Saturday jumps best bets – Tips for Newcastle, Kempton & Fairyhouse
Brian Healy looks over the day’s scheduled National Hunt racecards and gives his Saturday jumps best bets and tips for every race.
Three meetings are scheduled to go to post over the sticks on Saturday and there is plenty of classy action to look forward to with a trio of Grade Two contests on the agenda at Kempton which includes the rearranged Kingwell Hurdle from last week’s abandoned Wincanton fixture.
Elsewhere there is the latest renewal of the stamina-sapping Eider Handicap Chase which will go to post at Newcastle assuming that venue passes an inspection; while in Ireland there is a meeting from Fairyhouse which features Grade Three action including the Bobbyjo Chase.
Kempton (jumps) – 12.40 – 4.10pm (8 races)
Newcastle (jumps) – 1.35 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Fairyhouse (jumps) – 1.45 – 5.12pm (7 races)
Brian Healy looks over the scheduled trio of National Hunt fixtures and gives his Saturday jumps best bets and selections for every race.
SATURDAY JUMPS BEST BETS AT A GLANCE
1.15 Kempton – MASTER TOMMYTUCKER (5/2, Betway)
2.10 Newcastle – WHAT’S THE SCOOP (5/1, 888Sport)
2.17 Fairyhouse – BATTLE OF WILLS (7/4, 888Sport)
3.02 Kempton – BUZZ (7/4, 888Sport)
4.02 Fairyhouse – ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (11/4, 888Sport)
4.10 Kempton – KEEP WONDERING (3/1, 888Sport)
4.30 Newcastle – ZOLFO (5/1, BetVictor)
KEMPTON RACNG TIPS
Paul Nicholls boasts an excellent record in this race with ten wins in the race and MASTER TOMMYTUCKER (5/2, Betway) can give the Ditcheat handler further success.
The Kayf Tara gelding was yet to be asked for effort when falling here over Christmas in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase but could still have more to offer over fences.
Unbeaten in two starts over hurdles prior to switching to fences he was a faller on his only start last campaign at Chepstow. However, he made a big impression when returning from a long break to beat Who Dares Wins – who reopposes – by a half-length when sporting a first-time hood.
He won easier than the official half-length winning distance suggests that day and he’s likely to be suited by this longer trip as he bids to bounce back.
While it is debatable whether he’d have won if standing up, it is a shade worrying that he has bit the dust on two of his three chase starts; but if he can put in a clear round here and show he’s none the worse for his recent tumble then he could prove the one to side with in this contest.
This looks a wide-open contest and the unbeaten BUZZ (7/4, 888Sport) can make it a winning hat-trick of starts for Nicky Henderson.
The Motivator gelding was a useful sort on the flat where he won four times for Hughie Morrison; but he threatens to make up into a very nice hurdler judging on his two starts to date. He was a ready winner over Galahad Quest at Taunton on his first attempt over hurdles, and that form has been boosted.
Value for more than the official winning margin of a neck, he repeated the dose with a similar margin defeat of Glory And Fortune at Doncaster earlier in the month where he appeared to idle but was always just doing enough.
He could have more in the locker still to come, while the bare form of his two wins demands a further jolt of improvement raised significantly in class; but he’s going the right way and looks worth chancing to take the step up in grade in his stride to land a winning hat-trick here.
KEEP WONDERING (3/1, 888Sport) showed improved form switching to the larger obstacles at Ffos Las last month, scoring an impressive success over Robin Of Sherwood by an easy ten lengths.
Philip Hobbs’ charge was an Irish point-to-point winner previously for Donnchadh Doyle and he showed some ability in a trio of hurdles starts earlier in the campaign although he looked every inch a chaser and he can improve for his recent spin.
The Scorpion gelding perhaps didn’t beat anything of note that day; but the handicapper saw enough to hit him with a 10lbs hike in the weights which on the face of it might not stop him from going close again given he appeared to win with plenty in hand at the Welsh venue.
12.40 – Our Power
1.15 – Master Tommytucker
1.50 – Fujimoto Flyer
2.25 – Song For Someone
3.02 – Buzz
3.35 – Double Shuffle
4.10 – Keep Wondering
4.45 – Bothwell Bridge
NEWCASTLE RACING TIPS
WHAT’S THE SCOOP (5/1, 888Sport) is in good form at present and the Presenting gelding can follow up his recent course and distance success last month with another win.
Sue Smith’s charge has been steadily progressive over fences this term, building on a runner-up effort over further at this venue to register a one length victory over Ripstick when last seen. He likely would have won easier but for a bad mistake at the final fence and he was all-out at the line to hold off the runner-up.
Nevertheless, a 6lbs rise in the weights for that success is workable and there could be better yet to come. He looks worth keeping onside while going through his good spell and he can win again here.
There’s no stopping ZOLFO (5/1, BetVictor) at present and Jennie Candlish’s charge is on a roll with four straight wins.
The Cloudings gelding has often looked hard work, but there’s been little to crib in his quartet of successes and he won a shade readily at Market Rasen last month when beating Bandsman by a head.
He won easier than the official winning margin might suggest on that occasion and he could yet have more to offer where he can defy a further 4lbs rise in the weights if continuing his current rich vein of form.
Two of his four wins have come on heavy ground so these conditions hold no fears and every chance he can post another big run to strike again.
1.35 – Astra Via
2.10 – What’s The Scoop
2.45 – Hugo ‘n Taz
3.20 – Stainsby Girl
3.55 – Secrete Stream
4.30 – Zolfo
5.05 – Elf De Re
FAIRYHOUSE RACING TIPS
BATTLE OF WILLS (7/4, 888Sport) looked a useful recruit to hurdling when making a seamless transition to the jumps game at Naas last month where the Lawman gelding ran out a half-length winner over Van Meegeren.
Useful on the flat previously for James Tate, he won three times on the level for that handler prior to his stable switch where even better times may lie ahead for him on the evidence of that first start over timber.
He won easier than the bare winning margin suggests and he’ll surely come on for the run which was his first in more than four month. He could find further improvement on the back of that hurdling debut and every chance he can follow up here with Davy Russell in the saddle again.
ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (11/4, 888Sport) took a step back in the right direction when finding only Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo too strong in a Grade Three contest at Tramore on New Years’ Day and he build on that effort with a solid sixth in the Theystes Chase despite not jumping well.
Formerly a high-class performer for Sandra Hughes which included winning the Ten Up Chase, he has been hit or miss since moving to Willie Mullins; but his latest couple of runs have been more encouraging and the Network gelding could be worth chancing here if his jumping holds up.
Quite a few of his rivals have been out of sorts – not unlike the selection – but given his recent form which has hinted at a revival then he can go well in a competitive contest despite the small field.
1.45 – Hesamanofhisword
2.17 – Battle Of Wills
2.52 – Halsafari
3.27 – Lagenod
4.02 – Acapella Bourgeois
4.37 – Sizing Pottsie
5.12 – Ferny Hollow