The meetings at Huntingdon, Hereford and Lingfield provide some decent jumps action for a quiet Tuesday afternoon. We have a horse racing tip for all three cards, starting with a Class 3 two mile handicap hurdle at Huntingdon.
“Tip of the Day” - Onemorefortheroad (2.07pm Huntingdon) - 3/1 with bet365
Unbeaten in two hurdle races on the course, including this contest 12 months ago, Neil King’s consistent hurdler is fancied to make it 3 from 3 at Huntingdon.
2.07pm Huntingdon, 2m - Onemorefortheroad (Nap)
Only seven runners for this Class 3 handicap hurdle in which several have already shown a decent level of ability over the smaller obstacles. Boombawn won a couple of minor novice contests earlier in the year before ending the season with a creditable second to Saturday’s impressive Wincanton scorer Knappers Hill at Sandown.
Harry Skelton’s mount won a three-runner Listed hurdle at Kempton last month but the form of the stable at the moment has to be a concern. Alan King’s Caramelised carries a 7lb penalty for last week’s Plumpton victory and should go well, while recent wind surgery could help the talented but inconsistent Impulsive One to put his best foot forward.
The Neil King-trained ONEMOREFORTHEROAD won this race 12 months ago, taking the gelding’s record over hurdles on the course to 2 from 2, and following an excellent reappearance effort at Aintree two weeks ago is fancied to take make it 3 from 3 on the course.
Jack Quinlan’s mount ran really well in some seriously hot handicaps last season yet gets in here off a mark 1lb lower than when beating all bar Tritonic in Ascot’s valuable Betfair Exchange Trophy last December. If in the same kind of form, the ultra-consistent Onemorefortheroad will take plenty of beating.
3.15pm Hereford, 2m 5f - Highstakesplayer (Next Best)
A tight handicap chase with only 5lb covering seven of the eight runners. HIGHSTAKESPLAYER, Sheldon and Ridgeway all won on their debuts over fences and while the last two will be racing off 8lb higher marks, Tom Lacey’s top weight has to carry a 7lb penalty for last week’s course and distance victory.
All three horses could not have won any easier on their first starts over the bigger obstacles. But I feel that the stronger performance was that of Stan Sheppard’s mount who was always travelling all over runner-up Midnight Jewel and when asked to put the race to bed jumping the second-last fence, cruised home without being asked a serious question.
The Ocovango gelding won twice over hurdles back in the spring and looks guaranteed to make up into a better chaser in the months ahead.
3.30pm Lingfield, 2m 7f - Barbados Buck’s (Each Way)
Many of the 15 runners for this 2m 7f handicap hurdle are best watched on their first run of the season, especially with the switch back to chasing more than likely for most of those towards the head of the weights.
One horse who failed to take to fences in two starts last season was BARBADOS BUCK’S (e.w.) from the bang-in-form Paul Nicholls stable and if the seven-year-old was to recapture his form over hurdles as a novice, the mount of Bryony Frost would make plenty of appeal here off a mark of 128.
After three victories as a novice, the son of Getaway was only an 8/1 chance for the Albert Bartlett at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, still holding every chance until weakening approaching the final hurdle. While the seven-year-old has disappointed in four outings since then, wind surgery during the summer may help Barbados Buck’s show what he is capable of and with the Nicholls stable in flying form, any significant market move for the selection should be taken seriously.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.