Jim Crowley: A good Selection for the Guineas

We are delighted to announce that top jockey Jim Crowley has become Flat racing Brand Ambassador for Bet4Causes.

You can read his columns in the Racing Plus newspaper every Saturday.

Jim has rides in both Newmarket Classics this weekend and gives us the low-down on his mounts, plus a few horses to follow for the next few days.

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By Jim Crowley

WHERE do you start? Trying to find a chink in the armour of Air Force Blue is nigh on impossible and he is obviously going to be very hard to crack in the 2000 Guineas.

He wears a tongue tie for the first time as he bids to give Aidan O’Brien a seventh win in the race, but he is deservedly a warm order.

Although it is a pity for racing fans that Emotionless was not quite ready to take him on again, if he replicates his Dewhurst-winning form, he should take the honours.

I’m fortunate enough to ride First Selection (3.45 Newmarket) for Simon Crisford. Like Air Force Blue, he is trying new equipment for the first time and we hope the fitting of a hood will help him.

First Selection won the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown last August, where he put his stamina to good use and made all. While things didn’t work out for him in Dubai (he pulled too hard in a Listed race) we are very happy with him and he would have a small each-way chance.

While Air Force Blue is going to be very hard to beat, I quite like Marcel at a fair price. His form ties in very well, because he beat Johannes Vermeer in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster and that one subsequently won a Group 1 in France with Stormy Antarctic (currently second-favourite) behind him.

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Marcel (above) is currently 12/1 with Bet4Causes, and while it could be argued that he may want a little bit more cut in the ground, Peter Chapple-Hyam is a master at training them for the big day.

It is always a thrill to ride on the biggest days at HQ and I kick off the afternoon with Niceofyoutotellme (2.00) for Ralph Beckett. He won this race two years ago and obviously is a little bit higher in the weights now, but seems to be a better horse.

He was third in the Brigadier Stakes at Sandown last May with horses like Tryster and Eagle Top behind him, and is now rated a couple of pounds below that mark. It is a great ride to pick up and Ralph’s horses are in good form.

I’ve ridden Justineo (Newmarket 2.30) for Roger Varian a couple of times. He has his first run for sprint king Robert Cowell in the Palace House Stakes and Robert is very hopeful – he says he’s going very well at home.

Obviously it is a competitive Group 3, but it is another great ride to pick up and I’m pretty sure if he doesn’t hit the target today, he will certainly do so somewhere in the season.

Tomorrow, it is the fillies’ turn on the Rowley Mile. Aljazzi (3.40) is my mount in the 1000 Guineas. She won a very nice 7f maiden here last year which has been won in the past by the likes of The Fugue.

She went to Chelmsford a couple of weeks ago, but running on the all-weather probably wasn’t her cup of tea. In a slowly-run race, she was out of her ground behind Marenko and will probably will be a lot better on the grass.

The Guineas is a big step up for Marco Botti’s filly, but this race can often throw up a surprise.

The attention will be on Aidan O’Brien’s trio of Minding, Ballydoyle and Alice Springs and one of them will probably win, but I think you’ll see a really big-priced horse finishing in the first three.

If not Aljazzi, it could be the William Knight-trained Robanne, who was third to Nathra in the Nell Gwyn, but caught the eye making up ground hand over fist (below, far right). It would be no shock if she hit the frame at a big price – the extra furlong should help her.

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I also ride Forgotten Hero (1.50) for Kim Bailey in the opening 1m4f handicap. Formerly with Charlie Hills, this hard-knocking sort is a decent horse on his day if things fall right, he would have a chance.

Finally, Clear Spring (3.00) won a couple of 6f handicaps last May and John Spearing’s runner has dropped back to a mark 3lb below his last win, so he’d have a small each-way squeak in a competitive handicap.

TIME FOR A NAP

Fellow Bet4Causes Brand Ambassador Emma Lavelle signed off the Jumps season tipping a decent-priced winner in Junction Fourteen last week, so the pressure is now on me to deliver the goods.

While I am at Newmarket today, I will have one eye on Solar Flair (Goodwood 2.50).

Trained by William Knight, he was second on his seasonal debut at Kempton from a bad draw, but he looked very progressive last year and his only blip was at Glorious Goodwood where the race didn’t pan out. It is a competitive 7f handicap, but he is a very nice horse and he will take a bit of beating. Fingers crossed, he’d be my nap of the weekend.

On Monday, I’m at Windsor and ride Niceonecenturion (3.25) in the mile maiden. He is a nice horse who will pay his way through the season and he will be worth following.

And on Tuesday, Monks Stand (Brighton 2.20), trained by Jeremy Noseda, should run very well in the 5f novice stakes. I’m really looking forward to riding him.

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Qipco 2000 Guineas guide – Saturday’s top racing selections

The first Flat racing Classics of the season take place on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile this weekend and first up is the 2000 Guineas.

Here is the preview of today’s big race, complete with all Saturday’s selections and our idea of a Lucky 15 (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold).

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RACE OF THE DAY: QIPCO 2000 GUINEAS

3.45 Newmarket 1m

FORECAST: Air Force Blue (8/13), Stormy Antarctic (6/1), Galileo Gold (10/1), Marcel (10/1), Massaat (10/1), Buratino (12/1), Air Vice Marshal (25/1), Herald The Dawn (25/1), Ribchester (33/1), First Selection (50/1), Zonderland (66/1), Zhui Feng (100/1), Kentuckyconnection (200/1)

ANALYSIS: A race restricted to three-year-old colts and run over Newmarket’s Rowley Mile is arguably the most pivotal race in the racing industry.

Over the last 30 years, with an enhanced emphasis on speed ensuing from Americanisation of pedigrees, the 2000 Guineas has grown hugely in importance.

In an era where milers are more sought after than ever as breeding stock, the one Classic mile event naturally attains a greater profile.

Yet there is no appreciable improvement in the quality of Guineas performances. The standard continues to vary quite appreciably from one year to the next, and the traditional complaint – that the Classic comes too early in the season – is frequently reflected in the end-of-season ratings.

Arguably the two best winners in recent times were Sea The Stars (2009) and Frankel (2011).

We could see another potential superstar this afternoon in the shape of Air Force Blue, who will bid to give Aidan O’Brien his eighth 2000 Guineas victory, following those of King Of King (1998), Rock Of Gibraltar (2002), Footstepsinthesand (2005), George Washington (2006), Henrythenavigator (2008), Camelot (2012) and Gleneagles (2015).

Air Force Blue has dominated the ante-post market for the race and is expected to go off the shortest-priced favourite since Frankel bolted up at odds of 1/2.

His only defeat came in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and he rattled off three subsequent top-class victories in the Phoenix Stakes and National Stakes at the Curragh, and the Dewhurst Stakes over 7f at Newmarket last October.

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That last run saw him power home and once he hit the rising ground, he strode clear with authority (above). Although he has an extra furlong to race today and is fitted with a first-time tongue-tie to help his breathing, the expected soft ground should not be detriment to him.

If there is a negative, he is a May foal and horses that are so young often see their rivals maturing faster over the winter months. In the last 24 years, the only Guineas winners born after the first week in April were Dawn Approach and Rodrigo De Triano.

The positives far outweigh the negatives, however.

Emotionless, who won the Champagne Stakes and who was ante-post second favourite, is not deemed ready to run, so bypasses a second crack at the Dewhurst winner.

So second-favouritism currently belongs to Stormy Antarctic, who chased home the O’Brien-trained Johannes Vermeer in the 7f Group 1 Criterium at Saint-Cloud in November in very soft ground. Ed Walker’s runner was taking a massive step up in class that day and while he won the Craven Stakes here on his season debut, one wonders whether he would have the class to win this. Any rain would help his cause, as he handles cut better than many of his rivals.

Two weeks before that run, Johannes Vermeer had been beaten by Marcel in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster (below), having gone there with just a Newmarket maiden to his name. Held up at the back of that 1m Group 1, he powered home without his rider ever having to get serious with him.

Peter Chapple-Hyam won the 2000 Guineas with Rodrigo De Triano way back in 1992, but did win the Derby with Authorized in 2007, so knows how to get one ready for the big day. He will handle the ground, is proven over this trip and his breeding suggests he will be better over a bit further.

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Massaat was a fine second to Air Force Blue in the Dewhurst for Barry Hills, who retired at the end of last season and the Teofilo colt is now in the care of Owen Burrows.

He has over three lengths to find with the winner but appeared to have a bit more scope for improvement and has reportedly strengthened up over the winter. There is plenty to like about him.

With plenty of rain over the past few days, there has been good money for Galileo Gold. Trained by Hugo Palmer, he won the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in August and then on ground that was thought to be plenty quick enough, ran a fine third in the Group 1 Grand Criterium in October. He does not have the best draw, having to come widest of all from stall 1, but there is little chance he will get boxed in, so Frankie Dettori’s mount is worth a second look.

Butratino was sent off favourite for the Phoenix Stakes but could not confirm his Coventry Stakes win over Air Force Blue and Mark Johnston would arguably have preferred quicker ground for the son of Exceed And Excel, who has yet to race beyond 6f.

Of the remainder Mill Reef winner Ribchester looked to be traveling well before hanging badly left in a heavy-ground French Group 3 three weeks ago and may well improve for the step up to a mile. Anything ridden by William Buick has to be respected.

Grand Criterium fifth, First Selection. And seventh, Herald The Dawn, are also worthy of taking their place in the line-up.

SELECTION: AIR FORCE BLUE

EACH-WAY: MARCEL

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

LIMINI (Punchestown 3.35) can land the Mares’ Champion Hurdle for the Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh partnership. A three-time winner since joining Mullins, including a Grade 2 mares’ novices hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival (above), she had her colours lowered at Aintree by Buveur D’Air, which was no disgrace considering she was taking on the boys. Indeed, she was a fair third and that case came quickly enough after her Cheltenham exertions. She rates a decent proposition.

SOLAR FLAIR (Goodwood 2.50) was a progressive three-year-old last season, winning twice at over 7f Newmarket and Lingfield. He ran a fine second on his four-year-old debut from a bad draw at Kempton and while now 13lb higher than for his last win, there is more improvement to come from William Knight’s representative. Back on turf today, he has gone close a couple of times at this track and while in a highly competitive handicap, he should go well. Either way, he looks one to follow this season.

MOSSPARK (Uttoxeter 3.35) is hard work for whoever rides him. Daryl Jacob usually has the unenviable task of riding Emma Lavelle’s reluctant chaser, who was a fresh horse when scoring with ease at Sandown in soft ground six weeks ago. The encouraging thing was he jumped with aplomb without his usual headgear and while up 8lb for that win, he was a Listed scorer over hurdles, so his ability remains still largely untapped over fences. There is scope for improvement and the stable has been going well of late, so he gets the vote in the 3m handicap.

KELTUS (Hexham 5.55) looks an obvious choice in the 2m4f novices’ chase and is the only runner on the card for 10-times champion trainer Paul Nicholls. His jumping is not always the most fluent, but a small field of six will certainly help. Fourth in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival two years ago, he was thought good enough to contest Listed novice handicap chases last spring and while he has not run over fences since finishing second at Newbury in November 2014, this represents a class drop which should provide a confidence-boosting win.

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OTHER SELECTIONS

NEWMARKET: 2.00 Mutamakkin, 2.30 Lancelot Du Lac, 3.05 Jack Hobbs, 3.45 Air Force Blue, 4.20 Venturous, 4.55 Tathqeef, 5.30 Bahaarah

GOODWOOD: 1.45 Salient, 2.15 Moderah, 2.50 Solar Flair (nb), 3.25 Normal Equilibrium, 4.00 Black Cherry, 4.35 Destroyer, 5.10 Captain Peacock

PUNCHESTOWN: 2.35 Cantlow, 3.10 Heathfield, 3.50 LIMINI (NAP), 4.25 Apple’s Jade, 5.00 Archie Meade, 5.35 Champagne At Tara, 6.10 Mai Fitzs Jack, 6.40 Ibsen

THIRSK: 2.10 Lawless Louis, 2.45 One Boy, 3.20 Udontdodou, 3.55 Wilde Inspiration, 4.30 Rosy Morning, 5.05 High Bridge, 5.40 Long Awaited

UTTOXETER: 1.50 Matchaway, 2.25 Zamdy Man, 3.00 Wintered Well, 3.35 Mosspark, 4.10 Maybe Plenty, 4.45 Louis Phillipe, 5.20 Master Ally, 5.50 Badger Wood

DONCASTER: 5.15 Rhythm And Blues, 5.45 Muir Lodge, 6.15 Foresight, 6.45 Sliceoflife, 7.15 Quality Time, 7.45 Rock On Bollinski, 8.15 Desert Encounter

HEXHAM: 5.25 Hunters Belt, 5.55 Keltus, 6.25 Clan Legend, 6.55 Little Glenshee, 7.25 The Highlander, 5.55 Sakhee’s City, 8.25 Oscar Lateen

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Racing Lucky 15 – Friday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will be provide you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what our experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the five British meetings and the fourth day of Ireland’s Punchestown Festival on Friday, April 29, 2016…

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

MY TENT OR YOURS (Punchestown 5.30) has no Annie Power to contend with in the Irish Champion Hurdle and Nicky Henderson’s nine-year-old (above, right) can gain compensation for having his colours lowered at Cheltenham and at Aintree by the wonder-mare. The selection had been off the track for almost two years before running in the English Champion Hurdle and looked in fine fettle in failing to concede an allowance to Willie Mullins’ charge. He was unsuited by the extra distance and very soft ground at Aintree, but conditions are very much in his favour today as he takes on unbeaten mare Vroum Vroum Mag.

NOT YOUR CALL (Lingfield 3.15) had dropped to a career-low mark of 49 before showing signs of a revival when second at Kempton last month. Off the same mark, he went one better here over 7f with a re-fitted hood and the 5lb claim of Callum Shepherd helping. He has 3lb extra today, which does not seem excessive, although Danny Brock can only claim 3lb. He is also up to a mile, which he has won off in the past. This lowly handicap won’t take a lot of winning and he is one of the few in form.

THE BLUE BOMBER (Fontwell 8.05), who was nosed out of his Lingfield all-weather bumper on his debut, made plenty of the running next time up at Cheltenham, only to run a little green round the bends. Mick Channon’s youngster will invariably be better over hurdles, but may be able to get off the mark in this sphere, particularly against lesser opposition that he encounters today.

MAY BE SOME TIME (Chepstow 1.45) was a course and distance winner last May off a 3lb lower mark but Stuart Kittow’s representative was consistent without winning thereafter. Following a six-month break, he retuned over hurdles at Taunton, running a fine second to Here’s Herbie last month. He should strip fitter for that and his liking for this track means he is a value bet in the 1m4f handicap.

OTHER SELECTIONS

PUNCHESTOWN: 3.40 Enniskillen, 4.20 Full Shift, 4.55 Bonny Kate, 5.30 My Tent Or Yours, 6.05 A Toi Phil, 6.40 Bello Conti, 7.10 No Comment, 7.45 Marito

BANGOR: 5.45 Ultimate Dream, 6.15 Springhill Lad, 6.50 Fountains Flypast, 7.20 Beatu, 7.50 Newsworthy, 8.20 Stoleaway

CHEPSTOW: 1.45 May Be Some Time, 2.15 Miss Ranger, 2.50 Hills Of Rome, 3.25 Elusivity, 4.00 Cape Banjo, 4.30 Sabato, 5.05 Ballyfarsoon, 5.40 Madame Lafite.

FONTWELL: 4.50 Shaddaii, 5.25 Quadriller, 5.55 Master Of Speed, 6.30 Butlergrove King, 7.00 Banyu, 7.35 Head Spin, 8.05 The Blue Bomber

LINGFIELD: 2.05 The Tichborne, 2.40 Our Lord, 3.15 Not Your Call, 3.45 Gimlet, 4.15 Equally Fast, 4.45 Noble Peace, 5.20 Exoplanet Blue

MUSSELBURGH: 1.55 Bond Bombshell, 2.30 Kahrab, 3.05 Ingleby Spring, 3.35 Dry Your Eyes, 4.10 Henley, 4.40 Art Obsession, 5.15 Top Offer

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Racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will be providing you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what our experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

With three of our last four naps winning at odds-against, take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the four British meetings and the third day of Ireland’s Punchestown Festival on Thursday, April 28, 2016…

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

CARTHAGE (Sedgefield 5.15) drops down in class following a fair fourth to Red Tornado in a decent novices’ hurdle here last week. Brian Ellison’s representative was only beaten half a length in this grade at Musselburgh in January and probably needed the run when fourth as an odds-on favourite on his penultimate run at Catterick in a similar maiden.

FINE ‘N DANDY (Chelmsford City 8.00) has twice been narrowly beaten in Class 4 handicaps and drops into 0-75 handicap company today with Oisin Murphy boked to ride the John Jenkins-trained five-year-old. He has struggled off higher marks since winning at Southwell in February and while he needs a career best to win this, he runs off a mark just 7lb higher. He holds a fair chance in a small field now he returns to a Polytrack surface.

RED REFRACTION (Redcar 4.45) drops into claiming company for his first start in almost 10 months, but if Richard Hannon’s runner is halfway straight, he should take the beating in a decent-looking 6f sprint for the grade. A fair handicapper who was rated as high as 96 two years ago, he lost his way rather last year and this may provide a nice confidence-booster on soft ground that he has won on in the past.

WE ARE NINETY (Chelmsford City 8.30) can defy a 6lb penalty for winning here with ease on her seasonal debut on Monday. Having made a winning debut at Wolverhampton in October, Hugo Palmer’s representative was well-supported and while having a nice inside trip(which she does not enjoy today), she was an easy four-length winner and looks well ahead of the handicapper at this stage.

OTHER SELECTIONS

PUNCHESTOWN: 3.40 Admiral Brian, 4.15 Bold Henry, 4.50 Josies Orders, 5.30 Diamond King, 6.05 Another Rebel, 6.40 Douvan, 7.15 Missy Tata, 7.45 Invitation Only

CHELMSFORD CITY: 5.55 Gerrard’s Fur Coat, 6.30 Symbolic, 7.00 Gentlemen, 7.30 Graceland, 8.00 Fine ‘N Dandy (nb), 8.30 We Are Ninety, 9.00 Foie Gras

LINGFIELD: 1.50 Ettie Hart, 2.20 What A Party, 2.50 Robins Pearl, 3.20 Barleysugar, 3.55 Sandy Cove, 4.30 Refuse Colette, 5.05 Semra

REDCAR: 2.05 Trust The Indian, 2.35 Shahaama, 3.05 Muroor, 3.35 Girl With A Pearl, 4.10 Jordan Sport, 4.45 Red Refraction, 5.20 Stone Quercus

SEDGEFIELD: 5.15 CARTHAGE (NAP), 5.45 King Of The Dark, 6.15 Cumbrian Farmer, 6.50 Discay, 7.20 Azure Glamour, 7.50 Anglingforcharlie, 8.20 Royal Supremo

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Racing Lucky 15 – Wednesday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will be providing you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what our experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the five British meetings and the second day of Ireland’s Punchestown Festival on Wednesday, April 26, 2016…

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

BELLSHILL (Punchestown 4.55) can regain the winning thread after three successive defeats in Grade 1 company (twice a beaten favourite). While the Punchestown Festival always throws up a few shock results, we fully expect Willie Mullins’ representative to make amends for defeat in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree last time out. The Irish Daily Mirror Novices’ Hurdle does not have the same strength in depth and the biggest danger is likely to come from stablemate Acapella Bourgeois, who has won Grade 2 races over lesser trips.

CLEVER COOKIE (Ascot 3.20) can land the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes for Peter Niven and jockey Ryan Moore. The eight-year-old can turn the tables on Flying Officer, who beat him a length over course and distance on Champions Day, with a 5lb pull at the weights. His first run of the season saw him taste defeat to 50/1 shot Frosty Berry over 1m6f in heavy ground at Haydock and she re-opposes on 2lb worse terms. The selection will be tough to beat over this 2m trip.

AROD (Ascot 4.30) escapes a penalty for his two Group-race wins in the Listed mile and if recapturing the form that saw him placed in two Group 1 mile events last summer – the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood – Peter Chapple-Hyam’s five-year-old can start the season on a winning note. After 172 days off the track following two unsuccessful runs in Group 1 company in Australia over the winter, fitness must be taken on trust, however.

PHANTOM FLIPPER (Pontefract 4.50) has been one of the most unlucky horses in training, having racked up nine runner-up placings in his last 14 starts on turf and on the all-weather. Today could be the day David Nicholls’ representative breaks his maiden tag (at the seventeenth attempt) when lining up in the 6f handicap and his first run on turf since last August. He has decent juvenile turf form and while there was no explanation for a poor effort at Southwell a month ago, he rates a value pick at a fair price on this switch to the grass.

OTHER SELECTIONS

PUNCHESTOWN: 3.40 Candlestick, 4.20 Moon Over Germany, 4.55 BELLSHILL (NAP), 5.30 Djakadam, 6.05 Battleford, 6.40 Killer Crow, 7.15 Augusta Kate

ASCOT: 2.10 Create A Dream, 2.45 Doubly Motivated, 3.20 Clever Cookie, 3.55 Gifted Master, 4.30 Arod, 5.00 Chevallier

PONTEFRACT: 2.00 Mailshot, 2.35 Timekeeping, 3.10 Pivotman, 3.45 Engage, 4.15 Barkston Ash, 4.50 Phantom Flipper, 5.25 Piccardo, 6.00 Hit The Lights

WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.50 Lynngale, 2.20 Music Major, 2.55 Love Oasis, 3.30 Dream Ally, 4.05 Sekuras Girl, 4.40 Lions Charge, 5.10 Harry Holland, 5.45 Al Haffanah

BRIGHTON: 4.35 Mythical Spirit, 5.05 Vizier, 5.40 Silver Lining, 6.15 Knight Commander, 6.50 Stormbound, 7.25 Hawk Moth, 7.55 Diamond Charlie

CHELTENHAM: 4.45 Broken Eagle, 5.15 Solid Strike, 5.50 Stone, 6.25 Current Event, 7.00 Comedinewithme, 7.35 Join Together, 8.10 Full Jack

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Racing Lucky 15 – Tuesday’s top selections

After two successive winning naps at odds of 85/40 and 3/1, can we land the hat-trick?

Each day Bet4Causes will be providing you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what our experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the five British meetings and the first day of Ireland’s Punchestown Festival on Tuesday, April 26, 2016…

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

NORSE MAGIC (Nottingham 3.35) carries top weight in division one of a 1m2f fillies’ handicap and has a fitness edge on most of her nine rivals, having finished third on her seasonal debut at Leicester on heavy ground a couple of weeks ago. Sylvester Kirk’s representative was odds-on for her first start in 167 days and finished a tame third of four. However, she encounters better ground and goes up in trip for her first run in a handicap, which should make her very competitive as she attempts to get off the mark at the sixth attempt.

KNIGHT OF THE AIR (Bath 2.10) runs off a mark 5lb higher than when winning over today’s 1m course and distance in September, but Mick Channon’s four-year-old has a fitness advantage on several of his rivals. The four-year-old looked in great nick at Brighton when fourth to Ice Slice last week and would have finished a lot closer had he not encountered traffic problems. A clear run (of which there is no guarantee on this tight track) will see him in the shake-up.

TEARS OF THE SUN (Brighton 2.55) has a decent chance of upsetting the hat-trick bid by Southern Storm in the 1m2f fillies’ handicap. With Ralph Beckett’s runner forced to carry another 4lb for winning on the all-weather at Lingfield, it may pay to look elsewhere and the selection, who makes her seasonal debut, looks the obvious alternative. Clive Cox’s representative has shown a liking for this undulating track, winning on her two previous visits to the south coast track. She has won at both 10f and 12f here, so should be staying on late, although fitness must be taken on trust.

DECADENT TIMES (Lingfield 5.20) has been twice runner-up in his last couple of starts for Tom Dascombe, and was a little unlucky to bump into what looked to be a useful juvenile in Orewa at Beverley last time. The selection attempted to put his previous experience to good use in attempting to make all the running, but was passed in the closing stages of that particular 5f heat. He takes on five debutants in a similar maiden this afternoon, but we are banking on that experience edee.

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OTHER SELECTIONS

NOTTINGHAM: 2.00 Naqdy, 2.35 Berkeley Vale, 3.05 Ghinia, 3.35 NORSE MAGIC (NAP), 4.10 Angel Grace, 4.45 Caged Lightning, 5.20 First Bombardment

BATH: 1.40 Lady Rocka, 2.10 Knight Of The Air (nb), 2.45 Havelock, 3.20 Life Less Ordinary, 3.55 Jive Time, 4.30 Mawaany, 5.05 Wharane

BRIGHTON: 1.50 Sheila’s Lad, 2.20 Lutine Charlie, 2.55 Tears Of The Sun, 3.30 Ballista, 4.05 Born To Finish, 4.40 Snappy Guest, 5.15 Les Gar Gan

LINGFIELD PARK: 4.35 Easydoesit, 5.10 Decandent Times, 5.40 Percy’s Romance, 6.15 I’m Harry, 6.50 Presumido, 7.25 Aragon Knight, 7.55 Binky Blue

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.55 Mr Red Clubs, 6.30 Curtain Call, 7.05 Broughtons Fancy, 7.40 Hakam, 8.10 Argent Knight, 8.40 White Poppy, 9.10 Therthaar

PUNCHESTOWN: 3.40 Strangford Lough, 4.20 Yorkhill, 4.55 Copy That, 5.30 Vautour, 6.05 Guitar George, 6.40 Henryville, 7.15 Art Of Supremacy

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Racing Lucky 15 – Monday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will be providing you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what our experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the five British and two Irish meetings on Monday, April 25, 2016…

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

HIT LIST (Chelmsford 2.00) steadily improved in handicaps last season, ending it with a course and distance second and a win at Salisbury over 1m2½f. Sent off favourite in a 16-runner affair in testing ground at Doncaster for his seasonal return earlier this month, he did not see out the trip and faded. That was not his true running and Andrew Balding’s representative should come on for his first run following a near six-month break.

MAGNUM (6.30 Windsor) can win what could turn out to be a strong early-season 1m2f maiden for Brian Meehan. The son of Lawman cost a relatively cheap 47,000 guineas as a yearling and was last seen powering home at Newbury last October behind Midterm, who advertised his Derby credentials when scoring at Sandown on Friday. Magnum was favourite for that 1m Newbury evet and should relish today’s trip. He is certainly one for the notebook this summer.

IMJIN RIVER (Southwell 3.40) has won once in his last 20 starts but has a run of five runner-up efforts to his name in the last five outings for William Stone. He was beaten a head last time over today’s 5f C&D but while shoulders 4lb more, he is still well handicapped. Today could be his day.

QUALITY ART (Wolverhampton 6.20) is a multiple C&D winner who looks potentially well handicapped now, running off a mark 4lb lower than when last scoring here a year ago. He was staying on well enough last time to think that it will only be a matter of time before he gets his head in front again and these lower-grade 5f sprints are more his forte.

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OTHER SELECTIONS

AYR: 2.20 Portland Street, 2.50 Chookie’s Lass, 3.20 Anonymous Lady, 3.50 Sea Wolf, 4.20 Tellovoi, 4.50 Gone With The Wind, 5.25 Hydrant, 5.55 Sattelac

CHELMSFORD: 2.00 HIT LIST (NAP), 2.30 Cookie Ring, 3.00 Aristocratic, 3.30 Mezzotint, 4.00 Kokoni, 4.30 Rasmiya, 5.00 Schoolboy Error

SOUTHWELL: 2.10 Summer Beach, 2.40 Royal Holiday, 3.10 Combe Hay, 3.40 Imjin River, 4.10 Cranberry Park, 4.40 Moonshine Ridge, 5.15 Spowarticus

WINDSOR: 5.30 Copper Knight, 6.00 Mazkeem, 6.30 Magnum (nb), 7.00 Dutch Uncle, 7.30 All My Love, 8.00 Hearty

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.20 Carmargue, 5.50 Dream Ally, 6.20 Quality Art, 6.50 Marshgate Lane, 7.20 Hidden Gem, 7.50 Upstaging, 8.20 Zophilly

NAAS: 4.35 Thomas O’Malley, 5.10 Louis Leroy, 5.40 Master Speaker, 6.10 How, 6.40 Moviesta, 7.10 Hurricane Cass, 7.40 No Way Jack, 8.10 Freeman

TRAMORE: 1.45 Mystic Lass, 2.15 Mustadaam, 2.45 By Bye O Bye, 3.15 Miradine, 3.45 Personal Shopper, 4.15 Cant Pay Wont Pay, 4.45 Toast

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