Our resident tipster fancies three horses this afternoon with the nap in action at Uttoxeter.
There are a few short-priced favourites at my local meeting Uttoxeter who should oblige, but I’m happy to let them win at odds-on.
Bookmakers will hardly be giving Caroline Bailey’s GLOBAL DREAM away but he should still be a backable price and gets today’s nap vote. The five-year-old lines up in the 2m3f handicap hurdle for novices (due off 2.50pm) and he should be up to beating eight rivals who are largely disappointing and out of form, off what looks a workable mark of 95.
The assessor has raised him 5lb for his latest second at Huntingdon but that’s only fair as it was a career-best effort and he may have been a little unlucky not to collect as he was two lengths clear when blundering at the last flight causing him to land awkwardly and lose momentum. The run would have been needed after a 229-day absence, so it can be upgraded further, and this looks a good opportunity for the gelding to go one better under Harry Skelton, who has an eye-catching 38% (6-16) strike rate on the stable runners.
At Fontwell the best bet on the card looks to be VIC DE TOUZAINE who represents the in-form Venetia Williams. The French import is making his chase debut in the novices’ limited handicap chase (3.10pm) and he should be spot on after a couple of runs over hurdles, including a third at Chepstow last time.
Williams has always had a chasing career in mind for the six-year-old, who showed useful form when trained in France, and she’s found him a good opportunity to get off the mark at the first time of asking off what is a potentially generous mark of 117, though any market support for the returning Agincourt Reef would be significant given his stable is flying.
Williams saddles Drumviredy in the opening novices’ hurdle for mares (12.40pm) and she should make a bold bid to follow up her Exeter success under a penalty. However, the six-year-old is up against a nice sort in KATIE TOO and the latter Alan King-trained mare is fancied to make the most of the 7lb she receives.
A winner on her bumper debut at Newbury (soft ground) last season against the well regarded Sea Pride, she was noted staying on well from a long way back in the Listed mares’ bumper at Aintree in April and that bodes well for her chances of seeing out today’s 2m3f in what will be testing conditions. King has plenty of decent mares in his stable and hinted (October 20 Stable Tour) that this one is good enough to take on male horses at some point, so she should be capable of beating her own sex this afternoon.
If you’re feeling greedy, a treble on all three of today’s selections pays nearly 19.5/1 with bet365.