The circus rolls on to Uttoxeter and Kempton today and we visit the Midlands track first, where the feature race is the Boulton Group Midlands Grand National Handicap Chase at 3.35.
A field of 18 runners includes last year’s winner Time To Get Up, which bids to become the first horse to defend its crown in this race and, given the apparently meticulous preparation by connections, we think the plan may come off.
Just the two runs since a year ago means that Jonjo‘s runner is better off at the weights with the five who re-oppose and the spin at Haydock a month ago will have dispensed with any cobwebs that attained.
At 3-1, the price is not exciting, but a winner is a winner etc etc, so we back it.
As per in this race the Irish are represented and, although it’s quite a few years since they won it, in Young Dev they would appear to have a live contender. A dual chase winner, Denis Hogan‘s 8-y-o has been campaigned over hurdles of late and has run as if crying out for today’s marathon trip.
At 10-1, we venture an each way bet.
First race on telly is the Optimum Experience Handicap Hurdle at 1.50 and, in this, we like the credentials of Philip Hobbs‘ handicap debutant Pulling Stumps.
This 5-y-o stepped up to today’s trip at Ludlow last time out and powered away to win easily and there are grounds to think that an opening mark of 120 is very workable. Have a decent each way bet at 5-1.
The Trinity Create Novices’ Handicap Chase at 2.25 has just 7 runners but looks a highly competitive little heat, with our trusty pin falling upon Young Bull at 4-1 to give Daryl Jacob a welcome come-back winner.
At 3.00 the Optimum Pay Handicap Hurdle features one of our ‘cliff’ horses, Boothill, last seen finishing 9th, beaten 8 lengths, in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.
Tell you what, if Boothill doesn’t win this afternoon, we promise never to mention its name again. Have a win bet at 3-1.
The Irish raider also catches our beady, so we recommend an each way tad on Teescomponentsyess at 14-1.
Over to Kempers for the first four races on their card, beginning with the Virgin Bet Handicap Chase at 1.30, in which our selection just has to be Cap St Vincent.
Winner of 4 chases when trained by Tim Vaughan, CSV made a promising stable debut over hurdles after nearly a year off and should be spot on today. We recommend a win bet at 4-1, together with a sneaky forecast with the danger, Certainly Red.
Tempus is now beginning to fugit with our writing, so we will be brief with our coverage of the other three races – rest assured the work has been done.
In the 2.05 we recommend a win bet on Rockstar Ronnie at 5-2 while we have two each way bets in the 2.40, namely Press Your Luck at 12-1 and Cary’s Commodity at 28-1.
Finally, we feel that Manofthemountain in the 3.15 is a cracking each way bet at 5-1.
Thank you and goodnight.
Time To Get Up 3.35 Uttoxeter 3pts win @ 3-1
Young Dev 3.35 Uttoxeter 1pt e/w @ 10-1 (6 places)
Pulling Stumps 1.50 Uttoxeter 1.5pts e/w @ 5-1 (4 places)
Young Bull 2.25 Uttoxeter 2pts win @ 4-1
Boothill 3.00 Uttoxeter 4pts win @ 3-1
Teescomponentstess 3.00 Uttoxeter 1pt e/w @ 14-1 (4 places)
Cap St Vincent 1.30 Kempton 2pts win @ 4-1
Cap St Vincent/Certainly Red 1.30 Kempton 0.5pts rfc
Rockstar Ronnie 2.05 Kempton 2pts win @ 5-2
Press Your Luck 2.40 Kempton 1pt e/w 12-1 (5 places)
Cary’s Commodity 2.40 Kempton 1pt e/w @ 28-1 (5 places)
Manofthemountain 3.15 Kempton 2pts e/w @ 5-1 (4 places Hills/Skybet)