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 – 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 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.

Southwell Races

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 – Saturday’s top selections

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Our NAP struck again on Friday, to take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Friday, January 13, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

ETTU (Lingfied Park 2.35) is taking a little time to know what this game is all about. She was well backed to land a 7f fillies’ maiden here over 7f last time and after making the running, showing distinct signs of greenness, was collared by Sayem. Her previous effort, in a similar event at Newmarket was a fair effort, but again she had to play second fiddle to Yellowhammer. Time will probably show that was a good race, and Jeremy Noseda’s daughter of Excelebration is worth another try now that she steps up to 1m with Jamie Spencer in the saddle.

BALLYCROSS (Warwick 3.35) is a little young at six to be winning a race like the Classic Chase, given that the 3m5f handicap can turn into something of a war of attrition at this time of year and more seasoned, battle-hardened types usually hold sway. However, this has traditionally been a race where those with low weights prevail and shouldering just 10st 8lb, he may be worth chancing. He is, however, relatively inexperienced and has yet to win over fences, yet there was plenty to like about the way he stayed on behind Pobbles Bay in a decent novices’ handicap at Chepstow last time. If his jumping holds up, he would be in the mix, as he has won over 3m in heavy ground over hurdles and looks an out-and-out stayer in the making.

GREY GOLD (Wetherby 2.15) may be 12 now, but Kerry Lee’s gelding can still mix it among the best handicap chasers and looks attractively handicapped to land the 1m7f handicap chase. He may well have needed his first run back after eight months off when fifth to Aso at Chepstow late last month and the 2m3f trip may well have stretched his stamina. His last win came in November 2015 at Newbury over 2m½f off a mark of 147 and he runs off 3lb lower today as he takes on five rivals.

KRUZHLININ (Kempton Park 3.15) won on his stable debut in the corresponding 3m handicap chase last year off a mark of 138 and will try to repeat the feat on an 8lb higher mark today. The Philip Hobbs-trained 10-year-old was having is first run for 11 months when scoring like a good horse over these fances and did not run badly in the Grade 3 Ultima at Cheltenham thereafter, finishing fifth off of 148. Last time he took advantage of a mark of 136 to beat Theo’s Charm in a slog over 2m7f at Haydock, with subsequent Tommy Whittle scorer Yala Enke third. He has had a decent break since, so should be fresh and the ground may be ideal for him.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

KEMPTON PARK: 12.20 Poker Play, 12.55 Always On The Run, 1.30 Alpha Male, 2.05 Vibrato Valtat, 2.40 Templeross, 3.15 Kruzhlinin, 3.45 Meet The Legend

WARWICK: 12.40 Welluptoscratch, 1.15 Ut Majeur Aulmes, 1.50 Mystical Knight, 2.25 City Supreme, 3.00 Peregrine Run, 3.35 Ballycross, 4.05 Well Smitten

LINGFIELD PARK: 12.15 Indigo Princess, 12.50 Firestorm, 1.25 Jordan Sport, 2.00 Third Time Lucky, 2.35 Ettu, 3.10 Special Relation, 3.40 Runaiocht

WETHERBY: 12.30 Eaton Hill, 1.05 Rock Gone, 1.40 El Massivo, 2.15 Grey Gold, 2.50 Capitoul, 3.25 Huff And Puff, 3.55 Cockney Wren

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Pensax Lady, 6.15 Sands Chorus, 6.45 Chestnut Storm, 7.15 Colourbearer, 7.45 Dazacam, 8.15 Boost, 8.45 Sentinel

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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 – 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, December 8, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

ZEEHAN (Chelmsford City 6.55) is an eight-race maiden who has gone close on a few occasions and may finally be able to break her duck in what appears to be a very weak extended 1m5f all-weather maiden. The Clive Cox-trained three-year-old was not beaten far in a 1m2f 0-80 handicap off a mark of 72 on her last outing, having had a five-month break. She should strip fitter for that. If replicating the form of narrow defeats in a couple of turf handicaps at Nottingham and Salisbury in the spring, she merits the utmost respect against a motley crew of six rivals.

PORT NAVAS (Taunton 12.30) may be able to get off the mark at the seventh attempt over hurdles in the extended 2m7½f handicap hurdle. The David Pipe-trained five-year-old was a distant runner-up to Generous Helpings on his handicap debut at Huntingdon in October, having stepped up markedly in trip. He was then mugged late by Magic Mustard, having made much of the running in a 2m5½f affair at Fontwell, going down by half a length. It remains to be seen whether the blinkers, which he sported for the first time there, have the same benefit again, but he is going the right way and the 5lb hike in the weights should not stall that progress.

THE MUMPER (Warwick 1.55) makes his seasonal debut after a 234-day break since winning a 2m7½f handicap chase at Huntingdon in April. The Neil King-trained nine-year-old does not do anything quickly but he is resolute and consistent, qualities that will be needed if he is to beat 10 decent rivals in the 3m handicap chase. He starts the season on a mark of 117, which is 8lb higher than his last winning effort, so would need a career-best effort to take the prize.

CATCHTHEMOONLIGHT (Newcastle 2.20) won a 2m handicap hurdle at Hexham in November, getting off the mark at the 20th attempt. She had shown improved form for Lucinda Russell over the summer and won with some ease off a mark of 86. She unseated when a warm favourite next time up at Uttoxeter, running off an 8lb higher mark, before being held by Kassis in a 2m4½f mares’ handicap hurdle at Leicester 11 days ago. She lines up against 15 rivals, drops to an extended 2m trip and goes off the same mark of 86. The eight-year-old looks fairly handicapped and should go well.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

NEWCASTLE: 12.10 Ballycrystal, 12.40 Ash Park, 1.10 Hi Bob, 1.45 Money Maid, 2.20 Catchthemoonlight, 2.50 Thankyou Very Much, 3.25 Thomas Do

TAUNTON: 12.30 Port Navas (nb), 1.00 Bistouri D’honore, 1.35 Cottesloe, 2.10 Bells Of Ailsworth, 2.40 Newsworthy, 3.15 Notarfbad, 3.50 Paris Bound

WARWICK: 12.20 Elusive Cowboy, 12.50 Tommy Rapper, 1.20 Rons Dream, 1.55 The Mumper, 2.30 What A Diva, 3.00 Highbury High, 3.35 Some Chaos

CHELMSFORD CITY: 4.20 Four Candles, 4.55 Bataka, 5.25 Menelik, 5.55 Supersta, 6.25 Pearl Acclaim, 6.55 ZEEHAN (NAP), 7.25 Graceful James

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Wednesday’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 Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

SOVEREIGN DEBT (Kempton Park 6.40) has been a model of consistency in Pattern company and has been somewhat unfortunate to have finished runner-up 12 times in 31 stakes races. He has won five times in such company, though, and is on a hat-trick after taking a 7f conditions race at Doncaster, followed a week later by cosy two-length win a 7f Listed race at Leopardstown – his tenth career success. The tough and reliable Dandy Nicholls-trained seven-year-old is having his 13th start of the year in tonight’s 1m Listed event and with guaranteed pace at which to aim, would appear to have a better chance of landing this decent prize than last year when he was a fast-finishing fourth from an impossible position turning in.

BINDON MILL (Chepstow 1.55) goes handicapping for the first time, having been narrowly beaten in a novices’ hurdle at Exeter in February. Victor Dartnall’s seven-year-old is still looking for his first win in six starts but has been runner-up in a well-contested bumper and when nosed out by the well-regarded Captain Chaos over 2m2½f last time. Admittedly, he may be happier on a sounder surface than the Good to Soft ground he is expected to get today and while fitness must be taken on trust after a 264-day break, there should not be much between him and last week’s Ffos Las scorer Verygoodverygood, who carries a penalty.

WATER WAGTAIL (Warwick 3.15) has been given a chance by the handicapper and should go well in the 3m1½f handicap chase. Having been dropped 11lb in two runs following a lengthy absence, the nine-year-old was well backed before finishing third to Mad Money (who subsequently followed up) over 2m7f at Worcester in mid-September. Emma Lavelle has been picking her spots carefully with great success this summer and the April move to Ogbourne Maizey, while tough, could not have reaped better results. Water Wagtail remains on a mark of 96 and this event for horses rated 0-100 does not have a great deal of strength in depth.

TOP AND DROP (Chepstow 3.00) represents the Venetia Williams yard that has endured an unusually quiet summer, with just two winners on the board. The Kings Caple yard may have been under a cloud but there have been signs that it is sparking to life in recent days, underlined by Aso’s decent fourth in the Grade 3 BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday. Top And Drop has had four previous starts, the latest when third to Verni in a 2m2½f maiden hurdle at Newton Abbot in April. The five-year-old mare has a tendency to sweat up before her races and looks every inch a chaser in the making. She is bred for further than today’s 2m trip but she gets into this 0-100 mares’ handicap hurdle off a reasonable mark of 96.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

CHEPSTOW: 12.50 Mister Big, 1.20 The Two Amigos, 1.55 Bindon Mill (nb), 2.25 Barton Gift, 3.00 Top And Drop, 3.35 Keep Moving, 4.05 Somerset Lias

WARWICK: 12.30 Midnight Maestro, 1.00 Aces Over Eights, 1.35 Lady Markby, 2.05 Top Notch, 2.40 Billy My Boy, 3.15 Water Wagtail, 3.45 True Self

KEMPTON PARK: 4.10 Top Diktat, 4.40 Imperial City, 5.10 Daschas, 5.40 Hadeeqa, 6.10 Qatar Man, 6.40 SOVEREIGN DEBT (NAP), 7.10 Steve Rogers, 7.40 Timekeeping

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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.

After successive winning NAP selections in the last two days, 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 4, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

YUKON DELTA (Fontwell 1.00) gets the NAP vote today, as we feel he looks capable of landing the 10-runner 3m1½f handicap hurdle for trainer Gary Moore. Trainer form is everything and the Lower Beeding handler has his string in ripe early-season form, sending out six winners in the past seven days. The selection scored at Plumpton a couple of weeks ago over an inadequate 2m4f on only his fourth start for the yard, the aid of blinkers appeared to help. Though he goes up 7lb for that success, a return to a trip that he should be more comfortable over, coupled with the fact that this looks a decidedly weak race, and the selection has plenty in his favour.

BOURBONISTO (Newcastle 4.20) has not really progressed since making his debut at Doncaster in May, Ben Haslam has decided that a step up in trip might make all the difference as he attempts to get off the mark in the 7f nursery. Not that he has been beaten far in his first two juvenile handicaps – on the contrary. There was plenty to like about the way he knuckled down in a Class 2 York 6f handicap in July and he made significant late headway to be third on his last start in a Class 5 affair over a similar trip at Hamiton in August. Having had a break since and if fully wound up, he should be thereabouts.

BLUE HERON (Warwick 2.00) would appear to hold an outstanding chance of taking the 2m novices’ chase for trainer Dan Skelton. Just three are due to line up for a decent pot and he appears to have scared off a few potential rivals. That is unsurprising, given that he was a good winner of the 2015 Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle and he looked as though he would come on for the run on his return to action after an 18-month break when beaten in a similar three-runner novices’ chase at Market Rasen three weeks ago. Compensation should be forthcoming today.

RYLEDALE RACER (Hexham 1.45) is not the biggest horse but he is a good jumper and that ability won the day when beating an odds-on favourite in a 2m4f novices’ hurdle at Carlisle last month off a mark of 120. What he lacks in scope, he more than makes up for in courage and he will need bags of it to give weight away to his four rivals in a similar event today. Malcolm Jefferson appears to have found the five-year-old another good landing spot, though, and he may well follow up.

Fontwell Races

OTHER SELECTIONS:

FONTWELL PARK: 1.00 YUKON DELTA (NAP), 1.35 Tagrita, 2.10 Midtech Valentine, 2.45 Withy Mills, 3.20 No Hassle Hoff, 3.55 Markov

HEXHAM: 1.10 Kelka, 1.45 Ryledale Racer, 2.20 Solstice Dawn, 2.55 Solway Prince, 3.30 My Idea, 4.00 Toarmandowithlove

WARWICK: 12.50 So Celebre, 1.25 Forever My Friend, 2.00 Blue Heron, 2.35 Courtlands Prince, 3.10 Brownville, 3.45 Kitchapoly, 4.15 Odello

NEWCASTLE: 3.50 Sunglider, 4.20 Bourbonisto, 4.50 Hot Stuff, 5.20 Lord Rob, 5.50 Charles De Mille, 6.20 Bell Heather, 6.50 Wahaab, 7.20 Manatee Bay

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