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.

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

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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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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 – 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 – Saturday’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 Saturday, December 31, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

BUVEUR D’AIR (Warwick 1.00) certainly looked the part when returning from an eight-month break to score decisively on his chasing debut at Haydock a couple of weeks ago, beating the smart Cloudy Dream with plenty to spare. Nicky Henderson’s five-year-old, who was a Grade 1 winner over hurdles and third in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, was accurate and slick at his fences. He takes on four rivals in a competitive 2m novices’ chase and while he will improve for further, this will serve as a good barometer to see whether he can make it to the top table of young chasers.

CEPAGE (Newbury 2.25), twice a winner in France, scored on his debut for Venetia Williams in a 2m½f handicap chase here a couple of weeks ago. For a horse that is not particularly big, his price tag of 160,000 euros seems plenty high, but looks can be deceptive and he absolutely hosed up, beating seven rivals with aplomb. He is only four and very light on his feet, so softer ground would appear to suit him. Rated 119 for his win, the handicapper has slammed him up to a mark of 132 as he takes on three rivals over a similar trip. Still, he looks at the right end of the handicap and should develop into a Graded horse.

WILLIAM HENRY (Newbury 3.35) won two bumpers in his first three starts for Nicky Henderson in 2015 and he made a belated hurdling debut at Cheltenham three weeks ago after 20 months on the sidelines, chasing home Pingshou. Held up in a 2m1f novices’ hurdle, he made good progress and his hurdling was slick enough to think he will be landing a similar event in due course. He faces six rivals in an extended 2m introductory hurdle and while there are a couple of decent recruits from the Flat, the six-year-old should put his experience to good use.

PEARL ROYALE (Uttoxeter 3.25) has shown promise in two bumpers for Nigel Hawke and may be good enough to break her duck in what looks an ordinary mares’ bumper. Her two runs were six months apart and despite racing keenly as a 66/1 chance in a 2m½f bumper at Cheltenham, she stayed on well in a race won by My Khaleesi last month, which has produced a couple of subsequent winners.

Warwick Races

OTHER SELECTIONS:

NEWBURY: 12.10 Saint Contest, 12.40 Welsh Shadow, 1.15 I Am Colin, 1.50 Baltazar D’allier, 2.25 Cepage (nb), 3.00 John Constable, 3.35 William Henry

WARWICK: 12.00 Tara Well, 12.30 Copper Kay, 1.00 BUVEUR D’AIR (NAP), 1.35 Muckle Roe, 2.10 Handsome Sam, 2.45 Bredon Hill Lad, 3.20 Little Chunk

UTTOXETER: 12.05 L Frank Baum, 12.35 Crank Em Up, 1.05 Kayf Charmer, 1.40 Bennys King, 2.15 Burtons Well, 2.50 Mumgos Debut, 3.25 Pearl Royale

LINGFIELD PARK: 12.25 Music Major, 12.55 Joys Delight, 1.30 Sans Souci Bay, 2.05 Mr Bossy Boots, 2.40 Natural Scenery, 3.15 Colourbearer, 3.45 Pharoh Jake

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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 the NAP and next-best selections won on Tuesday, 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 14, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

PRIVATE MALONE (Newbury 1.30) had been sick with ulcers after finishing second on his novice chase debut at Haydock last November. The fact that he was pitched into a very hot novices’ chase at Cheltenham a month later means that he is held in quite some regard by trainer Emma Lavelle, whose string has been in fine form since the move to Ogbourne Maizey in April. The seven-year-old returned to action last month at Exeter after 11 months on the sidelines and while he finished fifth of six to American on his chasing debut (3m, soft) he emptied quickly, suggesting he would come on a lot for the run. More can be expected in a novices’ limited handicap over a similar trip today.

FORTH BRIDGE (Musselburgh 2.15) signed off a decent Flat campaign for Michael Bell off a mark of 85, having opened his account in 1 1m4f Haydock maiden in June. Making his hurdling debut for the Charlie Longsdon yard at Wetherby last month, the three-year-old made much of the running in the 2m juvenile maiden before being worn down late by Coeur De Lion. That was a fair effort, with the form being franked by the winner when runner-up to the smart Defi Du Seuil at Cheltenham last Saturday’s JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle. The nine-runner introductory juvenile hurdle looks a decent race, but the selection has plenty of scope for improvement and is worth keeping an eye on this winter, providing the ground does not get too deep.

CAMPING GROUND (Newbury 2.00), winner of the Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham last January, made a pleasing return to action when second to subsequent Peterborough Chase hero Josses Hill in a decent graduation chase at Kempton Park last month, following a seven-month break. The Robert Walford-trained six-year-old has won over fences before, most recently taking a 2m4½f handicap on his British debut at Warwick in February 2015. He relishes deeper ground that he got at Kempton Park, so has conditions in his favour as he takes on five rivals in a Class 2 gradation chase over a trip just short of 3m. He would have a fair chance of his current mark of 152.

ETTU (Lingfield Park 12.45) is champion jockey Jim Crowley’s first ride back since the horrific pile-up at Kempton Park that left weighing-room colleague Freddie Tylicki paralysed. Trained by Jeremy Noseda, the juvenile daughter of Excelebration was easy in the market for her 7f Leicester debut in early October and reportedly lost a hind shoe when seventh of 11 to Choumicha. She was next seen in a fair 7f fillies’ maiden at Newmarket four weeks later when chasing home Yellowhammer, having taken a keen hold early. With improvement for the experience likely, she would hold a decent chance of making it third time lucky on her all-weather debut in the 7f fillies’ maiden.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

NEWBURY: 12.20 Cosmeapolitan, 12.55 Cruiseaweigh, 1.30 PRIVATE MALONE (NAP), 2.00 Camping Ground, 2.35 Cepage, 3.10 Tintern Theatre, 3.40 Reel Leisure

LINGFIELD PARK: 11.40 Kodiac Khan, 12.10 Flood Warning, 12.45 Ettu, 1.20 Alfredo, 1.50 Dalavand, 2.25 New Rich, 3.00 Adalene, 3.30 Alsacienne

MUSSELBURGH: 12.00 Atomix, 12.35 So Satisfied, 1.10 Professor Plum, 1.40 Royal Macnab, 2.15 Forth Bridge (nb), 2.50 Stoneham, 3.20 Chanceofa Lifetime

KEMPTON PARK: 4.05 Golden Opportunity, 4.40 Me Too Nagasaki, 5.10 Screaming Gemini, 5.40 Dubaitwentytwenty, 6.10 Russian Reward, 6.40 Rio’s Cliffs, 7.10 Be Royale, 7.40 Oyster Card

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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.

With both our NAP and Next-Best selections winning on Friday, take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

BLAKLION (Newbury 3.10) can take a standard renewal of the Hennessy Gold Cup. Last year’s Grade 1 RSA Chase winner has had just the one run this season, when coming home a tired fourth in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, having travelled very well throughout much of the 3m event. While not the biggest, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained seven-year-old is a scopey individual, who can go long or short at his fences. He also handles soft ground although, as he showed at Cheltenham, he would doubtless appreciate decent jumping ground. It is not always easy for novices’ to find their feet in their second season, but Blaklion is arguably one of the better young staying chasers we have seen in recent times. While he will need to find plenty of improvement to become Gold Cup standard, he is fairly treated off a mark of 154 for this historic 3m2f handicap and is entitled to come on for his first run of the campaign.

APPLE’S JADE (Newcastle 2.55) was as short as 8/1 for the Champion Hurdle before running second to Rashaan in a Grade 2 at Down Royal on her seasonal debut earlier this month. After it, she could be backed at 20/1. Runner-up in the Triumph Hurdle, she took the Grade 1 4-Y-O Anniversary Hurdle at Aintree and the Grade 1 Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown to end last season. There is no doubt she is a high-class mare. However, she looked in need of further on her seasonal debut and even if the Gordon Elliott-trained four-year-old should win a decent renewal of the extended 2m Fighting Fifth Hurdle this afternoon – the mares’ allowance of 7lb gives her every hope of doing just that – she may well be a better ante-post bet for the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

BRISTOL DE MAI (Newcastle 3.30) was one of last season’s top 2m4f novice chasers, winning both a Grade 2 at Haydock and the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown. The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained five-year-old was not beaten far by Black Hercules in the Grade 1 JLT Novices’ Chase the Cheltenham Festival before signing off in April with a tame second in an Ayr Grade 2 when sent off the odds-on favourite. The feeling is he may have just been a little over the top at that stage. While beaten on his seasonal debut by Seeyouatmidnight, again at odds-on, in a 2m4f Listed intermediate chase at Carlisle, it would be foolish to write him off and he may well have needed the run. He steps up in trip to 2m7f for the Listed Rehearsal Handicap Chase and looks the pick of the nine runners, if bouncing back to form.

MAHLERDRAMATIC (Doncaster 12.15) took a couple of bumpers last autumn, galloping his rivals into submission at Market Rasen and, under a penalty (offset by his rider’s claim), at Aintree. He showed plenty of tactical speed in landing the modest race at Aintree last November, so will doubtless be suited by further than the 2m½f he gets today on his hurdling bow. Brian Ellison’s string is in great heart at present and while he is entitled to come on for this first run in 385 days, the six-year-old has been found a decent starting point for his hurdling career, taking on four rivals.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

NEWBURY: 12.20 Dusky Legend, 12.55 Bigbadjohn, 1.30 Generous Ransom, 2.05 Gibralfaro, 2.40 Ozzie The Oscar, 3.10 BLAKLION (NAP), 3.45 Roman Flight

NEWCASTLE: 12.05 Elgin, 12.35 Nietzsche, 1.10 Revocation, 1.45 Spirit Of Kayf, 2.20 Seldom Inn, 2.55 Apple’s Jade (nb), 3.30 Bristol De Mai

DONCASTER: 12.15 Mahlerdramatic, 12.45 Mister Don, 1.20 Banjo Girl, 1.55 Fionn Mac Cul, 2.30 Unison, 3.05 Paddys Runner, 3.40 Irish Prophecy

BANGOR-ON-DEE: 12.00 Supreme Asset, 12.30 Potters Legend, 1.05 Benzel, 1.40 Mahler Lad, 2.15 Drumcliff, 2.50 Nordic Nymph, 3.25 Keeper Hill

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.15 Atlanta Belle, 5.45 Doctor Bartolo, 6.15 Kensstone, 6.45 Ertidaad, 7.15 God Willing, 7.45 Burcan, 8.15 Mary Le Bow, 8.45 Whitchurch

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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 25, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

THE UNIT (Doncaster 12.20) has yet to win over hurdles, despite winning a decent bumper at Newbury last year. The closest he came to addressing that void was when short-headed by Chic Theatre in a 2m½f novices’ hurdle here in February. The Alan King-trained five-year-old was made favourite for his handicap and seasonal debut at Kempton in a conditional jockeys’ event at Kempton just under three weeks ago, where he finished third to Herons Heir. He could have done with a more genuine gallop and may have benefited from being nearer that modest pace. However, he is back in novice company and steps up to an extended 2m4½f, which should put him in a better light.

UNOWHATIMEANHARRY (Newbury 2.10) made great progress last term, winning all five races, which culminated in success in the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival. The Harry Fry-trained eight-year-old started last season by winning a Grade 2 novices’ hurdle and while stamina is very much his forte, he is ground-versatile, having won a Grade 2 in soft ground before taking the Grade 1 at the Festival on quicker ground. This will be his seasonal debut and in a really decent renewal of the 3m event, he takes on lofty company that includes Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle hero Ballyoptic, Grade 2 Rendlesham winner Reve De Sivola and the versatile Menorah, who is no slouch even at the age of 11.

JAN SMUTTS (Newcastle 2.55) has been called a few names and is on a losing streak of 14, but trainer Wilf Story could not have found a weaker 2m handicap in which to end that barren run. The eight-year-old has held his form without scoring in some well-contested Class 5 handicaps over similar trips in recent weeks, but last time the race was not run to suit his hold-up style over course and distance. Hollie Doyle is given the leg-up again today in the five-runner affair and the reason for selection ids two-fold: Doyle is one of the best 5lb claimers around – giver her the ammo and she will do the job – and this race represents a drop in class.

WESTWARD HO (Newcastle 3.30) won a 1m maiden here for James Bethell on his third start, beating Dubawi Fifty in a modestly-run affair, with Joe Fanning doing well to get cover in the five-runner field. He came through smoothly to win under a hands and heels ride, and the three-year-old Fastnet Rock gelding is pitched into handicap company off a mark of 79, which looks exploitable. Plenty of his 11 opponents look exposed and he may well develop into a useful performer next year.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

NEWBURY: 12.30 Jenkins, 1.05 Knockgraffon, 1.35 One Track Mind, 2.10 Unowhatimeanharry (nb), 2.45 San Benedeto, 3.20 El Bandit, 3.50 Reigning Supreme

DONCASTER: 12.20 THE UNIT (NAP), 12.55 Vital Evidence, 3.25 Royal Plaza, 2.00 Deputy Commander, 2.35 Azert De Coeur, 3.10 Harry Hunt, 3.40 Take To Heart

NEWCASTLE: 12.40 Dream Team, 1.15 Make Memories, 1.45 Kingofmerrows, 2.20 Princess Raihana, 2.55 Jan Smutts, 3.30 Westward Ho, 4.00 Initially

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.15 Sir Geoffrey, 4.45 Le Manege Enchante, 5.15 Going Up, 5.45 Flashing Light, 6.15 Volunteer Point, 6.45 Mysterious Look, 7.15 Oregon Gift, 7.45 Sands Chorus

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