1 poke with Ladbrokes, with the Magic Sign making a decent concession at a third of the odds a place.

To my mind the key with Tastahil is to let him kick on and race prominently.

They disappointed him when holding him up in this race a year ago, and consequently he could never land a blow.

Fair enough he doesn’t win too often, but he did take the Group 3 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket last backend.

His one run so far this year was a Herculean second off top weight to Overturn over two and a quarter miles in the Chester Cup, and if he can get a couple of the fancied runners on the stretch he might not be such a big price in-running as they turn for home!

The balance of risk versus reward suggests we’ve got a bit in our favour, backing a guaranteed stayer at such a big price.

Finally, a word on annual Royal Ascot attendee Lord Culcheth, an acquaintance of mine with a loyal following…..thanks to MichaelS for his tweet, which was very much to the point in saying: “cheers for the tips, but pls p’vide updated info on Lord Culcheth. Is he at Ascot?”

Good news: I’m sure you’ll all sleep much sounder in your beds tonight, safe in the knowledge that he’s heading to the Berkshire venue on Saturday, and I’ll be delighted to keep you posted on his whereabouts.

Good luck!

Thursday’s best bets at Royal Ascot:

2.30 – Norfolk Stakes – 10 Crown Dependency (each way) @ 15/2 (Coral or Paddy Power)

3.05 – Ribblesdale Stakes – 2 Banimpire (win) @ 3/1 (Ladbrokes or William Hill)

3.45 – Gold Cup – 11 Tastahil (each way) @ 20/1 (Ladbrokes)

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Posted 7 years, 5 months ago

04 Sep
2009

High Standards at Haydock Park for Fallon’s Return – this weekend’s tips?

A year ago the heavens opened, and what should have been a day to remember at Haydock Park turned into empty car parks and a sodden track saturated by a constant downpour, a situation that left us with a rather skinny programme for two hours that afternoon!

Now, a shade over 24 hours before Kieren Fallon begins what certain quarters of the press have taken to calling ‘phase two’ of his career, we’re hoping for better luck as the Newton-le-Willows track stages its ever popular Betfred Sprint Cup card.

My suspicion is that Fred, who had the misfortune to employ me for three years, might well be handing over his biggest sponsored prize (apart, of course, from the annual Betfred & Birchwood Shopping Centre Best Dressed Shellsuit Competition) to Fallon a little after 3.30pm, once the former champ has booted home 7/2 (totesport) shot High Standing in the Group 1 Sprint Cup.

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Posted 9 years, 2 months ago

17 Jul
2009

Newbury, Lingfield & Haydock – this weekend’s best tips!

Positively itching to get back on a racecourse after a few days layed up on doctor’s orders this Saturday’s trip to Newbury simply cannot come soon enough, and with it the chance to see the next stage in the rise and rise of William Haggas’s brilliant four year old High Standing in the Shadwell Stakes at 2.20pm.

Making hay of late in handicap company High Standing produced a cracking effort to mow them down in Royal Ascot’s Wokingham Stakes, coming late in the final 75 yards to claim top weight Asset, and this is the day we find out if he really is good enough to make the transition from talking horse to the real deal.

He’s long been spoken of as a potential Group horse running in handicaps, and having finished first or second on his last eight appearances, and in doing so risen to a mark of 105, he’s more than earned a tilt at a decent Group prize.

This’ll be no walk in the park though, with some battle hardened types set to line up, including comeback horse War Arstist (third in the 2008 running of the July Cup), plus Prime Defender, Icelandic and Edge Closer.
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Posted 9 years, 4 months ago

11 May
2009

Getcarter to tie the bookies in a knot at Windsor?

Windsor’s ever-popular Monday night fixtures are a real draw down by the Thames, and Richard Hannon could be celebrating now Getcarter tries his luck in handicap company in the mapismodellingacademy.co.uk Handicap at 8.20pm tonight.

Potentially thrown in off a mark of just 68 Hannon has got him flying for his seasonal debut, and a big run is firmly expected from the three year old.

The 100/30 with Skybet and Sportingodds can prove to be a worthwhile investment.

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