The meetings at Catterick and Wincanton provide the Jumps action on Tuesday afternoon. Today’s Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions feature two selections from the North Yorkshire racecourse and one from the Somerset venue.
At Catterick our first Horse Racing tip runs in the opening amateur jockeys’ handicap hurdle at 12.15pm, followed by an extended 3m 2f handicap hurdle at 2.15pm. Our final selection runs in Wincanton’s finale at 3.30pm, a 3m 1f conditional jockeys’ handicap chase.
Our Tip for the 12.15pm at Catterick:
The Donald McCain-trained Count Jurado has been running consistently well all season and with the trainers’ experienced daughter, Abbie McCain in the saddle, this looks the best opportunity yet for the son of Court Cave to open his account over hurdles.
The seven-year-old, after an unsuccessful spell over fences, reverted back to the smaller obstacles with a short head defeat at the hands of Ten Past Midnight in a 13-runner handicap at Uttoxeter in October.
Not disgraced on his two most recent starts, the gelding is fancied to reverse last month’s placings with Sedgefield runner-up Coup De Gold (Count Jurado two positions back in fourth) who looks to be the main danger along with Burnage Boy, the mount of the experienced Becky Smith.
Our Tip for the 2.15pm at Catterick:
Carrying just a 7lb penalty for two easy wins this month, the Irish-trained Vee Dancer is sure to prove popular in an effort to record a hat-trick of victories in only nine days. The Ronan McNally-trained gelding is obviously going to be hard to beat, a fact that is sure to be reflected in the mount of Kevin Brogan’s price.
The six-year-old may not have things all his own way however as he meets a couple of in-form rivals in top weight Quick Draw, another horse seeking a hat-trick of wins, and Fevertre from the stable of Nicky Martin.
The former may now be in the grip of the handicapper, unlike the latter who has the potential to win a race of this nature off the gelding’s current mark of 109. Well backed to win a similar race at Carlisle last month, James Bowen’s mount only just lost out in a driving finish to the unexposed Stolen Money who was in receipt of a handy 7lb from Fevertre.
Should the task of having three races within the space of just over a week prove too much for the odds-on favourite, Fevertre could be the one to take advantage and rates a fair each-way alternative to the Irish raider.
Our Tip for the 3.30pm at Wincanton:
Backing a horse who was pulled-up in his last two races would normally be a sure way to the workhouse. But in the Colin Tizzard-trained Duc Kauto there are clear grounds for making a case for the son of Ballingarry, who looked badly in need of his first run in almost eight months at Stratford towards the back-end of October.
The mount of 6lb claimer Harry Kimber clearly likes it here, as he showed when opening his account over fences on the course just over two years ago. Duc Kauto failed by a little over a length to follow-up at Wincanton on his next start, off a mark some 6lb higher than he will be racing off on this occasion.
Duc Kauto was back on the course for his penultimate start back in March but was pulled-up lame after making a mistake at the fourth fence. With the Tizzard stable now in much better form, the gelding would have a great chance of winning what looks a very weak race if running up to anything like his best.
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