Tuesday horse racing tips – Best bets at Catterick, Leicester and Newcastle
Tuesday racing best bets and tips for UK fixtures 2 March 2021
Tuesday marks the two-week warning for the Cheltenham Festival with the tapes set to go up on the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 14 days, but this Tuesday sees three meetings taking place across the UK and we’ve picked out our Tuesday horse racing tips and best bets over the sticks and on the all-weather.
Three meetings will head to post on Tuesday as we enter the final fortnight before the Cheltenham Festival and punters can take in some jumps racing action from the meetings at Catterick and Leicester on Tuesday afternoon, while on the all-weather there is an evening fixture under the floodlights at Newcastle on their tapeta surface.
Twenty races will unfold across the three fixtures and we’ve assessed the action to pick out our Tuesday horse racing tips and best bets for each meeting.
TUESDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT CATTERICK, LEICESTER & NEWCASTLE
1:00 Catterick – Jumps At Home With Racing TV Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+) 2m3f
This is a competitive heat despite the small turnout and it might pay to give EVANDER another chance having been pulled up at Sandown earlier in the month.
Oliver Greenall’s charge had been in good form previously, showing progress with each run over the larger obstacles and scoring at Doncaster in December before posting a very good second behind Capeland at Wincanton where he kept on well having been under pressure some way out.
Heavy ground last time likely didn’t suit, while he also went off quite hard in front. He made a few mistakes on the way round also including making a bad blunder two out although he was beaten at the time in what looked a strong race.
This doesn’t look as strong and less testing ground will be more suitable, while the return to a left-handed track will also play more to his strengths having done all his winning going this direction. He’s chanced to bounce back from that Sandown run here and he can go close under champion jockey Brian Hughes.
1:30 Catterick – Racing TV Maiden Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 1m7½f
STEPNEY CAUSEWAY was a winner on the flat for Michael Bell and the New Approach gelding offered something to work on in the face of a stiff assignment for his hurdles debut and first run for Dan Skelton when finishing fifth at Ascot last month.
Running following wind surgery and the application of a tongue-tie he made a number of mistakes on the way around behind Tritonic and Casa Loupi; that form has been significantly boosted with that pair finishing 1-2 again in the recent Adonis Hurdle.
He’s entitled to come on for that experience and he’s in top hands under the care of Dan Skelton who continues to fire in the winners. It would be no surprise to see him improve on that debut run and in receipt of weight all round he can get off the mark at the second attempt.
2:00 Catterick – Visit racingtv.com Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Staying Chase Series Qualifier) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 3m1f
ASK PADDY has a good record at this venue and the Ask gelding took this prize twelve months ago as part of a four-timer of wins – three coming over course and distance – and Sam England’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
Having probably needed his return back in November he’s bettered his finishing position with each start and he was last seen here in mid-February finishing around five lengths’ third to the useful Didero Vallis.
He’s since been eased 1lb in the ratings and if he can keep his race-by-race improvement going then he could be the answer to this tricky contest given his very good record around here.
2:40 Leicester – Boscasports No.1 Digital Betting Shop Display Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m
COURT ROYALE isn’t the most reliable and his form has been patchy since going over fences; however he’s managed to register two wins over the summer and Evan Williams’ charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
His last chase start saw him pull up at Ffos Las but he’s never been at his best on soft ground and with conditions here drying out he might find the ground more tolerable on this occasion.
He can be forgiven too his last run which came in a jumpers’ bumper at Kempton earlier in the month and the return to chasing from 1lb lower can see him getting competitive and he can give a good account.
4:10 Leicester – Cottesmore “Grassroots” Maiden Hunters’ Chase Cl5 (6yo+) 2m4f
I’M WISER NOW remains a maiden after eleven attempts and he’s looked a tricky ride on more than one occasion; but the Presenting gelding could be the answer here having hit the crossbar on numerous occasions over hurdles and he shaped well on his chase debut here earlier in the month when finishing third to Premier Magic.
The seven-year old was making his first start in almost a year on that occasion and the run was likely needed so he could do better here with that under his belt, while the slight drop in trip could also be in his favour having possibly just failed to see out the trip last time.
Fergal O’Brien’s charge had travelled well into that contest but he didn’t find as much as looked likely and he hung left from the last. This less testing ground and shorter trip can see him get home and he ought to be in the shake-up.
5:30 Newcastle – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 1m2f
SONGKRAN was run down late in the day at Lingfield on Saturday, only giving way late to go down by a neck behind Lucky’s Dream and assuming this run doesn’t come too soon the Slade Power gelding can get back to winning ways.
George Boughey’s charge was a four time winner on turf over the summer months of which three came at this distance; he’s been racing over further in starts on the all-weather including last time out and he could appreciate the return to the shorter trip.
He can race from the same mark here as Saturday but good 5lbs claimer Mark Crehan takes over in the saddle and his allowance effectively sees him compete from just 1lb higher than his last winning turf mark.
Providing he’s none the worse for his weekend exertions then he might be worth chancing to go one better this time around.
7:00 Newcastle – Bombardier Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 7f
It has been a while since THE GREAT HEIR last tasted victory but the Pedro The Great gelding could be worth chancing to snap his lengthy losing streak here.
Kevin Ryan’s charge has finished runner-up in three of his last four starts, most recently getting to within a half-length of Saisons D’or over this course and distance and he should remain competitive from just 1lb higher in the weights.
His last win came on turf back in September 2018 when taking the 2-Y-O Stakes at Doncaster where he was rated 87; he’s now rated 75 which is exploitable and the presence of a 7lbs claimer adds further strength to his claims.
While he’s been difficult to win with he ought to make his presence felt again and no surprise to see him once more in the shake-up.