Her Majesty has had a few months to get over the disappointment of Carlton House’s defeat in the Derby and can turn her attention towards Uttoxeter on Wednesday afternoon and the hurdling debut of Open Hearted (12.40).
A home-bred gelding whose dam, Romantic Dream, is a sister to her mother’s useful jumper First Love, Open Hearted showed a good attitude when victorious on her racecourse debut in a bumper at Ludlow earlier in the month and it’s interesting to see connections opt to go straight over hurdles now.
He certainly has the pedigree and the confirmation to make a jumper, as well as the tenacity, although this 16-runner contest won’t be a cakewalk with Poole Master notably strong in opposition in the early betting exchanges already on Wednesday morning.
I like this horse though, and I like the booking of Tony McCoy too, so I’ll be unfurling my Union Jack and hoping for the best.
Alcalde (2.40) looks a very fair each-way bet at 8-1 with Sky Bet later on the card. Despite being a three-time winner on the Flat, Alcalde is more grit than glamour and lacks a turn of foot at the end of his races. He was picked off by a couple of speedier types in the final stages at Sandown last time out.
However, that was a far more competitive contest than the affair in which he lines up today and there are definitely more races to be won over hurdles with this horse off a sympathetic-looking mark. Will Kennedy takes over in the saddle here and that’s another clear positive for his prospects.
Basford Bob (3.00) will be better suited by the left-handed track at Catterick than he was by going the other way round at Ludlow last time. He still has the potential to make up into a smart chaser if he can iron out the jumping errors that blighted his chances first time out over fences.
Tipping competition, day three
Oops! We left in an abandoned race yesterday, meaning this week’s competition will be decided over 14 races rather than the usual 15. Apologies to all. It didn’t stop Copshaw and curlycov from making hay, just as they had on day one, with each picking Crack At Dawn (10-1) to take a healthy joint-lead over the field.
Today, we’d like your tips, please, for these races: 2.40 Uttoxeter, 2.50 Hereford, 7.30 Kempton.
This week’s prize is a pair of Club enclosure tickets to Cheltenham on Saturday 10th December, the day of the December Gold Cup (sponsored by Spinal Research) and the Stan James International Hurdle (aka the Bula). If you don’t win this week, you can buy tickets here.
As ever, our champion will be the tipster who returns the best profit to notional level stakes of £1 at starting price on our nominated races, of which there will be three each day up until Friday. Non-runners count as losers. If you have not joined in so far this week, you are welcome to do so today, but you will start on -5.
In the event of a tie at the end of the week, the winner will be the tipster who, from among those tied on the highest score, posted their tips earliest on the final day.
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