YOUR DAILY RACING DIGEST – FRIDAY

We take a look at some of the top racing stories of the day in our new feature and provide our experts’ racing selections…

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Politologue faces just one rival in the Graduation Chase at Kempton this afternoon in the shape of the Dan Skelton-trained Pain Au Chocolat. The Paul Nicholls-trained Politologue is as shot as 6/1 for the JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham. His rider Sam Twiston-Davies said: “Kempton is a good test for a novice but to be fair he’s excelled in the jumping department in his three runs this season. Pain Au Chocolat is no mug, he should keep him honest. It’s a bit more experience for both horses, so we’ll have to see how he gets on.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/preview/761398/politologue-heads-two-runner-match
http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49036/politologue-bids-to-secure-cheltenham-ticket-at-kempton


Bristol De MaiBristol De Mai will be out to enhance his Cheltenham Gold Cup claims when he runs in the Denman Chase at Newbury tomorrow. Bought by agent Anthony Bromley to race in Britain, he came of age in winning the Peter Marsh Chase for owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. Bromley said: “He was a big ugly duckling when we bought him but he’s turned into a bit of a swan. He still does have an entry in the Ryanair but the hope is he’ll run well enough on Saturday to warrant running in the Gold Cup.” The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai is 11/8 with the sponsors for the Grade 2 event, with Hennessy Gold Cup hero Native River heading the market for five-runner field at 11/10.
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=23789224&category=0


Concerns over the future freedom to move horses across after Brexit will be discussed at the National Equine Forum in London next month. Lucy Greayer, a shipping agent, said the racing industry was in the dark over the future. “The current agreement between Ireland, the UK and France means that horses can move around freely without health documentation or anything like that. We just don’t know what is going to happen when Brexit comes into effect,” said Greayer.
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/09/concerns-raised-over-brexit-impact-on-free-movement-of-horses


Dail Eireann agriculture minister Michael Creed has warned the UK’s exit from the EU has significant implications for Ireland’s thoroughbred industry. Trainers in Northern Ireland are licensed by the Irish Turf Club, and races there are run under the Turf Club’s rules of racing. Creed said: “Ninety per cent of runners at these fixtures are trained in the Republic with horses moving on a daily basis, so the return to a hard border would seriously disrupt this movement.”
Source: http://www.independent.ie/business/brexit/brexit-hurdle-to-crossborder-racing-35438418.html


Water Swinburn.jpgWalter Swinburn, rider of Shergar, suffered a fatal head injury after falling approximately 12 feet from his bathroom window in Belgravia, central London. Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe found that Swinburn, 55, died as the result of an accident on December 12 last year. A coroner’s officer said: “She confirmed that he had fallen from his bathroom window. The drop was estimated at about 12 feet, and it was into a courtyard. It was confirmed that Mr Swinburn suffered from epilepsy, but whether or not he had an epileptic fit which caused him to fall, was not possible to determine.”
Source: http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49029/walter-swinburn-died-after-falling-from-bathroom-window
http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=23762524&category=0 http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/shergar-jockey-walter-swinburn-died-9787064


High Bridge will duck a clash with the smart Finian’s Oscar at Exeter on Sunday and will instead run at Newbury tomorrow. Sixth in the Champion Bumper last season, he is unbeaten in two starts for Ben Pauling. “He’s going to go to Newbury,” said Pauling. “He’ll have a double penalty there, which isn’t ideal, but if he’s a Supreme horse he should be able to do it. I think the Supreme and not the Neptune is the way we are thinking at the moment.”
Source: http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/February/09/high-bridge-heading-for-newbury-over-exeter-this-weekend
http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10761531/high-bridge-heading-for-newbury


Jockey Harry Skelton believes that Superb Story make the frame in the Champion Hurdle next month. Trained by his brother, Dan, Superb Story landed the County Hurdle at Cheltenham last season. “The Champion Hurdle is cutting up at the moment with Faugheen and Annie Power both out,” said Skelton. “I think Superb Story has a solid each-way chance and the current prices [around 16/1] are a fair reflection of his chance. People will point to his rating (149) but he has never contested a Grade 2 or Grade 1 hurdle. He is a bit of unknown in that respect.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10761229/harry-skelton-hails-superb-story-ride-in-champion-hurdle


nicky-hendersonNicky Henderson has ruled Consul de Thaix from tomorrow’s 2m Hurdle at Newbury after the JP McManus-owned gelding suffered a setback. Henderson, seeking a sixth win the race, will rely on Hargam. The Seven Barrows trainer tweeted: “Consul De Thaix has some inflammation that requires medication so will not run (at Newbury).” Nigel Twiston-Davies is responsible for ante-post favourite Ballyandy and Ballyhill, with 16 expected to line up for the Grade 3 extended 2m event.
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10760959/consul-de-thaix-misses-betfair-hurdle-date
http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49028/hargam-heads-betfair-hurdle-field


Nashmiah caused a 40/1 shock to win the UAE 1,000 Guineas under Mikael Barzalona at Meydan yesterday, beating the fast-finishing Nomorerichblondes by a head. The Richard Fahey-trained Rajar was third. The winner, unbeaten in four starts, is trained by Nicholas Bachalard in Saudi Arabia. “I told Mickael before the race that this filly had never been as good. She had been training really well and probably needed her last race. That came after a two-month lay-off,” said Bachalard. “For a Saudi-bred horse to come here is not easy. It was a lot for her to handle and she has been very professional.” Barzalona added: “She proved tonight she is a top-class filly and has a big heart.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10761732/nashmiah-wins-uae-1000-guineas


The David O’Meara-trained Salateen (33/1) was part of a 2,209/1 treble at Meydan yesterday for jockey Adrie De Vries. He also scored on Krypton Factor (25-1) and the Godolphin-owned Top Score (6/4) in the Meydan Classic Trial.
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10761732/nashmiah-wins-uae-1000-guineas


Keeper Hill my bypass the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham after grinding out victory at Huntingdon yesterday. The Warren Greatrex-trained winner was receiving 8lb from Messire Des Obeaux. He is no certainty to run, however. Greatrex explained: “He’s got so much talent, I don’t think we’ve got to the bottom of him yet. I think Aintree might be better for him. I’m not totally convinced he is a Cheltenham horse this year and if things went wrong at Cheltenham you could ruin him in one fell swoop. He travels well and Aintree could be right up his street, while it would give him a bit longer to get over this.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/report/761338/hill-gets-the-better-of-messire


Might Bite scored an easy win in the Soar Enterprises Online Ltd Novices’ Chase at Doncaster yesterday, bouncing back after a last-fence fall when clear in the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. Trainer Nicky Henderson said: “That was just what we wanted to see him do. It didn’t look as if the fall has had a lasting effect, anyway.” Jockey Nico de Boinville added: “He’s got an awful lot of potential and is going the right way. We just need to keep his jumping low and flat.” MyClubBetting cut Mite Bite to 9/2 (from 5/1) for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham, with Bellshill the 4/1 favourite.
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/might-bite-strolls-to-confidence-boosting-win/2243457/#newsArchiveTabs=last7DaysNews
http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/report/761351/might-bite-soars-to-success


Ryanair will sponsor the Grade 1 Stayers’ Hurdle at Aintree after inking a two-year deal. The £150,000 Grade 1 contest, staged on Grand National Day, is run over 3m. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said: “We are very pleased to partner with Aintree Racecourse to sponsor the Grade 1 Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle, which always attracts a top-class field.” Aintree MD John Barker added: “With so many fantastic winners of this great race, we hope Ryanair will enjoy making even more history at Aintree.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10761400/ryanair-backing-for-stayers-at-aintree


Jim Mitchell, a construction worker turned successful breeder, has passed away after a short illness, aged 86. Short Commons, whom he bought out of a seller, won the European Free Handicap and finished fourth in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. Music Maestro, 1977 winner of the then-Group 1 Flying Childers Stakes, Group 1-placed sprinter The Cheka and Group 3 scorer Rose Blossom were some of the horses he bred. Bloodstock agent Geoffrey Howson said: “He was very astute, particularly when it came to pedigrees, and in his heyday he was a shrewd reader of the market.”
Source: http://bloodstock.racingpost.com/news/bloodstock/tributes-paid-to-successful-breeder-mitchell/2243684/top/


Today’s MCB British Racing selections – Friday, February 10, 2017

BANGOR-ON-DEE: 1.50 Over To Sam, 2.20 Antartica De Thaix (nb), 2.50 Dashing Oscar, 3.20 Wood Yer, 3.55 Ballycash, 4.25 Hands Of Stone, 5.00 Poole Master

KEMPTON PARK: 1.40 North Hill, 2.10 Agamemmon, 2.40 Post War, 3.10 Vyta Du Roc, 3.45 Lee Side Lady, 4.15 Politologue, 4.50 Springtown Lake

SOUTHWELL: 1.30 Stonecoldsoba, 2.00 He’s A Lad, 2.30 Unnoticed, 3.00 Bring On A Spinner, 3.35 Archie Stevens, 4.05 Fern Owl, 4.40 Luv U Always

NEWCASTLE: 5.45 Sandstream, 6.15 Alfonso Manana, 6.45 Atteq, 7.15 SIGNE (NAP), 7.45 Major Cornwallis, 8.15 Pretty Bubbles

Our Lucky 15 selections: Signe (7.15 Newcastle), Antartica De Thaix (2.20 Bangor), Vyta Du Roc (3.10 Kempton), Archie Stevens (3.35 Southwell)


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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.

After Wednesday’s winning NAP, take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Thursday, February 2, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

ARCHIE STEVENS (Chelmsford City 7.00) is on a 16-run streak of defeats peppered with a series of runner-up placings. Frustrating is the word that springs to mind – and trainer David Evans probably minces his words a little differently to that. In fact, we know he does! The seven-year-old last scored at Wolverhampton in December 2015 over the minimum 5f trip. He is now 2lb below that mark, which means the handicapper is no friend to connections. Think about it: 16 winless runs, no wins, drops 2lb. He may as well be called Shakin’ Stevens for all the handicapper cares. But he has been knocking on the (green) door of late, placed in his last couple at Wolverhampton and Southwell. He also has not got a bad draw tonight. Would we put This Old House on him? Not exactly. We might Cry Just A Little Bit if he’s beaten, and Evans might be saying “You Drive Me Crazy”, but we think he’s worth a second look in the 5f handicap.

CASSE TETE (Wincanton 2.00) fell on his last start in a 2m7½f novices’ chase at Lingfield and lay winded for a few moments afterwards. The ex-French chase winner travelled strongly and jumped soundly before getting tired. He emptied quickly, suggesting he needed the run but taken in context of it being his first run for Gary Moore after a three-month lay-off, overall it was not a bad performance. The question is whether or not the fall has dented his confidence. Yes, horses do thrive on confidence – as do jockeys – only some are a little more intelligent. Take that how you will. The five-year-old is young enough to find improvement and he drops back markedly in trip to an extended 1m7½f. As long as that trip doesn’t put too much pressure on his jumping, he may have the beating of his four rivals.

BRIDLEY’S LETTUCE (Southwell 2.55) is owned by The Giggle Factor Partnership. After 16 races without winning, their horse is not exactly making them crack a smile. The handicapper appeared to have given him a chance of finally breaking his duck, lowering to a mark of 61, so had he fallen any lower he would be Australian! Take that how you will, too. However, he almost took advantage (not quite Australian, then) when twice a runner-up in two lowly middle-distance handicaps on the all-weather at Newcastle and Southwell in December. So the handicapper has duly hiked him up to a mark of 65 despite failing to fire seven days later. Trainer Ivan Furtado has given him four weeks off and he should be a fresh horse, so would hold a fair chance of getting off the mark in the 1m4f handicap.

EDGAR (Towcester 2.10) represents the yard of one of our favourite trainers. David Bridgwater was a much better jockey than he was ever given credit for and sometimes in life, for whatever reason, you can be good at something and go unnoticed. ‘Bridgy’ is a darn fine trainer when given the ammunition, too. You only have to look at what he achieved with the now-retired The Giant Bolster. He saddles Edgar in a 2m four-runner conditional jockeys’ handicap chase this afternoon, with the very capable Jake Hodson taking 3lb off his back. The seven-year-old has not had many runs since landing a Stratford novices’ handicap chase in June last year and had a bit to prove after a couple of lacklustre runs last month. We’ll take a chance that ‘Bridgy’ will get him on track in the near future.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

SOUTHWELL: 1.45 Archimedes, 2.20 Footlight, 2.55 Bridley’s Lettuce, 3.30 Dizzey Heights, 4.05 Alpha Tauri, 4.35 Harwoods Star

TOWCESTER: 1.35 Count Meribel, 2.10 Edgar, 2.45 Pink Gin, 3.20 Sheneededtherun, 3.55 Shanann Star, 4.25 Distant Sound

WINCANTON: 1.25 Midnight Maestro, 2.00 Casse Tete, 2.35 Hitherjacques Lady, 3.10 Space Oddity, 3.45 Dusky Lark, 4.15 Ask The Weatherman, 4.45 Cogburn

CHELMSFORD CITY: 5.50 Rivers Of Asia, 6.25 Maverik, 7.00 Archie Stevens, 7.30 Tetradrachm, 8.00 Angel Of Darkness, 8.30 La Fortuna, 9.00 In The Spotlight

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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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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

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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OTHER SELECTIONS:

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 – Monday’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 Monday, January 30, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

EMINENT POET (Plumpton 3.20) found 3m a little beyond his stamina last year when upped in the weights and when bidding for a hat-trick at Huntingdon. The six-year-old has strengthened up a bit and made a fair comeback after six month off when fourth of nine to Oscar Rock in a 2m4½f handicap hurdle at Market Rasen in November. Dropped 3lb since, Venetia Williams’ representative is given a second chance to get this 3m1f trip in a lesser grade and he would have a fair chance of defying top weight and beating five rivals.

REIVERS LAD (Ayr 1.50) is worth chancing on his seasonal debut, despite having his first run since April. Anything that the Nicky Richards-trained Alflora gelding did in bumpers was going to be a bonus as he is bred to be a jumper. So to win and be placed twice in three bumpers last year showed clear ability. He was keen on his second start at Carlisle but won convincingly, and was not beaten far by Gibbes Bay at Ayr on his last start. He is bred to do better when faced with obstacles and the yard has not be going badly, so it will be interesting to see how he fares in the seven-runner maiden hurdle on heavy ground, which he should handle.

BETTER GETALONG (Ayr 4.35) is one of three previous winners in the 2m bumper and while he meets Sam’s Adventure, whom he beat by a short head here last month, on 7lb worse terms, Nicky Richards’ runner may well be able to frank that form. The six-year-old had almost a year on the sidelines before making his comeback and while he took time to get into his stride, he showed a willing attitude to beat his race-fit rival who was seeking a hat-trick. He needs further than this 2m and is a nice jumping prospect, regardless of how he fares today.

VANTAGE POINT (Southwell 2.30) has been a beaten favourite on two of his last three starts for John Gosden and has a little bit to find given what we have seen from the three-year-old on the all-weather. He does not appear to have moved forward since a couple of runner-up efforts on turf at Newmarket and Bath in the autumn. Forcing tactics did not appear to suit him at Wolverhampton and with cheekpieces fitted at Newcastle, he was unable to find another gear in a 10f maiden won by Doctor Bartolo a couple of weeks ago. Back to 1m and with the headgear retained, he should at least be competitive.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

AYR: 1.50 Reivers Lad (nb), 2.20 Cadeau De Bresil, 2.55 Simmply Sam, 3.30 Newtown Lad, 4.00 Nakadam, 4.35 Better Getalong

PLUMPTON: 1.40 Royal Hall, 2.10 Clonusker, 2.45 Jerrysback, 3.20 EMINENT POET (NAP), 3.50 Talk Of The South, 4.25 Great Link

SOUTHWELL: 1.30 Brigadoon, 2.00 Regarde Moi, 2.30 Vantage Point, 3.05 It Must Be Faith, 3.40 Arcanista, 4.15 Athassel

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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, January 26, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

MUMS THE WORD (Wolverhampton 8.00) has had eight races without success, but we go for experience over pedigree and unraced potential in the extended 1m½f fillies’ maiden. Richard Fahey’s daughter of Mayson is clearly quite well regarded, as she stepped up from finishing second in a Salisbury nursery off a mark of 73 in September to run in a Listed Chantilly 7f event on heavy ground in November, when only failing by two and a half lengths. That was her first run for the yard. Given a break, she made her Tapeta debut at Newcastle in mid-December off a mark of 87 and while she travelled well, again found one too good in the shape of Bizzarria. That mark certainly looked to flatter her and she is now down to an official rating of 80. Unless Godolphin newcomer Night Poetry is above average, the selection should be thereabouts again.

HARAKA (Southwell 2.45) made her first start on the fibresand a winning one and may well be able to double up in a decent little 1m handicap for the class. Ralph Beckett opted for blinkers last time and the three-year-old Fastnet Rock filly clearly appeared to appreciate the headgear, as she upped her game considerably from her last-of-12 run over 7f at Kempton three weeks earlier. Upped to a mile, she came with a storming late run to take a weaker event and while she is up in grade again today, and if blinkers work a second time, she may now have the confidence upon which to build.

SPEED FREAK (Southwell 1.35), like our NAP selection, is also an eight-race maiden. The three-year-old Fastnet Rock filly has been placed in three of her last four runs, all over 5f and all on artificial surfaces, so probably deserves a change of luck. Trained by Ralph Beckett, she was touched off by Street Jazz at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day and again went close at Lingfield last time, going down by a neck to Monteamiata, form that admittedly does not look particularly strong. While never likely to one of the stable’s leading lights, she is fairly well drawn and there appears to be plenty of dead wood in today’s 5f maiden, so her consistency means she should be considered.

DINO VELVET (Warwick 12.55) may be able to enhance his reputation and may come into calculations for the JCB Truimph Hurdle at Cheltenham should he win for the second time in three starts. Alan King’s runner fell on his British hurdling debut in a Grade 2 at Prestbury Park but made amends, winning a 2m introductory juvenile hurdle at Sandown next time, despite looking in need of the experience. He looked out of his depth in a Grade 1 at Chepstow in late December, but the drop in class today into a modest juvenile hurdle should see the four-year-old in a better light, providing the meeting gets the green light.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

SOUTHWELL: 1.05 Go On Gal, 1.35 Speed Freak, 2.10 Crosse Fire, 2.45 Haraka (nb), 3.20 Cool Echo, 3.55 Anton Chigurh

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.50 Vision Of Beauty, 6.25 Boychick, 7.00 Percy Veer, 7.30 Hallstatt, 8.00 MUMS THE WORD (NAP), 8.30 Foylesideview, 9.00 George Baker

WARWICK (inspection 8am): 12.55 Dino Velvet, 1.25 Rosie Mcqueen, 2.00 Yanmare, 2.35 Godsmejudge, 3.10 Benvolio, 3.45 Midnight Magic, 4.20 Mister Drifter

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Tuesday’s top selections

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Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British and Irish meetings on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

FUTURE GILDED (Wetherby 3.30) would appear to hold a fair chance of following up his Catterick success when he lines up against seven rivals in the 2m3f handicap chase. Jamie Snowdon has always thought a bit of the eight-year-old who had been off with leg trouble before being well backed for his Doncaster return last month after a 615-day lay-off. That run proved short-lived as he fell at the first. However, he is best judged on his last run earlier this month when, despite clouting the fifth last, he showed guts aplenty to fend of Nefyn Bay on only his seventh career start. He remains unexposed and having had three weeks off, any ‘bounce’ factor should be negated.

MUSTN’T GRUMBLE (Southwell 2.10) is on a losing streak of 26 and has thus been given a chance of breaking that run by the handicapper. The Davis Loughnane-trained four-year-old has twice gone close on is last two starts here, going down by three-quarters of a length to Essenaitch over 7f and then by half a length to Big Amigo over 6f. He was equipped with a hood for the first time in the latter run and was a little keen early, so deserved credit for keeping with the winner. The hood is on again today for another 6f handicap and while the assessor has put him up 2lb to a mark of 57 following those two near misses, his turn should come again soon, possibly today.

L’INGANNO FELICE (Southwell 3.40) was well backed before a return to form at Newcastle in November and after going close twice, he was given a month off, which seemed to work the oracle. For the seven-year-old reversed form with a previous course and distance winner when scoring at Newcastle and followed up here under a penalty, by seven lengths a couple of weeks ago. That came over 1m4f and he looked as though he would stay further. He likes this track (form-figures of 221),  Ian Jardine’s runner is sure to be popular despite moving up another 7lb to a mark of 83 for a similar race.

REGAL GAIT (Wetherby 1.30) won a 1m5f Chelmsford handicap on his debut for Harry Whittington in October and while beaten a long way, he was still a fair second n his Market Rasen hurdling debut in December. Pitched into better company for his next run at Newbury, he showed up well for a long way before fading in a 2m½f juvenile hurdle won by Final Choice. While he may be better over t further than the 2m he gets today in a juvenile maiden hurdle, this race is a definite drop in class and Jeremiah McGrath’s mount should go well.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

LEICESTER (inspection 8am): 1.20 Sister Sibyl, 1.50 Global Dream, 2.20 Tagrita, 2.50 Global Stage, 3.20 A Hare Breath, 3.50 Miss Benefitz, 4.20 Sudden Wish

SOUTHWELL: 1.40 Come On Percy, 2.10 Mustn’t Grumble, 2.40 Archie Stevens, 3.10 Encore d’Or, 3.40 L’inganno Felice, 4.10 Samphire Coast

WETHERBY: 1.30 Regal Gait, 2.00 Feeltherhythm, 2.30 Oscar O’scar, 3.00 Grand Enterprise, 3.30 Future Gilded, 4.00 Cousin Oscar

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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, January 19, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

BOGARIUS (Ludlow 1.20) gets the nod to follow up his Rules debut success in a Catterick bumper when he lines up against 10 rivals for his hurdling debut in the extended 2m5f maiden. He won a 3m point-to-point with ease in April and looks a decent recruit to the Warren Greatrex yard judged by his runaway success at Catterick. This may be a little tougher today, but champion jockey Richard Johnson has been booked to ride, so there is plenty in the five-year-old’s favour.

PEMBA (Ludlow 1.50) had something of a thankless task on her chasing debut, taking on last season’s Champion Hurdle fifth Top Notch at Warwick. The fact that she gave him something to think about heading to the last two fences left the impression she would soon be winning races over the bigger obstacles. However, she will need to bounce back from penultimate fence fall at Newcastle in a race won by Eastview Boy in mid-December, but she is up against her own sex in a 2m4f novices’ chase today and hopefully Fergal O’Brien’s mare can regain her confidence.

WHITE ROYALE (Southwell 2.35) will sport first-time cheekpieces as she bids to go two places better following her narrow defeat by Erissimus Maximus in a 5f handicap at Newcastle last time. She hit a bit of a flat spot in the race and may just have found the trip too sharp, although she was staying on nicely at the end. It is interesting that she goes over the same trip today, although she is clearly capable of mixing it with the best in Class 5 handicaps. Despite giving weight away to her five rivals, Lewis Edmunds is able to claim 7lb which should prove invaluable.

BISHOPS COURT (Wincanton 2.45) should be able to defy a 7lb penalty for winning a handicap chase at Fontwell 11 days ago when he takes on two rivals in the 2m4f novices’ limited handicap chase. Neil Mulholland’s seven-year-old failed to win over hurdles but has looked a natural over fences and sauntered to a 16-length success at the West Sussex track in much softer ground than when scoring over the same course on Boxing Day. The handicapper will have his say shortly, but this race represents a little haymaking while the sun shines.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

LUDLOW: 1.20 BOAGRIUS (NAP), 1.50 Pemba (nb), 2.25 Vital Evidence, 3.00 Theatre Goer, 3.35 Port Melon, 4.10 River Wylde

SOUTHWELL: 12.55 Log Off, 1.30 Desert Chief, 2.00 Among Angels, 2.35 White Royale, 3.10 Warm Words, 3.45 Free Bounty

WINCANTON: 1.40 All For The Best, 2.10 Buttercup, 2.45 Bishops Court, 3.20 Sartorial Elegance, 3.55 Unison, 4.25 Black Mischief

CHELMSFORD CITY: 5.20 New Rich, 5.50 Secret Bird, 6.25 Regarde Moi, 7.00 Serenade The Stars, 7.30 Ravenhoe, 8.00 Al Sail, 8.30 Beau Mistral, 9.00 All Or Nothin

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