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Tracker Tuesday

Morning all,

I love this point in the year. Between the beginning of November & Christmas there’s always a big weekend race or two to look forward to. Last weekend we had Cheltenham’s November Meeting. This Saturday it’s the Betfair Chase, more on that tomorrow, and the following Saturday it’s the Ladbroke Trophy at Newbury.

I mentioned in last Thursday’s column an inform trainer whose runners could be worth noting at the November meeting. Well, Milton Harris didn’t let me down. He had a couple of runners at Cheltenham on Saturday and one of them Knight Salute won the opening race on the card the Grade 2 Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle.

The former Andrew Balding inmate has really thrived since going hurdling. Taking his unbeaten record to three. It’s a long way until Cheltenham but with a bit more improvement he could still make up it a genuine Grade 1 juvenile hurdler.

Paddy Brennan gave the 3-year-old a great ride. Not for the first time he got away with taking the wide route around the hurdle track and then making his effort more to the stands side. Why other jockeys don’t do the same and why some still insist on going down the inner is one those little mysteries to me.


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Sporting John

Sporting John didn’t build on his success in the Grade 1 Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novice Chase, beating the likes of Shan Blue in the process, at Sandown early in the year. Not really convincing me that he was a natural chaser.

He looked more at home returned to the smaller obstacles when winning the 3m handicap hurdle on Saturday at Cheltenham. He tends to race a bit lazily so he was likely worth more than the 2 ½ length winning margin suggests. Could the 6-year-old develop into a Graded staying hurdler this season? The staying division is gearing up to be a more competitive one but I think he can. Given he remains open to further improvement.

Two for the Tracker

I have put several into the tracker from Cheltenham. Here are two of them:

Neon Moon – David Pipe

The 5-year-old was having his first for run for 8 months in the 2m 5f handicap hurdle that opened the Friday card at Cheltenham when a 19-length 10th of 20 to Art Approval. He had looked like he would finish much closer than he eventually did when briefly leading two out but he faded out of contention coming to the last. He should be all the better for this run and had looked effective on soft ground when winning at Wincanton. Can win a race in the coming weeks.

Simply The Betts – Paul Nicholls

Simply The Betts was having his first start since switching from Harry Whittington to Paul Nicholls. The 8-year-old looked in the need of the run and with plenty of encouragement for the season when a 5½ lengths 6th of 19 to Midnight Shadow in Saturday’s Paddy Power Gold Cup. Running well for a long way. He was still in contention for the places coming to the last and only faded in the final 100yds. I getting closer to his last winning mark of 149 at the 2019 Festival and could well come back here for next month’s Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.

Tuesday racing

Fakenham, Lingfield, Ayr and Limerick provide today’s action. The racing is bit better than yesterday, if only because there’s more of it. The field sizes are small on account of the dry weather. However, the dry weather means that Lingfield’s jumps card are not taking place in hock deep mud.

Tuesday selection

Ayr

3:23 – Glittering Love shaped like the run was needed when 6th of 11 in handicap hurdle at Carlisle 8-days ago. Back over fences today the previous C&D winner looks set to be there or thereabouts provided the ground hasn’t dried out too much.

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Glittering Love – 11/2 – Gen.

Good luck with your Tuesday bets.

John

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