3.20pm Fontwell tips for Friday’s Class 3 event. Several big yards are represented in this handicap hurdle at Fontwell, with the jumps action really starting to take shape. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: Only beaten three lengths in a Listed race at Market Rasen six days ago, a reproduction of that performance will more than suffice for CAID DU LIN. He’s only three pounds higher here and, with a sharp drop in class, he should prove very tough to beat off top weight under Sam Twiston-Davies. Many of his rivals have plenty to prove and Fixed Rate may show that he’s the best of the rest as he can go well fresh and his latest effort can be forgiven.
1 CAID DU LIN – Running well at present for Dr Richard Newland, finishing third in a deep Listed race at Market Rasen six days ago. He’s three pounds higher here, but this is a weaker race and he’s still unexposed over hurdles so should take a world of beating under Sam Twiston-Davies.
2 COEUR TANTRE – Completed a double when scoring at Newton Abbot two starts ago, though he pulled up when last seen in a poor effort. He’s only a pound lower and, although stepping back in distance will suit, others have more pressing claims.
3 PADDYS RUNNER – Inconsistent sort under both codes, finishing second off a four pound higher mark at Taunton in March before being well held at Haydock. He’s entitled to need this after six months off the track and is best watched.
4 TEMPLIER – Won at Plumpton in December with a comfortable victory, but he’s been well held in better races since. He was well beaten in the Sussex Champion Hurdle and more is needed here on seasonal debut. Others have more pressing claims however.
5 IVOR’S QUEEN – Eight-year-old for Colin Tizzard who led at a frantic pace when last seen at Newton Abbot, finishing a clear second. She’s only two pounds higher here and won’t be far away again if employing similar tactics. James Bowen takes off seven pounds and she has to be considered.
6 BRIGHT TOMORROW – Very inconsistent sort when with the Jessie Harrington yard, signing off with a tailed off run at Killarney. He makes his debut for Warren Greatrex but needs more to threaten and others look far less risky.
7 FIXED RATE – Lightly raced over hurdles for Charlie Mann, winning on handicap debut three starts ago. He’s now only three pounds higher after two poor runs, but he can be forgiven his latest start as he didn’t stay. Possible each way claims as he can go well fresh.
8 ONE FOR BILLY – Won a Novice hurdle two starts ago at Hexham but was solidly beaten on hurdling debut at Uttoxeter, finding nothing when asked for a run. Still early days and he didn’t give his running that day, so he does need consideration.
9 SIR DYLAN – Finished second over hurdles at Worcester in June but he’s been well beaten in three flat runs over the summer. He has more on his plate here and looks vulnerable, so others are readily preferred as he’s exposed in this field.
10 CLONDAW BISTO – Pulled up on handicap debut for Suzy Smith and he was well held on two subsequent starts, readily outpaced at Fontwell in February. He’s only two pounds lower here and is best watched after such a lengthy absence.
11 SUMMER STORM – Returned to hurdling on his latest start when a good third at Bellewstown in August, only losing second late on. He’s a pound higher here and has Rachael Blackmore over for the ride and claiming three pounds, so he’s an intriguing contender.
12 GANNICUS – Won at Fakenham back in June for Brendan Powell, but he’s been well beaten since over hurdles and on the flat. More is needed as he returns to obstacles and he takes on some in-form rivals, so he’s readily preferred.
13 LAKE CHAPALA – Completed a dual code four-timer when winning comfortably at Newton Abbot in June, not running too badly on two starts since. A mark of 104 doesn’t see him handicapped out of this and he rates as a solid each way chance.
14 FREE ONE – Refused to race on two flat runs last winter and he’s been well held in four runs over hurdles, beaten 15 lengths at Market Rasen when last seen. Far more is needed here and the fact that he nearly refused last time out is very disconcerting.