2.35pm Worcester Tips & Betting Preview 12/09/2017

A field of seven go to post for the second race of the day at Worcester on Tuesday, a 2m 4f Novices’ Handicap Chase. See our betting tips and the full race preview below.

IN SUMMARY: If his jumping stands up then Going For Broke looks like a big danger along with Skilled who bids for a hat-trick here for Olly Murphy. The selection, however, is RAVENS HILL who was outpaced on his latest start at Stratford before staying on late. He now has the tongue-tie and cheekpieces on which should sharpen him up and can enable him to make significant improvement to take this race under Harry Skelton.

1 GOING FOR BROKE – Rated 117 over hurdles and made the perfect start to life over fences when jumping soundly enough to win at Newton Abbot in July. He unseated his rider at the third fence on his latest start at Stratford which is concerning, but if he can keep errors to a minimum he looks like a big danger off this mark for Rebecca Curtis. Jonathan Moore takes the ride and, despite top weight, he looks sure to play a role.

2 KALIFOURCHON – Running well enough over fences this season for David Pipe without managing to add to his tally, finishing second at Southwell three weeks ago. He now makes his chasing debut and has a good chance off this sort of mark, with him looking like the type to make a decent chaser for a top yard. Tom Scudamore takes the ride and with conditions to suit he should be on the premises.

3 SKILLED – Won last two races for Olly Murphy, completing the double when scoring at Southwell in decent style, idling late on which perhaps flattered the second in the end. Those two were 17 lengths clear of the remainder and the second has taken victory since. He’s been raised seven pounds since, although that doesn’t look likely to be enough to stop him going close again under Richard Johnson.

4 AUNTY ANN – Lightly raced six-year-old for Charlie Longsdon who was last seen posting a career best over hurdles to finish second at Fontwell in August. She kept on well that day and is interesting on chasing debut, with the suspicion that she can do better in time. Conditions are to suit and Mr J Nailor takes off a useful seven pounds, so she wouldn’t be amiss in the placings if her jumping holds up.

5 MURRAY MOUNT – Won easily over course and distance on his penultimate start, winning by 16 lengths and, despite some sketchy jumps, he was never in danger after three out. Turned out under a penalty he was well held over the course and distance on his latest start, with a further seven pound rise to take today. He can be keen in his races and against some unexposed runners so he looks set to miss out here.

6 VOTE OF CONFIDENCE – Seven-year-old who is the most experienced of these, but his previous efforts over fences have left something to be desired. He’s been well beaten on most of his starts this season for Laura Hurley and, based on that evidence, he’s all but impossible to fancy, despite in form claimer Charlie Hammond taking seven pounds off his back.

7 RAVENS HILL – Dan Skelton inmate who won twice over hurdles since joining this yard and the best is yet to come from him over fences. He kept on strongly towards the finish on his latest start at Stratford and connections reach for the tongue-tie and cheekpieces to sharpen him up, which is just what he needs. Judging by his hurdling mark he has plenty of improvement in him over fences and he can take a step forward to win here under Harry Skelton.

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