The Jump Jockeys Championship has been a two-horse race this season. Brian Hughes and Harry Skelton have been slugging it out throughout the campaign and heading into Monday, there’s just six winners between them. Hughes is aiming to win back to back titles and a strong book of rides on Monday could help him extend his advantage.
Both the title-chasing jockeys head to Stratford and it could be a defining day in the race, as Skelton has the chance to level up proceedings. With Hughes riding at the top of his game, however, he may be unable to do so. A 293-1 accumulator of his three best chances can be found below, along with our horse racing tips on site now.
2.20 Stratford – Nightfly
She’s not tasted success since November 2018, but Nightfly is currently fifteen pounds below her last winning rating. All of her recent assignments have come in higher grades of competition, looking in need of the run when safely held in a competitive handicap at Southwell last time.
That run wasn’t totally devoid of promise, however, and she drops into Class 4 company for the first time since a win at Ludlow in May 2018 off five pounds higher. Charlie Longsdon has his string in great form and she’s one to take very seriously.
2.50 Stratford – Chieftain’s Choice
Another on a long-standing losing sequence, Chieftain’s Choice finds himself pitched into his easiest assignment in a long while. At his peak, he was a Class 3 handicap winner off a mark of 117, but his stock has fallen in subsequent starts.
At the age of twelve, perhaps age is starting to catch up with him, but a return to Stratford is in his favour. He’s won all three of his course visits, including a victory over course and distance. Likely needing the run at Fakenham after a 154-day break last time, much better can be expected here. Rule him out at your peril back at Stratford.
3.50 Stratford – Baron De Midleton
Banging on the door this season, Baron De Midleton deserves to smash through for the potent Brian Ellison and Brian Hughes combination. He’s finished second on a pair of occasions this term, bumping into progressive rivals on both occasions. He’s yet to strike over fences, but he’s evidently run to a good standard and is exceptionally well-treated on his hurdling form.
He flopped at Kelso last time, but stepping back up in distance will help matters. He’s unexposed over the trip and if he’s able to bounce back from that Kelso success, he has obvious claims.
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