Today's Racing News: Cheltenham fans five-day fury while flat punters get stuck in at Newbury

The Newbury betting markets have been lively this morning with some big plunges.

Welcome to Tuesday. Daryl Carter is on hand to guide you through the day's racing, gives his thoughts on the five-day Cheltenham Festival possibility and looks at today's big-money moves.

"Social media blew up over the issue, with many reacting as though their cat has just been strangled right in front of them."

Today's racing is like the dessert after a roast dinner; you know you're full, but you're going in again, and Beverley, Brighton, Ayr, Newbury and Newton Abbot are the offerings.

Money Talk - Tuesday's movers and shakers

Some big priced movers today around the country on the Betfair Sportsbook, but how telling will the money be today?

16:30 Brighton - Soaring Spirits 25/1 into 12/1
17:05 Brighton - Pusey Street 66/1 into 16/1
17:45 Newton Abbot - Perfect Predator 16/1 into 11/2
19:00 Newbury - Ask The Wind 14/1 into 6/1
19:30 Newbury - Masked Identity 20/1 into 15/2

The market say's no!

17:00 Newbury - Frozen Waters 5/1 OUT 16/1
14:55 Beverley - Captain St Lucifer 2/1 OUT 11/4

Cheltenham five-day festival

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This week's big story is Cheltenham's proposed move to a five-day festival with two additional races added to the meeting spread over five days.

Social media blew up over the issue, with many reacting as though their cat has just been strangled right in front of them.

"That will dilute the quality" was a common phrase all be it without anyone knowing the proposed races that are set to be added.

This move by the Jockey Club likely is in reaction to recoup the £90 million lost at its 15 courses around the country due to the pandemic in 2020.

The Jockey Club reinvests all of its profits back into racing - prize money, course upgrades etc.

There is an argument already that there is too much racing - this I would agree with, but during the week when it is hard to attract new racegoers.

Weekends and festivals such as the Cheltenham Festival are big money earners, and it is simply good business to add a fifth day to the festival.

The Cheltenham Festival already supports many of the Jockey Clubs quieter courses, such as Wincanton, and this proposed move would generate more money to support such courses throughout the year, including prize money.

Many racing fans on Twitter expressed their upset that they don't get a say given they are the consumers of the product, but at the end of the day, the Jockey Club is a business like any other.

The cost for a five-day festival will obviously be more than the current four, but the harsh reality is, if you can't afford all five days, do two, three or four.

If done rightly, the Jockey Club will generate more money to support its smaller courses on the brink of existence, and it's surprising how many of them rely on the Cheltenham Festival.

This is something only to be positive about if we want to keep our smaller courses alive for future generations.

Timeform Tuesday tips

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The Timeform team look to continue their fine form with winners on Tuesday as they head out to Beverley.

Read Timeform tips here.

Race of the day

Today's focus is at Newbury as we take a look at the tricky handicap on the card, the 18:30 Bridget Handicap.

Ed Walker's three-year-old Navegaon Gate looks a favourite to take on. He starts his handicap life off a very lofty opening mark of 81 on the balance of his three starts, and I firmly expect this one to drift despite the 14lbs he receives from his elders.

He hasn't looked devoid of promise but has looked one-paced even over a mile and a quatre here last time and needs this extra two furlongs to bring out significantly more.

Amir Kabir has proved frustrating for punters, yet he still draws many in, including the bookmakers. He certainly has the talent to win off a handicap mark of 83 for all he has had three opportunities this term to do so.

Going further up in trip may bring out the necessary improvement to land this wide-open contest, and he is a soft ground winner at Newmarket, so there are reasons to think he could get his head in front, and he couldn't be opposed with any confidence.

It may pay to take a small chance on the well-treated Toronto who shaped as though he was about to run into form with a good fourth at Chester despite being denied a clear run.

He gets the services of five-pound-claimer Laura Pearson, which effectively puts him on a career-low mark of 74. He had handled conditions previously off a handicap mark of 96 when a good second at Haydock to one now 14lbs higher in the handicap.

He is relatively unexposed over this trip.

Daily tipster Rhys Williams off to value town on Tuesday

Our daily tipster Rhys Williams continues on his search for winners and has one selection from Beverley at a big price.

Read Rhys' tips here.

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Back Alambrista here.

Keeping Busy with Ayr assignment

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Keep Busy 8/11 was beaten less than three lengths in the Kings Stand seven days ago and will live up to her name with a quick turnaround at Ayr in the Listed contest at 15:45.

She will take on the improving Wise Words 5/1, who will need to do just that to compete with the Group One filly but looks the chief threat ahead of Dickiedoodah 7/2 and offers some each way freeroll value in the feature race of the day.

Sizing to bounce back?

Newton Abbot has a competitive card with the 19:45 Class 3 Handicap Chase the feature in which Darling Maltaix 7/4 heads the market and looks a strong favourite.

It may pay to look to the 20:15 in which Sizing Midnight 13/2 figures off a very attractive handicap mark of 109 under this 7lb claimer.

The Colin Tizzard runner has more letters than numbers by his name but was running in the Badger Beers Trophy and looking threatening off a handicap mark of 133 just five starts ago.

Final Word

All this arguing on Twitter over the five-day Cheltenham Festival extension has got me all wound up.

It seems we are in an age where if your opinion differs from that of the majority, you are wrong or deserve a barrage of hate.

I'm of the feeling that another day of top-class racing action at Cheltenham is a joy to behold. Sorry if I am not going to fall in line with everyone else, but that's just me, and if you don't like it, well, tough, really.

Best of luck on the punting front today!

Until tomorrow, be lucky.

Follow Daryl Carter on Twitter @DarylCarter7

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