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Today’s Racing News: Wetherby welcome Albert Back

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.

15:55 Southwell – Navegaon Gate 14/1 into 11/1

19:00 Wolverhampton – First Verse 11/2 into 9/2

20:30 Wolverhampton – Alvarice 5/2 into 2/1

The morning market drifters !

Which horse is the Betfair Sportsbook market suggesting to Lay?

16:30 Southwell – Tarseem 2/1 OUT 11/4

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The Betfair Sportsbook is paying extra places today!

In the 13:35 at Southwell, trainer Laura Morgan saddles Diva’s Mix 5.59/2, and she has a 43% strike rate over fences. She has sent out five winners from her last 14 runners, including a handicap chase debutant with a similar profile to this one.

In the 14:45 at Southwell, jockey Kevin Brogan has ridden four winners from eight rides (50%) for trainer Toby Lawes, and today they partner with Geometrical 3.55/2.

Trainer Tom George has a 27% strike rate over hurdles at Southwell. His best chance of the day could be Above Suspicion 13.012/1 in the 15:55 Class 5 Handicap Hurdle.

Trainer Rebecca Menzies has sent out ten winners from 29 runners in the last 21 days. Jockey Conor O’Farrell is zero for 32 at Southwell, but his luck could be about to change when they partner on Ritson 2.47/5 in the 14:55.

Short priced double anyone?

Jockey Harry Skelton has three chances at Wetherby today. The best of those looks to be Grey Dawning 1.910/11 in the 17:10. Harry Skelton has a 24% strike rate at this venue, and trainer Dan Skelton has a 36% strike rate in bumpers, although Harry is just one for 28.

In the 18:30 at Wolverhampton, High Velocity 2.111/10 makes his handicap debut off what looks a lenient opening mark of 81, and James Doyle takes the ride. Interesting because Charlie Appleby has a runner in the race.

Grey Dawning 1.910/11 and High Velocity 2.111/10 double pays GBP36 for a GBP10 stake.

Jockey Luke Morris has a 49% place rate when riding for George Margarson. Today they partner with Protected Guest 12.011/1 in the 20:00 at Wolverhampton.

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 Wetherby – Albert’s Back – Has won here three times (60%)
19:30 Wolverhampton – Captain Ryan – Has won here five times (22%)
17:30 Wolverhampton – Water Of Leith – Has won here twice (33%)

Weighted to go well

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

13:35 Southwell – Lickpenny Larry – Has won off 93 runs off 82
16:30 Southwell – Jaisalmer – Has won off 113 runs off 102
17:30 Wolverhampton – El Hombre – Has won off 88 runs off 70

Furthest traveller

Today’s furthest traveller is trainer Ms H M McMahon, who has made the 263-mile journey with her runner and 81.080/1 chance Worldly Approach in the 14:10 at Southwell.

Race of the day

We head to Wetherby for their 15:30 2m Handicap Hurdle, where a field of seven head to post in very testing conditions, which may prove problematic to those making the return to the track after a significant time away.



Trainer: Michael & David Easterby
Jockey: Brian Hughes
Age: 8
Weight: 11st 11lbs
OR: 127

Albert’s back is not one of those. He is three for five at this track and sits on a workable handicap mark of 127. He loves these conditions, has clocked some very good time figures here and took a step back in the right direction when staying on for fourth at Kelso last time. Brian Hughes is back in the saddle, and all looks in place for a big performance.



Trainer: Donald McCain
Jockey: Peter Kavanagh
Age: 10
Weight: 11st 7lbs
OR: 123

Chti Balko remains on the slide in the handicap and is well treated if bouncing back to form, but his track is certainly Haydock, and he doesn’t look like the horse he once was. He is entitled to give a good account on handicapping terms.



Trainer: Samuel Drinkwater
Jockey: Jack Tudor
Age: 6
Weight: 11st 1lbs
OR: 117

Fontana Ellisi put in a good shift behind the useful Ajero 13 days ago, and that form sets the current standard in this race. Still, he has completely different conditions to contend with today, and the ground is a big concern. Unproven in the conditions but on the upgrade means he is tough to get a handle on and comes with risks attached.

Big race verdict

This is a good race and perhaps one to follow, with a couple of interesting runners making their return to the tracks after an absence. Everything looks in place for Albert’s Back to make a return to winning form, and he won’t get many better opportunities than this.

Timeform offer up three of their best

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

Read Timeform tips here.

Cheltenham Festival Focus – Get on Dan!

Welcome to the 18th and penultimate week of Cheltenham Festival Focus. This week Daryl highlights his noteworthy stats and adds two selections to his ante-post list.

Read Cheltenham Focus here.

Final Word

We are just eight days away from the Cheltenham Festival and a reminder to punters that the seven-day declarations will be in tomorrow. The preview circuit is ripe at the moment. Which is a timely reminder that Betfair’s first of two previews is out tomorrow and you can find all the info about that and the entire Cheltenham Festival here.This week’s Cheltenham Focus is well worth a read. This Daily News column will be running every day throughout the Cheltenham Festival, where I will update any selections related to the Focus column.Until tomorrow, be lucky!Follow Daryl Carter on Twitter @DarylCarter7

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