Hopefully, all three jumps meetings due to take place on Wednesday afternoon, Doncaster and Ludlow in Britain and Punchestown in Ireland, go ahead as planned with another week of unsettled weather forecast.
While small fields are the order of the day at the Town Moor racecourse, we will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for two of the races on the card along with one value each-way longshot from the Shropshire track.
Conditions were described as soft – heavy in places – at Doncaster on Tuesday morning ahead of today’s seven-race card.
In the opener I would be keen to oppose Ridgeway who has a 7lbs penalty for scoring over today’s C&D on good ground last month. He was useful on the flat for Eve Johnson-Houghton but disappointed in three starts on good to soft ground and he is unlikely to appreciate today’s underfoot conditions.
Scudamore is weighted to reverse Doncaster form with Ridgeway but there must also be reservations about his ability to handle the ground and preference is for Cartonne (1.42pm) who improved in a first-time hood when runner up at Wetherby last month and the form has been franked by the subsequent win of the third – albeit over fences.
Recommendation : Cartonne @ 3/1 with BoyleSports
The Veterans’ Chase is a terrific contest. Vintage Clouds has dropped to the same mark as when landing the Ultima Chase at Cheltenham back in March while Black Op was going as well as any coming down the hill in the Gold Cup last year before fading from two out. Dingo Dollar finished second in the Scottish National in April and would have been the recommendation on good ground, but preference is for the 11-year-old Belami Des Pictons (3.25pm).
The selection ran his best race since returning from a long absence earlier in the season when runner up at Exeter off this mark last time and underfoot conditions should be ideal.
All six who head to post have realistic claims, but this could be another for the Venetia Williams/Charlie Deutsch partnership who remain in such great form.
Recommendation: Belami Des Pictons @ 2/1 with bet365
I hope it’s another good day for the McCain yard and the quest for Brian Hughes to ride two hundred winners in this jumps season as I hope to see a big run from Gredin (4.00pm).
The selection will make up into a decent staying chaser in time, but he is taken to go one better than when runner up at Catterick last time when he may well have prevailed had he not missed out the last.
Boss Man Fred beat non other than Snow Leopardess over today’s C&D from this mark a couple of years ago, but he has disappointed in a light campaign so far this term. He has won on soft ground in the past and he represents a big danger.
Recommendation: Gredin @ 5/2 with bet365
The Olly Murphy yard remain a bit hit and miss – their last three runners were pulled up on Saturday but they had a winner at Market Rasen on Tuesday. I hope to see IK Brunel (3.35pm) land the feature at Ludlow despite reservations about the ground – described as soft on Tuesday morning – although there is a dry forecast for raceday.
The selection is best caught fresh and has been off the track for 10 weeks since scoring at Newbury from a 3lbs lower mark. He has won on soft ground in the past, but he is ideally served by a decent surface although that sentiment could also be used with several of today’s rivals.
This is a valuable prize for the grade, and he just gets the vote ahead of Slate House who was no match for Revels Hill at Taunton earlier in the month.
He is unlikely to bump into one as progressive as the winner this afternoon, but I still thought his finishing effort was a shade disappointing.
Recommendation: IK Brunel @ 3/1 with bet365
Please note all odds are correct at the time of publication.