Horse Racing Tips

Through The Card: Plumpton, Monday 22 April

Runners jump a fence
There's National Hunt action at Plumpton on Easter Monday

"...he can defy a 7 lb rise to win again with the booking of Wayne Hutchinson a positive."

Timeform on Brother Bennett

Timeform take you through the card at Plumpton on Monday...

13:50 - A juvenile hurdle which looks likely to turn into a match race between Praeceps and ZANZI WIN (2). There's little to separate them on form, but preference is for the latter, who continued his progression when opening his account over C&D last time and can improve further to take this. Praeceps has performed well in handicaps the last twice and is a big danger, while Flaminger looks most likely to finish third.

14:25 - Hold-up performers aren't generally favoured at this trip at Plumpton, meaning those who tend to sit prominently could have a big advantage here with a weak pace forecast. As such, it could be worth siding with WILDE SPIRIT (4), one of the more prominent runners in the field. She was well held on her handicap bow at Taunton last time out, but had been shaping well prior to that and could be worth another chance now dropped 4 lb by the handicapper. Wayne Hutchinson is particularly well-suited to riding front-runners, and he's fancied to strike on board Wilde Spirit for the in-form Alan King team. Our Rockstar scored pretty readily on handicap debut last month and is a danger if able to defy a rise in the weights, while Tennewrow has each-way claims.

15:00 - A small but competitive field for today's feature. Preference is for C&D winner NOT ANOTHER MUDDLE (3), who shaped really well in last month's Grand Annual at Cheltenham, finishing fifth, and went like the best horse at the weights when second at Fontwell last time, with the longer trip just stretching him in the end. Today's conditions should suit him down to the ground, and he can pick up a deserved success. Romain de Senam was in front of the selection at Fontwell last time, and will likely make a bold bid to confirm that form.

15:35 - An open-looking race. ITSONLYROCKNROLL (1) was going well when suffering a heavy fall 3 out at Fontwell 10 days ago, and provided that fall hasn't left a mark, he has a fair amount to recommend him turned out quickly dropped in class and representing a trainer with an excellent record at the track. Bolister arrives in better form than most and is respected, while Venetian Proposal could be interesting here at a bigger price.

16:10 - It's difficult to look past recent C&D scorer BROTHER BENNETT (3), who got off the mark for the season in good style here 15 days ago. Both of his career wins over fences have come over today's course and distance, and he can defy a 7 lb rise to win again with the booking of Wayne Hutchinson a positive. No No Cardinal could be ready to cash in his much-reduced mark judged on his good second to the thriving Finnegan's Garden at Fontwell and is respected, while Kilinakin is another to consider.

16:45 - An interesting low-grade handicap hurdle, in which plenty are worthy of a mention. It may be worth taking a chance at the prices, with David Pipe's STREAM LADY (1). Admittedly, her opening mark looked a stiff one when finishing seventh on handicap debut at Ffos Las 15 days ago, but she's quickly been dropped 4 lb for that, and it would be no surprise should she start to improve as she gains more experience. It's interesting that Stream Lady has been stepped up to three miles here, considering she's shaped as though she will stay the trip, and she could be worth chancing to take a big step forward this afternoon. The unexposed Bonbonniere is a danger for man-of-the-moment Dan Skelton, while The Tin Miner is nicely handicapped on the pick of his chase form now back hurdling.

17:20 - Disappointing to see just two line up for the final race on the card, though it looks a good contest on paper. There's little to separate Darebin and KING CNUT (2) on Timeform ratings, but today's quick conditions should suit the latter slightly better and a repeat of his effort to win here in the autumn could be enough to shade this.

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