Trainers To Watch! Five Course Specialist Trainers Across Tuesday’s Cards
One Course Specialist Trainer for each of the five meetings on Tuesday
There are five meetings scheduled on Tuesday, and we’ve highlighted a trainer at each meeting who has a superb record at the respective course this year.
David O’Meara (Chepstow) – 3-3 (100%) at Chepstow this year
David O’Meara has a clear liking for the Welsh course, with a 100% record there this year, plus an overall 45% strike-rate there as a trainer (5 winners from the 11 runners he’s sent). He sends two runners there on Tuesday:
- Acton Bell (1:50)
- Autumn Festival (4:00)
The top trainer best hope looks certain to be AUTUMN FESTIVAL, who bolted up over C&D last week and should make a bold bid to land the hat-trick.
Ben Haslam (Ripon) – 6-12 (50%) at Ripon this year
The Yorkshire trainer doesn’t have the best overall record when sending horses to Ripon (10 winners from 72 runners – 14% strike-rate), but he seems to have turned a corner this year. With a 50% strike-rate there in 2022, it’s well worth keeping an eye on his trio of runners on their card tomorrow:
- Willie John (3:10)
- Sandret (4:10)
- Lady Shanawell (4:45)
All three of his runners don’t appear to have a major chance when looking at the betting, but if WILLIE JOHN returns fully fit after 322-day absence, he could be worth siding with at a big price.
Mick Channon (Epsom) – 2-5 (40%) at Epsom this year
The former England international footballer Mick Channon has had equal success since turning to horse racing and has trained some notable winners, including eight Group 1 winners. He only managed one winner at Epsom in 2021 but has already double that tally from just four runners this year. He sends two runners to their Tuesday card:
- Greatness Awaits (2:50)
- Whistledown (4:55)
Greatness Awaits needs a return to form, having not won for almost a year now, but he’s gone close off higher marks in the past and is certainly in with a chance, but the trainers best chance looks to be WHISTLEDOWN, who won over C&D in July and has gone close in both races since.
Joe Tizzard (Newton Abbot) – 9-21 (43%) at Newton Abbot
Since taking the rains from his Dad Colin, Joe Tizzard has had more winners at Newton Abbot than at any other racecourse. He’s sending two runners there on Tuesday:
- Star Of Valour (4:30)
- Holnest Pound (7:40)
Star Of Valour could be anything on his jumps debut, and Holnest Pound should appreciate the drop down to Class 5 company, but with jockey Brendan Powell (31% strike-rate at Newton Abbot this season) on board, he’s in capable hands. With Holnest Pound needing to improve on his recent efforts, his best chance looks to be STAR OF VALOUR.
Charlie & Mark Johnston (Carlisle) – 7-20 (35%) at Carlisle
Since taking over in a joint-licence of his dad Mark Johnston’s yard, Charlie Johnston has done incredibly well. The pair have already tasted Group 2 success with Living Legend winning at Newmarket, and most recently won the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes with Lakota Sioux. They have already had 7 winners from just 20 runners that they’ve sent to Carlisle, and send two there on Tuesday:
- Perfect Play (6:20)
- Cavendish (7:50)
PERFECT PLAY will need to bounce back from a disappointing effort at Chester but should be seen to better effect on the forecast better ground. Cavendish is in the same boat, disappointing last time out on soft ground but can put in a better showing on a firmer surface.