YOUR DAILY RACING DIGEST – TUESDAY

We take a look at some of the top racing stories of the day in our new feature and provide our experts’ racing selections on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

Newbury Races

Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR) plans to contribute a record £22.9m towards prize money this year, an increase of £2.1m on 2016. A total of £45m is earmarked for JCR’s 15 tracks which have 341 fixtures, with £1.4m of the extra funding going to jump racing. Its seven smaller tracks – Carlisle, Exeter, Huntingdon, Market Rasen, Nottingham, Warwick and Wincanton – will see more than £100,000 extra each in prize money and as much as £241,000 in the case of Carlisle. JCR group MD Paul Fisher said: “All levels of British Racing will benefit from the prize money increase, but I hope the clear boost for National Hunt racing and the grassroots of our sport is particularly welcome.”
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=24055224&category=0
http://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/news/prize-money-contribution-up-by-21-million-to-record-229m
http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49259/jockey-club-prize-money-boost-for-smaller-tracks


The announcement of £22.9m in prize-money at Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR) this year has been well received. Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) chief executive Charlie Liverton said: “This announcement from Jockey Club Racecourses is excellent news for owners and horsemen, and I am further delighted that grassroots racing has seen particular focus. This extra support for the middle and lower tier of British Racing is clearly needed and is welcome. That is where it can help the majority of racehorse owners and horsemen and where more investment is needed around the country.”
Source: http://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/news/prize-money-contribution-up-by-21-million-to-record-229m

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The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai (right), who flopped in the Denman Chase at Newbury having previously been an impressive winner of the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock, is still on course for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. Pushed out to 25/1 for the March 17 showpiece by MyClubBetting yesterday, Anthony Bromley, representing owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, was upbeat. He said: “We’re still going to have a go at the Gold Cup,” but added, “it’s a big roll of the dice. Even the distance is still an unknown and there are some very smart horses in there. He’s a lovely horse but he is an outsider, don’t get us wrong”.
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=24055224&category=0
http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/February/20/bristol-de-mai-team-to-‘roll-the-dice’-and-head-for-gold-cup
http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49266/bristol-de-mai-team-to-roll-the-dice-and-head-for-gold-cup


Superb Story has been ruled out of the Champion Hurdle after suffering a tendon injury. He won comfortably on his only start of the season at Musselburgh, but trainer Dan Skelton tweeted: “Superb Story will not be running at Cheltenham. He’s got a small lesion in a tendon and will need time off. Possibly back in December.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10775911/superb-story-out-of-champion-hurdle-with-tendon-injury


ITV has launched new app, ITV Racing, in a tie-up with developer Monterosa. It features a new £100,000 predictor contest ITV7. ITV Digital Studios online editorial director Sheena Peirse said: “Horse racing is a major priority for us and we see the app as a crucial way to reach new and existing fans of the sport and launch the ITV7 competition.”
Source: http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/news/itv-launches-horseracing-app/5115201.article


The Neil King-trained Lil Rockerfeller will bid to become the first back-to-back winner of the National Spirit Hurdle since Lough Derg after being given the green light for Sunday’s feature at Fontwell. Owner Andy Smith said: “Lil Rockerfeller did a fantastic piece of work on Saturday morning, which Neil was delighted with, so we’re confident he’s over his last run and we go to Fontwell with high hopes.” Nicky Henderson’s L’Ami Serge, second in the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham and Different Gravey are also among the entries for the Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle trial.
Source: http://www.arenaracingcompany.co.uk/news/story/295

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Emma Lavelle (right) is doing a rain dance ahead of Saturday’s Eider Handicap Chase for last year’s runner-up Shotgun Paddy. Lavelle said: “I’ve heard a going report saying ‘lovely drying wind’ – that is no good for him, but there is some rain about so hopefully it hits Newcastle. He’s a solid stayer and he deserves to win one of these big chases because he’s knocked on the door in so many of them.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10775728/shotgun-paddy-in-line-for-eider-chase-honours
http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/February/20/shotgun-paddy-and-raz-de-maree-in-line-for-eider-chase-honours


When it comes to Forest Bihan’s chances of landing the Racing Post Arkle Trophy, trainer Brian Ellison is a realist. “The favourite looks nailed on – Altior looks like a machine so we’re obviously running for place money, but we’ll see,” he said. Forest Bihan has won three of his four starts over fences and was cut to 20/1 by MyClubBetting after Ellison added: “He’s very well, I actually think he’s a little underrated looking at his price.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10775684/brian-ellison-aims-forest-bihan-at-arkle-trophy-at-cheltenham http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/February/20/brian-ellison-happy-to-take-arkle-challenge-with-forest-bihan


Capitaine is likely to be made favourite Saturday’s Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton, a recognised trial for Cheltenham’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Paul Nicholls’ five-year-old chased home Finian’s Oscar in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown last time and heads 12 entries, along with Alan King’s Elgin.
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/preview/763094/capitaine-reaches-for-the-sky


Mutakayyef will have to concede upwards of 5lb to his rivals in the Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday. William Haggas’ six-year-old will face a maximum of 10 rivals, all of whom are rated 9lb or more lower, and is likely to be the MyClubBetting favourite. Former stablemate Battalion, now with Jamie Osborne, is also among the leading fancies with the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Convey.
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/preview/763094/capitaine-reaches-for-the-sky
http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/February/20/mutakayyef-leads-11-in-winter-derby-contention


Terry Doherty, stud manager for Watership Down Stud, has been named as Employee of the Year 2017 at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff awards in a ceremony at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge. The perpetual Godolphin Trophy was presented by Freddy Tylicki, along with a cheque for £40,000, of which £20,000 will be shared amongst the staff at the Stud. It was part of £120,000 in prize money awarded by sponsors Godolphin. Chairman of the Judging Panel Brough Scott said: “The finalists were of a quite exceptional standard and it was really inspiring for the judges to hear their stories. However, in the end, Terry emerged as a clear and very fine winner and I am sure he will be a great ambassador for the sport.” Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=24071724&category=0

Today’s MCB British Racing selections – Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SOUTHWELL: 2.10 Log Off, 2.40 Elegantly Bound, 3.10 Vroom, 3.40 Lady Nayef, 4.10 Bounty Pursuit, 4.40 Horseguardsparade

TAUNTON: 2.20 Viking Mistress, 2.50 Lake Shore Drive, 3.20 Verdana Blue, 3.50 Heroes Or Ghosts, 4.20 Top Tug, 4.50 Monsieur Gibraltar, 5.20 My Story

WETHERBY: 2.00 Café Au Lait, 2.30 Money Maid, 3.00 Jerrysback, 3.30 Groomed, 4.00 Modulus, 4.30 Scarlet Fire, 5.00 Our Belle Aime

Today’s Lucky 15 Selections: Monsieur Gibraltar (Taunton 4.50), Bounty Pursuit (Southwell 4.10), Jerrysback (Wetherby 3.00), Elegantly Bound (Southwell 2.40)

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Tuesday’s top selections

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Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Tuesday, January 16, 2017.

Fontwell Races

LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

STARCHITECT (Ayr 2.20) is a 143-rated hurdler who has found the transition to chasing a little more taxing. In two starts in fair novice events, he has finished third to A Hare Breath at Bangor and in the same position behind Baron Alco in a better race at Plumpton over 2m1f. There is no question the David Pipe-trained six-year-old would prefer better ground and a longer trip than he gets here in the 1m7½f novices’ chase but this is a slight drop in class and most of his five rivals are equally inexperienced. He will be better when he goes handicapping, but he may well be worth siding with if he runs anywhere near his hurdle rating.

DE DOLLAR MAN (Ayr 1.15) hold a serious chance of following up his Uttoxeter success in the 2m4½f maiden hurdle for Evan Williams and jockey Paul Moloney. The Irish point-to-point winner who was purchased for £75,000, duly scored on his bumper debut, drawing well clear of a few moderate rivals in heavy ground last month. Visually, at least, he left the impression that he could be quite decent and would be better over obstacles in due course. He handles the ground and that may be key as he makes his hurdling debut.

CASPER KING (Exeter 3.50) has been runner-up in all but one of his seven starts in bumper and over hurdles for Philip Hobbs. While expensive to follow, he has been campaigned in some fair novice hurdles and has twice been touched off in his last three runs. Though he did nothing wrong when going down by half a length to Geordie Des Champs at Chepstow in October, he was left at the start at Taunton last time and could be considered a little unfortunate not to have broken his duck, as he finished a quarter of a length behind Volpone Jelois. He is worthy of respect as he takes on 12 rivals in the extended 2½m maiden hurdle.

MUNRO (Kempton Park 3.40) left his debut form well behind when bolting up in a 6f maiden, making all here in November. Ralph Beckett’s Kyllachy three-year-old was unable to adopt the same font-running tactics in a subsequent nursery at Lingfield last month, but found plenty for pressure to score narrowly off a mark of 79. He has a little to find with Sutter County, Visionary and Tomily on official ratings in the six-runner 6f conditions stakes, but Adam Kirby’s mount is improving and is among the least exposed.  He may represent a little value.

Ayr Races

OTHER SELECTIONS:

AYR: 1.15 De Dollar Man (nb), 1.45 Front At the Last, 2.20 STARCHITECT (NAP), 2.55 Mango Cap, 3.30 Beauboreen, 4.00 Pikarnia

EXETER: 1.00 Mansion, 1.30 Admiral Blake, 2.05 Heaven Scent, 2.40 Grand Gold, 3.15 Bindon Mill, 3.50 Casper King, 4.20 Coole Cody

KEMPTON PARK: 1.55 Daydream, 2.30 Altaira, 3.05 Dutch Art Dealer, 3.40 Munro, 4.10 Pendo, 4.40 Rianna Star, 5.10 Al Bin Nayef, 5.40 Aurora Gray

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – New Year’s Day’s top selections

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We ended 2016 as we started it – with a winning NAP. Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Sunday, January 1, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

O O SEVEN (Cheltenham 1.25) made a good start to his chasing career when scoring with ease at Cheltenham, beating he useful Sizing Tennessee and Rock The Kasbah in November. The strapping son of Flemensfirth won over 3m as a hurdler and he was a fine second in a Grade 1 novice hurdle at Punchestown in April. So it was something of a surprise that he was a beaten third as an odds-on favourite for his second spin over fences at Doncaster last time. The Nicky Henderson-trained seven-year-old did not quite get home over that 3m trip and he drops back to a more realistic 2m4½f as he takes on four rivals in the Grade 2 Dipper Chase, with the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Festival meeting still the long-term plan.

SUTTER’S MILL (Fakenham 2.30) has twice gone close in a couple of handicap hurdles off a mark of 100, at Ffos Las (2m4f) and Bangor (2m7f) and takes a slight step up in class today for a 2m7f event. The Evan Williams-trained six-year-old is still learning his craft but appears to be progressing with each run and while he races off a 5lb higher mark in taking on four rivals (including stablemate Abbeygrey), he appears to see this trip out well enough to think he can win one of these before too long.

CHARMIX (Exeter 3.00) is a 145-rated hurdler, so it is fair to say he has been a little disappointing in two starts over fences. He was free in taking on the subsequent winner at Fontwell in October on his chasing debut and was a little one-paced between the last two fences, having led again, at Bangor in November. Harry Fry’s inmate still has plenty of scope for improvement and he is given another chance in a 2m3f beginners’ chase against a few who look equally in need of the experience.

SIMMPLY SAM (Catterick 3.20) is not the most consistent sort. On a going day, she is genuine. On other days, she leaves connections feeling flummoxed and frustrated. However, Marjorie Fife’s 10-year-old made a promising return after seven months off when a distant third to Annie Alainn in a 2m½f soft-ground handicap hurdle at Newcastle early last month, which is a trip well short of her optimum. In April she had scored over 2m4½f off a mark of 74 and was not beaten far a few weeks later over 2.5 off a rating of 81. The step up to an extended 3m1f may prove pivotal and the booking of Brian Harding is intriguing.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

CHELTENHAM: 12.15 Baden, 12.50 Arpege D’alene, 1.25 O O SEVEN (NAP), 2.00 Tenor Nivernais, 2.35 Call To Order, 3.10 Cole Harden, 3.40 Dentley De Mee

MUSSELBURGH: 12.30 Enola Gay, 1.05 Mister Don, 1.40 Viens Chercher, 2.15 Very First Time, 2.50 Mirsaale, 3.25 Dominada

EXETER: 12.40 Neon Wolf, 1.15 Capeland, 1.50 What Else, 2.25 Zanstra, 3.00 Charmix, 3.30 Bertie Boru, 4.00 Pearl Royale

CATTERICK: 12.25 Master Of Irony, 1.00 Crakehall Lad, 1.35 Jimmy The Jetplane, 2.10 The Bay Oak, 2.45 Nautical Twilight, 3.20 Simmply Sam

FAKENHAM: 12.45 Bowdler’s Magic, 1.20 Tommy The Rascal, 1.55 Djarkalin, 2.30 Sutter’s Mill (nb), 3.05 Artifice Sivola, 3.35 Benability

SOUTHWELL: 12.05 Private Donald, 12.35 Things Happen, 1.10 Un Fear Ciuin, 1.45 Landing Night, 2.20 Shyron, 2.55 Greyfriarschorista, 3.30 Limerick Lord

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the 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 British meetings on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

L’AMI SERGE (Exeter 2.00) won the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle in 2015 and was fourth in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March last year. He was put away for the rest of the year and returned to land a novices’ chase at Plumpton in January, followed-up at Wetherby in an equally weak affair, but then his fencing fell apart in a Grade 2 at Warwick when sent off a 1/5 favourite on heavy ground. He redeemed his reputation when third to Black Hercules in the JLT Novices Chase at the Festival meeting on better ground, and although he jumped left in the closing stages of a really good renewal of the Grade 1 Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree in April, his runner-up effort to Arzal was a fair effort. He makes his seasonal return over a more suitable 2m1½f, taking on two rivals in a graduation chase. If fit, the Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old should be able to give weight away to Le Prezien and Oscar Sunset.

UMBERTO D’OLIVATE (Towcester 1.40) took advantage of his falling mark to score over 3m at Exeter last month, his first win since March 2014. He benefited from the easing ground to beat seven rivals and off a 22lb lower mark than for his previous success. He made all the running in the handicap chase and stayed on really well at a track he enjoys. On his first trip to Towcester today, he runs off an 8lb higher mark and the extra half a furlong won’t trouble him unduly as the Robert Walford-trained eight-year-old bids to follow up.

AZZERTI (Towcester 12.10) is the selection for the first race on a decent seven-race card at the Northamptonshire track. The extended 1m7½f maiden hurdle looks a competitive race, too, comprising Court Meribel and Louis’ Vac Pouch among the 12 that go to post. Azzerti, trained by Alan King, has been in the first three in his first two starts this season, being beaten by subsequent winner Movewiththetimes at Fontwell and when downed by Khezerabad at Sandown, where he failed to show a great deal of improvement from his initial spin over hurdles. Today’s race signals a small drop in class and it may make all the difference.

PREOBRAJENSKA (Chelmsford City 4.40) has been quite well supported in both starts on turf and should be competitive in the opening race of seven at Chelmsford City. Michael Bell’s representative, the first foal of an unraced half-sister to a 1m3f Grade 3 winner in the US, had a hood applied for her Yarmouth debut and did well to be third to Urban Fox in a 6f fillies’ maiden in June. Later that month she was short-headed by Hi Milady in an ordinary Chester 7f fillies’ maiden, run on good to soft ground. Her hold-up style may suit this track and if she handles both the surface and the 174-day lay-off, she should be thereabouts when it matters in the 7f maiden.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

EXETER: 12.30 Ellens Way, 1.00 Wolftrap, 1.30 Tagrita, 2.00 L’AMI SERGE (NAP), 2.35 Dance Floor King, 3.10 Big Meadow, 3.45 Thunder Pass

NEWCASTLE: 12.50 Dubai Art, 1.20 Bell Heather, 1.50 Go George Go, 2.20 Tectonic, 2.55 Shadele, 3.30 My Dad Syd, 4.05 Roaring Rory

TOWCESTER: 12.10 Azzerti, 12.40 Drumviredy, 1.10 Ultimate Dream, 1.40 Umberto D’olivate (nb), 2.10 Thomas Shelby, 2.45 Some Finish, 3.20 Molly Childers

CHELMSFORD CITY: 4.40 Preobrajenska, 5.15 Rebel Lightning, 5.50 Ravenhoe, 6.25 Florencio, 7.00 Polymnia, 7.30 Rebel State, 8.00 Topsoil

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Friday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Our NAP selection won again on Thursday, so take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Friday, December 2, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

TRISHULI ROCK (Wolverhampton 7.45) has been placed in all four starts after last week’s third over 1m½f here and can get off the mark at the fifth attempt in the 1m1½f maiden for trainer Marco Botti. Back in trip last time, she held a good position turning in but hung a little in the closing stages. While she does not appear to be progressing, she will not have to find much improvement to win what looks a weak maiden over the same trip.

DINO VELVET (Sandown Park 1.15) won a conditions race in the French provinces in May and was gelded before running fourth to Pleasure Dome in a 0-85 Flat handicap at Chester in September on his first start for Alan King. The three-year-old then made a pleasing start to his hurdling career, with a fairly slick round of jumping in the Grade 2 Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham last month. He looked no match for the winner, Defi Di Seuil, who had his measure before the selection came to grief at the last. Still, if none the worse for wear, he should get off the mark in the 2m juvenile hurdle.

ANDY KELLY (Exeter 12.55) won his only completed start over fences, beating subsequent Group 1 winner Ar Mad in a novices’ limited handicap at Plumpton last October. He had run just three times the previous season and suffered with leg trouble after his win, so would have needed the run when he appeared at Kempton Park a couple of weeks ago after 399 days on the sidelines. However, Emma Lavelle’s seven-year-old got in tight at the fifth fence and unseated Daryl Jacob. He looks very well handicapped, though, and is expected to go well in the extended 2m3f handicap chase.

THE CHARACTER (Sedgefield 1.40) bids for a hat-trick, having won two novice hurdles at Bangor (2m½f) and Musselburgh (1m7½f). The Donald McCain-trained five-year-old made all, defying a 7lb penalty and showing guts aplenty in fending off Golden Town last month, and now makes his handicap debut off a mark of 115. He looks to have been found a decent opportunity, as a few of his seven opponents in this extended 2m½f event will be either lacking match practice or are out of form.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

SANDOWN PARK: 12.40 Azure Fly, 1.15 Dino Velvet (nb), 1.50 Pilgrims Bay, 2.25 Ballyandy, 3.00 Red Devil Star, 3.35 Utility

EXETER (inspection 8am): 12.20 Bring Back Charlie, 12.55 Andy Kelly, 1.30 Cyclop, 2.05 Touch Kick, 2.40 Annie Alainn, 3.15 Rock The Kasbah, 3.50 Sensible Friend

SEDGEFIELD: 12.00 Gunner Lindley, 12.30 Shanroe In Milan, 1.05 On The Road, 1.40 The Character, 2.15 Distant Rain, 2.50 Derintoher Yank, 3.25 Cousin Oscar

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.10 Unnoticed, 4.40 Espresso Freddo, 5.10 Italian Beauty, 5.45 Beautiful Stranger, 6.15 Gentlemen, 6.45 Limonata, 7.15 Rubis, 7.45 TRISHULI ROCK (NAP)

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Sunday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the 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 British meetings on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

A PLEIN TEMPS (Exeter 12.45) makes his seasonal debut after a 222-day break in the 2m7f handicap hurdle and, if fit, would appear to hold a fair chance. No fewer than 14 runners are schedule to go to post for the opener on a decent little seven-race card and the lightly-raced six-year-old, who has been sent off favourite or joint market leader in his last four races under Rules, takes a small drop in class. Harry Fry’s representative was up 5lb and sporting cheekpieces for the first time when last seen chasing home Valhalla and Wild West Wind in a well-contested Class 3 handicap hurdle here in April. Though he would appreciate a slightly faster surface than the expected Good to Soft, he remains on the same mark of 113 and has the scope to improve.

PRIVATE MALONE (Exeter 1.55) had been sick with ulcers after finishing second on his novice chase debut at Haydock last November. The fact that he was pitched into a very hot novices’ chase at Cheltenham a month later means that he is held in quite some regard by trainer Emma Lavelle, whose string has been in fine form since the move to Ogbourne Maizey, Wiltshire, in April. The seven-year-old lines up against some decent novices in a 3m event and while likely to improve for the run after a 345-day break, should strip fit. He is one for the notebook whatever happens today.

LILYWHITE GESTURE (Uttoxeter 1.35) has been running reasonably well in a few handicap hurdles against higher-rated opposition and, on the whole, has acquitted her well. The Gordon Elliott-trained mare won a Class 5 3m3f handicap hurdle at Sedgefield in August, coming off the pace to land her first win in 16 attempts, but she has had five subsequent runs off higher marks and has been no worse than fourth on each occasion. She has clearly benefitted from being put up in trip and should get the stamina test she needs in the 2m7f mares’ handicap hurdle, with in-form Brian Hughes an interesting jockey booking.

GROVE SILVER (Uttoxeter 3.15) goes on something of a retrieval mission after a well-beaten last of three as an odds-on favourite at Musselburgh two weeks ago. He travelled well enough sans his usual tongue tie on his first start since June in a novices’ handicap, but was the first off the bridle in the home straight. The Jennie Candlish-trained seven-year-old has yet to win over fences in seven starts but a drop in trip to 2m6½f should put him in a better light.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

EXETER: 12.45 A PLEIN TEMPS (NAP), 1.20 Albert D’olivate, 1.55 Private Malone (nb), 2.25 Theatre Mill, 3.00 Volpone Jelois, 3.30 On The Road, 4.00 Third Act

UTTOXETER: 1.00 Lagavara, 1.35 Lilywhite Gesture, 2.10 Sword Of The Lord, 2.40 Lower Hope Dandy, 3.15 Grove Silver, 3.45 Fort Carson

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Wednesday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Having correctly selected five of the last seven NAP bets, take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

WORDSEARCH (Kempton Park 5.25) gets the tentative NAP vote on what looks like being a tricky day for punters. The Hugo Palmer-trained juvenile son of Pleasantly Perfect has had two starts; fifth on his 1m debut at Redcar and then showing improved form when a staying-on third of nine to Mojito in an average 1m maiden at Newcastle last month. This half-brother to a US 1m1f turf/dirt winner should be suited by all-weather surfaces and may well be able to get off the mark in what looks a modest 1m maiden.

PASSMORE (Exeter 3.40) was unsuccessful in four bumpers last season but the four-year-old filly seemed to have benefited from a summer in the fields, as she looked a much different proposition on her hurdling debut when finding only Tearsofclewbay too good for her in a 2m mares novices’ event at Worcester last month. She drew 11 lengths clear of the third and lost no caste in defeat to a useful mare. No doubt the Alan King-trained filly will come on a bit for that run and the step up to 2m2½f may also bring forth more improvement in today’s mares’ novices’ hurdle, where she will face nine opponents.

RED SQUARE REVIVAL (Ayr 1.10) represents the David Pipe yard and this one is not making the long trip form the Devon yard without meriting support. It is Pipe’s only runner on the card and the winner of a Worcester bumper on debut has a jumping pedigree, so should be ripe for his second start, making his hurdling bow over 2m4f. He won by a wide margin at Worcester, having made much of the running and connections stick with the hood.

RED RANNAGH (Kempton Park 7.25) has been beaten favourite on his last three runs and was left with plenty to do last time when a staying-on fourth to Marmajuke Bay in a slightly weaker 1m4f handicap. Though he has been a little frustrating, the addition of a first-time hood might wake him up and you can expect Jamie Spencer to be coming late and fast on the David Simcock-trained son of Teofilo, in what looks to be a very decent 1m3f handicap.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

AYR: 1.10 Red Square Revival, 1.40 Ballyben, 2.15 Landmeafortune, 2.50 Marlee Massie, 3.20 Fred Le Macon, 3.55 Sunset Marquis

BANGOR-ON-DEE: 12.50 Kings Cross, 1.20 Stephanie Frances, 1.50 Goodtoknow, 2.25 Hubertus, 3.00 Tornado In Milan, 3.30 Tasty Ginger, 4.05 Lough Derg Leader

EXETER: 1.00 Bendomingo, 1.30 Mighty Leader, 2.00 Fact Of The Matter, 2.35 Drumlee Sunset, 3.10 Unison, 3.40 Passmore (nb), 4.15 Anchor Man

KEMPTON PARK: 4.25 Captain Scooby, 4.55 Dynamo Walt, 5.25 WORDSEARCH (NAP), 5.55 Aventus, 6.25 Hathiq, 6.55 Faydhan, 7.25 Red Rannagh, 7.55 Estibdaad

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