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Tuesday 12 March horse racing tips - Appleby's 6/4 chance can win Lion's share of Wolverhampton pot

Brian Healy 11 Mar 2019
The Cheltenham Festival kicks off on Tuesday and dominates the day's UK horse racing fixtures.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Tuesday's scheduled UK meetings, including day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

Four meetings go to post on Tuesday, dominated by the Cheltenham Festival where the Champion Hurdle takes centre stage on a card that features four Grade One contests.

Elsewhere, there is jumps racing action at Sedgefield; while all-weather action comes from Southwell in the afternoon, and under the floodlights at Wolverhampton in the evening.

Cheltenham (jumps) - 1.30 - 5.30pm (7 races)
Southwell (flat, aw) - 1.45 - 5.00pm (6 races)
Sedgefield (jumps) - 1.55 - 5.10pm (6 races)
Wolverhamptonm (flat, aw) - 5.45 - 8.15pm (6 races)

TUESDAY 12 MARCH NAP SELECTION


CHELTENHAM


(2.50) Twelve months ago, MISTER WHITAKER (9/1, Paddy Power) won on this card when getting the better of Rather Be to claim the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap, and Mick Channon’s charge could well prove up to the task of winning a second Cheltenham Festival prize.

The Court Cave gelding made a winning return to action when beating the ultra-consistent Happy Diva - who has acquitted herself very well since, including winning at Huntingdon - and she was subsequently sent off favourite for a red-hot renewal of the Paddy Power Gold Cup.

Given too much to do there, she eventually finished a fair fourth behind Baron Alco, finishing well; and there wasn’t much wrong with a subsequent fourth behind runaway winner Cyrname at Ascot next time out, although she finished a fair way behind the leader.

He was conceding weight to the front trio, including 13lbs to Happy Diva who finished ahead of her; and the form has been boosted since in no uncertain terms by the winner blitzing a top-class field in the Ascot Chase last month.

He looked ready for a step up in trip in that Ascot contest, and this extra half-mile could well coincide with a jolt of improvement; while he probably needs a shade more at the weights, he is a big strapping brute of a horse and he remains open to progress with a proven ability to handle soft ground well. 

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him posting a big effort and he can go well in this contest reunited with Brian Hughes who steered him to that Festival success twelve months ago.

Mister Whitaker can win the Ultima Handicap Chase.


(4.50) Useful in France for Dominic Bressou previously, A PLUS TARD (8/1, Bet365) has shown a good level of form since being switched to chasing by top Irish handler Henry De Bromhead, and the Kapgarde gelding can give a good account of himself in this competitive handicap contest.

The five-year old has only had three runs for the Knockeen handler, getting to within a neck of Dr Mikey at Gowran Park on his chase debut prior to running out a ready winner over Duc Des Genievres at Naas.

The runner-up has won since, as has the fourth and fifth horses home so the form of that success looks solid, and the Kapgarde gelding lost little caste in defeat when finding only Winter Escape too much of a handfulk at Punchestown in January when denied by that rival in a Grade Three contest where he was beaten just over two lengths.

That winner had won a Grade Three contest previously, and he was subsequently beaten less than ten lengths in a Grade One behind La Bague Au Roi at Leopardstown; while he had the useful Jetz behind who went on to finish fourth in that Leopardstown heat before winning at Navan latest in the Flyingbolt Chase.

A mark of 144 doesn’t look overly harsh given what he has achieved in his three runs, and he remains open to plenty of further improvement. A heavy-ground winner in France, as well as striking on a better surface in Ireland, he shouldn’t be far away.

1.30 - Aramon (each-way)
2.10 - Kalashnikov
2.50 - Mister Whitaker
3.30 - Sharjah (each-way)
4.10 - Benie Des Dieux
4.50 - A Plus Tard
5.30 - Chef Des Obeaux (each-way)

SOUTHWELL


(2.25) SECOND PAGE (10/3, Bet365) goes well on this surface, winning here over shorter back in November 2017 and latterly finding only Rainbow Dreamer too strong by a neck over two miles back in February.

Richard Hannon’s Harbour Watch gelding had also finished fourth over this trip in January, beaten just over one length, so the return to this distance is no issue for the five-year old who could prove tough to beat from just 1lb higher in the weights.

(3.05) THE GREAT WALL (5/2, Ladbrokes) struck here over seven furlongs on his first start for Michael Appleby back in December 2017, and the Bernardini gelding later added to his tally when scoring at Hamilton last July.

The five-year old has bettered each of his finishing positions in his three runs to date since returning from a near-six months’ absence, latterly finishing three lengths’ third behind Zylan over six furlongs here.

Blinkers now replace the cheekpieces he wore last time out, and he is entitled to mount another bold bid; still relatively lightly raced, he remains with some scope from this mark and he can go close.

1.45 - Joyful Dream
2.25 - Second Page
3.05 - The Great Wall
3.45 - Gupta
4.25 - Warrior’s Valley
5.00 - Amadeus

Richard Hannon can get amongst the winners at Southwell.


SEDGEFIELD


(3.15) TWO HOOTS (9/2, Paddy Power) has posted several decent efforts without winning for Jeremy Scott, and latterly current handler Julie Forster; the Tikkanen gelding some just reward for his solid form when opening his account here in January.

Following wind surgery in the wake of that win, he went on to finish fourth at Southwell on his reappearance in March, beaten 17 lengths behind Goodthyneaway where he was probably made too much use of, and he folded out of contention.

He could quickly bounce back however dropping back in trip, and he is chanced to do so in an open race.

(4.35) IMADA (13/8, William Hill) has shown up well over hurdles, often making the frame but yet to add to his tally since winning on his hurdles debut at Ayr back in October 2015 when beating the smart Double W’s.

Nicky Richards’ Arcadio has been difficult to train since, but his last two starts since returning from another absence have been encouraging, and he could get back to winning ways here. 

Third at Market Rasen on his seasonal return from nine months off the track, he switched codes to chasing where he found only Fiddlers Bow too strong at Ayr back in January, and if building on that effort then he ought to prove tough to beat although his jumping could certainly be better.

Nevertheless, with a clear round he should go close in what looks a winnable race.

1.55 - Mah Mate Bob
2.35 - Lady Cylla
3.15 - Two Hoots
3.55 - Annie Bonny
4.35 - Imada
5.10 - Theflickeringlight

Wolverhampton are racing on Tuesday evening.


WOLVERHAMPTON


(5.45) LIONHEARTED (6/4, Bet365) has won all four starts since joining Michael Appleby, winning at Chelmsford and Newcastle three times, and the Lope De Vega gelding’s progress shows no sign of ending judging on his latest easy success over Elixsoft last time out.

He had two lengths to spare at the line on that occasion, but he only needed pushed out and the form took a boost when the fourth won next time.

Despite a big jump up the weights, he can continue to find further progress and his good 7lbs claimer takes a nice chunk of weight of his back; he ought to remain competitive as a result, and he can bag a fifth success of the campaign.

(6.15) RAGNAR (3/1, William Hill) sets a decent standard on his debut runner-up finish at Chelmsford last month, and the Toronado gelding can go one better here with the potential to improve for that outing.

Dominic Ffrench-Davis’ charge was beaten just over two lengths behind Cirque Royal, but he had another promising Godolphin runner behind; that form looks decent with the fourth, fifth and sixth horses all running well since.

This could be a good opportunity for him to go one better, and likely to find some improvement for that debut effort he can get off the mark at the second attempt.

5.45 - Lionhearted
6.15 - Ragnar
6.45 - Cabarita
7.15 - Deconso
7.45 - With Caution
8.15 - Beatbybeatbybeat 


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Tuesday 12 March horse racing tips - Appleby's 6/4 chance can win Lion's share of Wolverhampton pot

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