There’s Uttoxeter betting tips and selections from the Cheltenham consolation card at Kempton among several jumps meetings this Saturday. Still got that Festival feeling? Then why not have a look at the horses tipped by our experts on 20 March.
Uttoxeter betting tips – Time To Get Up the Midlands Grand National wager
In the Listed 4m 2f Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter (15:35), big ante post gamble Time To Get Up looked weight to take the all beating. Trained by Jonjo O’Neill for JP McManus, this eight-year-old son of Presenting should appreciate the marathon trip. He could well be a Grand National horse of the future too.
Time To Get Up has only had six starts in his life and, when in the care of Joseph O’Brien, chased home Monkfish over hurdles. That form looks pretty good considering the winner has since scored at consecutive Cheltenham Festivals. Time To Get Up ran a fine third to subsequent Grade 3 winner Canelo on his chase bow at Aintree.
When up in distance to 3m 1f in the Dick Hunt Trophy at Wincanton last time out, he absolutely bolted up. The way Time To Get Up kept on strongly suggests this stamina test should suit him. At odds of 5/1 with Unibet, who pay five places, he is a strong fancy for his powerful connections.
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Gulliver Collonges also appeals for same team
Another of our Uttxoeter betting tips is Gulliver Collonges for the same trainer, onwer and jockey in the 2m 4f novice hurdle later on the card (16:10). This five-year-old by Tiger Groom placed in a Fontwell bumper and didn’t appear to like heavy ground on his hurdles debut when pulled up at Carlisle.
Gulliver Collonges shaped better when chasing home the 125-rated Champagne Rhythm, at Chepstow. The winner had a 5lb claimer aboard, so off level weights it may have been a different story with just three lengths between the pair. The smooth headway made by Gulliver Collonges rounding the home turn stands him in good stead.
That run may have brought him on. The Edgar Wallace, rated 126, is a danger after wind surgery but also more exposed. Team O’Neill may continue their good form of recent weeks here, however. Gullive Collonges looks value at 7/1 with 888sport to deliver and solid each-way value.
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Thurles betting tips – Zarkareva the Pierce Molony punt
In the feature race over in Ireland, the 2m 2f Grade 3 Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase (16:00), Zakareva looks value to turn over Felix Desjy off bottom weight. Trained by Henry De Bromhead, who has had a fine week with his Cheltenham raiders, this five-year-old mare has eye-catching form from Sligo.
Despite getting hampered there three out in the autumn, she won eased down by 16 lengths over Heaven Help Us. The runner-up has since reverted to hurdles and plundered valuable handicap hurdles at the Dublin Racing Festival and Cheltenham. That gives the form a solid look.
Zarkareva then beat another Leopardstown graded handicap winner in A Wave Of The Sea in a Grade 3 at Punchestown. De Bromhead took her to Cheltenham, but she didn’t fire. Now given a winter break to freshen up, the 13lb she gets from Felix Desjy looks significant and Zarkareva thus appeals at 13/2 each-way with Betfair for victory.
Newcastle betting tips – Dreams Of Home gets vote in opener
In the 2m novice hurdle which kicks off Newcastle’s card (14:00), Dreams Of Home could well defy a double penalty, hit a hat-trick and remain unbeaten. Trained by Donald McCain, this Irish point winner has since scored at both Wetherby and Carlisle in comfortable style.
Dreams Of Home saw his point form franked by the runner-up, who has won a bumper. After an easy 12-length victory at Wetherby, he followed-up unchallenged at Carlisle. Again, there is substance to the form as the runner-up Royal Arcade bolted up by 25 lengths next time out.
As Dreams Of Home has already given weight and won, he may well be capable of doing so again. He encounters a sounder surface for the first time in his career, but champion jockey Brian Hughes keeps the ride. Dreams Of Home looks nicely placed for a fourth career success here.
Kempton betting tips – Nighboattoclyro the Silver Plate selection
In-form Nighboattoclyro just missed out on the Martin Pipe as Cheltenham, but could gain compensation in the consolation race at Kempton, the Silver Plate Handicap Hurdle (14:40). Trained by Samuel Drinkwater, this seven-year-old Sulamani gelding has already won three times in as many starts this season.
Although Nightboattoclyro now races off 16lb higher than when winning the first of those at Doncaster, the form stacks up. The runner-up that day, Hooper, has since scored at Hereford. First Lord Du Cuet, who chased Nightboattoclyro home at Chepstow, came out and won his next start at Wincanton.
He was always doing enough to complete his hat-trick at Wetherby too. Nightboattoclyro is clearly feared by bookmakers worried he may go in again. Odds of 5/1 with Befair reflect that. Drinkwater has Jack Tudor back aboard, taking a valuable 3lb off with his claim, so this thriving sort could land the four-timer.
Jeremys Pass also appeals
Another of the Kempton betting tips is Jeremys Pass in the 2m 5f novice hurdle :15:50). Trained by Paul Nicholls, this six-year-old won on his bow over the obstacles at Wincanton. The form looks good as the runner-up Sizable Sam came out and landed his next two starts.
Jeremys Pass was pulled up on soft going at Ascot, but this sounder surface promises to suit. He ran well last time out when third to Patroclus at Doncaster. The runner-up, Riggs, has come out and finished runner-up in a Grade 3 which advertises the form nicely.
Now back up in trip and getting good ground, he can resume winning here. With Champagne Mystery also in the line-up but on the comeback trail after a difficult time over fences, Jeremys Pass could be up to giving his main market rival 6lb and is 11/8 with bet365 for success.
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Fontwell betting tips – Lily The Pink a punt in last
In the conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle which closes the card at Fontwell (15:55), Lily The Pink has a shout. Trained by Anthony Honeyball, this seven-year-old Malinas mare won over course and distance off 8lb lower two starts ago.
Lily The Pink has been consistent this season, but didn’t stay 2m 7f at Market Rasen. Since being dropped back in trip, she has a win and a placed effort to her name. The latter came at Exeter where, but for a mistake at the last, she may have gone in again.
Fontwell is a specialist track. As Lily The Pink won a bumper on a sounder surface, the better going than her success shouldn’t be an issue. Rex Dingle takes 3lb off her even though he’s ridden out his claim because he rides for his own stable. Taking all that together, Lily The Pink looks wort a punt at 2/1 with William Hill here.
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