Tips for Tuesday’s feature meeting – Race-by-race selections for Huntingdon’s seven-race card

Huntingdon is the scene for Tuesday's main fixture where a seven-race card awaits punters.Huntingdon is the scene for Tuesday's main fixture where a seven-race card awaits punters.

Brian Healy looks ahead to Tuesday’s main horse racing fixture of the day at Huntingdon where he gives his race-by-race selections.

Tuesday’s main fixture sees a seven-race card going to post at Huntingdon, and the action at the Cambridgeshire track gets underway from 1.10pm.

Featuring a veterans’ chase, as well as some solid handicap action it is sure to be a cracking afternoon at the home of the Peterborough Chase, and Brian Healy takes a race-by-race looks at Tuesday’s feature racecard where he has race-by-race selections.

12:40 – Integral UK Novices’ Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+) 2m
1:10 – Integral UK Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m4f
1:40 – Integral UK Michaelmas Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-140) 2m
2:10 – Integral UK Conditional Jockeys’ Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Veterans’ Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (9yo+ 0-125) 2m7½f
2:40 – Integral UK Handicap Hurdle (Div I) Cl5 (3yo+ 0-100) 2m4½f
3:10 – Integral UK Handicap Hurdle (Div II) Cl5 (3yo+ 0-100) 2m4½f
3:40 – Integral UK “Junior” Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race Cl5 (3yo) 1m5½f

12:40 – Integral UK Novices’ Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+) 2m

ARCHIMENTO (3/1, Bet365) was a fair sort on the flat for Bill Knight prior to joining the Oliver Sherwood team and switching to hurdling, and the Archipenko gelding could be worth siding with here to successfullygive away weight all round.

He finished runner-up on his hurdles debut at Fontwell back in August, but he then duly went one better next time out back there when running out an eleven lengths’ victor over Pagero, overcoming a late mistake in the process.

He has run better than the bare result on both subsequent starts despite being well-beaten both times, possibly failing to see out the longer trip latest. However, he sets the standard on what he has shown thus far, and the drop back to two miles could see him in a better light.

While he has to give 6lbs and more to this field of rivals, he could prove equal to the task and can get back on the winning trail for his yard which has found a bit of form in recent days.

Oliver Sherwood can get amongst the winners at Huntingdon

Oliver Sherwood can get amongst the winners at Huntingdon

1:10 – Integral UK Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m4f

SNOWY OSCAR (10/1, Ladbrokes) found some improvement for a wind operation when finishing third on his reappearance at this venue last month, and the Oscar gelding could be worth chancing switching to chasing where he can get off the mark.

Nick Gifford’s charge was making his return from almost nine months off when finishing eight lengths’ third behind Bentons Lad, but there could be better to come from him as he tackles the bigger obstacles now.

He is bred to make a chaser, and while this isn’t an easy introduction he could have the scope to find improvement from this mark as he tackles handicapping on his first foray over fences for his in-form yard.

1:40 – Integral UK Michaelmas Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-140) 2m

A decent contest which can go the way of SEBASTOPOL (7/4, Coral) who was a winner last time out at Wincanton, and Tom Lacey’s charge can follow up here.

The Fame And Glory gelding was a bumper winner at Ayr last April, beating Black Pirate, and he was subsequently far from disgraced on his hurdles debut where he finished fourth behind Thomas Darby at Cheltenham next time out.

Beaten around six lengths, he improved on that performance at Ayr in January when finishing third to Whoshotthesheriff, and he made a winning return to action following nine months off the track when beating Grey Diamond latest by seven lengths.

A 10lbs rise in the weights for that success demands a further jolt of improvement; but he is one who is going the right way and with the potential for better still looks worth keeping onside as he bids to follow up here.

Sebastopol can land another victory with success at Huntingdon.

Sebastopol can land another victory with success at Huntingdon.

2:10 – Integral UK Conditional Jockeys’ Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Veterans’ Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (9yo+ 0-125) 2m7½f

FR HUMPHREY (3/1, Bet365) was a fair sort in Ireland, scoring three times over fences prior to joining Neil Mulholland ahead of the new jumps season.

The Carlo Bank gelding has had four runs since teaming up with his new yard, possibly needing his first outing but running poorly next time at Stratford where he pulled up. However, he quickly bounced back with a neck success over hurdles at Fontwell, after which he was denied only by a nose behind the reopposing Vendredi Trois at Kempton latest.

He is 2lbs better off with that rival now once jockey Harry Reed’s 3lbs claim is factored in, and while there ought not to be much between the pair again if both run to a similar level it could be worth siding with the Mulholland runner to come out on top this time around.

2:40 – Integral UK Handicap Hurdle (Div I) Cl5 (3yo+ 0-100) 2m4½f

Fergal O’Brien has his team in good heart at present, and DAN GUN (4/1, Bet365) can get back off the mark here having found only one too good on his penultimate start at Exeter in October.

The Intikhab had showm precious little worthwhile form prior to that silver medal finish, but he wasn’t able to replicate the form five days later although the outing might have come too soon when only finishing sixth.

His earlier runner-up finish has since seen the winner go in again, and he turns out here from the same mark as in recent runs, while Conor Brace is good value for his 3lbs claim and the allowance could prove crucial.

This isn’t a strong race, and if he can reproduce the form of his earlier runner-up effort then it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him in the mix here.

Fergal OBrien can saddle a Huntingdon winner on Tuesday

Fergal OBrien can saddle a Huntingdon winner on Tuesday

3:10 – Integral UK Handicap Hurdle (Div II) Cl5 (3yo+ 0-100) 2m4½f

VEILED SECRET (9/2, Paddy Power) may have found the run coming too soon after his reappearance second at Exeter in October when beaten almost 25 lengths into sixth behind Percy Thrower at Uttoxeter eight days later; however David Dennis’ charge can bounce back having had a bit more of a breather between runs.

The Teofilo gelding has shown a fair degree of ability over timber, not disgraced last term behind the likes of Michael’s Mount and Gumball, and he got off the mark in this sphere at Taunton back in April when beating Nachi Falls.

Having made an encouraging return to action in October, he wasn’t in the same form next time, but he can do better stepping up in trip and faced with less testing ground so it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him bouncing back this time around to go close in what looks a winnable contest.

3:40 – Integral UK “Junior” Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race Cl5 (3yo) 1m5½f

A few interesting debutantes feature in this field, but SHINOBI (11/4, William Hill) looked a useful prospect when scoring on his debut at Exeter last month, and Kim Bailey’s charge can find a chunk of improvement on the back of that first outing to follow up here despite giving away weight all round.

The Iffraaj gelding struck by three-parts of a length, running green under pressure but always doing enough to secure the win, and that experience won’t have been lost on him so every chance he could find improvement for that first run.

This slightly longer trip is unlikely to present an issue, and Chester Williams’ 5lb allowance could prove significant so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him make a bold bid to follow up for his in-form stable.

HUNTINGDON TIPS TUESDAY 12 NOVEMBER – RACE-BY-RACE SELECTIONS

12:40 – ARCHIMENTO (3/1, Bet365)

1:10 – SNOWY OSCAR (10/1, Ladbrokes)

1:40 – SEBASTOPOL (7/4, Coral)

2:10 – FR HUMPHREY (3/1, Bet365)

2:40 – DAN GUN (4/1, Bet365)

3:10 – VEILED SECRET (9/2, Paddy Power)

3:40 – SHINOBI (11/4, William Hill)