Creevytennant difficult to catch

Creevytennant could be difficult to catch

Creevytennant loves it around Perth.


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Betting Tip: Creevytennant @ 13/8 with skybet

I’m giving the flat a big swerve this afternoon / evening and turning instead to the northernmost jumps racecourse in Britain for winners.

I’m referring to Perth of course and the second day of the track’s April Festival. There are seven races on offer and they’ve held up really well in terms of numbers, which is more than can be said for recent West Country meetings. But then again scheduling Wincanton, Newton Abbot, Exeter and Taunton on consecutive days was never going to be a good idea this time of year. BHA, take note!!

One of the BHA’s better ideas has been the introduction of veterans’ chases as it’s given many much-loved older horses a chance to compete for decent prize money, and the 11-year-old CREEVYTENNANT certainly made the most of his opportunity when hacking up in such a race at Ascot last time. It was a competitive little contest too as he had the subsequent Scottish Grand National winner Wayward Prince behind in third and, given his current frame of mind, he’s taken to follow up in this afternoon’s Kilmany Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (4.20pm).

Fergal O’Brien’s charge carries top weight this afternoon and is back amongst younger rivals, but he’s clearly no back number at the age of 11 and has won on his last two visits to the track, most recently in September on good ground like today’s. Conor Shoemark, who has steered him to victory five times from just eight rides, takes a handy 3lb off his back. He looks the bet of the day for me as none of his six rivals can hold a candle to him in terms of course and recent form.

Betting Tip: Creevytennant @ 13/8 with skybet

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