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Thursday Racing Tip: Three Kingdoms can reign supreme at Leicester

cheltenham-bookmakersAfter a slow start to the week in terms of National Hunt racing, things step up a gear today with meetings at Wincanton, Market Rasen and Leicester for punters to get stuck into.

Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson have taken teams down to Market Rasen and Wincanton, so expect plenty of short prices amongst their runners.

The shortest runner of them all is the exciting prospect Captain Cutter from the Henderson stable.

He is as short as 16/1 for the Neptune after making a very impressive debut at Kempton and his odds of 1/7 pretty much sum up how far he should win by today under a penalty in the 12:50 at Market Rase.

He’s well worth watching though.

We’re plumping for two tips today but are swerving both the Nicholls and Henderson hot-pots as they’re always overbet on low key midweek days like today.

A favourite we do think has a fantastic chance at short prices is THREE KINGDOMS, who runs in the Knighton Novices´ Hurdle in Leicester’s 1:00. Trainer John Ferguson has been able to really get stuck into the horse this season after he disappointed at Sedgefield and in the Fred Winter Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival.

The horse is now going the right way and has put in two performances in the last two months that makes him a real player to take this contest under a penalty.

He won doing handstands on his reappearance at Wetherby and stepped up from that to finish a staying-on third in a very competitive novice handicap at Cheltenham.

That form stands him head and shoulders above his rivals here.

If he can transfer that form, which looks almost certain considering his trainer and the drying ground, then the 8/15 should have no problem in being a winning selection, although we do admit, he’s a bit shorter than we expected. Four point win stakes are advised.

Bigger price hunters will be more satisfied with our second selection who goes by the name of SHIMLA DAWN and runs in the Handicap Hurdle at 2:20 at Market Rasen.

Trading at 3/1 with Bet365, the five-year-old was a clear eye catcher at Hexham last time out when finishing a keeping on third despite pulling very hard in the early stages.

On that showing, Tim Walford’s charge looks very leniently treated off a mark of 112 on handicap debut. Should win. Two point win stake.

Profit & Loss Record

Staked: 43pts
Returned: 35.55pts
P/L: -7.45pts

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