Our resident tipster fancies a near 8/1 double at Fontwell this afternoon.
If you had backed all of Harry Whittington’s runners this month you’d be showing a handsome profit and the up-and-coming trainer should again be on the mark with BIGMARTRE in the opening novice at Fontwell this afternoon (12.40pm).
The four-year-old hinted at ability in his native France before joining his current stable and there was a lot to like about his British debut here five weeks ago. Sent off at 20/1, he made every yard to floor an odds-on favourite by five lengths and the way he was keeping on over the 2m1f trip suggests he will have no problem with the extra two furlongs he has to travel this afternoon.
His trainer rates him very highly and indeed when asked to nominate a horse to follow this season in a recent stable interview, he had no hesitation in putting up the son of Montmartre. “He’s talented, for sure, and we’re very excited about him”, he said of the selection and it’ll be disappointing if he can’t follow up. It’s no penalty kick, mind, and Clondaw Clan, the winner of a bumper here last-time-out winner, is respected, but at the same time he helps to make the market.
He still might be too short for some at 6/5 so the suggestion is to put him in a double with Oliver Sherwood’s SPORTING MILAN, who should prove a class above his seven rivals in the closing 2m1f bumper (3.20pm). He finished second on his only start in an Irish point-to-point and is rated a chaser in the making. Indeed, he’s already been schooled over hurdles at home and “jumps super”, so look out for him when he makes his debut in that sphere. But a bumper success should be a formality and his in-form trainer does particularly well in such races here, with four of his 12 runners (33%) over the past five seasons obliging.
The Bigmartre-Sporting Milan double pays 7.8/1 with bet365, so you will get £88 back for a £10 stake.
The best bet at the day’s other jumps meeting at Wetherby looks to be INDIAN VOYAGE, who is fancied to follow up his recent Kelso success in this afternoon’s 2m handicap chase at the Yorkshire track (2.25pm). The seven-year-old was taking advantage of a big drop in the weights last time so even with an 8lb rise he still looks well handicapped here, especially as his regular partner Daragh Bourke is taking 5lb off his back.
Getting his head back in front will also have done his confidence plenty of good and in his current frame of mind and in similar testing conditions, he can again beat the Kelso second Vengeur De Guye. He may have most to fear from recent Sedgefield winner Grey Life, though he’s on a career-high mark and has been found wanting in this grade in the past.