Good morning all,
It’s the rescheduled Grade 1 Lawlor's Novice Hurdle at Naas (2.20) today. A race that was won last year by Envoi Allan and his way to success at the Cheltenham Festival. More on that race inside the main piece. Plus, there is a selection from Plumpton.
Racing loses the quiet prince
The racing world is mourning the death of arguably one of the most successful owner/breeders of the last 50-years in Prince Khalid Abdullah.
The prince’s famous green, white, and pink silks have been carried to victory by some of the best world’s best flat horses:
I could go on.
Not only was he the Champion owner and breeder in Britain on numerous occasions but, he was also the Champion owner in North America four times and through his Juddmonte Farms Champion breeder across the Atlantic on five occasions.
Racing has lost one of its biggest supporters and they are always hard to replace.
Thursday Catterick takes centre stage with the latest running of the North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase (2.40).
The Saturday big race caravan moves to Warwick. The feature races of a seven-race card are Classic Chase (3.00), the Grade 2 Hampton Novices' Chase (1.50) and the Ballymore Leamington Novices' Hurdle (2.25).
The ITV cameras are covering all the best of the Warwick action and three from Market Rasen as part of a seven race programme. Over the Irish Sea at Fairyhouse it’s the normally competitive Dan & Joan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase (2.15).
The bookies have priced up eight of Saturday’s races. I have had a look at a couple of Saturday’s races and hopefully I have another Master Tommytucker for you.
2:25 – Ballymore Leamington Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) – 2m 5f
David Pipe trained Adagio won the Grade 1 Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow on Saturday and he looks to have another interesting hurdler in Make Me A Believer. The 6-year-old won a bumper at Chepstow last season and returned to action with a good second to the improving Bear Ghylls at Lingfield back in October. The son of Presenting looked a useful prospect when winning a novice hurdle at Cheltenham’s December meeting. Given he’s pedigree suggests he needs further it was encouraging that he showed enough pace to win over 2m 1f last time. The 2m 5f distance of this Grade 2 contest looks ideal for him and he also looks a decent bet at around 5/1.
2:25 – Make Me A Believer – 6/1 @ Coral & Ladbrokes
The race of the day is over at Naas.
2:20 – Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) – 2m 4f
Recent impressive Navan maiden hurdle winner Bob Olinger. He looks capable of more improvement and looks worth the step up into Graded company.
Ashdale Bob comes into the race with the stronger form on his win in a Grade 2 at Navan. He might prove better over further but looks a solid contender and won’t be far away again.
Blue Lord showed a good attitude to win a Punchestown maiden over an extended 2m 50-days ago. That looked a bare minimum for the 6-year-old and plenty of improvement can be expected for the step up in trip. He’s been quietly backed, at big odds, for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Trainer Willie Mullins has won this race five times since 2010. Has plenty to find on RPR’s with the first two but can win this.
3:00 – Good News a three-time winner at Fontwell, ran well when 4th of 12 here last month. That came over 2n 4f and he should be better suited by today’s extended 3m distance. Each way claims provided the ground isn’t too testing.
Good News – 11/1 @ Paddy Power & Betfair Sportsbook (both paying 4 places 1/5 odds)
Good luck with your Wednesday bets.
John Burke is the tipster behind the long standing Victor Value service you can join him here – https://victorvalue.uk