After the season opener at Chepstow and the Cesarewitch and Dewhurst at Newmarket, attention is turned towards Ascot and Saturday’s Champions’ Day. That along with a whole host of National Hunt racing provides an exciting week as the jumps’ racing hits full flow.
Hoping to kick start a profitable week for you all, here’s a treble from trainers who’ve had particular success at a track over the past year and will hopefully have further joy today! Make sure to take advantage of all our tips and analysis as well.
It was obvious that Tom Lacey thought the world of Glory And Fortune given that he pitched him into Listed company on his racecourse debut. He ran out an easy winner of a fourteen furlong bumper at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, ahead of four previous winners.
Stating after the race that “he clearly has a huge amount of natural ability” and that they would be in no rush to race him again that season, he makes his hurdling debut after a 287 day break.
That should be of no concern given the level of form that he showed on debut and also given his stable form. The Lacey yard has had three winners from eleven runners over the past fortnight. Added to that, they’ve sent three runners to the Cambridgeshire track over the past year, with two of these winning. With Nico de Boinville onboard, further glory looks likely.
Willie Mullins had ten winners just in the month of May alone at Punchestown when he last sent runners to the County Kildare venue. A winner of twenty four contests there over the past year, he sends the five-year-old Rhyme’n Rhythm there for her debut.
By star stayer Yeats, she’s a half-sister to a bumper winner and her dam is a full sister to five-time Grade One winner Voy Por Ustedes. Bred to be very useful, confidence should be high for a yard who’ve sent out ten winners over the past fortnight.
Mullins won the race last year with another debutante in Royal Illusion, ridden by son Patrick. A similar feat looks a distinct possibility in a race the same connections’ also won in 2013.
The master that is John Gosden has had the most winners of any trainer over the past fortnight with twelve, and the most at Kempton in 2019 with sixteen. Those have come from just forty runners, remarkably at a £13.32 profit to a £1 level stake.
He sends Alrajaa there in his bid for a hat trick. The three-year-old romped home at odds of 2/13F at Chepstow in a seven furlong novice in September. He backed that up with a similarly convincing win at Chelmsford on handicap debut, scoring by over three-lengths despite giving the field five-lengths at the start.
He’s been pushed up eleven pounds for that win, however that is if anything on the lenient side. With Jim Crowley retained, who’s operating at 29% at the track this year and at 32% over the past fortnight, he’s hard to oppose.
The treble can be backed at 33/1, best priced at time of writing.