Wetherby’s jumps card on Wednesday has attracted only one race with a double-figure field. There is still plenty to interest national hunt enthusiasts however and we will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for two of the races taking place, an extended three mile handicap hurdle at 3.58pm along with the final event of the day at 5.05pm, a two mile conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle.
Over at Nottingham’s Flat meeting we will supply a Horse Racing tip for their finale at 4.55pm, the five furlong 17-runner Racing TV Club Handicap.
Our Tip for the 3.58pm at Wetherby:
Most of the eight runners for this three mile handicap hurdle are well exposed, including last year’s fourth Teescomponents Lad who, following several below-par efforts, returned to something like his best with a decent second at Perth last month.
The Gillian Boanas-trained gelding is capable of going close on his best form, as is The Bull McCabe from the Kim Bailey stable and the in-form pair of Native Fighter and Catchmeifyoucan. The one horse with untapped potential however is Flight Deck, the mount of Jonjo O’Neill Jr and trained by his father.
Following three introductory runs over hurdles and after a break of some 404 days, the Getaway gelding got off the mark with a comfortable victory in a Newbury handicap last February, before going straight over fences later in the year at Huntingdon when falling 2 out after making several mistakes.
Back over the smaller obstacles at Banger in January, the eight-year-old recorded a second win before finishing a decent fourth at Ascot the following month. Flight Deck looks to be a horse we have yet to see the best of and is fancied to prove too good in a contest that shouldn’t take too much winning.
Our Tip for the 4.55pm at Nottingham:
While it is hard to rule anything out of this Class 6 five furlong handicap, it could be worth siding with the Mick and David Easterby-trained Refuge who would have a great chance if in the same kind of form as when finishing runner-up on three occasions during the summer.
The Harbour Watch gelding recorded his only victory to date at this time last year when running out an easy winner at Musselburgh. But the four-year-old has gone close several times since then and is capable of getting his head in front again off a fair mark of 58.
The mount of Ben Curtis has been slightly disappointing of late but was beaten just over two lengths at Redcar on his most recent start, a race won by fellow rival High Security, and is fancied to reverse that form on today’s terms.
As you would expect in a race of this nature, the potential dangers are numerous, in particular Tom’s Reign Beau, Mehmo and Cometh The Man.
Our Tip for the 5.05pm at Wetherby:
Top weight Tommy’s Oscar has made tremendous progress over the last year, winning on four occasions before ending the season with a creditable third in the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr. The six-year-old son of Oscar now runs off a career-high mark of 139 but with jockey William Shanahan’s 5lb claim, the Ann Hamilton-trained gelding is fancied to begin the current campaign with another victory.
The selection won’t have things all his own way however, as in Alqamar he meets a horse in the form of his life, who will be attempting to record a fifth straight victory since opening his account for current handler James Moffatt back in May.
While the seven-year-old has taken well to hurdling, a current mark of 132 could be the limit of the gelding’s ability and in receipt of only a few pounds from Tommy’s Oscar may have to play second fiddle on this occasion.
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