Our resident tipster is in attendance at Uttoxeter this evening and is getting his wallet out for three runners at the Midlands venue.
I will be in the stands at Uttoxeter this evening and will be roaring on these three runners in particular.
Anything Dr Richard Newland runs here is entitled to maximum respect as he has a 1-3 strike rate in the last five seasons and REGAL PARK is having his first run for the stable in the 2m3f handicap hurdle (due off 7.15pm). The race has attracted a field of 15 and several can be given a chance of sorts, but the selection looks one of the better treated runners on a mark of 80 and arrives here having run well on his last two flat starts.
His National Hunt form is patchy and he was pulled up when last seen out in a Taunton handicap chase in March of last year. However, he had finished runner-up to a decent sort at Huntingdon off a mark of 80 previously and was rated as high as 86 earlier on in his flat career. He’s only got to run to a similar level to win what is a modest handicap and given his trainer’s prowess at improving horses, he might well turn in a career best effort. If any more encouragement for a bet was needed, the stable’s last seven runners have finished 3623111.
Dan Skelton has his string in even better form – his runners in the last fortnight have finished 12F11P1 – and his ULIS DE VASSY is strongly fancied to follow up his recent course and distance success in the 2m handicap chase (7.45pm). Having his first run for the yard, the seven-year-old simply destroyed his rivals to win eased down by 23 lengths and he looks thrown in under a 7lb penalty before being reassessed.
The selection won’t have things all his own way here as he has to give over a stone in weight away to Tony Martin’s Five O’Clock Tea, who has finished runner-up on both his chase starts in Ireland since winning over hurdles at Perth in April. That said, the Martin runner has not looked an easy horse to win with and has let down favourite backers six times in his relatively short career. I know which horse I’d rather be on.
Skelton also runs Magic Magnolia in the mares’ handicap hurdle (8.45pm) and she is very much respected having won on her previous starts at Stratford. However, her overall record of 1-12 tells you she is no stable star and I’d rather take a chance on Harry Fry’s WELCOMETOTHEJUNGLE coming good on what is just her second start in handicap company.
The seven-year-old showed considerable promise in bumpers, finishing a close third on a couple of occasions, and ran her best race over hurdles when third again behind Makadamia at Exeter in May of last year. All of those runs came on good ground or faster and she can therefore be excused a couple of more recent modest efforts when the ground was riding soft. She’s been dropped 4lb as a result and looks potentially well treated here on a mark of 101.
There’s a chance she might need this after a 178-day absence but her stable is going well, sending out Shuil Royale to win the feature at the last meeting here, and Fry has a highly respectable 33% (2-6) strike rate at the track over the last five seasons. Noel Fehily, who has a 27% strike rate on the yard’s runners, takes the ride.