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Saturday 16 March horse racing tips - Hobbs' 5/1 chance can strike again at Kempton

Brian Healy 16 Mar 2019
Uttoxeter is one of seven UK and Irish horse racing meetings on Saturday 16 March.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across each of Saturday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

The dust is already beginning to settle on another fantastic Cheltenham Festival, but Aintree and the Grand National looms on the horizon as the next big Festival to come along.

However, despite Cheltenham now being in the rear-view mirror, Uttoxeter takes up the big-race mantle on Saturday with the Midlands Grand National taking centre-stage.聽

Meanwhile, there is further jumps racing over the sticks at Kempton, Newcastle and Fontwell, as well as from Down Royal and Limerick in Ireland.

Completing a busy Saturday is an all-weather meeting in the evening with action on the Wolverhampton tapeta.

Kempton (jumps) - 1.30 - 5.00pm (7 races)
Fontwell (jumps) - 1.40 - 5.10pm (7 races)
Limerick (jumps) - 1.45 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Uttoxeter (jumps) - 1.50 - 5.50pm (8 races)
Newcastle (jumps) - 2.00 - 5.30pm (7 races)
Down Royal (jumps) - 2.30 - 6.00pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) - 5.40 - 8.15pm (6 races)



(2.40) MAHLERVOUS (8/1, Boylesport) struck on his hurdles debut at Southwell back in December 2017, but things haven’t been plain sailing since for the Mahler gelding although he did manage to finish runner-up in two of his next three starts.

Having undergone wind surgery in the wake of his sixth behind Midnight Shadow at Aintree, he showed immediate benefit to score readily at Kelso back in January, scoring by eight lengths from Sky Khan.

He’s been raised 7lbs for that win, but the application of cheekpieces for this outing could well help deliver a further jolt of improvement, and Warren Greatrex’s charge could strike again here.

(3.15) BROTHER TEDD (5/1, William Hill) is 3-4 at Kempton - albeit over hurdles - and Philip Hobbs’ charge shaped very well back from a long absence when finding only Gortroe Joe too strong at Ludlow in Feburary when beaten six lengths.

The Kayf Tara gelding was making his first start for 600 days, running better than the bare result and keeping on well despite being hampered to finish in the silver medal berth. 

He has plenty of solid chase form to his name, and he has won from 1lb higher than this rating in the past, scoring at Uttoxeter over Beat That back in May 2017; he is likely to strip fitter for that reappearance and lwith the potential to progress with the outing under his belt then he could well go one better here.

1.30 - Heatstroke
2.05 - Timoteo
2.40 - Mahlervous
3.15 - Brother Tedd
3.50 - The Cashel Man
4.25 - Jarlath
5.00 - Shishkin

Brother Tedd can register another Kempton success on Saturday.


(1.40) DUHALLOW GESTURE (11/8, Bet365) probably found the trip on the ground stretching him when finishing fourth to Queenohearts in the Grade Two Jane Seymour Hurdle; but back down in trip the King’s Theatre mare could get back on track.

Anthony Honeyball’s charge won a Listed bumper on her first outing for this yard, having also struck in Ireland previously; she also finished third to Getaway Katie Mai in an Aintree Grade Two contest and she made the frame on each of her first two starts over timber at Newbury and Lingfield prior to opening her hurdles win account at Taunton over this trip.

This is easier than that Grade Two contest she took in last time, and while her opening mark is no gimmie, she could have too much class for this field.

(2.50) SMART GETAWAY (2/1, Paddy Power) has shown ability in a trio of bumpers, and Dominic Ffrench Davis’ charge can make a winning hurdles debut here.

The Getaway mare returns from a three-months’ break having finished third behind Ishkhara Lady at Plumpton back in December. She shaped as if a stiffer test might suit, and stepping up in trip for this hurdles debut then she could get off the mark at the first time of asking.

This doesn’t look the strongest of races, and given her fairly useful bumper form to date she could make the transition to obstacles a winning one.

1.40 - Duhallow Gesture
2.15 - Sky Full Of Stars
2.50 - Smart Getaway
3.25 - Corinto
4.00 - Mr Stubbs
4.35 - Flaminger
5.10 - Heir Encore


(3.30) SHE’S MADE IT (7/2, William Hill) has proven a consistent sort without managing to win; but Padraig Roche’s Flemensfirth mare could open her account here with another solid run.

She has made the frame in each of her last five starts, with her last two resulting in narrow defeats of a neck and one length respectively when finising runner-up at Cork, and then third at Clonmel latest.

Only raised 1lb for her consistency, she could find another jolt of improvement in first-time cheekpieces to get off the mark here.

1.45 - Little Light
2.20 - Coral Blue
2.55 - Summer Hill
3.30 - She’s Made It
4.05 - Young Dev
4.40 - Cayd Boy
5.15 - Run Wild Fred


(2.25) CAPTAIN CATTISTOCK (4/1, Paddy Power) has already bettered his form over hurdles since switching to the larger obstacles, finishing a good third to the useful Now Mcginty at Chepstow on his first outing over fences and then getting off the mark at Molineaux at Exeter next time out.

Paul Nicholls’ charge was a three-time winner over hurdles in testing ground, and the Black Sam Bellamy gelding could have more to offer as a chaser. He has a 3lbs rise in the weights to contend with, but Lorcan Williams’ 5lbs claim offsets that burden and more.

Trip and ground are no problem, and the pair can combine to follow up that success and strike again in this contest.

(3.00) ACEY MILAN (7/1, Bet365) was very smart as a bumper performer, winning three times and finishing fourth in the Champion Bumper prior to switching to hurdles; Anthony Honeyball’s charge has taken his time to get to grips with the jumping game, but he got off the mark at Plumpton on his third outing when grinding out a narrow victor over The Flying Sofa.

The Milan gelding had looked to be struggling turning in having been headed on the run to the second last; but he rallied strongly to get back up close home and he could find another jolt of improvement in this sphere stepping back up in distance.

The form of that novices’ contest perhaps isn’t the strongest, but he switches to a handicap from a workable opening mark and every chance he can find further progress to follow up with conditions ideal.

1.50 - Holdbacktheriver
2.25 - Captain Cattistock
3.00 - Acey Milan
3.35 - Ms Parfois
4.10 - Hideaway Vic
4.45 - Sartorial Elegance
5.20 - Astra Via
5.50 - Jackson Hill

Acey Milan can follow up his recent success at Plumpton with a win at Uttoxeter,


(2.35) KING GOLAN (9/2, Bet365) looked an exposed sort when winning from out of the handicap at Kelso in October, beating Romulus Du Donjon; and the Golan gelding proved that run to be no fluke back there next time out when he followed up at Bocasien Desbois, scoring by 13 lengths.

Kenny Johnstons charge subsequently returned from four months off to almost follow up at Musselburgh last month, beaten just a short-head behind Elmono. 

He is only 2lbs higher in the weights here and in his current rich vein of form he ought to continue to give a good account; it wouldn’t be a surprise to see another bold show, and he can get back on the scoresheet.

(3.45) STOP TALKING (11/4, Unibet) has found improvement in the wake of a wind operation, showing progressive form and winning her last three starts; the Gamut mare can extend her sequence to four wins here.

Jennie Candlish’s mare latterly struck at Uttoxeter back in December when running out a one length winner over Rule The Ocean, taking advantage of her mark to score a shade readily.

Her new mark has kicked in, and so she has to find a shade more to add to her tally; but given her improved form in the wake of her wind surgery then she can go close again here.

2.00 - Darling Du Large
2.35 - King Golan
3.10 - Dali Mail
3.45 - Stop Talking
4.20 - Trapper Peak
4.55 - Casual Cavalier
5.30 - Marown


(3.05) ISHARAH (5/1, William Hill) is thoroughly exposed, but Neil Kelly’s charge ran one of his better races when equipped with cheekpieces for the first time over hurdles at Fairyhouse last month, finishing fourth to Beeper’s Ruby.

The Kitten’s Joy gelding was beaten around 8 lengths, not helped by some sloppy jumping; but this isn’t a strong race, and he could get competitive again from the same mark if backing up that last outing.

(3.40) Gordon Elliott didn’t have the best of weeks at the Cheltenham Festival, but WESTERN HONOUR (9/2, Ladbrokes) could give the yard a shot in the arm here.

The Westerner gelding has won two of his last four starts, latterly when running out a ready winner over Welsh Rarebit at Ayr in February with a three lengths success. 

He had a subsequent winner behind him that day, and he returns to the handicap ranks here from just 1lb higher so every chance that he could follow up in this contest. 

2.30 - Roll Again
3.05 - Isharah
3.40 - Western Honour
4.15 - Biddy The Boss
4.50 - Mala Beach
5.25 - Burning Ambition
6.00 - Two Shoe Tom

Gordon Elliott didn't enjoy the best Cheltenham Festival, but the Meath handler can get back in the winners' enclosure at Down Royal.


(6.15) ILLUSTRISSIME (6/1, William Hill) has found improvement since having had wind surgery last autumn, winning at Catterick in October and the making the frame in each of his next three starts; the Mizzen Mast gelding latterly bounced back from a lesser run here in January to run out a ready winner over shorter back at this venue last month.

Ivan Furtado’s charge had three lengths to spare over Singing Sheriff, and that form has been boosted with the runner-up as well as the third and fourth horses home all winning again since. He’s been pushed up 7lbs in the weights, but he could still have better to come despite this even sharper trip, and he can strike again.

(6.45) PARADISE BOY (5/1, Unibet) has made the frame in all three starts to date, stepping up on a debut third at Chelmsford to win next time upped in trip at Lingfield in January, scoring by two lengths over Yora; the Mamool colt then found only Colony Queen a neck too good when last seen out here in February.

Andrew Balding’s charge steps up in trip on his handicap debut, and he looks to have been given a workable opening mark; he could find further progress switched to this sphere, and in a competitive contest he could get back on the scoresheet.

5.40 - Classic Charm
6.15 - Illustrissime
6.45 - Paradise Boy
7.15 - Tiger Eye
7.45 - Singing The Blues
8.15 - Arvensis

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