DAILY RACING DIGEST – WEDNESDAY

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 Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

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Champion jockey Jim Crowley (right) may have a new retained role with Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, but insists “I don’t want anyone thinking I won’t be going for the title again”.
Former jump jockey Crowley won his first Flat title after a titanic battle with Silvestre De Sousa last year and the former champ gained his first winner with his first ride at Lingfield yesterday. Crowley said: “If I am still in with a shot when Glorious Goodwood comes round, I am definitely going to give it a go. I don’t want people to think I won’t be going for the title again. You simply can’t have that attitude.”
Source: Press Association


Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle favourite Death Duty has been tabbed by trainer Gordon Elliott as his top gun for the Cheltenham Festival. Unbeaten over hurdles, he will spearhead a strong challenge on March 17, with Lexus Chase winner Outlander and Don Poli both heading to the Timico Gold Cup. Speaking at yesterday’s media day Elliott said: “We’ll have several horses travelling over with decent chances but there’s no getting away from it – Death Duty appears to be our big hope. He’s a very good horse and I’d say the best novice hurdler we’ve had.” Death Duty is currently Bet4Causes’ 11/4 favourite for the 3m event.
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-festival/albert-bartlett-favourite-death-duty-leads-charge-for-rampant-yard/276604

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Gordon Elliott (right) will send a team of “about 30 horses across” to the Cheltenham Festival in two weeks’ time. While Don Cossack’s Timico Gold Cup victory was the highlight of three winners at the Festival last season, his star has subsequently been retired through injury. Elliott admitted: “On numbers I’d say we have a lot more fancied ones this year, but we had three winners last year and it will be hard to beat that.”
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/racing/article-4269496/Gordon-Elliott-send-30-horses-Cheltenham.html


Tombstone will have to come through a satisfactory piece of work at the weekend to book his place in the  Champion Hurdle. Trained by Gordon Elliott, the recent conqueror of former 2m king Jezki needs to be supplemented for the March 14 feature. Elliott said: “If everything goes all right and he works all right at the weekend, the plan is we’ll probably run him in the Champion Hurdle. It’s a very good race, but it’s probably an open enough race. We’ve never had a runner in the Champion Hurdle, so I don’t know what it takes to win one, but why not have a go?”
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/racing/article-4269496/Gordon-Elliott-send-30-horses-Cheltenham.html


Mutakayyef, who missed the  Winter Derby at Lingfield with a foot abscess, is still on course for the Dubai Turf. Trainer William Haggas said: “His foot is fine, it was just very unfortunate timing. He’ll be back ridden tomorrow and there’s no question of it ruling him out of Dubai. We’ll take him away for a gallop somewhere first, that will put him right.”
Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/horseracing/2976927/william-haggas-confirms-mutakayyef-still-on-dubai-mission-despite-lingfield-setback/

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Colin Tizzard has ruled King George VI Chase hero Thistlecrack out until Christmas following a second scan on his torn tendon. “Thistlecrack’s second scan came back exactly the same as the first, as we expected it would,” said Tizzard. “As communicated previously, Thistlecrack will not run again this season and all being well we’d expect him to be back at Christmas.”
Source: http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/February/28/colin-tizzard-confirms-thistlecrack-expected-to-be-back-for-christmas
https://beta.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-festival/hes-out-and-thats-it-thistlecrack-will-definitely-not-run/276589


Camping Ground is set to miss the Cheltenham Festival in favour of the Aintree Hurdle, following his demolition job in the National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell. Trainer Gary Moore said: “It was nice for the horse, he did it well and has come out of it pretty good. We just need to work out where to go with him now. I think two miles is too sharp and three miles is too far, so we need to go somewhere in between and we’re better off waiting for Liverpool.”
Source: http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/February/28/gary-moore-eager-to-pitch-camping-ground-into-aintree-hurdle


The new 2kg (4.4lb) allowance for female jockeys in France starts today at Deauville. Apprentice Alison Massin has seven booked rides. In all, 13 of the 96 runners at Deauville will be ridden by women. France Galop vice president Jean-Pierre Colombu said he was surprised by the level of controversy the new measure has caused. “Debate is always a good thing and perhaps we will be proved wrong, although I don’t think so,” said Colombu. “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/international/new-era-starts-at-deauville-as-2kg-allowance-for-women-kicks-in/276559


Racing will be broadcast on ITV1 on Saturday for the first time since its launch on New Year’s Day. Seven races will be broadcast from Newbury and Doncaster. “It was just an opportunity that came up enabling us to do it, so that’s good. We’ve now got 42 days on the main channel,” said Grant Cunningham, ITV’s head of publicity, factual and sport.
Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/horseracing/2975217/terrestrial-coverage-boost-for-horse-racing-as-itv-increases-itv1-racedays-to-42/

Today’s MCB British Racing selections – Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MUSSELBURGH: 2.00 Major Ridge, 2.30 Dear Sire, 3.00 Improved, 3.30 Pekanheim, 4.00 Superior Command, 4.30 Darwins Fox, 5.00 Miss Barbossa

WINCANTON: 2.10 Fountains Windfall, 2.40 Driftwood Haze, 3.10 Orbasa, 3.40 Apple’s Queen, 4.10 Ruby Russet, 4.40 Chivers

FFOS LAS: 2.20 Bob Mahler, 2.50 DUELING BANJOS (NAP), 3.20 Fille Des Champs, 3.50 Alf  ’N’ Dor, 4.20 Batavir, 4.50 Well Smitten

NEWCASTLE: 5.30 Out Of Order, 6.00 Foie Gras, 6.30 Sandstream, 7.00 Spititofhayton (nb), 7.30 Art Obsession, 8.00 Fiery Spice

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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.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Wednesday, December 21, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

BLACK MISCHIEF (Ludlow 3.40) is given another chance to get off the mark at the third time of asking in the 1m6f bumper. There is no doubt that Harry Fry’s four-year-old, the first foal out of a winning jumper, will be better when he goes jumping, but the trainer has a good strike-rate in these events and he made a promising enough start at Uttoxeter in March, when third to Mr Big Shot, to think he had the ability to win in this sphere. He made his return at Plumpton after an eight-month hiatus and made much of the running before being overhauled by The Mighty Don and Count Meribel. He should reap the benefit for that pipe-opener and those supporters who had their fingers burned last time, will hope provides compensation by winning the 15-runner affair.

BALTIMORE ROCK (Ludlow 1.35) has plenty on his plate, attempting to give weight away to all seven of his rivals in the 2m handicap chase, but the Neil Mulholland-trained seven-year-old may well be up to the task. Having won a third of his hurdles races, including the 2014 Imperial Cup at Sandown, he started his chasing career with a bang, scoring in a novices’ handicap at Doncaster last December when with David Pipe. He wasn’t foot perfect in his first start for his new yard in heavy ground at Chepstow in February when second to Oscar Sunset, before being highly tried in his next two starts, falling two out in the Arkle and when looking out of his depth behind Douvan in another Grade 1 at Punchestown in April. This strong-traveller will be much more at home in a Class 2 handicap and as long as he is not too keen after a 237-day lay-off, should be thereabouts at the business end.

STEVE ROGERS (Newcastle 2.00) has come a long way since winning a lowly Class 6 handicap off a mark of 62 on his handicap debut at Wolverhampton in January last year. His tally now stands at six wins from 17, with three of those successes coming on all-weather surfaces. Though his last success came off a mark of 88, he is now on an official mark of 98, having run Higher Power to two lengths in a 2m Class 2 Kempton handicap last month off a rating of 95. The handicapper is giving the Roger Varian-trained five-year-old little respite but he is tough and consistent. Having had one run back after a three-month break and on a Tapeta surface that appears to suit those who race prominently, Jack Mitchell’s mount should go well in the 2m Conditions Stakes (All-Weather Championship Fast-Track Qualifier), where the eight runners all carry 9st 3lb.

BILLY BRONCO (Ffos Las 12.50) may be good enough to land the 2m6f novices’ hurdle for trainer Evan Williams. The five-year-old, who is related to a pair of Rules winners and three point-to-point scorers, has had two starts, but while very easy to back on his Towcester bumper debut in January when with Debra Hamer, drew clear with the favourite, Pride Of Lecale, to score readily. The runner-up subsequently scored in a Chepstow bumper and was thought good enough to run in the Grade 1 Champion Bumper at Cheltenham thereafter. Our selection started the current campaign against six other winners in a decent 11-runner, 2m3f “fixed brush” novices’ hurdle at Haydock in soft ground, and was a creditable third to Constantine Bay. The step up in trip looks sure to help and he is likely to come on a lot for that run as he faces six rivals in a competitive heat.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

FFOS LAS: 12.50 Billy Bronco, 1.20 Court Challenge, 1.50 Robinshill, 2.20 Cape Caster, 2.50 Walk On Al, 3.20 Looks Like Power

LUDLOW: 12.35 Brahms De Clermont, 1.05 Zamdy Man, 1.35 Baltimore Rock, 2.10 Hitherjacques Lady, 2.40 Go West Young Man, 3.10 Danceintothelight, 3.40 BLACK MISCHIEF (NAP)

NEWCASTLE: 1.30 Amazement, 2.00 Steve Rogers, 2.30 Henpacked, 3.00 Roller, 3.30 Unnoticed, 4.00 Gold Beau, 4.30 Gracious John, 5.00 Lady Joanna Vassa

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Monday’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 Monday, December 12, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

HIGH COMMAND (Wolverhampton 3.10) bids for a hat-trick, having scored twice at Southwell over 1m4f and 1m6f. The Roger Varian-trained three-year-old is clearly progressive and though he shoulders a 6lb penalty, putting him on a mark of 81, the only question mark is the track. He is suited to fibresand (which is a heavy all-weather surface, akin to racing in turf) and does not appear to mind the kickback, as he can race prominently there. The tighter circuit at Wolverhampton can catch a few out, but the Tapeta surface should hold no fears as he takes on four rivals in the 1m6f handicap.

STOWAWAY MAGIC (Plumpton 1.30) has won a point-to-point, a soft-ground Kempton bumper and a 2m3f novices’ hurdle in four career starts. The last of those successes came at Warwick in May on Good ground. Quite what that form is worth is open to question, although runner-up The Outlaw did subsequently win a novices’ selling hurdle. The Nicky Henderson-trained five-year-old looked understandably inexperienced on his last run and he has a 219-day break to overcome, so fitness must be taken on trust for this strapping son of Stowaway. However, aside from Market Rasen winner No Comment, there appears to be a lot of dead wood in the 2m4½f novices’ hurdle.

TOP AND DROP (Ffos Las 2.50) takes on 13 rivals in a reasonably competitive 2m4f handicap hurdle and should be in the mix if repeating her fine second to Bobble Boru at Chepstow on her return to action following a seven-month break. She ran off a mark of 96 for her seasonal and handicap debut when going down two lengths, with the pair drawing well clear of the third. The winner has since gone close off a 6lb higher mark at Leicester, so the form looks solid and the Venetia Williams-trained five-year-old is entitled to come on for the run.

TARSEEKH (Wolverhampton 4.40) appears to have a strong chance of getting off the mark in the 1m½f all-weather maiden for Roger Varian. The three-year-old by Kyllachy, who takes on seven rivals, was easy to back on his Haydock debut in June when well held and was subsequently gelded. He returned to action at Lingfield last month and was beaten just a length in a very weak race. The suspicion was he may have needed a bit further than the mile he got, and this looks another ordinary race.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

FFOS LAS: 12.45 Attest, 1.15 Positively Dylan, 1.45 West Wizard, 2.20 Bennys King, 2.50 Top And Drop, 3.20 Kilcullen Flem, 3.50 Astrapaios

PLUMPTON: 12.30 Khezerabad, 1.00 Theinval, 1.30 Stowaway Magic (nb), 2.00 Sartorial Elegance, 2.30 The Game Is A Foot, 3.00 Hit The Headlines, 3.30 Shimba Hills

WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.10 Polar Forest, 2.40 Rhombus, 3.10 HIGH COMMAND (NAP), 3.40 Kissinger, 4.10 Aventus, 4.40 Tarseekh, 5.10 Sands Chorus

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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.

After Tuesday’s 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 Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

TARA VIEW (Catterick 2.30) bids for a hat-trick, having easily won a Bangor bumper before following-up at odds-on on her hurdling debut at Ludlow 20 days ago. The Alan King-trained five-year-old did not have things her own way over the 2m trip, however, taking a while to get going in the maiden hurdle before getting on top in the closing stages. That trip was sharp enough for her and it was her first run since May, so she is entitled to come on for the run. She faces five rivals in an extended 2m3f novices’ hurdle today and she should get the decent ground she requires on a track that looks sure to suit.

BABENY BRIDGE (Ffos Las 1.50) is no sure thing in the 3m handicap hurdle, but the five-time point-top-point winner was having only his third start under Rules and his first for almost a year when headed by Deciding Moment at Worcester in May. The Nick Williams-trained seven-year-old makes his handicapping debut off a mark of 115 and he has gone well fresh in the past. Lizzie Kelly’s 5lb claim should help and the partnership may be a bit of value.

DLTRIPLESEVEN (Lingfield Park 3.40) won a modest staying handicap on the turf here in July and was not beaten far in two subsequent races at Bath off a revised mark of 59. The Richard Hughes-trained three-year-old gelded son of Dark Angel has not had too much experience on all-weather tracks, but appeared to handle Chelmsford City’s surface well when three-and-a-half lengths behind Regal Gift in a 1m5f Class 6 handicap just over a month ago. Well backed that day, he was held up and made decent progress but could not make up the ground in the closing stages. Up in trip to 1m7½f and taking on eight rivals today, any improvement can put him in the mix.

ENDLESS CHARM (Kempton Park 5.25) makes her debut in what promises, on paper, to be an informative 6f fillies’ maiden going forward. Charlie Appleby and Adam Kirby teams up to win this last year with Port Rosa and the same combination rely on this daughter of Dubawi, who is a sister to the 6f/7f juvenile winner Culturati, and half-sister to winners Valiant (1m2f), Whim (1m), Of Course Darling (1.6f AW) and Feng Shui (7f). She does not have a bad draw in stall 2 and the stable remains in good nick.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

CATTERICK: 12.30 Leading Score, 1.00 Danceintothelight, 1.30 Does It In Style, 2.00 Oscar O’scar, 2.30 TARA VIEW (NAP), 3.00 Work In Progress, 3.30 Sophie Olivia

FFOS LAS: 1.20 Lisheen Prince, 1.50 Babeny Bridge (nb), 2.20 Call The Cops, 2.50 In On The Act, 3.20 Twenty Eight Guns, 3.55 Petiville

LINGFIELD PARK: 12.10 Senses Of Dubai, 12.40 Russian Radiance, 1.10 Washington Blue, 1.40 Master The World, 2.10 Pastoral Music, 2.40 Isharah, 3.10 Valmina, 3.40 Dltripleseven

KEMPTON PARK: 4.25 Deer Song, 4.55 Memories Galore, 5.25 Endless Charm, 5.55 Ghaseedah, 6.25 Oceanus, 6.55 Red Cossack, 7.25 Fair Comment, 7.55 Oak Bluffs

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Friday’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 Friday, November 18, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

CLOUDY DREAM (Haydock 1.25) has plenty going for him in the 2m graduation chase, not least the excellent form of trainer Malcolm Jefferson. The six-year-old, who was runner-up in the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr in April, made a splendid start to his chasing career when winning a three-runner beginners’ chase at Carlisle last month with relative ease. Though he would ideally be suited by better ground than the anticipated soft ground he will encounter today, he is in receipt of 11lb from his four rivals and will surely go on to win better races than this.

MANGO CAP (Ffos Las 2.55) failed to build on his come-from-behind 3m win at Perth when making a blunder at the last flight in a 2m5½f handicap hurdle at Ayr last month. Other than that, he did not do a lot wrong on that occasion after being produced late with a strong run. The David Pipe-trained five-year-old takes on six rivals in a similar event and runs off the same mark of 119. Given that he is in receipt of 6lb and upwards from all but one of the contestants, with David Noonan taking off a further 3lb, hopes are high that he can gain a third success over hurdles in nine tries.

FOX APPEAL (Ascot 2.45) takes a steep drop in class, having been campaigned in some top-quality handicap chases last season and may be able to gain a confidence-boosting win. Emma Lavelle has picked her spots so far this season and while the selection has plenty to find on his first two starts of the season – there was precious little to enthuse about when beaten 13 and 18-lengths respectively at Market Rasen and Chepstow, those were much better contests than today’s Class 3 handicap chase over 2m5f. Good ground or slightly better would be perfect for the nine-year-old (pictured below) who is now 13lb below his last winning mark.

CADLAND LAD (Newcastle 6.45) has become as frustrating as waiting for a wage cheque that never arrives. However, you hold out hope that someday all will come good. In the case of John Ryan’s three-year-old, he is putting the work in and has been luckless in reward. It is now 21 starts without getting his head in front when it matters, but he has been placed nine times and today could be the day it all comes good. While he remains on the same mark of 49 that saw him touched off in a 6f Chelmsford City maiden last time, a change of scenery – a first trip to Newcastle’s all-weather track – and useful 7lb claimer Jonathan Fisher aboard, might help him land the 6f apprentice handicap.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

ASCOT: 1.00 Reality Bites, 1.35 Different Gravey, 2.10 Resolution Bay, 2.45 Fox Appeal, 3.20 Minella Daddy, 3.55 Draytonian

HAYDOCK PARK: 12.50 Ballyhill, 1.25 CLOUDY DREAM (NAP), 2.00 Sharp Response, 2.35 Welsh Shadow, 3.10 Follow The Bear, 3.45 Cadeyrn

FFOS LAS: 12.40 Cash Again, 1.10 Impulsive Star, 1.45 Templeross, 2.20 Deadly Move, 2.55 Mango Cap (nb), 3.30 Twenty Eight Guns, 4.05 Just A Thought

NEWCASTLE: 3.40 Corton Lad, 4.15 Beautiful Escape, 4.45 Espresso Freddo, 5.15 Royal Brave, 5.45 Pike Corner Cross, 6.15 Arctic Angel, 6.45 Cadland Lad

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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.

After successive winning NAP selections in the last FOUR days, 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 6, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

SUGAR BARON (Sandown Park 1.05) has won four of his eight career starts and made a winning debut over fences when tidily accounting for Present Man and two other rivals in a 3m1f novices’ chase at Wincanton on his seasonal debut. He made a couple of novicey errors early on but warmed to the task and looked a proper athlete when asked to fiddle a couple of fences. The Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old was pretty slick over the second circuit and should go on to better things. He drops back to 2m4f today and that will put a little more pressure on his fencing, but we expect him to rise to the occasion.

VERYGOODVERYGOOD (Ffos Las 4.15) holds a fair chance of landing the 2m4f handicap hurdle for Nigel Twiston-Davies and jockey Ryan Hatch. The five-year-old has been in decent form this term, with a string of placed efforts and it surely won’t be long before he gets off the mark. He was a little unfortunate not to do so at Newton Abbot on his penultimate start in September, going down by a quarter of a length to Beau Phil, and there was nothing wrong with his handicap debut effort when third to Gingili on his stable debut at Exeter when upped to 2m7f last time. He drops back in trip and while the use of headgear may well be required to bring forth improvement in the near future, connections resist the urge this time.

HERBERT PARK (Ffos Las 3.05) is up 6lb for his seasonal debut success in a competitive 2m7f handicap hurdle at Worcester last month. Though he had to fight to record a neck success over Western Cape, the David Pipe-trained six-year-old and his rival pulled well clear of the third home and the form looks solid. That was a decent effort after a near nine-month break and today’s extended 2m7½f handicap may well be his last over hurdles before he is sent novice chasing. Despite the weight rise to a mark of 132, Tom Scudamore’s mount may well defy it.

AZZERTI (Sandown Park 1.40) may well have bumped into a decent novice hurdler when beaten by Movewiththetimes at Fontwell and the Paul Nicholls-trained winner went straight into many people’s notebooks. Azzerti, trained by Alan King, was not strong in the market for the 2m1½f event, but he was clearly better than the bare from of his two bumpers last term and made plenty of headway to throw down a challenge. He was always being held, but stuck on nicely. There is no doubt he will have learned from the experience and on paper, his main rival, Khezerabad, may be worth taking on in the 2m maiden hurdle, despite having run well enough in Grade 2 and Grade 1 company last term.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

SANDOWN PARK: 12.30 Clemency, 1.05 SUGAR BARON (NAP), 1.40 Azzerti, 2.15 Vivaldi Collonges, 2.50 Lutece, 3.25 Rocky Creek, 4.00 Bardd

FFOS LAS: 12.50 Stage One, 1.20 Might Bite, 1.55 Christmas In April, 2.30 Globalisation, 3.05 Herbert Park, 3.40 Unify, 4.15 Verygoodverygood (nb)

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Saturday’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 Saturday, October 15, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

ORDER OF ST GEORGE (Ascot 1.25) can give Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien yet another big Saturday winner by landing the Group 2 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup. While O’Brien has had another phenomenal season, Moore has been criticised in many quarters for some poor rides in big races, such as the Derby, Eclipse, St James’s Palace Stakes and even the Oaks (giving Minding a hard race, despite winning). O’Brien, though, has remained loyal to the jockey, whose often truculent attitude to the media does the sport no favours. However, victories in the Arc (with Found), the 1,000 Guineas (with super filly Minding) and with the selection in the Ascot Gold Cup this term have largely glossed over several high-profile defeats on top-class horses that other jockeys would give their right arm to ride. Order Of St George returns to the course and 2m distance of his soft-ground Gold Cup success, and is reunited with Moore, who was last aboard when the colt was beaten at odds of 1/7 in the Irish St Leger, which looked another poorly-conceived ride. Subsequently third to Found in the Arc, the four-year-old son of Galileo has plenty going for him and is expected to get the cracking Ascot card off to a great start.

GALILEO GOLD (Ascot 3.10) can claim his third Group 1 victory of the season by taking the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The 2,000 Guineas winner has had a tough, five-race campaign at the highest level, but has only been out of the first two once – that coming at Deauville in August, when eighth to Ribchester (who re-opposes) in the Prix Jacques Le Marois. Prior to that he had scored in soft ground over today’s course and distance in the St James’s Palace Stakes and was narrowly beaten by The Gurkha in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood (with fast-improving three-year-old Ribchester a close-up third). Victory in a race where Minding gets a 3lb allowance will not be easy, but Frankie Dettori is a reliable big-race jockey and the ground may turn in Galileo Gold’s favour.

MONT ROYALE (Stratford 3.15) finally got his rewards for a string of decent efforts when scoring in a 2m4f handicap chase at Worcester last month. That as his first win over fences in eight attempts, although he had also been runner-up on three further occasions. Jonjo O’Neill’s inmate won off a mark of 122, but has been hiked 14lb for that cosy win and while it will take a career-best effort to see him land this better 2m5f handicap, the problems had previously appear to have been ironed out and he should continue to progress.

TAJSEER (Stratford 2.40) is certainly not the best animal in Gordon Elliott’s yard but was good enough to land a 2m3½f maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan last month. Quite what he beat is open to question and victory had been a while coming, following a string of runner-up efforts in the summer. He drops into selling company today for the first time, having shown little at Navan on his most recent start, but the booking of Tom Scudamore is a major plus and in a very weak-looking 2m event, he may well be the one to beat.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

ASCOT: 1.25 ORDER OF ST GEORGE (NAP), 2.00 Librisa Breeze, 2.35 Seventh Heaven, 3.10 Galileo Gold (nb), 3.45 Almanzor, 4.25 Remarkable

CATTERICK: 1.45 Rag Tatter, 2.20 Starlight Romance, 2.55 English Summer, 3.30 Fumbo Jumbo, 4.05 Tamayuz Magic, 4.40 Shouranour, 5.15 Graceful Act

FFOS LAS: 1.50 Mother Meldrum, 2.25 Defi Du Seuil, 3.00 Beast Of Burden, 3.35 Copper Kay, 4.10 Garde La Victoire, 4.45 Johns Luck, 5.20 Flints Legacy

MARKET RASEN: 1.05 Doesyourdogbite, 1.35 Strait Of Magellan, 2.10 Pemba, 2.45 Card Game, 3.20 Blue Heron, 3.55 By The Broadwalk, 4.30 Flying Solo, 5.05 Ravenhill Road

STRATFORD: 2.05 Midnight Jazz, 2.40 Tajseer, 3.15 Mont Royale, 3.50 Vivas, 4.20 Little Windmill, 4.55 Breath Of Blighty, 5.30 The Kvilleken

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Waneen, 6.15 Colourfilly, 6.45 Rural Celebration, 7.15 Scrutinise, 7.45 Bahar, 8.15 Tamarillo Grove, 8.45 Check ‘em Tuesday, 9.15 Whitchurch

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