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Month: March 2020

Midlands Grand National Handicap Chase (Listed Race): Se Mo Profit in Midlands National

Midlands Grand National Handicap Chase (Listed Race): Se Mo Profit in Midlands National

3.35 Uttoxeter After the hullaballoo of the Cheltenham Festival and with the Grand National and the flat season still feeling like a lifetime away, we need something else to sink our teeth into and as usual the Midlands National comes along with consummate timing. The race doesn’t have as big a field as it could have had, perhaps down to the very heavy going, but the race conditions themselves mean only certain horses can be considered seriously including these six: …

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Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle: Elliott to Claim Oscar in Festival Finale

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle: Elliott to Claim Oscar in Festival Finale

5.30 Cheltenham We have one last chance to land some profit at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, and what a meeting it has been once again. With the conditional jockeys having their shot at glory bets need to be carefully considered in this race, given that this is not a track that suits the inexperienced but that said we have some fine contenders to take out from the 23-strong field. Here’s our dirty half-dozen:  Espoir De Romay Some big-priced horses have…

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Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Lisp Has No Impediment in Grand Annual

Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Lisp Has No Impediment in Grand Annual

4.50 Cheltenham Run over two miles, offering £62,000 to the winner and featuring 20 runners, this race is going to be fast and furious but it’s precisely because of the nature of the race that we like the horse we do. Plenty are in with chances on the book as you’d expect, but there is one standout who could prove today that he is a top-class chaser in the making for next season. Here’s the shortlist:  Capeland Strictly speaking the…

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County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Henderson to Strike Again in County Hurdle

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Henderson to Strike Again in County Hurdle

2.10 Cheltenham Yet another competitive Cheltenham Festival handicap and yet another where the money is likely to pour in for one of JP McManus’ horses. While the pace of the race, the trip and the ground are all important here, we never lose site when previewing these races of the fact that the key ingredient for success is being well handicapped and we reckon we’ve found one who is probably 10lbs better than his current mark. Here are our six…

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Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase: De Bromhead has Perfect Plan of Attack in Kim Muir

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase: De Bromhead has Perfect Plan of Attack in Kim Muir

5.30 Cheltenham While it’s not a graded race and not one of the most valuable of the week, the Kim Muir as we still affectionately know it remains of huge importance within the industry but most importantly as a 24-runner handicap it is one of the biggest betting events too. The presence of a couple of JP McManus runners in the top five or six in the market means bookmakers may well be running scared, but that could work to…

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Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Whittingdon Horse Simply the Betts in Stable Plate

Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Whittingdon Horse Simply the Betts in Stable Plate

4.10 Cheltenham Another day, another hugely competitive Cheltenham Festival handicap but they are not totally unpredictable and we’ve already landed some big successes this week. One of them was with Kim Bailey’s Imperial Aura who won the Listed novices’ handicap in really good style on Tuesday, and his form ties in closely with a key runner in this year’s Stable Plate. Plenty of these are handicapped very close to each other by our reckoning, a tip of the cap then…

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Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Kilbricken to Storm to Pertemps Victory

Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Kilbricken to Storm to Pertemps Victory

2.10 Cheltenham A hugely competitive final, as it should be, and one that will take a lot of winning on the New Course in this ground. It may seem strange to some for us to have left out leading betting hopes The Storyteller and Relegate, but we have to be brutal in races like this and we think that these six have enough in their armoury to cope. Kilbricken Storm Having won well in the Albert Bartlett over three miles…

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Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Galahad to Land Fred Winter Holy Grail

Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Galahad to Land Fred Winter Holy Grail

4.50 Cheltenham Despite being a basket case of a race at first glance; a bunch of closely-matched four-year-olds with precious little top-class form to go on in a handicap scenario, this is a race that should be won by the right horse with the right form. Some good types have already taken this contest in the past and it could by that a Grade 2 winner who has mixed it with the right animals could have been underestimated and overpriced…

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Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Protektorat to Confirm Superiority over Coral Cup Field

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Protektorat to Confirm Superiority over Coral Cup Field

2.50 Cheltenham Nicky Henderson has a very strong hand as he attempts to win the Coral Cup for the fourth time in 11 years, while Willie Mullins in typical style brings a veritable battalion to challenge for this £56,000 first prize. It’s competitive of course, but just six live ones have made our shortlist and all have chances of sorts. Ballymoy While his fifth on return to hurdling at Ascot in January didn’t show him to be of quite the…

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Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed Race): Bailey Horse Has Cheltenham Aura

Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed Race): Bailey Horse Has Cheltenham Aura

4.50 Cheltenham A very tight novices’ handicap chase with just 6lbs separating the field and there is no way in reality that they are this close to each other ability-wise. So, it’s up to us to attempt to second-guess which horses are badly off at the weights and which look set to show that extra improvement so often forthcoming with peaking novices, leaving us with this shortlist of six who can all give a good account of themselves: Earlofthecotswolds This…

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