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Today’s Racing News: Benny the bridge to Wednesday’s Newbury success

Today’s racing action comes from Newbury, Plumpton, Southwell and Dundalk. With all the betting stats, info, as well as two selections at Newbury is Daryl Carter.

Newbury is our focus today, but there are plenty of stats and angles into other meetings up and down the country, plus check out the Champion Hurdle preview as part of our lead up to the Cheltenham Festival.

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.

15:10 Plumpton – Atkan – 7/1 into 11/2
16:00 Newbury – Firestream 10/1 into 13/2
19:35 Southwell – Invincible Larne 5/1 into 7/2

The morning market drifters !

Which horse is the Betfair Sportsbook market suggesting to Lay?

16:10 Plumpton – Shiroccy Road 7/2 OUT 4/1

Mark your card

The Betfair Sportsbook is paying extra places today!

In the 17:35 Handicap at Southwell, jockey David Probert has a three for three 100% record onboard Lucayan 2.47/5. Today he is back in the saddle, and he also has a 33% strike rate when riding for trainer Joseph Parr.

Jockey Robert Winston has one ride at Southwell today in the 18:05 Classified Stakes on Back From Dubai 4.57/2, and he has a 44% strike rate when riding for owner K Nicholls.

Trainer Alan King has a 33% strike rate over hurdles at Plumpton and today sends just one runner Pumpkin’s Pride 5.04/1 in the opening 13:25 Novices Hurdle.

Trainer Donald McCain has an excellent three for five 60% strike rate over fences at Plumpton. Today he sends Blueberry Wine 3.55/2 in the 15:40 Handicap Chase.

Trainer Samuel Drinkwater has a perfect one for one 100% record over fences at Newbury and today sends Benny’s Bridge 5.04/1 in the 13:50 Handicap Chase.

Only one favourite in the last ten years has won the 15:00 Handicap Chase at Newbury.

Nicky Henderson’s Grand Luna 2.68/5 will bid for a four-timer over course and distance in the 15:30 at Newbury for Surrey Racing, who have a 60% strike rate over hurdles in the past five seasons!

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.

15:30 Newbury – Grand Luna – Has won here three times (100%)
17:05 Southwell – Temur Khan – Has won here twice (29%)

Weighted to go well

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

14:35 Plumpton – Rocky’s Treasure – Has won off 138 runs off 127
15:00 Newbury – Young Wolf – Has won off 138 runs off 120
15:40 Plumpton – Enrichissant – Has won off 114 runs off 103
18:35 Southwell – Broughtons Flare – Has won off 65 runs off 52

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 Kevin Philippart De Foy has been operating at a 33% strike rate in the last 14 days. Twentysharesofgrey 12.011/1 is his only entrant today at Southwell in the 19:05 Handicap.

Furthest traveller

Trainer Tony Newcombe has made the 232-mile journey from his base to Southwell for two runners today. He saddles Bug Boy 36.035/1 at 17:05 and Joli’s Legacy 11.010/1 at 19:05.

Race of the day

We head to Newbury today for their very tricky 14:25 Handicap Hurdle, where 13 relatively unexposed horses head to post in a race that has seen the last four favourites oblige, suggesting it’s not as daunting as it first looks for punters.



Trainer: Ben Pauling
Jockey: Kielan Woods
Age: 6
Weight: 11st 4lbs
OR: 114

Fine Casting heads the market but has been uneasy this morning out from 3.02/1 out to 3.55/2, but he has a steadily progressive profile and represents last years best of the British bumper form.

He has a course win here in a bumper and arrives on the back of a heavy ground Ffos Las win when making all the running and today makes his handicap debut off an opening mark of 114.

On balance, his handicap mark looks workable, but it remains to be seen if his future lies over further with this 2m trip on drying ground likely to prove a sharp enough test for him.

He has likeable claims and has the right profile for this race, but he may prove vulnerable to something with a bit more speed.



Trainer: Alastair Ralph
Jockey: Nick Scholfield
Age: 6
Weight: 11st 6lbs
OR: 116

Chanceux arrives in search of a three-timer on handicap debut but has left nothing in the dark for the assessor, and it would be a surprise should he be miles ahead of his handicap mark of 116 on the balance of his form to date.

However, he comes here in good heart, and he is on the upgrade. He’s been seen to best effect on the front end, and while his jumping to the right at Plumpton was a concern, it didn’t stop him from running out a ready winner.

His trainer is zero for seven at this venue over hurdles and he could just find something better handicapped.



Trainer: Harriet Brown
Jockey: Thomas Doggrell
Age: 5
Weight: 11st 3lbs
OR: 113

Mascat is an 87 rated flat horse that ran as well as can be expected under a penalty when finding 2m4f stretching his stamina at Wincanton behind a very smart improver. Today’s drop back in trip on drying ground should see more of a speed test play to his strengths.

He is another handicap debutant, and on his flat form, this opening mark of 113 looks very lenient. He will need to improve on his hurdle form, but he won as he liked on his debut at Wincanton and the talented Thomas Doggrell claims a further seven pounds off his back.

He is open to improvement, and this bigger field stronger-paced scenario should suit him.

Big race verdict

There’s plenty to like right down to the outsider of the field Canford Light should he brush up his jumping but MASCAT could prove very well treated off this opening mark on just his second start over 2m. He looks a good each-way bet at the morning odds and is worth a play. Sheldon is always well supported but has failed to deliver on numerous occasions now, and patience is wearing thin, but he has the form in the book to play a significant role.

Timeform ready to pull the trigger at Southwell

Timeform’s Andrew Asquith highlights a NAP, Next Best and Each-Way selection at Southwell on Wednesday.

Can anyone tame the Honey monster in the Champion Hurdle?

Daryl Carter is back for another ante-post preview for Betfair and this time tackles the prestigious Champion Hurdle, with the spotlight firmly on Honeysuckle…

Benny to bounce back at Newbury

Benny’s Bridge caught the eye on chase debut at Doncaster last month despite being keen in the early stages and making a bad blunder at the rear of the field when attempting to make his challenge. He can maintain Samuel Drinkwater’s 100% chase record in the 13:50 Handicap Chase.



Trainer: Samuel Drinkwater
Jockey: Jonathan Burke
Age: 9
Weight: 10st 12lbs
OR: 122

Benny’s Bridge is entitled to improve for that run and sits on a very workable handicap mark of 122 after being rated as high as 137 over hurdles last term. He has taken a few runs to really get going this season, but he has been brought along steadily and gave the firm impression that he is ready to strike when third behind this columns winner Thyme White on his latest outing.

That form ties in with today’s odds-on favourite, so Amarillo Sky must be respected, but the value play is with Benny, especially with a strong pace on offer and with improvement expected.

Final Word

Finally, we have some decent action to get our teeth stuck into today at Newbury. It’s felt like a slow month in racing, with it hard to be enthusiastic about the mid-week stuff, but things should start picking up towards the end of the month.

No complaints from me today, so until tomorrow, be lucky!

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