Unfortunately, due to the current dry spell, small fields are the order of the day at both Kempton and Ludlow. The Scottish meeting at Ayr, with its forecast ground of good to soft, soft in places, has attracted a decent card and we will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for the final two races of the day at 2.45pm and 3.15pm.
With seven runners in each, the last two races at Kempton provide their biggest fields of the day and we will supply a Horse Racing tip for the finale at 3.25pm, a 2m conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle.
Our Tip for the 2.45pm at Ayr:
It is a case of striking while the iron is hot for the Philip Kirby-trained Be The Difference, an easy winner on the course last week over a 5f shorter trip. The extended 3m of this contest should hold no fears for the mount of Thomas Dowson who looks more than capable of defying the 7lb penalty he will be carrying.
At a very short price however there may be some each-way value to be had in the race, in particular concerning the Mike Smith-trained The Electrician. The five-year-old has yet to win in eight attempts over hurdles but ran his best race to date on this course back in May.
Despite being sent off at odds of 50/1, the mount of Ryan Mania beat all bar the strongly-fancied Getthepot in that 17-runner handicap, a repeat of which should see the gelding make the frame at the very least.
Our Tip for the 3.15pm at Ayr:
On his first start over fences, the Olly Murphy-trained Fearless is sure to have been well schooled by his in-form stable and off what could prove to be a lenient chase mark of 118 is fancied to make a winning debut over the bigger obstacles.
The Arakan gelding’s only victory from eight runs over hurdles came courtesy of a wide margin win in a Market Rasen novices’ hurdle last March. The mount of Fergus Gregory would probably have added to that sole success at this track 12months ago, only to unseat his rider at the third-last when going easily in the lead.
The six-year-old could prove better class than his seven rivals in this Class 4 contest, the best of which is likely to be the Donald McCain-trained Heartbreak Kid.
Our Tip for the 3.25pm at Kempton:
The excellent front-running See The Sea heads the weights for this competitive seven-runner conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle. The seven-year-old mare will be racing off a mark some 16lb higher than when opening her account for the season (first of three) at Ludlow last month and may struggle to take her winning run to four, despite the services of 8lb claimer Peter Kavanagh in the saddle.
Paso Doble, Son Of Red, Timberman and Glimpse Of Gold all make some appeal but the race may be run to suit the John O’Shea-trained Just The Man, the mount of the talented conditional Kevin Brogan.
The grey, a winner over this trip at Ludlow last month, ran in a fiercely competitive contest at Cheltenham recently and seemed to relish the truly-run race. Still nearer last than first jumping the second-last hurdle, the Rajsaman gelding passed most of the field on the run to the last, only for the five-year-old’s run to peter out close home.
With See The Sea in the race, Just The Man may have too much pace for his rivals at the business end of the race off a decent mark of 114.
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