Friday’s jump racing comes from the meetings at Ascot, Chepstow and Catterick. With no significant rain forecast over the next few days many of the races have resulted in single-figure fields. However, we will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for two races from the Berkshire racecourse and one from the North Yorkshire track.
At Ascot our Horse Racing tips come in the 2m handicap hurdle at 2.40pm along with the following six-runner 3m handicap chase at 3.15pm. While over at Catterick, our Horse Racing tip runs in the opening conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle, over three mile one and a half furlongs at 12.10pm.
Our Tip for the 12.10pm at Catterick:
With talented claimer Kevin Brogan on board and a featherweight of 10st 1lb to carry, the Gary Hanmer-trained White Walker makes plenty of each-way appeal in this extended 3m 1f stamina test for conditional jockeys.
The six-year-old enjoyed a good spell during the summer, winning a Market Rasen handicap by six lengths along with finishing runner-up in races at Uttoxeter and Bangor. The Dream Eater gelding was slightly disappointing when sent off favourite at Huntingdon last time but had previously looked a little unlucky when, after travelling best for most of the race at Warwick, a mistake two-out did not help the grey’s chances.
With conditions expected to suit, White Walker can make full use of his low weight, at the main expense of joint top weight Sammylou and Bari Breeze from the in-form Milton Harris stable.
Our Tip for the 2.40pm at Ascot:
After finishing third in a competitive handicap at Cheltenham last month the Nicky Henderson-trained Captain Morgs will be fancied by many to take this Class 2 contest in the hands of Nico De Boinville. The Milan gelding disappointed on more than one occasion last season however and is probably not one to take a short price about.
On the other hand, top weight Leoncavallo hardly knows how to run a bad race and with jockey Fergus Gillard claiming 3lb, the Martin Pipe-trained nine-year-old looks sure to go close with conditions to suit.
Sixth in the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival, Leoncavallo went on to finish fourth of 22 in a handicap at Aintree’s Grand National meeting. Third in the Welsh Champion Hurdle on his reappearance, the son of Cape Cross did even better last time when beating all bar the classy Soaring Glory at Ascot last month. A reproduction of that effort should be good enough to take this contest.
Our Tip for the 3.15pm at Ascot:
The Venetia Williams stable has a good record at Ascot at this time of year and her eight-year-old mare Kapga De Lily, the winner of five of her eight starts over fences, should take plenty of beating on her reappearance off bottom weight in this 3m handicap.
The daughter of Kapgarde is unlikely to need her first run of the season as she reeled off three straight wins at this time 12 months ago, before starting the new year with a 35 length victory at Chepstow.
The mount of Charlie Deutsch’s only disappointing effort over fences came when third of four at Leicester back in February after making a bad mistake. Starting this campaign on a mark of 126, the mare is expected to prove too good for main rivals Getraround and Eva’s Oskar.
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