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Today’s Racing News: Back the blinkered Bridge to score for Skelton duo at Wetherby

Wetherby is our main focus today, and I have a strong fancy on the card, while Kempton and Dundalk are your go-to meetings if you are flat fans. Over at Hereford, Emmpressive Lady heads the market for the feature action as she is turned out quickly after her impressive Exeter win three days ago.

Let’s get cracking.

Money Talk

Money Talk continues to highlight the Betfair Sportsbook big-money moves to keep you in the loop. This section highlights market moves between 1:00 am and 9:00 am.

14:30 Hereford – Pump It Up 5/2 into 15/8
16:22 Wetherby – Economic Editor 30/1 into 14/1
17:10 Dundalk – Eglish 9/2 into 7/2

The morning market drifters !

Which horse is the Betfair Sportsbook market suggesting to Lay?

16:22 Wetherby – William Cody 11/4 OUT 10/3

Mark your card

The Betfair Sportsbook is paying extra places today!

At Hereford in the 13:55, trainer Dr Richard Newland sends his only runner of the day Bolintlea 4.57/2, and he has a 31% strike rate over hurdles.

Trainer Richard Spencer makes the longest journey on the Hereford card with his runner Pump It Up 3.55/2 in the 14:30 Juvenile Maiden Hurdle. He has made the 159-mile trip with his only runner on the card and is looking for his first winner at this venue after no success with three runners.

Trainer Nicky Henderson has a 30% strike rate over in bumpers at Hereford, and he sends one runner, Propelled 3.55/2, partnered by Nico de Boinville, who has his first ride in a bumper at Hereford 16:45.

In the 17:30 at Kempton, trainer J S Moore and jockey Liam Keniry have struck twice from two rides together in the last 14 days and partner today with Fact Or Fable 5.59/2 in a bid to maintain their recent 100% partnership.

At Kempton in the 19:30 Handicap, Kieran Shoemark has a 60% strike rate when riding for owner Hills’ Angels and partners up with May Sonic 1.910/11.

At Wetherby, trainer Dan Skelton and brother Harry are operating at a 27% strike rate when partnering in the last 14 days and today have a strong chance’s throughout the card.

Horses for courses

This section highlights horses that have won twice or more at today’s tracks and could be in with a chance today.

15:15 Wetherby – Mr Scrumpy – Has won here twice (67%)
18:30 Kempton – Lafan – Has won here twice (100%)
20:30 Kempton – Hold Fast – Has won here four times (36%)

Weighted to go well

“Weighted to go well” highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.

14:40 Wetherby – Joke Dancer – Has won off 134 runs off 124
15:15 Wetherby – Crixus’s Escape – Has won off 130 runs off 120
15:50 Wetherby – Loughermore – Has won off 105 runs off 95
18:00 Kempton – Mabre – Has won off 70 runs off 56
20:30 Kempton – Lady Alavesa – Has won off 64 runs off 53

Form Watch

This section highlights a trainer, owner or jockey who is in excellent current form and their runners or rides for the day.

Trainer Nick Kent has had two winners from his last seven runners operating at a 27% strike rate, and he will be hoping to continue his good run with Erne River 1.84/5 at Wetherby in the 13:30.

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Furthest traveller

Today’s furthest traveller is trainer Michael Herrington who makes the 245-mile journey to Kempton with his runner Lady Alvesa 7.513/2 in the 20:30.

Race of the day

We head to Wetherby for their competitive 14:05 Handicap Hurdle, where I have a relatively rare midweek strong fancy. We have the dead eight runners, so punters beware of those each-way places possibly being reduced to two should we see a non-runner late in the day.



Trainer: Dan Skelton
Jockey: Harry Skelton
Age: 9
Weight: 10st 13lbs
OR: 129

Shannon Bridge is the horse I fancy strongly today. The angle with this one is the tongue-tie blinker combination that goes back on for the first time since scoring at Ascot in good style off of a four pounds higher handicap mark. That run saw him take care of a useful field, including today’s rival Arrivederci, who is shorter in the market for some reason.

He is now two for two 100% in this headgear combination, and he hinted at a return to form last time after dropping back in trip and returning to Wetherby. He has been running over 3m this term and, as a result, has dropped from a handicap mark of 140 down to 129.

He has a good record here at Wetherby, and this looks to have been the target, he goes well at this time of year with form figures in Jan/early Feb of 31102, and he must be a big player.



Trainer: Jamie Snowden
Jockey: Gavin Sheehan
Age: 6
Weight: 11st 2lbs
OR: 132

Out On Patrol is feared on this return to Wetherby after putting in a good showing in the Lanzarote at Kempton last time.

He is on a career-high handicap mark but was very impressive on his last outing at this venue. He has excuses for his two defeats, and he wasn’t granted much luck on his latest start, so everything looks right for a bold showing.

How much he has in hand of the handicapper is up for debate, though, he is a progressive horse that’s worth keeping on side after today.



Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill
Jockey: Jonjo O’Neill Jr.
Age: 7
Weight: 11st 3lbs
OR: 133

Arrivederci is entitled to build on his seasonal return at Taunton when well held, but this is his second start after wind surgery, and he is expected to take a step forward.

He has an upwardly mobile profile and, on the balance of his form, could still be ahead of the handicapper. He does have six lengths to find with Shannon Bridge, though, and he will need a career-best to land this contest.

Big race verdict

Shannon Bridge 5.04/1 ticks all the boxes with this headgear combo back on. He loves the track, the ground is spot-on, and he is a well-handicapped horse returning to form at the same time as previous years, so he must have a big say in matters. Out On Parol is feared the most.

Timeform take a strong stand at Kempton

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Tony Calvin with an early Grand National tip

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Final Word – Stop complaining Michael

The Grand National weights were revealed yesterday, and surprise, surprise, a certain owner was not happy despite his horse being dropped five pounds in the weights.

Yes, Michael O’Leary was out in full voice about Tiger Roll like a spoilt child that has been told no, and he has now said that his runner will not run in the Grand National under such a weight.

To put it into perspective, he was given a weight of 11st 4lbs (161), the same weight he carried to X Country victory 12 months ago and one pound lower than his National win in 2019.

Understandably, the weight will rise should those at the top defect from the race closer to the time, but Michael, what do you want?

You have a two-time Grand National winner and a three-time X Country winner (which consists of National fences).

Your horse will not be dropped no matter how many times you run him over hurdles! The National is a separate discipline. The man is bonkers, thinking the handicapper is just going to allow him a lightweight because he is 12.

I’m not too fond of how this guy tries to put pressure on the handicapper. I’m sick of hearing his name and hearing him complain. Don’t try and taint one of the greatest races in the world by throwing your toys out of the pram.

Until tomorrow, be lucky, don’t be like Michael.

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