The jump meeting at Ffos Las in Wales is expected to go ahead as planned on Monday afternoon and we have three horse racing tips for the added fixture at the South Wales racecourse.
Last week was a bit of a damp squib for fans of jump racing with all-weather cards keeping the show on the road. A small loss of -£1.40 on the week which takes our running total since 1st September 2022 to +£187.82 to a £1 level stake.
“Tip of the Day” - Rocky Man (3.30pm Ffos Las) - 2/1 with Coral*
Dan Skelton’s lightly-raced hurdler can get back to winning ways with a repeat of his course and distance second behind a decent horse of Nicky Hendersons just before Christmas.
3.00pm Ffos Las, 2m - Prime Pretender (Next Best)
Runner-up on all four starts over fences, it could be argued that the Evan Williams-trained PRIME PRETENDER is not a horse to rely on, especially after the eight-year-old seemed to find very little under pressure in both of his races this month, over today’s course and distance on 5th January and at Chepstow three days later.
The mount of Adam Wedge probably needs things to drop right for the smooth traveller and that may well prove to be the case today with top weight Thor De Cerisy expected to take the field along, as was the case when the mount of Luca Morgan won over hurdles on the course earlier in the month.
This will be just the second run over fences (3rd of 12 at Lingfield last November) for the nine-year-old who may set the race up nicely for Prime Pretender who can open his account over fences in receipt of 19lb from Michael Scudamore’s charge.
3.30pm Ffos Las, 2m 4f - Rocky Man (Nap)
This looks a good opportunity for Dan Skelton’s ROCKY MAN to get back to winning ways after the five-year-old beat all bar the Nicky Henderson-trained Time Flies By over today’s course and distance just before Christmas.
That may turn out to be decent form as the third horse home Kepagge, was some five lengths away, and with the mount of Harry Skelton having just his fifth run over hurdles. The son of Doctor Dino had previously beaten a good horse of Nicky Richards in Findthetime on his handicap debut at Wetherby, having previously competed in Graded company as a juvenile hurdler.
Most of Rocky Man’s rivals are well exposed, two exceptions being Equinus and No Tackle, both making their debuts in a handicap, with the former expected to cause the selection most problems.
4.00pm Ffos Las, 3m - Mr Katanga (Each Way) (Longshot)
Top weight Pilot Show made a successful chasing debut when winning at Catterick towards the end of last year. Warren Greatrex’s lightly-raced contender is probably the one to beat in this Class 5 handicap chase. But at a double-figure price I think it could be worth taking a chance on MR KATANGA (e.w.) from the stable of Rebecca Curtis.
The mount of Ben Jones has yet to hit form this season. But the Flemensfirth gelding has his ideal conditions here and is only 1lb higher than when winning at Chepstow last February by 47 lengths. The nine-year-old was put up a full stone for that runaway victory but back down to a similar mark now, Mr Katanga would take plenty of beating if in the same kind of form.
The Boat could never get competitive on this course earlier in the month but will appreciate this longer trip and is the other one to consider.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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