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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Monday’s NAP was unfortunately a non-runner, but take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

BASTIEN (Market Rasen 2.50) takes a step up in class for his hat-trick bid, having won a couple of novice hurdles at Fontwell and Plumpton. Alan King’s six-year-old had no trouble following up under a 6lb penalty last time and impressed with his slick hurdling, running out a ready 11-length winner. He was niggled at down the back straight but came back on the bridle and won going away, suggesting he will get further than 2m. He goes up in trip to 2m4f today and should play a leading role in the EBF National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier).

SPARKLING RIVER (Hereford 3.50) was given an easy lead in a 2m3f novices’ handicap hurdle at Wawrick on New Year’s Eve and too full advantage, beating her 13 rivals with consummate ease. Quite what she beat is open to question, however. An Irish point-to-point winner, she appeared to relish the step up in trip and the Henry Oliver-trained seven-year-old gets an extra half-furlong today against her own sex in a mares’ handicap hurdle. She carries top weight in the six-runner field, but the weights are compacted at the top end and she is not conceding much to her rivals.

MOAYADD (Newcastle 2.00), a brother to the smart juvenile Saamidd, took his time to lean what the game was about, with four unprepossessing runs in maidens before sowing up nicely in a weak handicap at Chelmsford last month. Back from a break and making his handicap debut off a mark of 45, he was well backed for the drop to 7f, but had to race wide and could not get to All Or Nothin. Upped to 1m2f today, in an apprentices’ handicap, he has the very capable Hollie Doyle aboard, so a bold show in this low-grade handicap is anticipated.

DERRINTOGHER BLISS (Hereford 4.20) has a little bit to find with a couple of his rivals in the novices’ limited handicap chase based on collateral form and has a couple of questions to answer on his latest run at Newcastle when he was never travelling as he can. That was his third start over fences and the first two had been pretty decent, when runner-up at Chepstow and Bangor. Kim Bailey’s eight-year-old has had a six-week break since and we are prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt as he takes on five rivals in the extended 3m1f event.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

HEREFORD: 2.10 Kapricorne, 2.40 Gardiners Hill, 3.15 Gayebury, 3.50 Sparkling River (nb), 4.20 Derrintogher Bliss, 4.50 Hands Of Stone

MARKET RASEN: 1.50 I See You Well, 2.20 Little Miss Poet, 2.50 BASTIEN (NAP), 3.25 Awesome Rosie, 4.00 Minella Fiveo, 4.30 Streams Of Whiskey

NEWCASTLE: 1.30 Outlaw Torn, 2.00 Moayadd, 2.30 Heartstone, 3.05 Pass The Time, 3.40 Ravenhoe, 4.10 Appreciating, 4.40 Modernism

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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.

Our NAP and Next Best both won on Tuesday, so take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

THEATRE TERRITORY (Newbury 3.25) looked good in easily landing the odds in a mares’ maiden hurdle for Nicky Henderson at Uttoxeter in early December when returning from an eight-month break. She had previously won an Irish point-to-point and while she failed to score in three bumpers, they were high-class affairs and she was placed twice. He latest run was in a Listed mares’ novices’ hurdle at Taunton, where she was beaten around nine lengths by Coillte Lass, but she lost no caste in defeat as it looked hot form. Back down to a more realistic level for a six-runner 2m4½f novices’ event, she is expected to regain the winning thread.

DUTCH GOLDEN AGE (Lingfield Park 12.50) appears better at Kempton than he does anywhere else, but Gary Moore’s runner may be able to follow up his recent success at the Sunbury track off a 5lb higher mark. While it would represent a career best, the five-year-old is in good heart at present and has won twice and been placed in four runs since late October. There are not too many miles on the clock (just 15 runs) and if he is allowed to dominate like he did at Kempton, he may well find the necessary improvement in this competitive 13-runner 7f handicap.

FINAL CHOICE (Newbury 1.15) appears to hold a bright chance of making it three wins in four starts for Warren Greatrix, having scored by eight lengths in a 2m½f juvenile hurdle here in December. His jumping was slick and while he looked a sitting duck in front between the last two flights, he found plenty and finished off his race nicely. His trainer was half thinking about going for the Triumph Hurdle after his latest success, so if that plan is to hatch, he will probably have to win today’s 2m event. The issue could be a lack of pace with only five runners.

POET’S SOCIETY (Lingfield 3.05) landed a reasonably well-contested nursery at Chelmsford in September, getting a soft lead and keeping on for pressure. That was over 6f and he was subsequently held by Spin Doctor at Newcastle the following month off a career-high mark of 89. Having had 11 weeks off, he returned and finished second to Visionary in a 5f conditions race at Wolverhampton earlier this month, with stablemate Chupalla (who re-opposes today) held. While he would appear to be better over 6f than today’s 5f, he may well frank that form, although Mark Johnston’s other runner was having his first run since May and should be fitter.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

NEWBURY: 1.15 Final Choice, 1.50 Shantou Rock, 2.20 Champagne At Tara, 2.55 Monbeg Gold, 3.25 THEATRE TERRITORY (NAP), 3.55 Bang On Frankie

MARKET RASEN: 1.00 Master Of Irony, 1.35 Brian Borahna, 2.10 Viking Mistress, 2.40 King’s Odyssey, 3.15 Attimo, 3.45 Movie Legend

LINGFIELD PARK: 12.50 Dutch Golden Age (nb), 1.25 Hathfa, 2.00 Darebin, 2.30 Thomas Blossom, 3.05 Poet’s Society, 3.35 Global Revival, 4.05 Encapsulated

KEMPTON PARK: 4.20 Frivolous Prince, 4.50 Henry Grace, 5.20 Persistence, 5.50 My Lady Marie, 6.20 Absolute Blast, 6.50 Pivotal Flame

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Boxing Day’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 26, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

CUE CARD (Kempton Park 3.15) can win the King George VI Chase for the second successive year. While the race has cut up badly, with just five going to post for the 3m Grade 1 event, a case can be made for each of the quintet, such is the quality of the line-up. Having already landed the Betfair Chase, Cue Card is in line for a £1m bonus should he win this and the Gold Cup. Yet Colin Tizzard has thrown a spanner in the works, with stablemate and top novice Thistlecrack taking him on. Many suspect the small field will help the latter, yet Cue Card is a front-runner and Paddy Brennan will set the fractions, which may put pressure on Thistlecrack’s jumping. In truth, there is little between the two on paper and with Josses Hill, Silviniaco Conti and Tea For Two completing the line-up, whatever the outcome, we are assured of a top-class renewal.

RAINBOW DREAMER (Fontwell Park 12.35) can follow-up his juvenile hurdle win here over the same 2m1½f trip for Alan King. That was his third try over hurdles, but his previous run had come in Listed class and while he was a little keen in first-time cheekpieces, he ran out a ready winner form a Paul Nicholls-trained import who has won two from four starts in France. The selection is penalised for winning, as, too, is another Nicholls import, Saintemilion, who makes his British debut. That duo look the pick of a modest bunch.

MOUNTAIN KING (Wetherby 3.00) is the class act in the 2m3f handicap chase on a really decent card at Wetherby. The seven-year-old, who shoulders top weight and faces seven rivals, was shipped over from Ireland by Gordon Elliott in September to land a similar handicap at Perth off a mark of 133 and he runs off a 4lb higher mark here. Much depends on the ground conditions – Mountain King is better on decent ground, but he also prefers a left-handed track and goes that way round this time.

YUKON DELTA (Huntingdon 3.05) was placed in his first start over fences, having previously earned a double over hurdles for trainer Gary Moore at his local haunts Plumpton and Fontwell. He did not look a natural jumper at Plumpton last time, but that is a tricky course to navigate and he should be seen to better effect over Huntingdon’s easier right-handed track as he takes on seven rivals in a less-than-competitive 2m7½f handicap.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

KEMPTON PARK: 12.55 Jenkins, 1.20 Max Ward, 2.05 Minella Daddy, 2.40 My Tent Or Yours, 3.15 CUE CARD (NAP), 3.45 Lisheen Prince

WETHERBY: 12.10 Star Rider, 12.40 Dark Darsie, 1.15 Cloud Monkey, 1.50 Blaklion, 2.25 Only Orsenfoolsies, 3.00 Mountain King, 3.35 Groovejet

FONTWELL PARK: 12.05 Straits Of Messina, 12.35 Rainbow Dreamer (nb), 1.10 The Mighty Don, 1.45 Bertenbar, 2.15 Disputed, 2.50 Happy Diva, 3.25 Bonds Conquest

HUNTINGDON: 12.15 River Of Intrigue, 12.45 Forza Milan, 1.20 Knight’s Reward, 1.55 Gulshanigans, 2.30 Pyrshan, 3.05 Yukon Delta, 3.40 Linenhall

MARKET RASEN: 12.00 Winning Ticket, 12.35 Strait Of Magellan, 1.10 Moscow Me, 1.45 Bells Of Ailsworth, 2.20 Wilton Milan, 2.55 Ping, 3.30 Our Thomas

SEDGEFIELD: 12.00 Hi Bob, 12.30 Cousin Oscar, 1.05 Mahlerdramatic, 1.40 Kilronan Castle, 2.10 Four Mile Beach, 2.45 Hag Stone, 3.20 Blottos

WINCANTON: 12.30 On Demand, 1.05 Jaunty Inflight, 1.40 Quarryman, 2.15 Mr Mix, 2.50 Desert Queen, 3.25 Dawson City, 3.55 Victarion

WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.00 Orotorio’s Joy, 1.35 Letmestopyouthere, 2.05 Speed Freak, 2.35 Pensax Lady, 3.10 Frivolous Prince, 3.45 High Baroque, 4.15 Gentlemen, 4.45 Ravenhoe

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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 1, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

BANDSMAN (Market Rasen 12.55) had been placed in four bumpers before he was well supported for the switch to hurdles over 2m at Kempton last time. Rated 98 on the Flat, the Dan Skelton-trained five-year-old tried to make a move for home before two out, but the well-backed favourite Top Tug wore him down in the closing stages to score by four lengths. Nevertheless, this was an impressive first attempt in this sphere and he gets the stiffer test he looked in need of, taking on 10 rivals in the 2m2½f novices’ hurdle.

OLIVER’S HILL (Leicester 3.10) landed a Plumpton 2m3½f handicap chase off a mark of 100 in mid-October and would have finished runner-up off a 5lb higher mark, had he not fallen in next time up, again at Plumpton, in a race won by Dawnieriver. The Lawney Hill-trained seven-year-old may have had his confidence knocked, because he was a below-par third at Lingfield last time. However, he drops to a mark of 104 today and goes up in trip to 2m6½f for a handicap chase that lacks strength in depth and he may well bounce back.

LONDON PRIZE (Leicester 1.05), a half-brother to six winners on the Flat, won a Worcester bumper on his debut in June last year and was then put away, reappearing in April at Fontwell, when finishing second to the decent Alfredo. The Ian Williams-trained five-year-old won twice in Flat handicaps at Newbury (2m) and Nottingham (1m6f, off a mark of 75) in October before attempting hurdles for the first time at Down Royal early last month. He travelled well but did not find much at the business end when third to Bel Ami De Sivola over the 2m trip. Today’s novices’ hurdle looks a weaker event and he is entitled to improve for this second attempt.

FIRMDECISIONS (Chelmsford City 5.45) seeks a hat-trick of all-weather wins on this track, having scored twice by a head in decent 7f handicaps. He overcame a wide draw on both occasions and Dean Ivory’s representative won off a mark of 91 last year so still looks fairly treated off today’s rating of 87. He came from off the pace to win well on both occasions and while he attempts to win over a mile for the first time, he has had only one previous try over this trip before (he is 6-17 over 7f). The way he settles suggests he is worth another crack over this distance.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

LEICESTER: 1.05 London Prize, 1.35 Moss Street, 2.05 Thankyou Very Much, 2.35 Deja Bougg, 3.10 Oliver’s Hill (nb), 3.40 Levelling

MARKET RASEN: 12.20 Vincent’s Forever, 12.55 BANDSMAN (NAP), 1.25 Vent Nivernais, 1.55 Misfits, 2.25 Chic Theatre, 3.00 Fled Or Pled, 3.30 Marcus Antonius

WINCANTON (inspection 8am): 12.40 Midnight Cowboy, 1.15 Undisputed, 1.45 Cyclop, 2.15 Awesome Rosie, 2.45 Broome Lane, 3.20 Highbury High, 3.50 Cresswell Legend

CHELMSFORD CITY: 4.10 Magique Touch, 4.45 Five Star Frank, 5.15 Dutch Golden Age, 5.45 Firmdecisions, 6.15 Billy Bond, 6.45 Dukes Meadow, 7.15 Shan Dun Na Ngall, 7.45 Quite A Story

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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, November 17, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

BIG CHIEF BENNY (Market Rasen 2.05) was the model of consistency against some decent horses last term and having made it third-time-lucky over hurdles with a workmanlike display to land a maiden hurdle at Doncaster in January, he again appeared to work pretty hard to score in a novices’ hurdle at Chepstow in April. The Alan King-trained five-year-old makes his seasonal bow in a handicap off a mark of 131, which seems fair. While fitness must be taken on trust after a 209-day lay-off, his jumping will stand him in good stead going forward.

LETTHERIVERRUNDRY (Wincanton 2.50) hit eh board a couple of times before scoring in a novices’ hurdle at Market Rasen in May. It was a fairly easy success, too, although it came on his fifth attempt in this sphere. The Brendan Powell-trained six-year-old’s future lies over fences and he has reportedly schooled well over them. Today he returns after a 176-day break in a novices’ limited handicap off a mark of 122 and, with confidence boosted, should be in the shake-up once more.

NO COMMENT (Market Rasen 1.00) has looked far from a natural hurdler on his first two starts in this sphere and after unseating at Chepstow in a Grade 2 novices’ hurdle on his debut, he again was tardy in defeat when a warm favourite for an Aintree maiden hurdle last month. However, Philip Hobbs will not doubt have done plenty of schooling with the five-year-old Kayf Tara gelding and hopefully he won’t have to improve much to win today’s 2m2 f novices’ hurdle.

REMEMBER ME (Chelmsford City 7.00) has had few chances on the all-weather but has two placings to her name in three attempts on artificial surfaces. Back up to 7f and after a break, she got off the mark over 7f at Lingfield in June, but is perhaps better judged on her last run when being nosed out of a 7f Chelmsford handicap by Encore Moi, who subsequently followed up at Kempton. She goes up 2lb to a mark of 70 but does not have a bad draw and Hughie Morrison’s booking of useful 5lb claimer Charlie Bennett negates any weight rise.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

MARKET RASEN: 1.00 No Comment, 1.30 Aunty Ann, 2.05 BIG CHIEF BENNY (NAP), 2.35 Preseli Rock, 3.10 Foundation Man, 3.45 Western Ryder

NEWCASTLE: 12.20 Holmeswood, 12.50 Kananee, 1.25 Sir Billy Wright, 1.55 First Of Never, 2.25 Galilee Chapel, 3.00 Hard Toffee, 3.35 Space War, 4.10 Lotara

WINCANTON: 12.40 Golden Birthday, 1.15 Let’s Go Duchess, 1.45 Spice Fair, 2.15 Bredon Hill Lad, 2.50 Lettheriverrundry (nb), 3.25 Black Valentine, 4.00 Miracle Cure

CHELMSFORD CITY: 4.40 Western Presence, 5.15 Time To Study, 5.50 Zac Brown, 6.25 Supersta, 7.00 Remember Me, 7.30 Strictly Art, 8.00 Dream Ruler

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’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 Thursday, November 3, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

UNIFY (Market Rasen 3.55) was foiled in her hat-trick bid at Plumpton last time, having scored in handicap chases at Southwell and Fontwell prior to that. The six-year-old mare, trained by Anthony Honeyball, is evidently better over the bigger obstacles than she was over hurdles, when rated 83. She was up to 96 for her Plumpton sortie, which was only her fourth attempt over fences and she was only mugged late on. Down 1lb for that, she should be able to dictate the pace in the five-runner field for today’s 2m1f handicap and her rivals have plenty to prove.

MR BURGEES (Market Rasen 3.20) has a penalty to shoulder for a pretty cosy win at Uttoxeter last week, but may well defy it in the 3m handicap chase. Having had almost a year off, the David Pipe-trained seven-year-old, making his debut for the yard at Plumpton in September, did not quite get home over the 3m2f trip. He ran well enough, though, and that promise was confirmed last week when first-time blinkers were added to the tongue-tie. He did idle late and it is open to question whether the headgear will work a second time, but Tom Scudamore left the impression he had a bit more up his sleeve.

FORT BASTION (Chelmsford City 5.50) took a massive class drop last time to end a losing run of 20, when landing a 7f claimer here last week. He was rated 102 on the level last summer but the Tom Dascombe-trained seven-year-old finally got back to winning ways off a mark of 88, having not been beaten far in a hot handicap at York previously. He is up 2lb and down 1f in trip tonight, and at this level with confidence boosted, he really should have no problem dealing with his six rivals. We expect him to follow up.

COPPER KAY (Newbury 2.35) had little more than an exercise canter in winning on her belated hurdling debut and while she was perhaps more workmanlike in scoring at odds of 1/8 at Ffos Las two weeks ago, she was returning from a 171-day absence and was not fully wound up. She was a smart bumper performer, winning in Listed company in November 2015, and Philip Hobbs has brought the six-year-old along gently enough. She is entitled to come on a ton for her recent outing and while the 2m mares’ novices’ hurdle looks a really decent race, she should show improvement and acquit herself well before going on to better things.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

NEWBURY: 12.55 Major Mac, 1.30 Decimus, 2.00 Minella On Line, 2.35 Copper Kay, 3.10 Our Kaempfer, 3.45 Clayton, 4.15 Hidden Cargo

MARKET RASEN: 1.05 Vivas, 1.40 Lost In Lecce, 2.10 Willoughby Court, 2.45 Desert Queen, 3.20 Mr Burgees, 3.55 Unify

MUSSELBURGH: 12.45 King Julien, 1.15 Taurian, 1.50 Stoneham, 2.20 Ryalex, 2.55 Canton Prince, 3.30 Royal Mcnab, 4.05 Sergio

CHELMSFORD CITY: 4.40 Four Candles, 5.15 I Don’t Believe It, 5.50 Fort Bastion, 6.25 Mithqaal, 7.00 Wealth Tax, 7.30 War Whisper, 8.00 Port Isaac

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