The clash between chasing debutantes Jonbon and Monmiral at Warwick makes for an interesting Wednesday afternoon. However, for today’s horse racing tips we have a selection for the popular veterans’ chase, half an hour later at 3.15pm. Our other two selections run at the market town of Hexham in Northumberland.
“Tip of the Day” - Greystown (2.53pm Hexham) - 3/1 with bet365
A four-time winner on the course, the 10-year-old can continue the excellent form of the stable with a victory in this Class 5 handicap chase.
12.53pm Hexham, 3m - Mossy Fen (Next Best)
Trainer Laura Morgan has done exceptionally well with other people’s cast offs, most of which don’t have the kind of profile associated with her runner in this Class 3 novices’ chase, the ex Nigel Twiston-Davies inmate MOSSY FEN.
The Milan gelding had a brief spell with Christian Williams earlier in the year, pulling-up in a Grade 2 novices’ chase at Warwick before joining today’s connections very recently. A Grade 2 winner over hurdles prior to finishing a creditable fifth behind Envoi Allen at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, Mossy Fen hasn’t transferred that level of form to fences so far. But if Morgan can work her magic once again, the seven-year-old is capable of totally outclassing his rivals.
The booking of champion jockey Brian Hughes for Mossy Fen, who is tongue-tied for the first time, could be significant and any market move for the selection should be taken very seriously.
2.53pm Hexham, 1m 7 1/2f - Greystown (Nap)
The Stuart Coltherd stable has been enjoying a decent spell over the last couple of weeks, enjoying a 45% strike rate with five winners from 11 runners as I write. The 10-year-old GREYSTOWN has yet to open his account for the season but connections look to have found a good opportunity for the gelding who has won four times over fences, four of which came on this course.
On his most recent start, the mount of Sam Coltherd failed to concede 12lb to winner Rocco Storm over today’s course and distance last month, going down by 12 lengths in second place. That form received a big boost when that horse followed-up at Sedgefield earlier this month by seven lengths and off a 12lb higher mark.
Greystown has dropped to a rating of 84 since then and now runs off a mark 8lb lower than when successful here 13 months ago. This Class 5 handicap shouldn’t take a great deal of winning and the Well Chosen gelding can continue the good run of the stable, at the main expense of the Sue Smith-trained pair of Treshnish and Absolutely Dylan.
3.15pm Warwick, 3m - Wishing And Hoping (Each Way)
These veterans’ chases are hugely popular with racegoers and this Class 2 contest is no exception with some of the leading staying handicap chasers of recent years taking part, including one-time Gold Cup hope Lostintranslation, Snow Leopardess, winner of last year’s Becher Chase, and 2019 Ladbrokes Trophy victor De Rasher Counter.
The Philip Hobbs-trained Celebre D’Allen won his first three starts last season, after joining the stable from France and before finishing fifth when well-supported for a handicap at the Cheltenham Festival. Tom O’Brien’s mount is probably the one to beat but WISHING AND HOPING is the each-way selection for the Mel Rowley stable.
Three quarters of a length behind Celebre D’Allen on this course back in February, the mount of 3lb claimer Alex Edwards meets that horse on 5lb better terms and has the advantage of a run this season, when beating all bar winner Dingo Dollar in a competitive veterans’ chase at Aintree last month.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.