Welcome to Tuesday. It's just four days until Betfair's super Saturday at Haydock! But for now, on hand with all of today's daily racing info is Daryl Carter.
"His opening handicap mark of 118 looks lenient to say the least on the balance of his form, most of which has come on ground less than ideal."
A few more meetings for punters to play with today as racing action on Tuesday comes from four venues up and down the country. Limerick has an eight race card meeting in Ireland today, while Ayr, Fakenham and Lingfield are your three meetings in the UK as jump racing dominates Tuesday.
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.
Daryl says LAY!
13:05 Ayr - Be The Difference - 11/8 OUT 15/8
Was well positioned in a slowly run race at Wetherby last time, and is now in a stronger race back in open handicap company.
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At Fakenham in the 12:40 Racing Partnership Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase, trainer Dr Richard Newland has a 36% strike rate with his runners over fences at this venue and saddles Rebel Leader 2.56/4, who looks for a three-timer.
Trainer Lucy Wadham does very well at Fakenham across the board, but she excels with runners over fences here, operating at a 32% strike rate (13 winners from 41 runners), and she runs Little Light 4.57/2 in the 13:50.
Trainer Stuart Edmunds will be hoping to get a win out of his potentially well-handicapped Megan 1.910/11 in the 14:25 British Racing School Course 356 Mares' Handicap Hurdle at Fakenham. He has a 29% strike rate over hurdles here, and jockey Ciaran Gethings has a 27% strike rate.
Trainer Jeremy Scott is two for five (50%) over hurdles at Lingfield and today saddles Kissesforkatie 3.55/2. She will have to take on handicap debutant Smurphy Enki 2.56/4, which could prove a tough task on seasonal return.
At Ayr, trainer Nicky Richards saddles three runners, but the most interesting is his newcomer Paddock Cottage 4.57/2 in the bumper at 15:53, for which he has a 34% strike rate at this venue in these events.
Trainer Warren Greatrex is zero for six over fences at Ayr, but he has a 20% strike rate with those running over hurdles. His sole runner over hurdles today is Bill Baxter 1.910/11 at 13:40.
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.
Weighted to go well
"Weighted to go well" highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.
13:50 Fakenham - Little Light - Has won off 117 runs off 102
This section highlights a trainer, owner or jockey who is in excellent current form and their runners or rides for the day.
Backing jockey Nick Scholfield in the last 14 days has proved profitable with a return from a £1 level stake investment at £32,75. He has ridden six winners from his last 29 rides (21%). He has a good book of rides today at Fakenham.
Today's furthest traveller is trainer Warren Greatrex who makes the 357-mile journey to Ayr with three runners. He has two in the bumper at 15:53, for which he has a 14% strike rate, as well as Bill Baxter in the 13:40.
Race of the day
We head to Lingfield for their 14:05 Read Kevin Blake On attheraces.com Intermediate Handicap Chase, which looks very interesting on paper with plenty holding considerable potential in this sphere for the future. I think two have been overlooked in this market, so I will advise a bet on both Ahead Of The Field and Henry Gondoff.
Fantastikas represents Nigel Twiston-Davies and has been well found in the morning markets. He makes his chase debut today, and on the balance of his hurdle form, he looks on a very workable handicap mark of 128 should he take to the larger obstacles.
The slight concern with him is his stamina, given he was comprehensively outstayed on his final outing of the season over today's trip of three miles and hadn't looked the strongest at the finish in his other two attempts.
Still, he remains one to be optimistic about switching to this sphere, and he is open to further improvement, for all, he is short enough on this chasing bow.
Ahead Of The Field represents trainer Emma Lavelle who boasts a 38% strike rate here with her chasers having scored with three of her eight runners, and it could be significant that this is where she starts off her Irish recruit.
He was last seen winning a Maiden Hurdle at Naas in comfortable style, and that was his first start on good ground, so he has the potential for plenty more to come today on a similar surface.
His opening handicap mark of 118 looks lenient to say the least on the balance of his form, most of which has come on ground less than ideal. He has a point to point run when chasing home one now rated 134 when a clear second best with the third rated 117, and its interesting connections waste no time in going over fences.
If there was a horse from last season with considerable potential for fences at this level, then it was certainly Henry Gondoff for Jonjo O'Neill.
He is a big fine stamp of a horse who recorded a good time figure on his penultimate start at Wetherby before being caught late on his final outing at Carlisle after doing too much too soon.
He was in the process of winning a deep point to point before unseating his rider at the final fence on his only start over the larger obstacles, and a switch to this sphere could see him improve significantly on his handicap debut.
He remains one to view very positively.
TC on Betfair Super Saturday
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Betfair ambassador Paul Nicholls joins Dave Orton, Barry Orr and Kate Tracey as they look ahead to Saturday's Betfair Chase.
Timeform offer up three of their best at Ayr on Tuesday
The Timeform team offer their NAP, NB and each way shout.
I thought one of the leading lights from Monday's racing was Zabeel Champion - not the horse, although he was quite an impressive winner scoring for this column, but the owner.
After the race, Martin Tedham did a fantastic interview, explaining that he shouldn't be on camera because he should be at work. The owner pulled a sickie on the advice of trainer Jonjo O'Neill who urged him to attend the races to watch his horse run.
The passion of owners like this is infectious and something I, for one, would love to see more of in post-race interviews. Let's hope he didn't get into too much trouble, although I doubt he cared once he had seen Zabeel Champion cross the line in front.
Until tomorrow, be lucky.
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