Jumps racing tips for Friday – Warwick, Newcastle & Exeter tips
Brian Healy gives his jumps racing tips for Friday ’s UK horse racing meetings over the sticks from the meetings at Warwick, Newcastle and Exeter.
A trio of jumps racing fixtures will head to post on Friday with afternoon action from Warwick and Exeter, where it is Devon National day. There is also a jumpers’ bumper racecard taking place on the tapeta at Newcastle.
Newcastle (jumps, aw) – 12.30 – 3.43pm (7 races)
Warwick (jumps) – 1.25 – 5.10pm (8 races)
Exeter (jumps) – 2.15 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Brian Healy assesses all three meetings and gives his jumps racing tips for Friday ’s trio of UK horse racing fixtures.
JUMPS RACING TIPS FOR FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY
1.00 Newcastle – SNOOKERED (11/10, Leovegas)
1.35 Newcastle – ON THE BLIND SIDE (11/8, Leovegas)
2.00 Warwick – MANUCCI (7/2, Leovegas)
2.47 Exeter – DANNY KIRWAN (4/7, Leovegas)
3.00 Warwick – EMMAS JOY (3/1, Leovegas)
3.20 Exeter – ASHFIELD PADDY (9/4, Leovegas)
4.50 Exeter – MARTHA BRAE (6/4, Leovegas)
NEWCASTLE RACING TIPS
SNOOKERED (11/10, Leovegas) was a fair sort on the flat, but he has proven more adept as a hurdler with a series of good efforts and the Born To Sea gelding reeled off a four-timer in the last few months of 2019 over timber at Sedgefied and Wetherby.
Brian Ellison’s charge hasn’t been the same form the last twice, but he can be excused both runs with his Musselburgh effort on New Years’ Day perhaps attributable to the quicker ground; while his latest last of four behind Stolen Silver came in a Grade Two contest where he was flying too high.
The Born To Sea gelding is back down to a more realistic level and he could have too much class for these rivals so every chance he can get back on the scoresheet now.
ON THE BLIND SIDE (11/8, Leovegas) hasn’t progressed as hoped over fences, but Nicky Henderson’s Stowaway gelding could have too much class for this field if able to recapture the pick of his form over hurdles.
A winner of three hurdles back in the 2017/18 season which included a pair of Grade Two contests, he finished sixth in the 2018 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle before embarking on a chase career where he won at the second attempt over fences at Kempton.
Things haven’t gone to plan since, but he did chase home future Grade One winner Riders Onthe Storm at Ascot on his penultimate start and he ran better than the bare result latest behind Fingerontheswitch at Kempton latest.
A marked drop back in trip to two miles might not prove ideal, but he is the class act in the race and he could hold too many guns for his rivals. If taking to this sphere and surface then he should prove hard to beat.
12.30 – Ginflix
1.00 – Snookered
1.35 – On The Blind Side
2.07 – Siannes Star
2.40 – Tupelo Mississippi
3.10 -Trapper Peak
3.43 – Bravantina
WARWICK RACING TIPS
It might be worth giving MANUCCI (7/2, Leovegas) another chance to show what he can do having twice bumped into the exciting Goshen in his three starts over hurdles.
Amanda Perrett’s charge was behind that rival on his hurdles debut at Fontwell back in November, but he showed the benefit of that experience to grind out a four lengths’ victory over Black Abbey at the same venue on Boxing Day.
The Nathaniel gelding then ran better than the bare result when finishing third to Goshen in a solid contest at Ascot where he was no match for the easy winner. However, he did finish seven lengths behind recent impressive scorer Nordano, while another subsequent winner in Homer was six lengths behind him.
This is probably no easier an assignment taking on a smart rival in Grand Roi; but he could go well at a decent price given how the form of his last run is working out.
Rescheduled from Sandown’s card last Friday, this Grade Two contest could go the way of EMMAS JOY (3/1, Leovegas) who has been steadily progressive over hurdles, winning here in November before struggling at Sandown in the Winter Novices’ Hurdle.
Dan Skelton’s mare almost bounced back with a win next time back here on New Years’ Eve when denied only by a half-length behind Cil Anna. He then went one better at Wetherby at the beginning of Feburary, beating Easter Gold by a wide margin.
Kept to competing against her own gender here she looks worth her place in this better line-up and still with the potential for better she can improve to follow up that recent win here.
1.25 – Lieutenant Rocco
2.00 – Manucci
2.30 – Ballyart
3.00 – Emma’s Joy
3.35 – Kilcrea Bridge
4.10 – Molly Childers
4.40 – Cloudy Glen
5.10 – La Reine Poutine
EXETER RACING TIPS
DANNY KIRWAN (4/7, Leovegas) has been off the track for a while, but the Scorpion gelding could prove tough to beat on his reappearance if close to his best.
Paul Nicholls’ charge won a Kempton bumper back in Feburary 2018, and he has shaped really well in two hurdles starts where he has finished runner-up both times. The latest of those saw him beaten four lengths by Angels Breath at Ascot in the Kennel Gate Hurdle and a reproduction of that would likely be good enough here.
He has a lengthy absence to overcome, but the Ditcheat yard knows how to ready one ahead of their reappearance and the stable is in good form at present. Assuming he’s near to peak fitness ahead of his return to action then he ought to take a fair bit of beating in this contest.
ASHFIELD PADDY (9/4, Leovegas) travelled strongly for a long way at Ascot last time out, but the Publisher gelding wasn’t quite able to get to the winner. Nevertheless, it was a solid effort in defeat and a replication of that run here could prove good enough to see Jonjo O’Neill’s charge back on the scoresheet.
He had been in good form over hurdles prior to that defeat, progressing with every start and scoring at the third attempt at Haydock back in December when running out a one length winner over Teescomponentstrig.
The shorter trip might just have found him out latest, but he showed heavy ground to be no issue and he can compete here from the same mark so could easily find further progress to quickly regain the winning thread here.
Epatante won this race twelve months ago and while there may not be one of that calibre in the latest line-up it could be worth siding with MARTHA BRAE (6/4, Leovegas) who was a bumper winner at Bangor last May and has since won over hurdles at Fontwell.
The Shirocco mare ran out a neck winner that day over Mystic Dreamer in soft ground, and Warren Greatrex’ charge subsequently found only one too good at Newbury on her next start when denied by the same margin behind Bond’s Lover.
Only run down close home that day, the fourth from the race has since won and if the drop in trip doesn’t catch her out in this latest outing then she could prove the answer.
2.15 – Over To Sam
2.47 – Danny Kirwan
3.20 – Ashfield Paddy
3.50 – Kilconny Bridge
4.20 – Belle Empress
4.50 – Martha Brae
5.20 – Doyannie