With the abandonment of the jumps meetings at Exeter and Leicester we head to Southwell and Down Royal for Tuesday’s horse racing tips.
“Tip of the Day” - Limerick Lace (2.25pm Down Royal) - 10/11 with bet365*
On her third start over fences, Gavin Cromwell’s mare should prove far too good for her four rivals in this modest novices’ chase.
2.25pm Down Royal, 2m - Limerick Lace (Nap)
At the age of six, the Gavin Cromwell-trained LIMERICK LACE is the youngest contender for this two mile novices’ chase. On just her third run over fences, the daughter of Walk In The Park looks to have a perfect opportunity to open her account over the bigger obstacles in a race which shouldn’t take a great deal of winning.
The mare was outclassed on her chasing debut at Navan in November behind the 142-rated hurdler Hollow Games. But the mount of Luke Dempsey still ran a race full of promise in finishing a staying-on fifth, beaten just over 11 lengths.
On her most recent start, at Limerick over the Christmas period, Limerick Lace lost nothing in defeat when beating all bar dual hurdle winner Drumbear who was having his first run over fences, with the rest of the field well beaten off.
That form looks more than good enough to win this modest novices’ chase, with the main danger likely to come in the shape of the more experienced Chameron who had form in his native France, along with three point-to-point victories and a decent reappearance effort when third in a handicap chase at Thurles towards the end of last year.
3.35pm Down Royal, 3m - Arverne (Each Way) (Next Best)
Trainer Gavin Cromwell has his horses in good form at the moment and in receipt of plenty of weight from his seven rivals ARVERNE can take this three mile handicap chase for the stable. The mount of Luke Dempsey likes to race up with the pace, as when making all to run out a convincing winner at Kilbeggan last summer, the gelding’s second victory over fences, the first coming at Punchestown just over two years ago off a 9lb higher mark.
The J P McManus-owned son of Doctor Dino, following a break of 77 days, ran well for a long way when fourth at Thurles just before Christmas, losing two places on the run-in after leading approaching the final fence. The selection was ridden by a 7lb claimer on that occasion and now reunited with his regular pilot, Arverne can take advantage of the 20lb he receives from top weight and main danger Archies Charm.
7.30pm Southwell, 1m 3f - Drill To Dream (Each Way) (Longshot)
Liberated Lad and Midnight Train head the betting in the early exchanges for this Class 6 one mile three furlong handicap. Both horses disappointed on their most recent starts however and the pair are worth opposing with the P Charalambous & J Clutterbuck-trained DRILL TO DREAM (e.w.) and jockey Luke Morris.
The daughter of Australia has yet to win in six all-weather attempts but came close at Kempton just before Christmas when finishing a three quarters of a length second, just losing out to winner Uther Pendragon in the closing stages.
The filly has performed well on her two subsequent starts, including under tonight’s rider when fourth of 12 at Wolverhampton with Midnight Train three quarters of a length back in fifth place. A reproduction of that effort should see Drill The Dream make the frame at the very least.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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