We’ve teamed up with BetVictor and Charlie McCann to preview the day’s racing.
Soft ground is the order of the day at Carlisle where Miss Estela (2.00) would be a confident selection in the opening ‘hands and heels event’ for amateur and conditional jockey’s if it wasn’t for slight reservations about the well-being of the Warren Greatrex yard who have had a couple of their string run below par in recent days.
The selection could be very well handicapped and may not have quite got home at Huntingdon last time. The selection has an entry in a mares’ only event at Plumpton on Monday and she would escape a penalty if successful today. On her bumper form she looks thrown in off an opening mark of 109 and if the market speaks in her favour she might be worth a flutter given this represents a drop in grade.
The Malcolm Jefferson yard have suddenly turned the corner with the stable saddling four winners from their last eight runners over the last fortnight.
With that in mind a chance is taken on the stable’s half-brother to According To Pete, Our Boy Ben (2.35) who is entitled to come on for his Catterick effort last month when returning from a near eight-month lay-off. He makes his chase debut off a mark 6lbs lower than when running well at Perth last spring over timber and with the yard in such good form might be worth an each way interest.
At Clonmel, the lightly-raced Leighinmohr (4.35) can win the Beginners’ Chase for Ian Ferguson.
The eight-year-old won a point-to-point, bumper and maiden hurdle in his first three starts but was off the track for two-and-a-half years before making his comeback behind Apache Stronghold back in the autumn. He has subsequently been highly tried and this represents his best opportunity by some way of troubling the judge.
The five-year-old Horse No Name receives 8lbs from the selection but Paul Nolan’s string are not exactly firing in the winners and the application of cheek-pieces for the first time on Leighinmohr would suggest today is the day.
Coolaghknock Glebe (5.05) has been raised 10lbs for last month’s facile C&D success but there might be more to come from the seven-year-old who runs in the colours of JP McManus who is sure to have his betting boots on at Cheltenham next week.
At Chelmsford this evening, Renounce wouldn’t have to be anything out of the ordinary to make a winning debut for Jeremy Noseda on his racecourse debut and the market may suggest he is a different class to the opposition.
But Autumn Tonic (5.45) ran well over five furlongs at Lingfield last time and will appreciate tonight’s additional furlong.
Astral Weeks broke her maiden tag at the second attempt when overcoming greenness to land a modest Lingfield event back in January and she is entitled to some on again for the run. The Blue Dog (6.45) looked to be coming back to her best form when runner up to Bowberry last time at Wolverhampton, however, and can meet that rival on 5lb better terms for three-quarters-of-a-length.
In Cheltenham Festival news, eight have entered at the six -day stage for Tuesday’s Champion Hurdle with Faugheen the 11/10 favourite at BetVictor.
Stellar Notion looks a big price at 16/1 for the Novices’ Handicap Chase which concludes the opening day card although many in the Henderson camp believe we will see a different Cocktails At Dawn when the Festival begins on Tuesday.
For all your racing odds check out BetVictor.com and follow us on Twitter @BetVictorRacing.