Cheltenham’s three-day meeting starting on Friday takes centre stage this week. The action at Huntingdon and Hereford on Tuesday may fall some way below the quality on show at Prestbury Park later this week. But both cards provide plenty of competitive Jump racing all the same.
We will supply Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for two races from the Cambridgeshire market town, the 2.15pm and 3.15pm contests, together with the Class 3 Pertemps Handicap Chase from Hereford at 2.07pm.
Our Tip for the 2.07pm at Hereford:
Since being beaten just over four lengths by subsequent RSA Chase winner Champ on his chasing debut at Newbury 12 months ago, the Colin Tizzard-trained Highest Sun has failed to progress from that highly promising first effort.
The six-year-old did manage to win a match at Plumpton last December. But disappointed at Warwick and Newbury after that, prior to running a respectable 7th of 20 behind Imperial Aura at the Cheltenham Festival.
The mount of Robbie Power still possesses far more potential than any of his mainly exposed rivals however, and Tizzard looks to have found the perfect seasonal starting point for the son of Sunday Break in this 2m 5f contest. Top weight Garde La Victoire would be a danger on his best form but the 11-year-old has not troubled the judge since January 2017.
Our Tip for the 2.15pm at Huntingdon:
Nine runners for this Conditional Jockeys’ Veterans’ Handicap Chase, with the two mile seven and a half furlong trip looking to be the bare minimum for many of the runners, one exception being the Charlie Longsdon-trained Nightline.
The mount of Paul O’Brien likes nothing better than to dictate matters from the front, as was the case in the 10-year-old’s last victory, at Bangor in 2018.
The Midnight Legend gelding made his reappearance at Kempton last month, when making the running until weakening from the second-last fence, eventually finishing a respectable fifth. With that race under his belt Nighline should take plenty of pegging back against a field of decidedly one-paced plodders.
Oh Land Abloom would be a big danger if he could transfer his hurdles form to fences. But the Neil King-trained 10-year-old hardly looks in love with the bigger obstacles, posting form figures of 4th (of six, beaten 25 lengths) PU, REF, PU. The son of King’s Theatre did manage to finish 13th in the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival though.
Our Tip for the 3.15pm at Huntingdon:
Little recent worthwhile form on offer for this two mile four and a half furlong handicap hurdle, bar the excellent second place achieved by the Emma Lavelle-trained Dollnamix on his first run of the season on the course five weeks ago.
The nine-year-old came up against a well-handicapped horse in Eyeofthescorpion on that occasion and off the same mark of 94 (was an excellent second off 100 last year), the mount of Aidan Coleman can finally get his head in front, after finishing the runner-up four times over hurdles.
Ragamuffin and champion jockey Brian Hughes can prove the main danger from towards the bottom of the handicap.
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