Wolverhampton 4.45 Compare Bookmakers at bookmakers.co.uk Handicap (4yo+) (Class 2)
Muhdiq – 8/1 E/W
Muhdiq is one that caught the eye last time out when beaten only a length and a half by Swiss Cross over course and distance. Muhdiq should have no problems reversing that form now on better terms at the weights. He should also have a good chance of reversing the form with Lexi’s Hero, who beat him by only a length the time before last, now better off at the weights with him. Another piece of form that caught my eye was his fourth behind Perfect Pasture back in October last year, he was only beaten a length and a quarter that day. That was the third leg of Perfect Pasture’s impressive six timer leaving that horse now rated 100. This is a very competitive handicap but at 8/1 I think Muhdiq is worth an each way bet.
Leapordstown 3.50 Hennessy Gold Cup (Grade 1) (5yo+)
Lord Windermere – 9/1 E/W
Last years RSA Chase winner at the a Cheltenham Festival comes here needing to bounce back from a below par effort in the Lexus. He finished 7th on that day beaten 11 lengths by the winner Bobs Worth. That day he ran wide the entire time and never really threatened, but I’m hoping he can put up a good performance today. Davy Russell takes the ride today, he has only been on him once before, when winning the RSA Chase at Cheltenham. He has won around here at Leapordstown on similar ground to todays in the past so that should be fine. Trainer Jim Culloty seems to think a lot of this horse, so hopefully now reunited with Davy Russell he can put up a good show and outrun his reasonably generous odds.
Kempton 5.30 Mix Business With Pleasure At Kempton Handicap (4yo+) (Class 7)
The Wonga Coup – 7/1 Win
The Wonga Coup is dropped into a class 7 contest for the first time in his career and now 9lbs below his last winning mark, I expect a big run from him today. He has ran over course and distance once before, winning off a mark of 57. His last few runs haven’t been too bad, having not being beaten too far in the majority of them. Now well below his last winning mark and back over this course and distance I think this is a decent bet in a weak contest.
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Ray Of Joy – 9/2 Win
Ray Of Joy is a five time course winner here at Kempton, and has been placed here on a number of occasions too. Today she runs off a mark of 67, the same mark as when being beaten only a length over course and distance a couple of weeks ago. With no obvious front runner in this six runner field it could become a tactical affair, but Ray Of Joy seems tactically versatile so that shouldn’t pose a problem. In the past she has won off marks in the 80′s so she should be up to winning off this mark of 67. Fergus Sweeney again takes the ride today after finishing second on her last time out, and he has won on her twice previously around here. The short priced favourite in this race, Welsh Sunrise, needs further than this in my opinion so I am happy to oppose. With Ray Of Joy priced at 9/2 I think she is certainly worth a decent bet.
Punchestown 4.10 Claim Your One Month Free Trial At racinguk.com Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade C) (5yo+)
Quito De La Roque – 12/1 E/W
It has been years since Quito De La Roque has been running off of a low enough mark to be able to run in a handicap, but today he runs off his his lowest ever mark with a decent 5lbs claimer riding. For the last few years now he’s been running in some of the top races, and looked potentially top class when beating Sizing Europe in a Grade 1 at Down Royal. So now back in a handicap he could be the class of this race if he can bounce back to form and hopefully he will add to his 7 chase successes so far.
Southwell 2.00 Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap (4yo+) (Class 6)
Gebayl – 20/1 E/W
Gebayl has had four runs at Southwell on the fibresand, resulting in one win and three second place finishes. The one victory of her career came over todays trip of six furlongs, and also after coming off of a three month break, exactly the same as todays. That win came in a maiden but before that she was placed off a mark of 62 in a seven furlong handicap here, beaten by Ivy Port, who has gone on to win more races. Her last three runs before joining this yard weren’t great, but now back after a break and back at Southwell, off a handicap mark of 57, I think she will go very close today.
Taunton 1.40 BHEST Racing To School Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) (Class 5)
Blazing Bouncer – 20/1 E/W
Blazing Bouncer’s last start came just nine days after a good second at Uttoxeter. I am willing to forgive that last run when upped to three miles, and another go at three miles here after over a month to recover shouldn’t be a problem. The form of his second placed finish over two and a half miles at Uttoxeter has been boosted with the third and fourth winning since, and on that form he should have a great chance here if he can last out the three mile trip.