Our in-form resident tipster offers some sound advice on today's jumping action.
Kerry Lee has been amongst the winners this last week and she could well get on the scoresheet again this afternoon.
She runs a couple at Huntingdon and they include last week’s easy Fontwell winner Mr Bachster, who is attempting to follow up under a 7lb penalty in the 2m4f handicap chase (1.30pm). The ten-year-old is just even money to beat five rivals but given he looked to have a hard race just four days ago, I’d rather be a layer than a player at that price.
His stablemate TRESOR DE BONTEE is a different matter entirely as the eight-year-old looks fair value at around the 4/1 mark to take the 2m handicap chase (3.00pm) on his seasonal reappearance. He finished stone last when last seen out at Newbury in March, but he goes well fresh, as he showed when winning over course and distance at this time last year off just 5lb higher. The runner-up that day, Morgan’s Bay, reopposes and should again be thereabouts. However, the selection is better off at the weights when you take his rider’s 7lb claim into account and his stable is flying, so I’d expect him to confirm that form.
The closing bumper for mares, which is being run in the all-weather track, features some interesting types and the betting should be highly informative. But at the time of writing I’m leaning towards the Neil King-trained UNBUCKLED, who has already won one of these and is penalised as a result. That makes it harder of course but her trainer thinks a lot of her and you can put a line through her disappointing run in the Listed mares’ bumper at Aintree in the spring as she was over the top. She’s by Presenting and, as his progeny tend to prefer better going, she ought to be suited to racing on this surface. Win or lose today, she’s one to follow when she goes hurdling and the ground is not too deep.
Another horse for your notebook is the Harry Whittington-trained ZEPHYROS BLEU, who was in the process of running a promising race in a Warwick bumper on his racecourse debut last December, only to pull up after sustaining a fracture. He has reportedly made a full recovery and has done well over the summer according to his up-and-coming trainer, who is very much looking forward to his hurdles campaign. Whether he can first time out I don’t know, but it’s hard to resist a small each-way interest at the forecast 25/1 as he’s hardly been overfaced on his return in this afternoon’s 2m3f novices’ hurdle (2.00pm). NON-RUNNER
I was all set to make Neil King’s LIL ROCKERFELLER my nap of the day when he runs in the 2m3f handicap hurdle at Huntingdon (2.10pm), but the forecast “soft” ground is a worry. He won his last two starts of last season – competitive handicaps at Ascot and Sandown – on ground no worse than ‘good to soft’ and was a cracking third on good ground at Cheltenham on his reappearance over an extended 2m. I really like this horse and I think there is better to come from him, especially over this longer trip. But as I said, I don’t think he wants the ground quite as soft as this, though that won’t stop me going in at the 9/2 on offer, albeit to smaller stakes than I originally intended.
Lingfield 2.00, Zephyros Bleu each-way @ 25/1 Sky Bet – NON-RUNNER
Huntingdon 2.10, Lil Rockerfeller @ 9/2 Ladbrokes
Lingfield 3.00, Tresor De Bontee @ 4/1 Betway
Lingfield 4.00, Unbuckled @ 7/1 with a bonus free bet from Sky Bet