The Dublin Racing Festival lit up the weekend. The Irish will arrive at Cheltenham with an embarrassment of riches, with Willie Mullins represented by Faugheen and Chacun Pour Soi, Gordon Elliott by Delta Work and Henry De Bromhead by Honeysuckle and Notebook amongst others.
There’s no Grade One action in the UK this Tuesday rather unsurprisingly. There’s still a host of competitive racing over the jumps and on the All-Weather with racing from Kempton, Market Rasen and Sedgefield. Here’s three runners from yards who’ve thrived at certain venues of late. Make sure you check out the rest of our tips and analysis, including our NAP Of The Day, as well as our Free Bets.
There aren’t many tracks where Nicky Henderson doesn’t enjoy success and Market Rasen is no exception. The Lambourn based trainer has sent thirteen runners east to Market Rasen this season, with seven of these landing the odds. He sends unbeaten hurdler HIJACK there for a two-miles-four novice event.
Related to four useful jumpers, the five-year-old has taken well to hurdling with two ready successes at Ludlow this winter. He beat a previous winner who was the 2/5 favourite on his debut over obstacles in December. The gelding proved similarly strong in the finish when defying a penalty a month later, overcoming a 100-rated flat performer there.
Both visual evidence and his pedigree suggest he’s only going to improve for the extra four furlongs today. A double penalty makes his life harder, but given both his unbeaten record and Henderson’s at the Lincolnshire venue, there’s reasons to believe he can complete a hat-trick.
The Martin Todhunter yard are enjoying their most productive season ever, operating at 17%. A large part of that success has come at Sedgefield, where the yard have had four winners from ten runners this term.
The Cumbrian stable send their BOCASIEN DESBOIS from the north west to the north east today for a Class Five handicap chase. The gelding was last seen in December when finishing third behind a short priced favourite and a subsequent winner. Kindly dropped a pound, he’s now just a pound higher than when scoring at Hexham in October. His previous success over fences came off a two pound higher mark, so he’s evidently well treated.
Connections are obviously confident of a big run as they’ve booked Danny Cook to ride. His last five rides have yielded two winners (one here), two runner-up finishes and a faller. Not only is he in fine form, but he was also onboard when the nine-year-old scored at Hexham.
Luck Of Clover
We head to the All-Weather for the final leg of the treble. Andrew Balding has his string in fine form in 2020, with six winners coming from twenty seven starters. A lot of that success has come in recent days, with three of his last four runners scoring including Bangkok who bolted up at Lingfield on Saturday.
Three of those winners have come at Kempton in the early stages of this year. As a result, it’s fair to suspect that his filly LUCK OF CLOVER will go close to shedding her maiden tag today. She’s yet to score in eleven starts, but she has placed seven times, including behind the now 144 rated hurdler Goshen in June.
The four-year-old returned from a three-month break with a creditable effort at Southwell last month. She’s sure to appreciate the return to a less testing surface today. Racing off a career low mark of 63, she makes plenty of appeal at an each way price.