YOUR DAILY RACING DIGEST – WEDNESDAY, FEB 15

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, February 15, 2017.

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Outlander (above) has been handed top weight for the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree. The Gordon Elliott-trained winner of the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown, was allotted 11st 10lb for the April 8 marathon during a ceremony at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London last night. Elliott, who won the race with Silver Birch 10 years ago, has 14 entries in total and three of the top four, with Empire Of Dirt and Don Poli on 11st 8lb and 11st 7lb respectively. Champagne West, impressive winner of the Thyestes Chase last time, has been allotted 11st 9lb and Carlingford Lough is on 11st 6lb in an all-Irish domination of the first five slots.
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/racing/0/grand-national-2017-runners/
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The Randox Health Grand National will boast the highest-rated field in its history. Handicapper Phil Smith said: “The percentage of horses rated over 135 entered in 2017 is 88%, which is the highest ever. The previous highest percentage of horses in this category was 85%. Significantly, the number of horses rated above 150 stands at a record level, with 34 horses falling into that category. If you go back a decade to 2007, there were only half that number (17) having a rating of 150 or higher at the time the weights were unveiled.”
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=23914424&category=0
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Brian Ellison says Definitely Red “looks to have a good racing weight” after being allotted 10st 7lb in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree. Wetherby’s Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase winner, who unseated Henry Brooke in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock last time, is 35th on the weights list. Ellison said: “I am happy with that. He is in great form at the moment and is likely to go to Kelso [Listed Premier Chase] or Doncaster [Grimthorpe Chase] in a couple of weeks. After that, we will give him a school over some Grand National fences and, if he takes to it, he will probably head to Aintree.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10768331/outlander-has-been-handed-top-weight-for-the-randox-health-grand-national-at-aintree
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Raz De Maree, who got within a length and three-quarters of leading Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Native River when runner-up last time in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, will head to Newcastle for the Eider Chase before tackling the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree. Having be allotted 10st 4lb for the National, trainer Gavin Cromwell said: “That’s a nice racing weight and hopefully he should get into the race. The horse is in grand form at the moment.” He added: “A little bit of juice in the ground would suit him as he just lacks a gear.”
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=23914424&category=0
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There will be a new trophy for the 170th Grand National at Aintree. Founder of sponsors Randox Health, Dr Peter FitzGerald, said: “To win the Grand National is one of the crowning achievements in sport and in this our first year of sponsorship, we sought to commission a trophy which would complement this tremendous success. I am delighted with the result, as the trophy captures the heart of both the race and Randox – in the speed of the horses and the strands of DNA.”
Source: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/other-sport/horse-racing/grand-national-2017-new-randox-12603234

Alan KingYanworth is on course to have his Cheltenham Festival prep race in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton. “We worked Yanworth this morning (Tuesday) on the grass and it’s all systems go for Saturday,” said trainer Alan King (right), who also has Sceau Royal among 10 entries for the recognised Champion Hurdle trial He added: “Sceau Royal is not a guaranteed runner at the moment – I wouldn’t want to run him on really testing ground. We’ll have to see how the weather holds and how Wincanton dries.” Paul Nicholls is double-handed with Irving and Capitaine, and he said: “Both my horses have dual entries for racing at Wincanton and Kelso. We’ll see how the weather fairs and make a decision later in the week.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10767933/all-systems-go-for-yanworth-in-kingwell-hurdle-at-wincanton

Richard Johnson1Having had four days off with influenza, Richard Johnson (right) returned to ride an odds-on double with his only two rides at Fontwell yesterday, courtesy of the Philip Hobbs-trained pair Kayf Adventure and Casper King. Of the latter, the champion jockey said: “It was great to get him off the mark last time as he’d had a few seconds and you were starting to think was there anything untoward, but he’d just jumped into some quite nice horses. Now he’s won two novice hurdles, I’m sure the EBF Final is an option, we’ll see what Philip thinks.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/report/761718/johnson-back-with-a-bang

Identity Thief is one of seven entries for Sunday’s Flyingbolt Novice Chase at Navan. One of three entries for Gigginstown House Stud, along with Noel Meade’s Road To Respect and the Gordon Elliott-trained Ball D’Arc, Henry de Bromhead’s charge bids to get his season back on track after he unseated his rider in the Irish Arkle, having previously been pulled up in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown.
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/preview/762364/identity-thief-back-on-track

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Limini, winner of the Grade 2 Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last March, is one of eight contenders for Sunday’s Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park. The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old could take on 2014 Champion Hurdle winner Jezki. Limini’s owner Rich Ricci said: “She has taken a while to come to hand this season, not dissimilar to last year, but is right back to herself now and seems a lot stronger than last year.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/preview/762371/jezki-set-for-trial-outing

Max Dynamite, a 20/1 chance for the County Hurdle at Cheltenham, may swerve the meeting in favour of Punchestown in April, with the Melbourne Cup a long-term target. Owner Rich Ricci said: “It’s not certain that he won’t get to Cheltenham but it’s probably a bit unlikely, and he should be ready for Punchestown on the way towards getting ready for a Flat campaign. The Melbourne Cup, in which he finished second two years ago, is the ultimate aim. Getting him back to Flemington Park this winter would be an extraordinary thrill.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10767526/max-dynamite-targets-melbourne-cup-not-cheltenham-festival

WESTWOOD 2Warren Greatrex is confident Western Ryder will be suited by the hurly-burly of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham next month. Part-owned by golfer Lee Westwood (right), the five-year-old was second to Daphne Du Clos at Newbury last time, conceding 21lb. Greatrex said: “Although he had already won a Listed race, the other day was just a test to make sure he was ready to take to Cheltenham and I think that he showed that he is ready. This horse will thrive on the fast-run race.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10767588/western-ryder-suited-by-champion-bumper-at-cheltenham-festival

Run by the BHA, the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards will be streamed live from the Racing Centre in Newmarket on http://www.studandstablestaffawards.co.uk and http://www.racingpost.com next Monday evening. BHA chief Nick Rust said: “We are delighted we can use live streaming of the event this year to ensure that people who are unable to be there on the night can still share in this fantastic celebration.”
Source: https://www.godolphin.com/news/latest-news/article/10837/godolphin-stud–stable-staff-awards-to-be-streamed-live

At The Races is celebrating after landing the Best Sports Betting Website gong at the iGB Affiliate Awards held in London. ATR won in the multi-sports category despite offering a dedicated, horse racing only focused service, demonstrating racing’s enduring significance in the sports affiliate betting market. ATR new media director Matthew Taylor said: “Combined with our success at the Broadcast Digital Awards and eGaming Review Awards, it underlines ATR’s achievements in both broadcasting and betting.”
Source: http://www.igbaffiliate.com/awards/igb-affiliate-awards

Today’s MCB British Racing selections – Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NEWCASTLE: 2.20 Crackdeloust, 2.50 Chain Of Beacons, 3.20 Floramoss (nb), 3.50 On A Promise, 4.20 Pistol Park, 4.50 Ballasalla

TOWCESTER: 2.10 Brandon Roc, 2.40 What A Diva, 3.10 Krackatoa King, 3.40 Solighoster, 4.10 LUNAR FLOW (NAP), 4.40 Whitley Neill

WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.00 Scrafton, 2.30 See Vermont, 3.00 Pearl Noir, 3.30 Third Time Lucky, 4.00 Dodgy Bob, 4.30 Calvinist, 5.00 Sea Dweller

KEMPTON PARK: 5.20 Moayadd, 5.50 Bookmaker, 6.20 Assertive Agent, 6.50 Franco’s Secret, 7.30 Kyneton, 7.50 Chandon Elysees, 8.20 Little Indian, 8.50 West Leake

Our Lucky 15 selections: Lunar Flow (4.10 Towcester), Floramoss (3.20 Newcastle), Assertive Agent (6.20 Kempton Park), See Vermont (2.30 Wolverhampton)

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Monday’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.

Sunday’s NAP was a winning one, so take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Monday, February 6, 2017.

Sedgefield Races

LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

KING OF FASHION (Sedgefield 3.05) confirmed the promise of his comeback run when beaten a length by Progress Drive in an Ayr novices’ hurdle by going one better over the same course and 2m4½f distance early last month. He was visually impressive in scoring by six lengths over Strong Economy, who duly franked the form when going in last week. The selection, trained by Ian Duncan, appears to have benefited from a tongue tie and he looks the one to be on in the seven-runner 2m5f novices’ hurdle, which is a qualifier for the Northern Staying Hurdle Series final.

SIMMPLY SAM (Sedgefield 4.05) may be able to defy a penalty for winning at Ayr last week. He had heavy ground that suited her and useful 7lb claimer Will Easterby renews the partnership today. She loves the mud and while she came unstuck in tacky ground over a trip too far at Catterick previously, Marjorie Fife’s 10-year-old had been consistent before that, having been placed in her previous three run, including when winning at Newcastle in December. The going is officially soft at Ayr and any further rain will help her as she faces 11 rivals in the 2m3½f handicap hurdle.

PUSHKIN MUSEUM (Wolverhampton 3.50) is another hoping to defy a penalty, having scored over today’s course and distance in a poor race last week. Patrick Morris’ six-year-old is far from reliable, but he travelled well just off the pace and had a decent pitch off the bed, which is crucial on this tight track. He has dropped down the weights and may well start taking advantage after an indifferent spell. A fair draw in stall 8 should not be a detriment as he tackles 12 rivals in this 0-60 contest.

NICKI’S NIPPER (Sedgefield 2.35) has been steadily rising up the weights since scoring her (in April) and at Cartmel (June). The handicapper appeared to have her measure for a spell and while her chasing debut was one to draw a line under when she returned to action in December, she stuck on really gamely in defeat when switched back over timber here last month and was beaten just under three lengths by Alys Rock. She is no certainty, but on a quiet day where few stand out for betting purposes, you know Sam England’s runner will always try her best.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

SEDGEFIELD (inspection 7.30am): 2.00 Snapping Turtle, 2.35 Nicki’s Nipper, 3.05 KING OF FASHION (NAP), 3.35 Hawkhurst, 4.05 Simmply Sam (nb), 4.35 Duhallowcounty

WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.20 Swiss Cross, 2.50 Berlusca, 3.20 Blue Bahia, 3.50 Pushkin Museum, 4.20 Strictly Carter, 4.50 Tartan Bute, 5.20 Secret Bird, 5.50 Canford Belle

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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 – 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 – Monday’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 two weekend winning NAP selections, 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 Monday, January 23, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

THE BAY OAK (Bangor-on-Dee 1.50) will have to give 6lb to all but one of his five rivals in a fascinating 2m7f novices’ hurdle that kicks off a six-race card at the Welsh track. Dan Skelton’s representative has won two of his last three, justifying favouritism each time, with Bridget Andrews getting on well with the six-year-old each time. He has had just three starts over hurdles  and followed up is second-place at Catterick in November with victory at Catterick when stepped up to 3m1½f last time. He dossed up the run-in, so clearly holds a bit back for himself, as all good horses do, but the drop in trip should not be a detriment to him.

DUBAI ANGEL (Newcastle 2.40) is one of three penalised recent winners in the 2m6f novices’ hurdle, having made all over 2m1f on faster ground at Sedgefield on Boxing Day. Malcolm Jefferson stated that Sedgefield was not his ideal track and he would be better for going up in trip and against better opposition. He gets all three today, with Newcastle’s galloping circuit appearing to be right up his street. The six-year-old takes on 10 opponents but looks the one to be on.

THE LAST DEBUTANTE (Wolverhampton 3.00) represents Mark Johnston’s stable which patently does not get the credit it deserves for consistency and the number of winners churned out year after year.  This three-year-old Henrythenavigator filly has had just four runs and has gone close on a couple of occasions, notably in a 1m maiden auction event at Chelmsford in November and over 1m1½f here two weeks ago. She was asked to close, which she did rapidly down the back straight, but was a little one-paced near the finish. It is still early days but she is progressing and can take a race of similar nature, possibly today.

BASSARABAD (Bangor-on-Dee 3.20) may be worth chancing on his chasing debut in a 3m novices’ limited handicap. Tim Vaughan’s six-year-old is bred for the job, being by Astarabad out of a 2m3f-French Grade 1-winning hurdler Grivette. Rated 107 over hurdles following a runner-up effort at Mussleburgh in November, he does not face an easy task on his fencing bow, against six rivals who include course winner Cabragh and Musselburgh scorer Rolling Thunder, but we think the potential is there.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

BANGOR-ON-DEE: 1.50 THE BAY OAK (NAP), 2.20 Bob’s Boy, 2.50 Drumviredy, 3.20 Bassarabad, 3.50 Litterale Ci, 4.20 Only A Tipple

NEWCASTLE: 1.40 Grexit, 2.10 Maxed Out King, 2.40 Dubai Angel (nb), 3.10 Fayette County, 3.40 Perseid, 4.10 Supreme Asset

WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.00 Metronomic, 2.30 Our Boy John, 3.00 The Last Debutante, 3.30 Cajmere, 4.00 Perspicace, 4.30 Snobbery, 5.00 Pivotman, 5.30 Yasood

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Friday’s top selections

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

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Huntingdon Races

 

LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

MOSCOW CALLING (Musselburgh 3.30) has been raised 4lb since finishing runner-up to Landmarque in a handicap hurdle over today’s 3m course and distance. The extra mile on only his fifth run over hurdles seemed to benefit Nicky Richards’ six-year-old, who was making a return after three months off. That was also is handicap debut (off a mark of 74) and he was equipped with first-time blinkers.  While a lot depends on the headgear working again, this appears to be his trip for now and he has plenty of scope for improvement against some seasoned performers who have hardly set the world alight.

GENTLEMEN (Lingfield 2.35) was in fine fettle this time last year, stringing up a five-win sequence in seven runs starting in January and culminating with his fourth success at Chelmsford in June. His last success came off a mark of 93, but he has proven to be a dream for the handicapper since, with a string of near misses of slightly higher marks. Phil McEntee’s six-year-old has proven wholly consistent and while beaten a length and a half by Pretend at Kempton last time, there was plenty to like about his attitude. This is his first run at Lingfield, but whatever happens today in this 6f handicap off a mark of 96, he will be interesting once back on turf, where he is rated 8lb lower.

THE LINKSMAN (Musselburgh 4.05) is a half-brother to the smart hurdler/chaser For Non Stop and showed plenty of promise, despite hanging right throughout on his bumper debut behind Ballyandy at Worcester in October 2015. He had to be left alone by trainer Brian Ellison thereafter as he had a few minor problems, but he built on that initial promise with a decent winning effort on his return in December, beating Dear Sire by a length and a half over 2m1f at Sedgefield. He carries a penalty today and there is no question he will come into his own over further and when an obstacle is placed in front of him, but he may well be able to follow up in the extended 1m7½f bumper.

THE WORLDS END (Chepstow 1.40) would appear to have a simple task of following up his 11-length maiden hurdle success here last month when he takes on five rivals in an extended 2m3f novices’ hurdle. Tom George’s five-year-old looks a nice prospect and he picked up well in tacky ground last time, giving the impression that he boasts plenty of ability. He could be a very interesting tool when send over fences as he is not without scope. He may well make it three wins in three runs at this track today.

Lingfield Races

OTHER SELECTIONS:

CHEPSTOW: 1.40 The Worlds End, 2.10 Tanit River, 2.45 Atlanta Ablaze, 3.20 Walk On Al, 3.50 Earlshill, 4.25 Edeiff’s Lad

LINGFIELD PARK: 1.00 Imperial City, 1.30 Roundabout Magic, 2.00 Oratorio’s Joy, 2.35 Gentlemen, 3.10 Pharoh Jake, 3.40 Keswick

MUSSELBURGH: 12.50 Arantes, 1.20 Mister Don, 1.50 Princes Mononoke, 2.25 Stamp Your Feet, 3.00 Pekanheim, 3.30 Moscow Calling, 4.05 The Linksman

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Tailor’s Row, 6.15 Archie Stevens, 6.45 Mystique Moon, 7.15 City Of Angkor Wat, 7.45 Kay Sera, 8.15 Claude Greenwood

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Monday’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, January 15, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

TALK OF THE SOUTH (Plumpton 3.05) has been a largely consistent handicap hurdler, with his last win coming at this track off a mark of 102 last March. A string of runner-up efforts followed off higher marks and his 3l defeat by The Tourard Man at Warwick in May was a fine effort off of 115. He looked in need of the run when pulled up on his chasing debut on his return in a beginners’ chase at Fontwell in October and again when the same scenario happened at Uttoxeter in November in a handicap chase. However, Paul Henderson’s eight-year-old was only beaten a length on his final start at Warwick in early December By Brandon Hill and despite making a couple of novicey errors, he is getting better over the bigger obstacles and a mark of 115 is fair as he takes in six rivals in the extended 3m1½f handicap chase.

SPOILS OF WAR (Ayr 3.15) loves the mud and has been in decent form of late, finishing runner-up to Halcyon Days in a 1m7 ½ f handicap chase at Hexham in December, followed by a close-up third to Achill Road Boy in a 2m5½f handicap chase, staying on well. The Lucinda Russell-trained eight-year-old has shown fair improvement in all three starts over fences and given that he handled the trip last time, there is no reason to think he will not appreciate today’s extended 3m event, where he takes on 10 rivals in a competitive handicap chase off a fighting mark of 94. The ground will certainly be in his favour.

STEVE ROGERS (Wolverhampton 4.00) scored at Kempton last April over 2m but has not always found much in a battle. However, he has appeared to up his game in a couple of runs last year to warrant a second look in today’s 2m½f conditions stakes. There was plenty to like when runner-up to Intense Tango in a 12-runner all-weather Kempton handicap in November on his first start for three months. Latterly, the Roger Varian-trained six-year-old was a fair third to Winning Story at Newcastle last month and a similar level of form should put him in the mix at a reasonable price.

TRIPLE CHIEF (Plumpton 2.00) seems to like the West Sussex track, having scored on his first run here in February over hurdles last year and then when runner-up to Like Sully in a 2m1f novices’ handicap chase in March. His first two runs this season ere tame efforts, when beaten 20l over hurdles and 26 lengths in a novices’ handicap chase, both at Ludlow. However, Chris Down’s six-year-old looked back on is game at Wincanton last time and made steady progress to get within 3l of Guanciale in a handicap chase off a mark of 98. Back on a track he likes, with conditions in his favour, he should go well off the same mark in the 2m1f handicap chase.

Warwick Races

OTHER SELECTIONS:

AYR: 1.10 Fairlee Grey, 1.40 Whizzzey Rascal, 2.10 Lochnell, 2.45 Mango Cap, 3.15 Spoils Of War (nb), 3.50 Fearless Tunes

PLUMPTON: 1.25 Work, 2.00 Triple Chief, 2.35 Newsworthy, 3.05 TALK OF THE SOUTH (NAP), 3.40 Bob Mahler, 4.10 Royal Etiquette

WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.50 Gentleman Giles, 2.20 Draw Swords, 2.55 Dutch Uncle, 3.25 Pivotman, 4.00 Steve Rogers, 4.30 Alinstante, 5.00 Chandresh, 5.30 Topsoil

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