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Alan Kelly's Horse Racing Tips for Fontwell & Catterick on Wednesday

While the thoughts of National Hunt enthusiasts are very much centred around the latest entries for next week’s Cheltenham Festival, fans of jump racing can still enjoy some competitive action, albeit of a lesser quality, courtesy of today’s meetings at Fontwell and Catterick.

Today’s Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions feature two races from the West Sussex racecourse and one from the popular North Yorkshire track.

“Tip of the Day” – Royaume Uni – 2.40pm Fontwell

A creditable eighth in last month’s valuable Betfair Hurdle at Newbury, Gary Moore’s consistent handicapper should appreciate the drop in class to record his second victory over hurdles.

Royaume Uni (NAP) – 2.40pm Fontwell

This big drop in class should enable the Gary Moore-trained Royaume Uni to record his first victory since running out an easy winner at Plumpton last October.

The Galileo gelding has faced some stiff tasks over hurdles since then, the most recent when going down by just over seven lengths behind Glory And Fortune in Newbury’s valuable Betfair Hurdle last month.

A reproduction of that performance, or the five-year-old’s previous two runs when finishing third in decent handicaps at Cheltenham and Kempton, should prove too good for his six rivals in the hands of jockey Joshua Moore.

On just his fourth run over hurdles, course and distance winner Dreaming Blue can give the selection most to do.

Highate Hill (Next Best) – 3.25pm Catterick

Even with jockey Thomas Willmott claiming 5lb, last week’s easy course winner Da Vinci Hand faces no easy task under a massive weight in an effort to follow-up, leaving the door open for one of the seven-year-old’s five rivals to take advantage.

On her first run over fences, The Sumba Island is worth a check in the market, as the in-form Laura Morgan stable are always to be respected with an unexposed contender.

If able to reproduce her course and  distance victory of last December, the Sam England-trained Spot On Soph would probably be the one to beat. But the mare ran a shocker on her most recent start when beaten 41 lengths at Wetherby. This leaves another runner who, like The Samba Island, is making his chasing debut for trainer Olly Murphy, the eight-year-old Highate Hill.

The Presenting gelding, a point-to-point winner in 2018, ran his best race over hurdles at Uttoxeter back in January, the horse’s first start for over 500 days. The mount of Adrian Heskin looks on a fair mark of 90 and in a weak contest can make a winning debut over the bigger obstacles.

Zillion (Longshot) – 4.25pm Fontwell

Co top weight River Tyne deserves a chance of luck, the mare having produced three good efforts in defeat already this year. The daughter of Geordieland may have to settle for a minor placing once again however.

Anthony is capable of running a big race based on the veteran 12-year-old’s short head second on the course last October. But Jamie Moore’s mount failed to beat a single rival on his most recent start when beaten 78 lengths here last month.

The JP McManus-owned Fanfaron Dino could prove the one to beat on the gelding’s return to hurdles following a decent first effort over fences at Lingfield in December. Bottom weight Mickyh is entitled to go well on his best form but at a decent price it could be worth taking a chance on the Sue Gardner-trained Zillion.

The eight-year-old has yet to be placed in five runs over hurdles but showed some promise on the course last month, the gelding’s first outing over the smaller obstacles since 2018. In the meantime, Lucy Gardner’s mount produced some decent efforts on the flat last year, including when winning a Chepstow handicap by six lengths.

If the son of Zebedee can transfer that level of ability to the hurdling game, Zillion is more than capable of winning a race of this nature.

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