A quiet week last week thanks to the weather interrupting both the racing schedule and the training plans up and down the country but that’s nature for you and we move on regardless in the never-ending hunt for an edge over the bookmakers. Some of our suggestions will run, some won’t, so for a more up to date analysis you can always check out our other horse racing tips for more up to date information.
Ben Haslam – 55% winners 64% placed runners
Those with long memories will remember Call The Cops when he used to be in the care of Nicky Henderson but here he is, aged ten and running for Ben who has had him since December 2016 now. He had been out of sorts for a while by his standards but he showed signs of his old self last time out when second at Newcastle and as he has won off up to thirty-six pounds higher, he clearly has every chance.
Sue Smith – 50% winners 67% placed runners
Sue remains on our list after another good week though she doesn’t have a runner until the weekend as things stand so we have to wait until then before we can see if that form continues. Options are limited but at a price it may be worth having a little each way on Captain Moirette in the 1.55pm at Uttoxeter Saturday afternoon. Still a maiden after four starts he has shown plenty of ability placing in a pair of bumpers and finishing a respectable fourth on his hurdling bow.
Kevin Ryan – 27% winners 45% placed runners
North Yorkshire’s finest remains in a decent spell and will continue to send them to the tracks while they are still running well, and we will be backing Battle Of Yarmouk in the 2.35pm at Southwell on Friday (though he is also declared for the 6.45pm at Newcastle the same day) as he looks their best chance of success. An unraced son of Lope De Vega, he won’t need to be too special to get involved in the finish in the Newcastle race, though the first named option does look the weaker of the two on paper.
Nicky Henderson – 26% winners 41% placed runners
What can we write that hasn’t already been said about the Champion trainer? A master of his craft and at the top of the game for so many years, he just keeps on churning out the winners and looks all set for another this week with Morning Vicar in the 4.50pm at Ludlow Wednesday afternoon. A decent bumper winner who ran as if he needed the race at Newbury in November, he ought to have learned plenty from that and can hopefully come home in front again here and for the first time over hurdles.
Ali Rawlinson – 38% winners 44% placed rides
Welcome to the pinnacle of the racing world to Ali Rawlinson who joins our list for the first time ever this week. The number of booked rides is small considering the form he is in and his best chance this week may lie with Greyzee who runs in the 5.50pm at Chelmsford on Thursday evening.
Nico De Boinville – 35% winners 41% placed rides
Although we have already mentioned Morning Vicar who Nico rides, he also has every chance of riding another winner on Angels Breath who looks all set to keep his unbeaten record in the Listed race at Huntingdon Thursday afternoon. The race looks totally at his mercy if he improves at all for his return as expected, and that will undoubtedly cement his place at the top of the market for the Supreme at the Cheltenham Festival next month.
Sean Bowen – 29% winners 41% placed rides
Many astute watchers feel Sean is a Champion jockey of the future and if you give him the right ammunition, he will fire home the winners. Club Tropicana looks an interesting option at Ludlow on Wednesday afternoon for trainer Richard Spencer. Bits and pieces of flat form suggest she has a bit of ability and with a hood fitted for her hurdles debut, a place may well await.
Andrew Mullen – 23% winners 38% placed rides
Lots of recent winners for the ever-popular Andrew who has a long list of rides in the day ahead for us to pick from. Muhallab is the horse of choice for us as the Adrian Nicholls trained three-year-old makes his racecourse debut over the seven furlongs. A son of War Command out of an Aussie Rules mare who cost 21,000 Euros at the sales, he is reported to be sharp enough first time out and is another who could well hit the places at a decent price.
Summary (in chronological order, all times subject to change):
Club Tropicana – 3.45pm Ludlow Wednesday
Morning Vicar – 4.50pm Ludlow Wednesday
Angels Breath – 2.00pm Huntingdon Thursday
Call The Cops – 3.45pm Huntingdon Thursday
Greyzee – 5.50pm Chelmsford Thursday
Battle Of Yarmouk – 2.35pm Southwell
Muhallab 6.45pm Newcastle
Captain Moirette – 1.55pm Uttoxeter Saturday