The second day of Perth’s popular April meeting provides some decent National Hunt action on Thursday afternoon. We will supply horse racing tips, previews and predictions for three of the races on the card.
“Tip of the Day” – No Risk Des Flos – 9/4 with William Hill
Off a mark just 5lb higher than when recording two victories at Wetherby, the Olly Murphy-trained grey is fancied to land the hat-trick in the hands of Aidan Coleman.
2.40pm Perth. 2m 4f
The combination of top weight and livelier ground may prevent the Dan Skelton-trained West To The Bridge from winning his fifth consecutive race of the year.
Big Bad Bear returned to form to win at Newcastle last month but whether Nicky Richards’ unpredictable charge is capable of reproducing that effort is open to question. New Year’s Day Musselburgh scorer Coolbane Boy will appreciate dropping back into handicap company after failing to make an impact in a Doncaster Grade 2 last time. But the hat-trick-seeking NO RISK DES FLOS from the Olly Murphy stable makes most appeal.
The mount of Aidan Coleman only got home by a neck on both of his victories at Wetherby, the gelding’s last two starts. But the grey son of No Risk At All appears to be one of those horses who only do just enough without ever looking like winning by a wide margin.
Only 5lb higher now for those two wins, the seven-year-old could still be a step or two ahead of the handicapper.
3.15pm Perth. 2m 4f
The Gordon Elliott-trained Coach Carter is due to run at the meeting on Wednesday so whether the Irish raider is asked to race twice within the space of 24 hours is open to question.
Bottom weight Crealion, a dual winner in France, has failed to show the same kind of form in six runs in Britain this season but Tom George’s charge is beginning to look very well handicapped and would be a danger to all if putting his best foot forward.
Top weight Alnadam and recent Newcastle winner The King Of May are both capable of going well. But this looks a good opportunity for the Donald McCain-trained GAELIK COAST to get back to winning ways.
The mount of champion jockey elect Brian Hughes was an eyecatching fourth at Cheltenham in January following a wind op, resulting in the eight-year-old being quietly fancied for the Red Rum Handicap Chase at Aintree’s Grand National meeting earlier this month.
After holding a prominent early position, the gelding lost his place, after which Gaelik Coast could never get back into contention and was eventually pulled-up with four to jump. The son of Coastal Path now runs off a mark 2lb lower than when winning at Musselburgh last October and for a horse whose best form is in small fields, the selection should have no excuses on this occasion.
3.50pm Perth. 3m 2 1/2f
The two horses at the top of the handicap for this three mile two and a half furlong hurdle, the Dan Skelton-trained Boss Man Fred and Robinstown from the Gordon Elliott stable, have to concede plenty of weight to the other five runners, making FLOWER OF SCOTLAND the value bet of the race.
Ryan Mania’s mount was a comfortable winner at Kelso in December before running with credit in two handicaps at Ayr. The grey mare looks to be crying out for this step up in trip and off a career-low mark of 114 is fancied to beat some better fancied rivals.
* Horse racing odds correct at the time of writing. All odds subject to changes.