Tuesday racing best bets – Tips for Pontefract, Bath, Exeter and Chelmsford
Tuesday 6 April horse racing tips
Four meetings head to post across the UK on Tuesday with action over the sticks and on the flat. We’ve picked out our Tuesday racing best bets and tips at each meeting.
There’s no Irish racing today but in the UK following the bank holiday weekend four meetings head to post over the sticks and on the flat on both turf and the all-weather.
Exeter represents the day’s sole jumps racing action while on the flat on turf there are meetings at both Pontefract and Bath; while Chelmsford race in the evening on their all-weather surface.
We’ve looked over all four of the day’s racecards where 31 races collectively will go to post and we pick out our Tuesday racing best bets and tips at each meeting.
TUESDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR PONTEFRACT, BATH, EXETER & CHELMSFORD
1:30 Pontefract – Jamaican Flight Handicap (Round 1 Of The Pontefract Stayers’ Championship 2020) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 2m2f
THE RUTLAND REBEL arrives here in good fettle having won two of his last three starts, both at Wolverhampton before being thwarted in his hat-trick bid back at that venue last month when finishing two lengths’ fourth behind Kangaroo Point where the slow pace didn’t show him the best light and he was forced to make his own running.
Micky Hammond’s charge shapes as if he’ll get this longer trip and while he’s higher rated back on turf he could go well as a former course-winner despite this being a stronger grade of contest than he’s used to.
He’s still unexposed as a stayer however and he should give another good account with Rab Havlin booked who is 3-4 when partnering with Micky Hammond-trained runners.
2:30 Pontefract – Racing TV On Sky Channel 426 Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-95) 6f
BICKERSTAFFE made a winning introduction last term at Hamilton, readily landing the odds over Cottam Lane by two lengths and looking a useful prospect in the process.
That runner-up won next time out to give that form a boost and Karl Burke’s charge was stepped up to Listed company and Ayr for his next outing where he ran better than the bare result in finishing sixth behind Winter Power.
That form looks decent given the winner went on to land a Group Three contest next time and the Mayson colt could appreciate this extra furlong on his reappearance where he’s chanced to build on the promise he had shown on debut as he switches to handicaps from a potentially workable rating of 88.
This should prove easier than the Listed contest he took in last time and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him involved at the finish.
2:50 Exeter – City Of Exeter Challenge Cup Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 2m1f
WARGRAVE was a useful sort on the flat in Ireland for James ‘Fozzy’ Stack, contesting Pattern company a couple of seasons ago before moving to George Baker.
Following a couple of lesser runs on the level for his current handler last summer he’s looked a useful sort in three spins over hurdles where he won at Southwell and he’s placed either side of that victory in starts here and at Plumpton.
His win saw him deny subsequent dual-winner Hooper by one length and he wasn’t disgraced when last seen finishing third to Smurphy Enki despite being beaten a fair distance. That one has won since while the runner-up in the race contested a Listed contest next time out.
The Galileo gelding now switches to handicapping where a mark of 118 looks fair and he remains open to further improvement following a break and he could step up on past efforts to make his presence felt here.
3:10 Bath – CB Protection Professional Security Systems Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 5f
KING OF STARS showed useful form on turf in Ireland for Joseph O’Brien and the Staraspangledbanner gelding has continued to run well on the all-weather for current handler Michael Appleby for whom he’s won twice.
All but one of his seven starts for Appleby have come at Southwell and he’s posted both his wins there over this trip; his latest run saw him finish just over two lengths’ third behind Mulzim back there in February and switching back to turf he can continue his good run of form where he can get back on the scoresheet.
His last success came in January when beating Slowmo and the return to this surface could see him going close off this 80 rating following a break where he’s made the frame in five of eight starts on grass.
3:20 Exeter – Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-110) 3m
The Dan and Harry Skelton bandwagon continues to churn out winners and FRISSON COLLONGES could be a tough nut to crack here fitted with first-time cheekpieces and the Coastal Path gelding can get off the mark over fences.
A runner-up in the point-to-point ranks for Donnchadh Doyle in Ireland he showed some ability over hurdles during the 2019/20 campaign following his move to this yard where his best effort came when denied by a nose at Hereford.
He’s not cut much ice in two starts this term over the larger obstacles despite being well-backed in both outings; but he did show some promise at Ayr on his chase debut although he failed to back it up next time out at Uttoxeter where he showed a tendency to jump right.
It could be that a switch to a right-handed track might show him in a better light while his point-to-point background and hurdles form over further may see him improve for the step up to three miles here. He’s also beginning to look well-treated on his hurdles form and the application of headgear could spark some progress for his in-form yard.
5:30 Chelmsford – Example Live 14th August Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-60) 7f
None of these are particularly consistent but IESHA has been in fairly decent fettle in recent starts either side of a switch in yards and the Cable Bay filly can get back on the scoresheet.
A winner for Milton Bradley back in December over this trip at Kempton she made the frame in two of her three subsequent outings for that yard prior to a switch to Charlie Wallis and she’s continued to run well since aside from a lesser run at Southwell in February where she looked ill at ease on the surface.
Her last two runs have come over six furlongs, latterly being denied by a short-head at this venue behind Silver Nemo where she wore first-time cheekpieces and if the headgear has the same positive effect again as she goes back up in trip then she could go one better off the mark under Hayley Turner.