There can be no complaints regarding the size of the fields at Tuesday’s two British jump meetings at Uttoxeter and Fontwell with a combined total of 152 runners. We have tips for both cards which, while short of quality, lack nothing in the way of competitiveness.
“Tip of the Day” - Swincombe Fleat (3.05pm Fontwell) - 9/4 with William Hill
Anthony Honeyball’s mare can build on her winning debut over fences at Warwick last month by following up off a mark only 4lb higher.
2.05pm Fontwell, 2m 5 1/2f - Foxboro (Each Way) (Longshot)
On the face of it, a 7lb rise for winning a novices’ limited handicap chase at Exeter last month by a short head seems quite harsh for joint top weight Black Gerry. But the Gary Moore-trained seven-year-old and promising runner-up Bowtogreatness finished some 13 lengths ahead of third third horse home, 7/4 favourite Dubrovnik Harry, giving the form a solid look.
It would be no surprise to see the mount of Jamie Moore land a hat-trick of wins. But towards the bottom of the handicap, FOXBORO (e.w.), one of two runners for the Robert Walford stable, makes plenty of each-way appeal in the hands of 3lb claimer Harry Kimber.
The seven-year-old was beaten less than two lengths by fellow rival Le Cameleon on this course back in February and meets Jane Williams’ charge on 7lb better terms here. Foxboro was a game winner from the in-form Nocte Volatus on his final start of last season at Sandown with the third horse 22 lengths further back and the selection is sure to come on for his first run over the season at Ascot last month.
2.55pm Uttoxeter, 2m 4f - Sholokjack (Next Best)
Five of the seven runners for this novices’ limited handicap chase are making their chasing debuts. Best of them over hurdles was the Ben Case-trained top weight Cobblers Dream, one of the two horses who have had a run over fences. But the mount of Jack Quinlan will need to put a moderate effort at Ascot behind him if the six-year-old is to come out on top here.
The Cob and On My Command have the right profile to make their mark over the bigger obstacles. But the Dan Skelton stable have been in excellent form of late and their Irish point-to-point winner SHOLOKJACK, despite racing from 4lb out of the handicap, is fancied to make a winning debut over fences.
The Sholokhov gelding won his first two starts over hurdles last season before tackling Grade 2 company at Kelso when failing to give his running behind winner Nells Son. Harry Skelton’s mount had a wind op during the summer and time may show the selection to be better than the mark of 129 he runs off here.
3.05pm Fontwell, 3m 2f - Swincombe Fleat (Nap)
It may have only been a three-runner contest at Warwick last month that saw the Anthony Honeyball-trained SWINCOMBE FLEAT make a winning debut over fences. But there was a lot to like about that five and a half length victory, as Aidan Coleman’s mount didn’t seem suited by what turned out to be a tactical affair.
The daughter of Yeats finished well on top at the end of that 2m 4f mares’ novices’ handicap chase and this extra six furlongs is expected to see the unexposed six-year-old in an even better light. Last of three in that Warwick race, Walk In Clover, gave the form a boost when going down narrowly at Southwell on her most recent start and off a mark only 4lb higher, Swincombe Fleat is expected to follow up.
Rose Of Arcadia won two point-to-points for trainer Colin Tizzard earlier in the year before son Joe took over at the helm and could prove the main danger following a couple of runs over hurdles recently.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.