The Eider Chase at Newcastle, together with five ultra competitive races from Kempton make up today’s televised action and we will head North first of all.
16 runners are scheduled to line up for the Newcastle feature at 3.15, with the market led by our headline horse Win My Wings at 6-1.
The Hairy Welshman‘s 9-y-o put in a storming finish at Exeter last time out to chin a subsequent winner and, off just 3lbs higher, must have a great chance of following up. The extra distance is an unknown, as it is for most of the opposition, but an each way bet is de rigueur
With six places on offer, we also suggest smaller each way investments on Rath An Luir at 10-1 and Domaine De L’Isle at 12-1. Sorted.
Over at Kempers, action starts at 1.15 with the Coral Handicap Chase, which has a field of eight.
There is little doubt that the best handicapped horse in this race is Deyrann De Carjac, from the Alan King yard, which has dropped from a lofty 147 to today’s paltry 129. It’s over 2 years since this 9-y-o actually managed to win, but it’s been lightly raced and, at last, gets the trip and ground which are key.
We can look no further and recommend a decent win bet at 7-2.
Next up is the Coral Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at 1.50, for which Knight Salute is a skinny 7-4.
Milton Harris‘ gelding is 4-4 over hurdles, including two Grade 2s but may be using today’s exertions as a tune up for main target the Triumph Hurdle next month and we prefer to suggest an each way bet on Nicky Henderson‘s runner Impulsive One.
Twice beaten by the aforementioned Knight Salute, our pick was a big improver last time out when, minus headgear, winning a Musselburgh Listed hurdle without coming off the bridle. Should be close between them again this afternoon, but at 11-2 an each way bet looks the value.
The Coral Pendil Novices’ Chase at 2.25 has a field of five, with the market headed by two penalised runners. We will take a slight chance that a short break and a wind op will have revitalised Millers Bank to sufficient extent that Alex Hales’ 8-y-o can prevail at a tasty 9-2.
On to the Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at 3.00, which has another pretty short priced fav in Shallwehaveonemore, trained by Gary Moore.
We believe that Moriko De Vassy is overpriced at 9-1, after the gelding’s game win at Doncaster in January, which made its career record 3-4 with a fall the only blemish.
The Coral Trophy Handicap Chase at 3.37 completes the televised action and we will ‘dutch’ this 14 runner affair, starting with Cap Du Nord.
A close fifth in this race last year off a 15lb higher mark(!), the Crazy Cambrian‘s 9-y-o has had two recent warm up spins without the obligatory cheek-pieces, which miraculously return today. Take the 7-1.
Our other pick is the improving Phoenix Way, which did this column a favour last time out when produced expertly by Kevin Brogan to win at Ascot and can go close again at today’s 7-1.
Win My Wings 3.15 Newcastle 1.5pts e/w @ 6-1 (6 places)
Rath An Luir 3.15 Newcastle 1pt e/w @ 10-1 (6 places)
Domaine De L’Isle 3.15 Newcastle 1pt e/w @ 12-1 (6 places)
Deyrann De Carjac 1.15 Kempton 3pts win @ 7-2
Impulsive One 1.50 Kempton 1pt e/w @ 11-2 (4 places)
Millers Bank 2.25 Kempton 2pts win @ 9-2
Moriko De Vassy 3.00 Kempton 1pt e/w @ 9-1
Cap Du Nord 3.37 Kempton 1pt e/w @ 7-1 (5 places)
Phoenix Way 3.37 Kempton 1pt e/w @ 7-1 (5 places)