Wednesday’s horse racing action revolves around Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase day at the Cheltenham Festival. The quality of horses taking part at Huntingdon’s jump meeting may fall some way short of those competing at Prestbury Park. But we will endeavour to find three winners at the Brampton racecourse.
Today’s horse racing tips, previews and predictions for the card at Huntingdon come in the races taking place at 1.50pm, 3.10pm and 4.30pm.
“Tip of the Day” – Champ Is Real (4.30pm Huntingdon) – Evens with bet365*
An easy winner of both of his starts over fences, including when landing a big gamble on his debut at Musselburgh, Laura Morgan’s charge should have little trouble recording a hat-trick of victories in this Class 5 contest.
1.50pm Huntingdon. 2m 4f
Joly Maker and 7lb claiming amateur Jamie Brace is probably the one to beat in this modest Class 5 handicap chase if in the same kind of form as when winning at Hereford last month.
The Caroline Bailey-trained ELKSTONE has yet to produce anything like his best in six runs this season but the mount of in-form jockey James Bowen is beginning to look very well handicapped and can prove the each-way value bet against the likely favourite.
The last time the 11-year-old got his head in front was over today’s course and distance in September 2020. That victory came off a mark of 112, so with a current rating some 15lb lower, the veteran is handicapped to win this if running up to anything like his best.
3.10pm Huntingdon 2m
The three horses to concentrate on here are the hat-trick-seeking POKER MASTER, together with the unexposed pair of Sword Beach and Torbellino. The Alan King-trained Sword Beach, a three-time winner on the flat, makes his handicap debut over hurdles on a fair mark of 96.
Torbellino, from the stable of John Best and Karen Jewell, offers a very similar profile and has been allotted an opening rating some 11lb lower than that of Sword Beach. However, both may struggle to withhold the bang-in-form Poker Master who has taken on a new lease of life since being dropped back to the minimum trip of 2m.
A shock 25/1 winner over today’s course and distance last month, the Philip McBride-trained gelding was sent off the 7/4 favourite on his most recent start earlier this month and made no mistake once again, coming home an easy six and a half length clear of his eight rivals.
The son of Sepoy once again teams up with regular pilot Tom Buckley who claims a valuable 5lb and the pair can win for a third time before the handicapper has his say.
4.30pm Huntingdon. 2m 7 1/2f
The Laura Morgan-trained CHAMP IS REAL landed a big gamble when running out an easy winner on his chasing debut at Musselburgh last month, coming home for a clear success without being really tested,
The Kayf Tara gelding had little trouble following up back at the Scottish racecourse earlier this month, cruising home by five and a half lengths in the hands of Adam Wedge.
While the six-year-old has to defy a 13lb higher mark on this occasion, the unexposed performer could easily achieve a much higher rating than the 87 he runs off here. Queen Of The Court looks to be the obvious danger but faces a stiff task in trying to concede 7lb to the nap selection.