On a busy Wednesday our resident tipster is concentrating on the action north of the border at Hamilton, with a couple of big-priced runners fancied to go well.
There’s plenty of midweek racing to bet on – too much some would say – and a selective approach is required.
It just so happens that both today’s bets are running at Hamilton this afternoon and Daniel Tudhope comes in for the ride on both. He’s riding THORNABY NASH for his main employer David O’Meara in the 6f handicap (2.40pm) and the six-year-old looks well worth an interest at the current 12/1 – be quick mind as there could well be money for him!
Having missed all of last season due to injury, he was entitled to need his comeback run at Doncaster 11 days ago and so it proved as he finished 11th of the 18 runners on ground that was faster but than ideal. That was actually a better run than it first appears as he was trapped wide from stall two and couldn’t get in a blow at the principles, with the first five home all drawn high. The form of the race was boosted when the sixth horse home, Manatee Bay, won at Carlisle on Monday.
Plenty to like so far and the ground will be more in his favour too. It was soft when he landed a soft-ground nursery on his final juvenile start and “good to soft” when he finished second on his racecourse debut back in May 2013. So, this afternoon’s “good” is just about okay and it could well deteriorate from that with some rain forecast in the area on Wednesday morning, getting heavier as the day goes on. Just for good measure, he was O’Meara’s nominated ‘dark horse’ in a recent Stable Tour, which are always a good source of winners.
He said : “He missed all of last season due to injury, but I like him and I think he could do well this year. He’ll run over sprint distances and is ready to go as soon as we find a suitable race.”
Tudhope rides a fair few winners for Marjorie Fife, who trains in North Yorkshire and does particularly well with her runners at the Scottish track. In the last five seasons she’s sent 31 horses north of the border and eight (26%) have ended up in the winners’ enclosure. If you’d backed all her runners you would have made a £1 level-stakes profit of £49.50.
It doesn’t take a genius to work she targets horses at the track and that makes her THORNABY PRINCESS of huge interest in the 5f handicap (3.10pm). The four-year-old filly is making her seasonal reappearance here, but she’s likely to be primed for the reason already given, and it’s also worth noting she has gone well fresh in the past, finishing third on her juvenile debut and winning first time up last season on good ground. The stable had a 20/1 winner at Newcastle last week, so everything is in place for a big run at the current 15/2.
I know it’s being greedy but I couldn’t resist the each-way double on the above pair with Betfair, with the win part paying a whopping 116/1!