Racing Tips 888Sport Handicap 3.25 Kempton Saturday

James Fanshawe

Having won three of her four course appearances, and been placed on the other, James Fanshawe’s 7yo mare Hallelujah, will be the top choice of many punters.

Having won three of her four course appearances, and been placed on the other, James Fanshawe’s 7yo mare Hallelujah, will be the top choice of many punters. In her last race, with R Tylicki in the plate, (Lingfield listed 6f 21 Feb) she was slightly outpaced, but stayed on strongly inside the final furlong, going down by a hd and 1 1/2L to the very useful pair Rivellino, and Glen Moss. She is definitely handicapped up to her best, but reunited with Hayley Turner, and racing at her favourite track, it is not difficult to see her being involved at the weekend.

Charles’ Hills is represented by the 6yo gelding Boomerang, who boasts a 100% course record, having won on his only other track appearance (5f). Having his first race for five months, he ran Pretend to 1 1/4L in a class 2 handicap at Wolverhampton off a mark of 95 three weeks ago. As the winner and third that day have both won since, the form looks solid, so racing off 96 on Saturday he is worth considering.

The Roger Ingram trained 5yo Triple Chocolate has the profile of a horse going places. A winner of four of his last five races, he is now rated 18lbs higher than when winning at Windsor last August. Considering it was his first race for five months he did well to win over course and distance six weeks ago off a mark of 85. Twice a winner on Kempton’s poly track he does face a step up in class at the weekend, but with only a 4lb rise in the weights this very progressive animal must have excellent prospects of landing the spoils on Saturday on a surface to which he is well suited.

The other contender worth considering is the Alan Bailey trained Baddilini, as he boasts winning form at class2 level on four occasions. He ran respectably in a 7f listed race at Wolverhampton three weeks ago, finishing 7th, and prior to that battled bravely to land a class 2 7f Lingfield handicap off a mark of 93. Although 7lbs higher on Saturday He may well be better suited by Kempton’s flat 6f and if turning up at the weekend,it would not surprise to see him involved,

Selection: Triple Chocolate.

Danger: Hallelujah.

Betting Tips Rosebery Handicap (1m3f) 2.50pm Saturday

Betting Tips Rosebery Handicap (1m3f) 2.50pm Saturday

Leading AW trainer Charlie Appelby is represented by New Years Night. He won a class3 handicap at Lingfield (1m4f) two weeks ago of a mark of 85 and looks very progressive.

Marco Botti, who is having such a good time on the A.W. Has an interesting contender in the 4yo Latin Charm. This relatively lightly raced Cape Cross gelding made his A.W. Debut a winning one, over the course (1m4f) last November. Racing off a mark of 84 He battled on strongly to get the better of the two years older Xinbama. While Saturday’s race represents a step up in class, this well bred animal may well be up to the challenge.

Leading AW trainer Charlie Appelby is represented by New Years Night. He won a class3 handicap at Lingfield (1m4f) two weeks ago of a mark of 85 and looks very progressive. He came with a strong run inside the final furlong to win cleverly, making Saturday’s Mark of 88 look generous. Coming from a stable in such scintillating form, New Years Night is definitley one to be interested in.

Selection: New Years Night.

The Rosebery Handicap is a flat handicap horse race in England open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at Kempton Park over a distance of 11 furlongs and it is scheduled to take place each year in late March or early April. It was switched to Kempton’s newly opened all-weather track in 2006. The distance was increased from 10 furlongs to the current 11 furlongs in 2007.

Kempton Racing Tips Magnolia Stakes 2.15

While most of the media’s attention is focussed on Saturday's Lincoln meeting at Doncaster, Kempton's poly track, features three highly competitive and interesting contests.

Magnolia stakes at 2.15, (1m2f), sees the return to action of John Gosden’s St Leger runner up, Romsdal. Second time out last year He hacked up by 5L over the course (1m3f), prior to finishing a terrific third in the Derby behind Australia and Kingston Hill.

While most of the media’s attention is focussed on Saturday’s Lincoln meeting at Doncaster, Kempton’s poly track, features three highly competitive and interesting contests.

The Magnolia stakes at 2.15, (1m2f), sees the return to action of John Gosden’s St Leger runner up, Romsdal. Second time out last year He hacked up by 5L over the course (1m3f), prior to finishing a terrific third in the Derby behind Australia and Kingston Hill. He disappointed in the King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but redeemed his reputation with a brave second to Kingston Hill in the St Leger (1m6 1/2f). Obviously the distance of Saturday’s contest is a concern, but the way Romsdal travels, and his style of racing, would suggest that it may not inconvenience him that much, particularly when noting that his uber shrewd trainer carried off a similar trick, when winning this in 2012, with his St Leger winner Arctic Cosmos, who had collected the Doncaster prize two years earlier. Definitley one for the short list!

Marco Botti’s Solar Deity, if reproducing his run in a very valuable Lingfield handicap, behind Grandeur,(1m2f) last April, would be interesting. There despite being short of room two furlongs out he finished a highly commendable fourth, with one of Saturday’s opponents, Aussie Reigns, behind. He certainly demonstrated his wellbeing three weeks ago at Wolverhampton (1m1/2f) in a class 2 handicap. He ran on really well, to finish third suggesting that the step back up to 1m2f is what is required. With his trainer having such a good A.W. Season, he is worth considering.

The Ed Dunlop trained Red Galileo, having won over the course as a 2yo and finished fifth in the Derby has a lot to recommend him. He has failed to catch the judges eye since the Derby, but has put in some very sound performances, not least a shd defeat by Nabucco, and being beaten a nk by the two years older Clon Brulee. As Dunlop won this with a seasonal debutante last year, Contributer, Red Galileo is worth a second look.

Selection: Romsdal.

The John Smith Novices Handicap Chase (Cl 2) 2m5 1/2f Kelso Sat 3.25

Leading trainer at the Scottish track over the last five years, Cheshire based handler Donald McCain is represented by the 6yo gelding Degooch.

Leading trainer at the Scottish track over the last five years, Cheshire based handler Donald McCain is represented by the 6yo gelding Degooch.

Leading trainer at the Scottish track over the last five years, Cheshire based handler Donald McCain is represented by the 6yo gelding Degooch. He has been plying his trade at Cl 4 level and Saturday’s task represents a considerable step up in class, but he did win very comfortably at Sedgfield last time ( 2m4f soft handicap chase ). He has only been raised 4lbs for Saturday giving him a nice racing weight of 10st 7lbs, so with these connections, it would be no great surprise to see this progressive young chaser bridge that class divide.

Having won a Cl1 bumper and a Cl3 chase, Malcolm Jefferson’s joint top weight Oscar Rock is the class act of the race. He was quite impressive last time out ( 21 Feb Newcastle 2m4f gd/sft Cl3 handicap chase ) where having raced prominently, he made smooth headway to lead at the last, and despite idling in front won comfortably. As this was only his second start over the larger obstacles plenty of progress can be anticipated, making his 6lbs rise look less than onerous. In his only other chase ( Kelso 7 Dec 2m7 1/2f soft ), when finishing second, he didn’t seem to get home over the trip,suggesting that Saturday’s distance may prove ideal.

Having won on four of his seven course appearances, the thouroughly genuine Philip Kirby trained Stopped Out has to be of interest. He has combined a hurdling and chasing career to such good effect that he has won ten and been placed eleven times from his fourty three starts. It has to be said that only two of these successes have been acheived over the larger obstacles, but one of them was last time out in a Cl3 Novice chase ( 2m6 1/2f Market Rasen ) where he beat Minella Forfitness and the 2/5 favourite Close Touch. Can he be improving as a chaser at the age of ten? Time will tell, but he is of some interest racing off a mark 4lbs lower than his hurdles rating on a track he clearly enjoys.

Selection: Degooch.

Danger: Oscar Rock.

Racing Betting Tips: Novices Handicap Hurdle Newbury 3.45pm Saturday

Andrew Balding's Shirocco gelding Storm Force Ten, rated 83 on the flat, looks well treated off a mark of 123.

Andrew Balding’s Shirocco gelding Storm Force Ten, rated 83 on the flat, looks well treated off a mark of 123.

After the frenetic pace of last weeks Cheltenham Festival, (hope you got on our selection, Moon Racer, in the Wetherby’s Champion Bumper) racing this week is of a more pedestrian nature. Newbury stages some competitive looking racing, not least the Doombar Novices Hurdle at 3.45, while North of the border, at Kelso the Brewers John Smith sponsor a valuable and intriguing novices handicap chase at 3.25. Paul Nicholls is the only trainer represented on Saturday to have won the Newbury contest over the past decade, although both Alan King, and Venetia Williams have had runners placed. The Nicholl’s contender this year, Celestino, has been generally dissappointing and as he is 5lbs out of the handicap at the time of writing is passed over.

The Alan King trained Gimme Five is of considerable interest. Rated 67 on the flat, he has won two of his five starts over hurdles, both times on good ground. Last time out ( Huntingdon 2m1/2f gd Oct 5 ) he made most of the running and had to be kept up to his work to win by 3/4L. In his previous race ( Fontwell 2m21/2f ) he may have been a tad unlucky as he lost a shoe, when going down by 3/4L to the useful Vosne Romanee. Both the Fontwell race and his ability to stay 2miles on the flat ( 2nd btn 3/4L Lingfield 2m Feb 2. ) would suggest that he will be well suited by Saturday’s step up in trip. With the benefit of the Lingfield pipe opener in Febuary, he is Definitley one for the shortlist.

Andrew Balding’s Shirocco gelding Storm Force Ten, rated 83 on the flat, looks well treated off a mark of 123. Last time out ( Cheltenham 2m1f soft 24 Jan ) he finished a running on 4th behind Peace and Co, Karezak, and Zarib. Although 12 1/2L behind the winner, the very useful Zarib, was only 1/2 in advance at the line. As Peace and Co went on to victory in the Triumph, and Zarib won his next race the form looks rock solid. On a point of handicapping Zarib finished a good 6th in the Fred Winter at the Festival of a mark of 133, suggesting that the Balding horse is well in here off 123.

Philip Hobbs’s Golden Doyen, was going well behind the leaders, when coming down in the Fred Winter, eight days ago. He races off the same mark,141, on Saturday and so, on the form of his penultimate race ( 17Jan Ascot 2m soft ) where he was a staying on 2nd to the Triumph runner up, Top Notch, combined with the strong likelihood of being suited by the extra distance at the weekend he is another to consider.

Seamus Mullins runs his 72 flat rated Ultimate off a mark of 123 and promises to be a decent recruit to jumping. A winner of two of his three starts over hurdles he put up a fine performance last time out. ( Sandown 2m1/2f gd/sft 7th Mar.) where staying on strongly up the Sandown hill he beat Libeccio 4L with the well backed favourite Princess Ombu (rec15lbs) a further 2 3/4L back in third. He races on Saturday off a mark only 5lbs higher than Sandown giving him a nice racing weight of 10st 8lbs. Another to consider!

Selection: Storm Force Ten.

E.W. : Ultimate.

Champion Bumper Cheltenham Festival Betting Preview

Pylonthepressure

Another of the Mullins Brigade to have impressed has been the 5yo Pylonthepressure who has won his three races to date with considerable ease.

Preview : Weatherbys Champion Bumper, Wednesday.

First run in 1992, the Champion Bumper has been dominated by Irish Stables who have won seventeen of the twenty two renewals, a trend strongly emphasised last year, when the first six home came from stables from across the water. Willie Mullins has been the dominant trainer in the contest, winning eight times. Philip Hobbs and Colin Tizzard are the only two successful home based handlers since Martin Pipe in 2003.

The Willie Mullins trained Bordini heads the market at 6/1. Having finished only third in his sole point to point, he has impressed in his two bumpers, winning both of them with considerable ease. His last win was particularly eye catching, where responding to pressure, he ran on very stoutly up Navan’s demanding uphill finish to win comfortably. The third horse Rock on the Moor (recd 4lbs) who was twenty lengths behind, came out and won his next race, so the form looks solid.

Another of the Mullins Brigade to have impressed has been the 5yo Pylonthepressure who has won his three races to date with considerable ease. He trotted up in his sole point to point last May, and won equally readily when easily winning his first bumper at Thurles in December. It was his latest race (2m3f sft Naas Feb7) that impressed this observer. Second choice in the market to the highly regarded, Gordon Elliot trained, Space Cadet, to whom he was Conceeding 7lbs, Pylonthepressure made all, galloped all over the opposition, and stayed on stoutly to win by 8 1/2L from the Elliot horse. This performance had Cheltenham written all over it, and it would be no surprise see another similar effort on Wednsday.

The David Pipe trained Moon Racer hasn’t been seen since winning over the course and distance ( gd/sft) back in October. While the form was ordinary, he did win with his head in his chest in a respectable time. Connections have probably avoided the bad winter ground, so this 6yo who won his only previous race, a very competitive Fairyhouse bumper, last April, at odds of 50/1 is Definitley one for the short list.

Selection : Pylonthepressure

Danger. : Moon Racer

Supreme Novices Hurdle Cheltenham Festival Betting Tuesday

Nicky Henderson's L'Ami Serge

Nicky Henderson’s L’Ami Serge is our Cheltenham betting tip for the Supreme Novices.

Originally run as The Gloucester Hurdle, which was divided into two divisions, this race’s roll of honour contains some of the most iconic names in the whole pantheon of national hunt racing, such as Saffron Tartan (1963), Buona Notte, (1963) Flyingbolt, (1964) L’Escargot, (1968) Bula, (1970) and the ill fated Golden Cygnet, (1978) to name but a few. It has always been a contest kind to the Irish, with the great Vincent O’Brien winning ten times in the fifties, a trend which has continued to the present era with Irish stables winning nine of the last fourteen renewals. Willie Mullins has been successful four times, ( including the last two runnings ) while Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson have won it twice. Rather surprisingly it is twenty three years since Henderson last hit the back of the net, so what are the prospects of his French import L’Ami Serge of ending the long Seven Barrows drought.

Having only been placed in five of his six French races, he made an immediate impact on his first appearance in this country. He trotted up in the Gerry Fielden at Newbury in November, where racing off a mark of 132 he had subsequent Betfair hurdle winner Violet Dancer (rec. 3lbs) fifteen lengths back in third. He has won his only two subsequent starts with equal authority and now boasts an R.P.R. Of 159 (only one of the last ten winners were rated higher). As all his wins have come on a soft surface reservations have been expressed about his ability to handle a faster surface. However with safety paramount, it is highly unlikely that the Festival will start on anything quicker than Gd/Sft, and besides, being by Theatrical, there is a strong possibility that he could even improve for a faster surface.

Another import from the French provinces, Douvan, trained by the all conquering Willie Mullins, has been most impressive in his two Irish runs. He won very easily on his Irish debut at Gowran Park in November (2m hvy.) beating subsequent Grade1 winner Sizing John by a dozen lengths, with the future Boyle Sports Hurdle second Modem back in fifth. He never came out of a canter in his only other race, (Grade2 Punchestown 2msft) easily accounting for Alpha Des Obeaux. While his ability to act on a possibly faster surface on Tuesday has to be taken on trust, He did demonstrate that he could cope with the hurly burly of a big field, when coming from midfield to win a sixteen runner affair at Compiegne. A very worthy favourite!

Now trained by the very competent John Ferguson, Qewy, a classy ex flat racer ( rated102) looks interesting. He showed some promise on his debut over hurdles, finishing third behind Aso and Kiama Bay ( Haydock 2m hvy) and confirmed the good impression three weeks later at Newbury, comfortably accounting for Nicky Henderson’s 138 rated Cardinal Walter by six lengths. With further progress likely, it would be no great surprise to see him involved on Tuesday.

Warren Greatrex’s Seedling has won his last three races, and on his most recent performance, certainly comes into the argument. He comfortably accounted for subsequent scorer Some Plan ( rec 4lbs ) at Cheltenham in December earning himself an R.P.R. Of 151. It is worth noting that his win at Cheltenham was acheived on the New Course, and Tuesday’s contest is staged on the Old. This can be very significant as the tighter Old Course leaves horse and pilot much less time to get organised, in contrast to the more galloping nature of the New. However Seedling handled the famous hill well last time and must be considered.

Selection : L’Ami Serge

Danger : Douvan