All-weather racing best bets – Tuesday tips for Newcastle and Southwell
Tuesday 2 February racing tips
With the recent adverse weather continuing to wreak havoc on the horse racing schedule there are just two meetings heading to post on Tuesday and we’ve picked out our Tuesday all-weather racing best bets and tips.
The weather has claimed yet another victim with Lingfield’s scheduled jumps card lost to the elements leaving just two meetings to go to post on Tuesday where there is a jumpers’ bumper racecard taking place at Newcastle, while Southwell are racing on the flat under the floodlights on their fibresand surface.
We’ve looked through the Tuesday fixture-list of meetings and we’ve picked out our Tuesday racing best bets and tips on the all-weather.
TUESDAY ALL-WEATHER RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR NEWCASTLE & SOUTHWELL
12:25 Newcastle – Quinnbet Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (GBB Race) (AW) Cl5 (4-6yo) 2m½f
OKAVANGO DELTA has made the frame on both starts to date in bumpers at this venue, firstly finishing third on the turf course behind Mount Stewart and then getting to within a neck of Hackberry latest on the tapeta last month.
Rose Dobbin’s Okavango gelding was run down late by the eventual winner and open to further improvement he can go one better here to get off the mark at the third attempt with no doubts over the track or surface to worry about.
Assuming he can deliver a similar performance to last time then he ought to be involved again and no surprise to see him going close.
1:55 Newcastle – Quinnbet Best Odds Guaranteed “Jumpers’ Bumper” National Hunt Flat Race (AW) Cl5 (4yo+) 2m½f
FONTANA ELLISSI has shaped nicely on both starts to date, finishing third in a Stratford bumper back in November and then filling the same spot on his hurdles debut at Taunton the following month.
The Sinndar gelding was beaten the thick end of 20 lengths on that occasion behind Atholl Street where he wasn’t helped by some sloppy jumps. That form though looks fair with the fourth since running well in a similar contest to this at Lingfield and back in bumpers on this quicker surface he could go well given he’s open to further improvement.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge ought to give a good account and should appreciate this test on breeding so every chance he can make his presence felt in an open race.
3:25 Newcastle – Quinnbet Quarterback “Jumpers’ Bumper” National Hunt Flat Race (AW) Cl4 (5yo+) 2m½f
NOT THAT FUISSE has some very useful form to his name over fences, scoring at Perth back in September last year and not disgraced in the Haldon Gold Cup where he finished fourth.
Dan Skelton’s charge was returning from a break in the wake of wind surgery when finding only one too good in a similar contest at Lingfield last month, conceding first run behind winner Esprit De Somoza and only beaten a neck at the line having raced wide into the straight.
This track and longer straight is likely to suit him better and a previous bumper winner on turf earlier in his career he could well go one better here granted a decent pace to aim at.
3:55 Newcastle – Download The Quinnbet App “Jumpers’ Bumper” National Hunt Flat Race (AW) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m½f
FOREST BIHAN won the Old Roan Chase back in October 2019 but Brian Ellison’s charge was subsequently absent for more than one year and the Forestier gelding has failed to complete on both outings back this term.
A faller over hurdles at Haydock in November he was an early casualty at Cheltenham next time out in a race won by Sky Pirate where he departed at the fifth fence. That form has been significantly boosted and he is of interest back in this sphere having won a similar course and distance contest on his only previous run in this sphere.
That came back in March 2018 where he beat The Resdev Way and with no obstacles to get in the way here he might be capable of a big run for his shrewd yard back in a bumper.
6:10 Southwell – Betway Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 6f
GABRIAL THE DEVIL and Shallow Hal reoppose having clashed here last month where the latter came out on top; however on these revised terms it could be worth chancing Richard Fahey’s charge to reverse the places this time around.
A multiple winner on turf the Epaulette gelding has taken well to racing on this surface, scoring on his first try on fibresand with a defeat of Thrave over this distance in January and then beaten only a neck behind Karl Burke’s charge latest.
He had tried to make all that day but he had no answer to the winner once headed although he was giving that one weight; he’s better off in the ratings now with his last-time conqueror and that swing in the handicap could be enough to see him coming out on top in this rematch.
6:40 Southwell – Heed Your Hunch At Betawy Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 5f
FANTASY KEEPER has been in good fettle of late, perked up by headgear when finishing a close third over six furlongs at this venue last month and then getting back on the scoresheet latest when scoring by a nose from Centurion Song over course and distance.
Michael Appleby’s Mayson gelding had also won at Newcastle back in November and a 2lbs rise for his latest success is workable especially with George Bass taking off a handy 5lbs.
Assuming the headgear continues to have a positive effect as it has in past runs then he ought to remain competitive and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him firmly in the mix once more on a surface over which he’s proven.