Welcome to Wednesday, where Warwick is the focus for some top racing action and on hand to guide you through is Daryl Carter.
"He holds the strongest hurdle form in this lineup when considering the weight he was carrying in some top-class handicaps last term, and there seems to be little reason to oppose him at the top of the market."
It's hump day and the racing has you well and truly covered today with four meetings. Dundalk is the single flat meeting in Ireland, while Warwick is today's feature meeting flanked by Hexham and Ffos Las.
Plenty to get stuck into so let's get cracking!
Money Talk continues to highlight the Betfair Sportsbook big-money moves to keep you in the loop. This section highlights market moves between 1:00 am and 9:00 am.
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14:15 Warwick - Sally Gardens 2/1 OUT 3/1
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At Warwick in the opening contest at 12:00, Olly Murphy sponsors the race and has one runner in the contest with Let's Have Another 6.05/1 for which Harry Redknapp has just brought into.
The double pays 4.03/1
At Warwick in the 13:40 Highflyer Bloodstock Novices' Chase, Edwardstone 1.910/11 will look to enhance trainer Alan King's 27% strike rate over fences as the 150 rated hurdler looks to get off the mark in the chasing sphere finally.
The 14:50 at Warwick the, John Sumner Memorial Veterans' Handicap Chase has seen a ten-year-old win the last three runnings. There are just two entered today. Now Mcginty 5.59/2 for trainer Stuart Edmunds who is zero for seven over fences at Warwick and outsider of the party, Head To The Stars 19.018/1 for Henry Daly (14%).
In the 12:10 Ne-Bet Sports Book & Casino Handicap Hurdle at Hexham, five-year-olds have won the last three runnings. There is just one entered today, Robeam 17.016/1.
Emitom 1.910/11 returns to action in the 12:40 Hexham Racecourse Membership An Ideal Xmas Present Novices' Chase. Trainer Warren Greatrex will be looking for just his second win at this venue.
Trainer Dr Richard Newland has a 36% strike rate over hurdles at Hexham and runs Foillan 3.259/4 in the 15:00 Follow @hexhamraces On Twitter Handicap Hurdle.
Nico De Boinville heads to Ffos Las for the one ride today for Nicky Henderson on Moonlight Flit 3.55/2 at 13:25. Nicky Henderson has a 38% strike rate when sending runners to Ffos Las.
Horses for courses
This section highlights horses that have won twice or more at today's tracks and could be in with a chance today.
12:10 Hexham - Sheriff Garrett - Has won here three times (30%)
14:50 Warwick - Now McGinty - Has won here twice (100%)
15:00 Hexham - Heart Of Kernow - Has won here three times (75%)
15:10 Ffos Las - Steel Native - Has won here four times (22%)
Weighted to go well
"Weighted to go well" highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.
13:50 Hexham - Gangster - Has won off 121 runs off 107
This section highlights a trainer, owner or jockey who is in excellent current form and their runners or rides for the day.
Trainer Olly Murphy has had 14 winners from his last 44 runners and is operating at a 32% strike rate. Today he has four runners at Warwick.
Trainer Nigel Hawk makes the long journey of 362 miles to Hexham today with his runner Heart Of Kernow 4.216/5. The trainer made the same journey in this section earlier this month with this same horse to land a gamble 33/1 into 9/1 and Heart Of Kernow is a three time winner here from four starts.
Race of the day
Today's feature race comes from Warwick the 13:40 Highflyer Bloodstock Novices' Chase, which sees a small but quality field of five head to post. Today's favourite, Edwardstone, is eight pounds clear of his rivals on official ratings but has failed to complete in both starts over fences.
However, Edwardstone travelled very strongly on his latest outing here at Warwick before For Pleasure, who lines up today, fell at the head of affairs and brought him down. He made a sloppy error on his first outing over fences last term, but there is little to suggest that he won't be at least as good over fences as he was over hurdles on the limited evidence thus far.
He looked much more comfortable on his latest outing over fences than he did on debut and has clearly been schooled well by Alan King. He holds the strongest hurdle form in this lineup when considering the weight he was carrying in some top-class handicaps last term, and there seems to be little reason to oppose him at the top of the market.
Providing he gets a clear round, his first win over fences beckons today.
Elixir De Nutz will likely prove popular for Colin Tizzard on this second start over fences, and his chase debut at Hexham wasn't devoid of promise despite being beaten 15 lengths. He shaped as though he faulted through fitness on his first run for 12 months there, but this is deeper and he has now been off for a further 11 months.
He has clearly had some issues in that time, and while a return to his best form from 2019 would see him in with a big shout here, he has to rate a risky proposition on this first outing, and this is no easy re-introduction.
Connections would probably be happy with a clear round in for their seven-year-old, who may be best watched today with a keen interest next time out.
Connections waste no time in sending Stepney Causeway over fences, and the four-year-old receives eight pounds weight-for-age allowance, which could be an angle that the Skelton's are looking to exploit.
He is a keen free-going sort, and his mark of 135 certainly underestimates him on one piece of form, so the task ahead is probably not as deep as the ratings suggest.
It will be interesting to see what connections will do with the out and out front runner For Pleasure in this lineup today, but still, he has a tough task on his hands against some battle-hardened handicappers.
He will need everything to fall right today to take care of Edwardstone and is best watched for now.
Timeform hoping to get off to a flyer at Ffos Las
The Timeform team offer their NAP, NB and each way shout.
Calvin looks to crown a king at Ascot on Saturday
Tony Calvin's Betfair Chase ante-post selection was submitted on Monday but the man is back with two extra selections at both Haydock and Ascot this Saturday.
Plenty had a right moan on social media yesterday about the Newbury gallops morning. I thought it was fascinating, for the most part, and I think it has a place every year. It does a good job promoting the Newbury Ladbroke Festival, and I am all for any racing promotion.
Watching a sweaty Jonbon gallop on his own did nothing for me though, I thought that was pointless and other than knowing he is alive and kicking, it taught us nothing.
The other gallops in which they raced in groups was excellent to see, especially as they quickened up inside the two-pole.
The noticeable thing that kept coming out of trainers' mouths was that there was nowhere to run the horses?
Do trainers not think that they can run their horses in handicaps off top weight? I mean, it never seems a problem for Paul Nicholls and Frodon, so why is it a problem for others?
At the moment, we have this contrasting contradiction where we have far too much racing, which is clear for anyone to see, yet trainers suggest there is nowhere to run their horses.
Surely there is nothing wrong with running off top weight in a handicap for a prep run if they are desperate to get a run into their horses?
Maybe I am confused, or maybe they just need more inventive race planners.
Until tomorrow, be lucky.
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