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.

Kempton Races

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


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/


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

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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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, February 22, 2017.


Add Thistlecrack (above) to the lengthening list of equine superstars who will not be appearing at next month’s Cheltenham Festival. The King George VI Chase hero has a “small tear” in a tendon and the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite has been ruled out for the season by Colin Tizzard. He joins a list of talent that includes Faugheen, Annie Power, Min, Don Cossack, Coneygree and Sprinter Sacre on the sidelines. Tizzard said: “He had a bit of heat and swelling in his tendon on Monday night and as the vet was in on Tuesday I asked him to scan it. It showed a small tear. We’ve seen it in every yard and it happens every year. It’s not a breakdown and hopefully we’ve caught it before it became any proper damage was done. But it means he’s out for the season. All being well he will be fine for next season.”
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/racing/2017/02/21/thistlecrack-gold-cup-favourite-ruled-season-tendon-injury/

Following Thistlecrack’s injury, Hennessy Gold Cup and Welsh National winner Native River is new 3/1 favourite (from 6/1) with MyClubBetting for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. Stablemate Cue Card is clipped to 7/2 next best.
Source: https://bet4causes.myclubbetting.co.uk/

tom-scudamore-smallTom Scudamore (right), who rode Thistlecrack to victory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day said it was “very disappointing for everybody” that Britain’s leading chaser would miss the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the rest of the season with a tendon injury. He said: “Every time you ride these good horses you hope they can be in a position to show just how good they are. He is not going to be able to do that this year and, while hopefully he will be able to bounce back, it is a real sickener for everyone.”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/gold-cup-shock/thistlecrack-jockey-devastated-after-injury-rules-out-favourite/275719

France Galop has suspended jockey Robert Havlin for six months after he tested positive for prohibited substances. The ruling body said the Newmarket-based jockey had returned a positive sample when riding at Saint-Cloud on October 30 and that it would “request the reciprocation” of the imposed sanction by the British Horseracing Authority. “Given the positive result to a narcotic and its metabolites present in the biological sample of the jockey, this is a serious breach of the rules of racing of France Galop,” said a statement.
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10776835/jockey-robert-havlin-shocked-by-six-month-ban-from-france-galop

Robert Havlin will appeal his six-month ban handed down by France Galop. In a statement issued by his French solicitor Florence Gaudilliere, Havlin said: “I am the victim of an outrageous miscarriage of justice and defamation of my character. I have never tested positive for any prohibited substance in my 26-year riding career. I am appealing this verdict and suspension on a number of grounds and the counter analysis proves my innocence. It goes without saying that I am deeply upset and shocked.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10776835/jockey-robert-havlin-shocked-by-six-month-ban-from-france-galop

Limini.jpgToday’s clash between Apple’s Jade and Limini (right) in the Quevega Mares Hurdle at Punchestown will offer more Cheltenham Festival clues. Apple’s Jade won the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December, while Limini will make her seasonal reappearance in the Listed contest. Patrick Mullins, assistant to his father, trainer Willie Mullins, said: “Limini is in good form, but I’m sure she’ll come on a lot for the run. She’s wrong at the weights with Apple’s Jade and it will be very difficult to beat her, but we’ve got to start somewhere and we’ll see how she goes.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/preview/762628/top-mares-to-clash-at-punchestown

Paul Nicholls will have a Cheltenham Festival team of “around 18 to 20”, which represents his smallest in years, but hopes are high that Politologue can land the JLT Novices’ Chase. Nicholls said: “He’s one of our leading chances. He’s really progressive and has won three from four over fences. His rating of 152 is very good mark for a novice over fences.”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-festival/fred-winter-hope-dreamcatching-leads-nicholls-assault-on-festival-handicaps/275743

paul-nichollsThe progressive Dreamcatching  has been earmarked by Paul Nicholls (right) as one of his leading lights for the Cheltenham Festival. Nicholls said: “Dreamcatching won’t be far away in the Fred Winter. He bolted in at Wincanton on Saturday and has a mark of 131. It’s a race we’ve done really well in, with the first and second the last two years. Qualando, who won it in 2015, was off 131, and Diego Du Charmil won it last year off 133. So he’s around about the right mark.”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-festival/fred-winter-hope-dreamcatching-leads-nicholls-assault-on-festival-handicaps/275743

Jim Bolger is among a number of Irish trainers who feel the Irish Derby should be moved after it was revealed development work at the Curragh would limit the crowd to 6,000 from 18,000 last year. Bolger said: “My preference would have been to move it to Leopardstown or Naas. Leopardstown would probably hold a crowd better and have been ideal for the Derby as opposed to limiting the number of people coming to the Curragh.”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/news/trainers-believe-irish-derby-should-be-temporarily-rehomed/27563

arrogate-smallBreeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup Invitational winner Arrogate (right) seems likely to run in the $10m Dubai World Cup (March 25) after working well at Santa Anita yesterday. The Santa Anita Handicap (March 11) is also under consideration, but Garrett O’Rourke, manager of Juddmonte Farms, says a trip to Dubai is the front-runner. He said: “If there was any doubt about that, we wouldn’t even consider going. But the horse seems to be in an exceptionally good state physically and mentally. We’ll discuss the case and if Prince Khalid agrees, I think we’ll roll the dice.”
Source: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/219975/arrogate-his-usual-self-in-five-furlong-move

Former Gala Coral COO Neil Goulden has been appointed as chairman designate for a racecourse-run pool betting operation. Betfred’s £265m deal for the Tote gave it an exclusive right over race pool betting, but that deal expires next year. Major racing stakeholders including the Jockey Club and Arena Racing Company wish to take control in future “to ensure participating racecourses will have full control of their on-course pool betting operation”. The project, led by the British Horseracing Association’s Nigel Roddis, saw a “steering board” plump for Goulden, who said: “I hope my experience can assist British racing in developing its thinking on pool betting so it can grow to the benefit of British racing and all its customers.”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/news/goulden-brought-in-to-aid-racecourse-run-pool-betting-plan/275682

The Gambling Business Group (GBG) is behind a new industry-wide body whose core objective is to improve the regulatory environment for all parties in the UK gambling sector. Entitled The Gambling Expert Group, the affiliation of trade and regulatory bodies, will meet on at least a quarterly basis. Invitations have been extended to a total of 15 regulatory bodies. GBG Chief Executive Peter Hannibal said: “The Gambling Expert Group is the outcome of a programme of close collaboration with the Regulatory Delivery Office, part of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Membership is made up of stakeholder representatives including Licensing Authorities, regulators and policy makers. One of the objectives is to provide an opportunity for members to raise regulatory issues and identify and address areas where regulation can be improved.”
Source: http://www.g3newswire.com/uk-gambling-expert-group-formed-enhance-regulatory-environment/

GambleAware launches its first trial advertising campaign to promote awareness of problem gambling. The online pilot of two adverts, targeted at people aged 16-24, is released in the North West and North East of England on YouTube.

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

DONCASTER: 2.10 Mister Whitaker, 2.45 Soldier In Action, 3.15 The Tailgater, 3.45 SAINT ARE (NAP), 4.20 Ardea, 4.55 Monty’s Award

LINGFIELD PARK: 2.20 Hipz, 2.55 Tempuran, 3.25 Wedding Breakfast, 3.55 Arctic Sea, 4.30 Dangerous Ends, 5.05 Steady Major

LUDLOW: 2.00 Ridgeway Flyer, 2.35 Mercian King, 3.05 Woodfort (nb), 3.35 William Money, 4.10 I’m A Game Changer, 4.45 Mr Mercurial, 5.20 Gulshanigans

KEMPTON PARK: 5.45 Cuban Queen, 6.15 Albaster, 6.45 Askari, 7.15 Steelriver, 7.45 Winterlude, 8.15 Delagoa Bay

Lucky 15 selections: Saint Are (Doncaster 3.45), Woodfort (Ludlow 3.05), Delagoa Bay (Kempton Park 8.15), The Tailgater (Doncaster 3.15)

Both the NAP and Next Best selections won yesterday. Three from four in the lucky 15 went in with the other selection finishing second. Bah and humbug.

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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.

Our NAP and next-best selections were both bang on the money on Friday, so take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Saturday, February 4, 2017.

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CALETT MAD (Wetherby 2.45) appears the one they all have to beat in the Grade 2 Towton Novices’ Chase. Daryl Jacob was hardly enamoured with him after he won at Taunton over 2m7f last month, saying that he was “a typical French (jumping) type, but he gets from A to B”, so there are some doubts that he will get round without making a blunder or two. He was keen the time before and if the ground is softer than hoped, he may not see this 3m out as well as some of his five rivals. However, Taunton was not his track and Wetherby should suit him much better. He made light of his mark of 138 last time and while he has been whacked up 10lb, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ five-year-old has plenty of improvement in him yet.

PROJECT BLUEBOOK (Musselburgh 1.30) is our next-best selection on a day where there is plenty of choice. Twice a winner here last month, he may land the hat-trick as he steps up in class for the Listed Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial Juvenile Hurdle – which just goes to show that races can be as cumbersomely-named as horses. We get that it is a hurdle race, right? It is not so good that we have to name it twice. The selection, trained by John Quinn and ridden by Brian Hughes, takes on five rivals after making a mockery of his opening handicap mark. A fast-run 2m is ideal for him. The only question is whether we shall get it here in winter ground.

GRENDISAR (Lingfield Park 3.05) goes for a third successive win in the Winter Derby Trial at Lingfield. The definition of Derby is open to question. In our minds, a Derby is a race run over 1m4f – not 1m2f. Heaven forbid, that is way too French for us. Last season Marco Botti’s runner enjoyed a great all-weather campaign, landing this race, the Winter Derby and the Easter Classic on Good Friday. He has been beaten on his only two starts this term over course and distance, but those races were not run to suit him and he comes into his own after shaking the cobwebs off. He loves the track and you would have to be hopeful he could beat his seven rivals.

OTAGO TRAIL (Sandown 3.35) is going to have to put up a stellar performance carrying 11st 12lb on what is likely to be deep winter ground – which begs the question: should Kempton Park really be shuttered by The Jockey Club and the King George VI Chase moved to the Esher track if a spot of rain turns Sandown into a mud-bath? We are willing to save that conversation for another day. We don’t think it will happen for one thing. Otago Trail is in the care of the lovely Venetia Williams, who knows just how to train horses for conditions such as these. The nine-year-old is one of our favourite horses in training and he chased home Bristol De Mai in a strong renewal of the Peter Marsh Case at Haydock last time. That is top-class form in all but name. The worry is the race may have come a bit too soon but the trip is fine and this 3m handicap chase might be a decent Grand National prep.

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SANDOWN PARK: 12.40 Coeur De Lion, 1.15 Pearls Legend, 1.50 Buveur D’air, 2.25 Le Prezien, 3.00 Behind Time, 3.35 Otago Trail, 4.05 Cheque En Blanc

WETHERBY: 1.05 Tearsofclewbay, 1.40 Red Spinner, 2.15 Mirasaale, 2.45 CALETT MAD (NAP), 3.20 Point The Way, 3.55 Open Hearted, 4.25 Out Of Style

LINGFIELD PARK: 12.50 Saleh, 1.25 Saborido, 2.00 Gracious John, 2.30 Vimy Ridge, 3.05 Grendisar, 3.40 Varsovian, 4.15 Appy Days

MUSSELBURGH: 12.25 Dear Sire, 12.55 Doubldisdoubledat, 1.30 Project Bluebook (nb), 2.05 Azure Fly, 2.40 Pads, 3.15 Drumcliff, 3.45 Wonderful Charm, 4.20 Final Countdown

NEWCASTLE: 5.45 Mystique Moon, 6.15 Things Happen, 6.45 Table Manners, 7.15 Garrick, 7.45 Revolutionary War, 8.15 Poppy In The Wind, 8.45 Spirit Of Zebedee


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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Friday’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 Friday, February 3, 2017.

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BURNSIDE (Lingfield Park 4.40) has been placed in four of his last five starts in middle-distance handicaps since switching to the all-weather this winter and while has yet to break his maiden tag after 11 starts, Adam Kirby has been booked today, suggesting connections mean business. He had every chance of winning a claimer at Wolverhampton last time but was short-headed by Halstatt over 1m6f. Back in handicap company today and down to 1m5f, on a track that he appears to like, Ian Williams’ runner should not be far away again.

WALSIGNHAM GRANGE (Catterick 1.15) looked in need of the experience when going hurdling for the first time at Bangor in November, despite finishing runner-up to Tasty Ginger. Better followed here on his second try when short-headed by Fidux and he was again in the frame at Wetherby in December. Having had a break, Pam Sly’s four-year-old, who was rated 73 on the Flat should be fresh for extended 1m7½f juvenile hurdle. Crucially, his sole win came in heavy ground at Nottingham and with plenty of rain about, that might play into his hands.

CAPRICE D’ANGLAIS (Catterick 2.15) was foiled in a hat-trick bid at Leicester last time when folding tamely having gone up the weights significantly. Despite the weight, he ran well below his true form and Richard Hobson’s five-year-old still has a bit more scope for improvement over fences. Perhaps his 25-length Boxing Day romp at Huntingdon took a bit more out of him than we imagine but he may still be of interest in the extended 1m7½f novices’ chase now the handicapper has dropped him a couple of pounds.

POPSILCA (Kempton Park 6.45) is by no means a certainty. Mick Quinn’s three-year-old made the most of his lowly mark on her handicap debut, getting the better of Little Miss Daisy in a bunched finish to a 5f event at Lingfield last month and rightly so, the handicapper has not been too impressed, raising her just 2lb. She faces five rivals in an equally weak 6f handicap and while there is no guarantee she will follow up, she is still at the right end of the weights.

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CATTERICK: 1.15 Walsingham Grange (nb), 1.45 Sam Spinner, 2.15 Caprice D’anglais, 2.45 Brian Boranha, 3.20 Actinpieces, 3.55 Black Narcissus, 4.25 Only A Tipple

KEMPTON PARK: 5.45 Welsh Inlet, 6.15 Snow Squaw, 6.45 Popsilca, 7.15 Under Siege, 7.45 Amazement, 8.15 Goodby Inheritence

LINGFIELD PARK: 2.00 Remember Me, 2.30 Ticks The Boxes, 3.00 Earthly, 3.35 Royal Opera House, 4.10 Hot Stuff, 4.40 BURNSIDE (NAP)

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Tuesday’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.

Following Monday’s 4/1 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 Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

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HEARTSTONE (Wolverhampton 3.50) has been given a chance by the handicapper in recent weeks and she may well be able to break her duck at the 13th time of asking in the 1m4f fillies’ handicap. David Evans tried her over this trip for the first time at Lingfield a couple of weeks ago and she got it well enough, despite not having the finishing kick to match Zain Arion. While some may feel her best chance has gone now that she is back up to a mark of 72, the four-year-old is consistent enough and in what appears to be one of those win-in-their-turn handicaps, she may pay to follow.

UN PROPHETE (Southwell 1.30) is turned out again quickly after a comprehensive 16-length success in a Ludlow handicap chase last week. Venetia Williams’ six-year-old had fair Flat form in France but had become a bit frustrating over hurdles before she turned him loose over the bigger obstacles for the first time in Britain. The result spoke for itself, as he seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself once he warmed to the task in the good to soft ground. He has won over 3m on the Flat and could probably do with a bit further than the 2m he gets today, but the soft ground should help his cause as he bids to defy a 7lb penalty.

COILETTE CAILIN (Wolverhampton 4.50) was foiled in a hat-trick bid at Lingfield last week, having previously landed reasonable handicaps at Wolverhampton and Lingfield off marks of 85 and 90. Though up in class last time, it was the sluggish early pace of the race that did her in and she was unable to find her customary turn of foot, having expelled too much gas when fighting for the bit early. That said, she still only went down a couple of lengths to Winterlude and she goes off the same mark of 94 against six rivals in the extended 1m½f handicap. A solid pace should see her thereabouts again.

TEARSOFCLEWBAY (Lingfield Park 3.30) is relatively well regarded by connections. Having been a pretty useful bumper winner, she made a winning debut over hurdles at Worcester on her first start for six months in October, despite pulling hard early on. She disappointed somewhat last time in soft ground at Haydock when fifth of six to Colin’s Sister at Haydock, with her jumping letting her down. That was in a Listed race, however, and she drops down to a more realistic level, taking on four rivals in a 2m mares’ novices’ hurdle. This might be the confidence booster she needs before putting her best foot forward.

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LINGFIELD PARK: 1.50 Athy River, 2.25 Darwins Theory, 3.00 Cheat The Cheater, 3.30 Tearsofclewbay, 4.00 Cape Caster, 4.30 Sea The Springs

SOUTHWELL: 1.00 Its’afreebee, 1.30 Un Prophete (nb), 2.00 Second Time Around, 2.35 Champ, 3.10 Listen To The Man, 3.40 Straits Of Messina, 4.10 Young Lou

WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.10 Castlerea Tess, 2.45 Fossa, 3.20 Wentwell Yesterday, 3.50 HEARTSTONE (NAP), 4.20 Poetic Force, 4.50 Coillte Cailin, 5.20 Fast Landing, 5.50 Billyoakes


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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, January 28, 2017.

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CLOUDY DREAM (Doncaster 2.30) gets the nap vote on a cracking day’s racing. Let’s face it, it would be too easy to go for Vroum Vroum Mag (Doncaster 3.05), In De Sceaux (Cheltenham 1.45) and Thistlecrack (Cheltenham 2.15) and Unowhatimeanharry (Cheltenham 4.0) as our quartet – at current odds, the acca would pay less than 4/1 in any case – and we don’t like being obvious, as our 13/2 winning nap on Thursday proves. So we go for one of the more trappy races of the afternoon. Yes, there are only four runners in the Grade 2 Lightning Novices’ Chase, but either one of them would hold a good chance. We go for Cloudy Dream on the strength of a fine run behind well-regarded Buveur D’air, conceding 8lb, at Haydock last time. Malcolm Jefferson’s seven-year-old made a winning start to his chasing career at Carlisle in October and followed up at Haydock in soft ground. Ideally he needs a decent gallop in better ground over 2m to show his best. With Marracudja in the line-up, the pace should be solid enough and the good ground will help his finishing kick.

COOLOGUE (Doncaster 3.40) came into his own on winter ground last season, stringing up a trio of runner-up efforts here, including when not beaten far by Ziga Boy in the Great Yorkshire Chase. He goes off a 6lb higher mark in today’s renewal of the competitive 3m handicap, having been just as consistent this term. Charlie Longsdon’s galloping grey landed a 3m1f handicap off a mark of 140 at Cheltenham on is seasonal debut at Cheltenham in October off 140 and while the Hennessy was a tough ask (pulled up), he bounced back, albeit to at a distance to be second to Three Faces West at Newbury again in December. We love horses (an people for that matter) with good attitudes, and while he may not be a top-drawer chaser, you know he will always give his best. We can’t ask for more.

COLE HARDEN (Cheltenham 4.00) may be able to upset the odds in a strong renewal of the Cleeve Hurdle, where Unowhatimeanharry is the clear market leader. We think he could be vulnerable and is a poor bet at current odds for the Stayers’ Hurdle. Cole Harden likes to force the pace and has already won the Group 1 Stayers’ Hurdle here two seasons ago. He was a shock 14/1 winner that day but overturned his Cleve Hurdle fourth with Saphir De Rheu to land the big prize. He had no chance with Thistlecrack in defence of his crown last season, finishing fourth. Connections gave him his chasing debut at Wetherby in early December, but with the Stayers’ hurdling division wide open, he was given another spin over them here in the Relkeel Hurdle on New Year’s Day. He tried to make all but did not have the finishing kick to stay with Agrapart and L’ami Serge. The ground was softer than ideal that day and better ground should help him today. We simply think a Warren Greatrex’s runner is over-priced at around 25/1.

METRONOMIC (Lingfield Park 1.20) has a tendency to carry his head a little awkwardly and has been beaten twice at fairly short odds on his last two runs for Richard Hannon, yet we feel he has the ability to win a low-grade 7f handicap all-weather against seven three-year-olds who, in one way or another, all have chinks in their armour. The selection can be a little keen so the cheekpieces are retained for a third time and while he is a 10-race maiden, we hope the penny is starting to drop with him.

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CHELTENHAM: 12.00 Charli Parcs, 12.35 Burtons Well, 1.10 Foxtail Hill, 1.45 Un De Sceaux, 2.15 Thistlecrack, 2.50 Cause Of Causes, 3.25 Keep In Line, 4.00 Cole Harden, 4.35 Le Rocher

DONCASTER: 12.50 Saint Cajetan, 1.25 Minella Aris, 1.55 Romain De Senam, 2.30 CLOUDY DREAM (NAP), 3.05 Vroum Vroum Mag, 3.40 Coologue, 4.15 Midnight Charm

LINGFIELD PARK: 1.20 Metronomic, 1.50 Oxford Thinking, 2.25 Horsted Keynes, 3.00 Arsenio Lupin, 3.35 Elysian Prince, 4.10 Compton Prince

UTTOXETER: 1.40 Thisonetime, 2.10 Fearless Tunes, 2.45 The Gipper, 3.20 Plasir D’amour, 3.55 Master Jake, 4.30 Makethedifference

KEMPTON PARK: 5.45 Arizona Snow, 6.15 Gentleman Giles, 6.45 Lord Napier, 7.15 Kamra, 7.45 Al Khan, 8.15 Revolutionary War, 8.45 Stonecoldsoba, 9.15 Sixties Idol


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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, January 27, 2017.

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ETTU (Newcastle 6.15) may finally get off the mark on her fifth start in the 6f maiden. With an official handicap mark of 73, she should be capable of beating her six rivals, four of whom are unraced and two others who have not yet shown the ability to match Jeremy Noseda’s representative. The ability is apparent, yet she has shown it over further trips and she drops back to 6f today, so that may put a few off. She has hardly been punter-friendly, with both champion jockey Jim Crowley and Jamie Spencer on board when she was odds-on for both all-weather starts. She did not get home over a mile last time at Lingfield and while we still feel an easy 7f would suit her best, this Tapeta track should suit over this trip.

PERCY STREET (Taunton 1.45) was a fair middle-distance handicapper on the Flat for Karl Burke and had a rating of 97 when finishing second to To Be Wild in a 1m4f handicap at Doncaster in October. He was bought for £160,000 thereafter, but the way he ran when fourth on is hurdling debut at Newbury to Final Choice on New Year’s Eve would suggest that he was something of an expensive purchase. It would not do well to write him off after one attempt, however, especially since he is in the hands of Nicky Henderson. He did not jump as well as the master trainer would have hoped and he has done plenty of schooling since, so he should be given another chance to prove he is much better than that, and as a four-year-old, he gets plenty of weight from his nine rivals in the 2m novices’ hurdle.

COLIN’S BROTHER (Huntingdon 2.00) arrives here in good form for the 2m3f handicap chase, having won two on the spin – and three out of four – for Nigel Twiston-Davies. The first of his trio of victories came over hurdles at Chepstow in March last year and he failed to stay over 3m at Ludlow in April. Back over fences for his seasonal return in November at Bangor, he was very well backed and duly landed the odds, despite making a couple of errors. Up 7lb for that win, he stayed on gamely after hitting a flat spot at Ludlow last time in a decent class 2 handicap over 2m. That was fair effort in that company, given that he probably wants a tad further. He drops in class today, but has been hiked another 7lb to a mark of 128. While victory in the extended 2m3½f would be another career-best, there is no doubt he is getting the hang of it in this sphere, not that he has learned to settle.

FASHION BUSINESS (Lingfield 2.40) should be able to land the odds in the 10f maiden for Roger Charlton with normal progress. The three-year-old Frankel gelding, who is out of a mare who won a Group 1 on dirt in the US, has had just the one run, a promising second to Blaze Of Glory in a 1m maiden here 13 days ago. He was not particularly well backed, given his pedigree, especially given that it did not look a particularly hot race. Still, the trainer’s debutants usually improve for a second run and the way he ran suggested he will appreciate today’s extra distance.

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DONCASTER (inspection 7.30am): 1.25 Ghost River, 1.55 Henllan Harri, 2.25 Four Mile Beach, 2.55 Glengra, 3.25 Mount Mews, 3.55 Aux Ptits Soins, 4.25 Brio Conti

HUNTINGDON (inspection 8am): 12.30 London Prize, 1.00 Mixchievous, 1.30 Theo’s Charm, 2.00 Colin’s Brother, 2.30 Ron’s Dream, 3.00 Whataknight, 3.30 Awesome Rosie, 4.00 Or De Vassy

TUNTON: 1.15 Celestial Path, 1.45 Percy Street (nb), 2.15 Dropzone, 2.45 The Unit, 3.15 Aber Gambler, 3.45 Fraser Canyon, 4.15 Clic Work

LINGFIELD PARK: 1.10 No Not Again, 1.40 Dandy Flame, 2.10 Ryan The Giant, 2.40 Fashion Business, 3.10 Burauq, 3.40 Emenem, 4.10 Take Two

NEWCASTLE: 5.45 Custard The Dragon, 6.15 ETTU (NAP), 6.45 Fredricka, 7.15 Newmarket Warrior, 7.45 Oak Bluffs, 8.15 Sugar Town


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