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 – 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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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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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.

After Friday’s winning NAP selection, take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Saturday, January 7, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

MORNING SUIT (Lingfield Park 12.05), who won a 6f novices’ race on Kempton’s Polytrack in June, has been relatively consistent in all-weather handicaps since, twice finishing runner-up on his last two runs. They came at Newcastle in November, firstly when short-headed in a 7f nursery by Textured and latterly when trying a mile for the first time, only to be downed by well-regarded stablemate Masham Star. Mark Johnston’s representative is preferred to the less exposed Envisaging in the 1m handicap and the hope that his all-weather experience can counteract what is likely to be a less-than-ideal pace in a tactical battle.

FINIAN’S OSCAR (Sandown Park 2.25) is the selection in the race of the day, the Grade 1 Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle. Out of a half-sister to Champion Chase winner Finian’s Rainbow, he has had one run under Rules, having previously won an Irish point-to-point. That run came in an extended 2m5½f novices’ hurdle at Hereford in mid-December, when he sauntered to a seven-length success over a previous winner, Acting Lass. Always handy, Colin Tizzard’s representative picked up readily approaching two out and soon put the race to bed. He looks to have a bright future and while his inexperience goes against him, there are doubts that his main rival, Capitaine, can be a little too keen for his own good.

FORTUNATE GEORGE (Wincanton 3.15) as always been well regarded by trainer Emma Lavelle and he got off the mark over hurdles at this track in April, landing an ordinary 2m5½f handicap off a mark of 116. Upped 7lb to start the new season, he was tailed off on his return at Cheltenham in November, but upped his game a little when fourth to Kalondra over a similar trip at Ascot last month, just not quite seeing his race out in a first-time visor. He drops 1lb and the visor remains for a competitive 2m5f handicap, but he is proven over the track and his best days are still ahead of him. One of these decent pots will soon fall his way and it could be today, since the stable remains in ripe form.

BRIERY QUEEN (Sandown Park 12.45) overcame a 252-day lay-off to win a 13-runner handicap hurdle at Cheltenham in fine style last month and may well be able to make it a four-timer in the sphere. The Noel Williams-trained eight-year-old won a Listed race in the stewards’ room at Newbury in April, having suffered interference after the last and connections are eyeing a tilt at the mares’ hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival is all goes to plan this afternoon. She takes on six rivals, including the smart Lifeboat Mona, in a 2m3½f listed mares’ hurdle and if handling the soft ground, she is likely to be in the shake-up when it matters.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

SANDOWN PARK: 12.10 Coeur de Lion, 12.45 Briery Queen, 1.15 Marcilhac, 1.50 Garde La Victoire, 2.25 Finian’s Oscar (nb), 3.00 Dynaste, 3.35 Chocola

NEWCASTLE: 11.55 Listen To The Man, 12.30 Forest Bihan, 1.00 Toarmandowithlove, 1.35 Un Noble, 2.10 Island Confusion, 2.45 Under The Red Sky, 3.20 Illwalktheline

WINCANTON: 12.55 Miracle Cure, 1.30 Port Navas, 2.05 Fox Appeal, 2.40 Pilgrims Bay, 3.15 Fortunate George, 3.50 Catamaran Du Seuil

LINGFIELD PARK: 12.05 MORNING SUIT (NAP), 12.40 Indian Dandy, 1.10 Billyoakes, 1.45 Coillte Cailin, 2.20 Captain Cat, 2.55 Coral Sea, 3.30 Footlight

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Frivolous Prince, 6.15 Ravenhoe, 6.45 Menelik, 7.15 Jazri, 7.45 Visionary, 8.15 Gentleman Giles, 8.45 Fear The Fury

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Boxing Day’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Monday, December 26, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

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

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

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

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

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – 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 meetings on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

NIETZSCHE (Catterick 12.50) can get off the mark over hurdles in the second of a decent little seven-race card at the North Yorkshire course. The Brian Ellison-trained three-year-old has an official rating of 86 on the Flat, and has showed penchant for soft ground, winning four times in that sphere this year. He has had two starts over hurdles and was second on both occasions, to prolific novice hurdler Cliffs Of Dover at Wetherby in October and latterly at Newcastle to Domperignon Du Lys – who was subsequently fourth to the smart Defi Du Seuil in Saturday’s JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham. He did not appear to be suited in making the running at Newcastle and while it appears he will improve for softer ground and a stiffer test of stamina than he will get in the extended 1m7½f juvenile hurdle today, few of his six rivals make much appeal.

MOVEWITHTHETIMES (Wincanton 1.10) takes in 17 rivals in a fascinating 1m7½f novices’ hurdle, taking a step down in class following his close-up fifth to Moon Racer in the Grade 2 Sharp Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last month. Winner of a Wincanton bumper on his debut for Paul Nicholls in April, the strapping son of Presenting produced a slick round of hurdling on his seasonal debut to win decisively at Fontwell. Though beaten three-and-a-half lengths at Cheltenham, he can be marked up a good deal for that effort as he suffered a troubled trip. Thought he has to give 6lb to is rivals, he looks a high-class recruit and any rain would aid his chance.

AS AND WHEN (Wincanton 3.40) may not be the best bumper horse in Paul Nicholls’ yard but he was clearly expected to win on his debut here last month. Sporting a tongue-tie and sent off the 4/6 favourite for a modest five-runner affair, he was well held by the more experienced American Gigolo. By Presenting, he is bred to be a staying jumper and he gets his first shot over hurdles in a competitive 2m3½f maiden this afternoon. The trip and the booking of Barry Geraghty are both positives for the J.P. McManus-owned five-year-old.

MASTER OF IRONY (Catterick 1.50) may be worthy of chancing as he makes his hurdling debut for John Quinn in the extended 2m3f novices’ race, where he takes on 10 rivals. Rated 89 on the Flat for Ralph Beckett, he won a 1m2f Windsor handicap under hold-up tactics on good to firm ground in May. He has form on soft ground, however, and has also been fitted with blinkers and a visor in the past, although he races sans headgear this afternoon. The four-year-old is somewhat a speculative choice, particularly against experienced rivals who include Ckalco Des Loges and Good Tradition, yet his Flat rating and ability to handle the ground means he could be the value.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

CATTERICK: 12.20 Danceintothelight, 12.50 Nietzsche, 1.20 One Track Mind, 1.50 Master Of Irony, 2.20 Brian Boranha, 2.50 Oscatara, 3.20 Temple Man

SOUTHWELL: 12.00 Scotch Myst, 12.30 Boots And Spurs, 1.00 Mr Morse, 1.30 Stosur, 2.00 Rhombus, 2.30 Archie Stevens, 3.00 Macho Mac, 3.30 Unnoticed

WINCANTON: 12.40 Wicked Willy, 1.10 Movewiththetimes, 1.40 Ultimatum Du Roy, 2.10 Brother Tedd, 2.40 No No Cardinal, 3.10 Jack Snipe, 3.40 As And When

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