Jump racing returns to Prestbury Park on Friday where, with single figure fields for the first four races, the emphasis is on quality rather than quantity. The biggest field of the day comes in the 3m 1f amateur jockeys’ handicap chase at 4.50pm, for which we will supply a each-way value longshot.
Over at Doncaster their eight-race card features six handicaps. We will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for the 6f sprint handicap which takes place at 2.40pm and 35 minutes later, an extended 1m 6f Class 2 handicap.
Our Tip for the 2.40pm at Doncaster:
Top weight Fresh deserves to win a race of this nature before the end of the season following a couple of fine efforts in the Wokingham and Stewards’ Cup.
The gelding did record a narrow victory at Ascot back in May however. But from a value perspective it is the horse who just lost out on that occasion, Pendleton, who is fancied to go close here on slightly better terms with James Fanshawe’s charge.
The mount of Connor Beasley has been running better than the form figures would suggest of late, in particular when looking to be travelling as well as anything in the Ayr Gold Cup until weakening in the closing stages.
This good to soft ground should prove ideal for the five-year-old who is fancied to make the frame at the very least.
Our Tip for the 3.15pm at Doncaster:
This year’s Champion Hurdle fifth Not So Sleepy is equally effective on the level and it would be no surprise to see Graham Lee’s mount make a bold bid from the front, based on his last run on the Flat when finishing a four length seventh in the Chester Cup.
The Hughie Morrison-trained nine-year-old is at his best on testing ground however and is unlikely to get his conditions on this occasion. Cases can be made for both Favorite Moon and Stargazer but the horse who makes most appeal is Postileo from the Roger Varian stable.
The son of Galileo ran well to finish second on his first two starts of the year, at Kempton and Chester. Genuine excuses can be made for the colt’s two most recent defeats, at Haydock and Ascot. The very heavy ground was against Andrea Atzeni’s mount at the Merseyside racecourse, while the trip of 2m 4f was probably a step too far in the Ascot Stakes at the royal meeting.
Conditions look to be ideal for the improving stayer on Town Moor and is fancied to open his account for the season at the fifth attempt.
Our Tip for the 4.50pm at Cheltenham:
The first place to look in these amateur jockeys’ races is with the riders as someone like Mr Derek O’Connor or Mr Patrick Mullins is a professional in all but name. The former has been booked to partner the Fergal O’Brien-trained Marquis Of Carabas, the likely market leader.
At the age of 11 however, and with just the one victory from 18 chase starts to his name, the Hurricane Run gelding could well go off at a false price based on his overall form.
Irish raider Carnet De Stage makes more appeal along with last year’s 1-2, Bermeo and Boughtbeforelunch. But it is bottomweight Madera Mist from the Tim Vaughan stable who gets the vote based on her surprise victory on the course last December.
Sent off an unconsidered 33/1 chance for that mares’ handicap chase, the daughter of Stowaway put five and a half lengths and more between herself and the rest of the field at the end of the two mile four and a half furlong contest.
Runner-up on her last two starts (one here over 3m 2f), the mount of Mr Tristan Durrell clearly likes Prestbury Park and with her light weight is expected to run another decent race at the track.
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