Tuesday’s racing tips – 4/1 NAP to give rivals hill to climb at Hereford

Ballyhill (near) jumping a fence at Cheltenham in January.Ballyhill (near) jumping a fence at Cheltenham in January.

Our expert takes a look through all of Tuesday’s meetings and selects a strong challenger in a handicap chase at Hereford as his NAP of the day with Unibet in Tuesday 12th November.

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3:00pm Hereford ROA: A Voice For Racehorse Owners Handicap Chase (Class 3) 2m5f

Philip Hobbs has only managed to get No Comment out on the track twice in the previous two seasons and he’s so far failed to build on the promise he showed as a hurdler. Clearly talented, but also a frail sort, the best result No Comment has managed in four starts over fences was a fifth-place finish in the Kim Muir back in March, where Hobbs’ eight-year-old crossed the line 15 lengths adrift of the winner.

I’m keen to take No Comment on, but there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of quality in behind the market leader. Dans Le Vent sits third in the market, despite just one run over the larger obstacles, and that was a fall four from home at Ludlow last month. Splitting the two, however, is BALLYHILL (NAP), and he certainly has the ability carry 11-12 into the winners’ enclosure.

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge is now four-pounds lower in the handicap than when he finished third behind Aso and Happy Diva in a handicap chase at Cheltenham on New Years’ Day. Since then, Ballyhill has been well beaten on all four of his appearances and finished last of six on his reappearance at Kelso.

A quick look through Ballyhill’s form will tell you that he always comes on from his first run of the season and is at his most dangerous during the autumn, winter months. Twiston-Davies’ charge has winning form here at Hereford, having secured his first victory over obstacles here in 2016 and will be much more comfortable over this trip than the minimum distance he tackled last month.

Ballyhill cruisised to victory under 11-11 at Aintree on his second start over fence last term and this mark of 140 is certainly not beyond him. 4/1 looks a great price.