BetVictor’s Charlie McCann previews Tuesday’s cards
The big betting race of the weekend is the Betfair Hurdle and owner JP McManus has a strong hand in the Newbury handicap with four of the twenty five-day entries although antepost market leader Sutton Place was a notable absentee. At this stage Ballandy (5/1 with BetVictor) remains the each way (1/4 odds first four) recommendation although more about the Newbury card later in the week.
They race on soft ground at Market Rasen this afternoon and Domperignon Du Lys (1.50) can land the opener for inform Nicky Henderson. The juvenile has been off the course since finishing fourth at Cheltenham back in December and that was disappointing given he had looked a useful sort when scoring at Newcastle the previous month. He doesn’t look a Triumph Hurdle candidate but could easily take his chance in the Fred Winter if he goes close today.
Minella Fiveo did us a favour over timber at Uttoxeter last time but he might lack the scope of Handsome Sam (4.00) who also makes his chase debut for Alan King. The selection has to put behind a poor run at Warwick last time but this might be his trip (2m 4f) and he did run well in two points in Ireland as a four-year-old. Doitforthevillage has to carry 12st 1lbs but has won three of his last five starts and is clearly in good heart at present.
Streams Of Whiskey (3.30) has his first start for 710 days in the Hunters’ Chase but has a history of going well fresh and Nicky Richards won a valuable race at Wetherby on Saturday. The selection is prone to the odd error but gets the vote in a decent contest for the grade.
At Hereford Gayebury (3.15) can get back to winning ways having finished runner up to the promising Willoughby Court at Warwick in their Grade 2 Neptune Trial last month. Trained by Evan Williams the 7-year-old holds an entry in the Albert Bartlett at the Festival next month and this trip is on the sharp side although the heavy ground will make sure it is a decent test.
Wild West Wind created a very favourable impression on his chase debut when scoring at Wincanton and connections feel a real test of stamina will suit- I’m not convinced. The Bay Oak is a fascinating contender on his chase debut for Dan Skelton but the vote goes to Derrintogher Bliss (4.20) with the stable of Kim Bailey, at the time of writing, having three winners from their last four runners.
The selection was well below par at Newcastle when last seen back in December but has been given plenty of time to get over that disappointing run and the stable form could be the key.
At Newcastle the newcomer Angelou wouldn’t have to be anything out of the ordinary to make a winning debut in the 6f fillies’ maiden and I suggest we keep an eye out for a market move. Deep Dream (4.10) showed distinct signs of promise, however, when fourth on her sole start at Kempton a year ago and connections of this well-bred daughter of Dream Ahead will be desperate to get a win next to her name for breeding purposes.
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