Tuesday’s racing tips – 13/8 shot to drop the Anchor on his rivals at Lingfield

Jon Vine takes a look through all of Tuesday’s race-cards and selects a strong challenger in the feature handicap chase at Lingfield as his NAP of the day with Unibet on Tuesday 19th November.

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3:00pm Lingfield Antonia Gallop Intermediate Handicap Chase (Class 3) 2m7½f

Jon’s NAP of the day – CLONDAW ANCHOR (13/8 Unibet)

The ground may be a little against him and the trip a complete unknown, but Cuban Pete is clearly a much more adept chaser than a hurdler, based on his debut victory at Uttoxeter and Venetia Williams’ seven-year-old cannot be dismissed. Sackett too has to be in the discussion, having already confirmed his staying ability with a victory over three miles during the summer.

The one I’m most drawn to though is CLONDAW ANCHOR (NAP), who drew a long way clear of his rivals when finishing second behind a useful sort of Nicky Henderson’s on his chasing debut and should be classy enough to deal with 11-11.

Dan Skelton’s six-year-old showed some useful form as a novice hurdler, winning one of his five starts, while also placing behind the likes of Minella Warrior and Champagne Court. Harry Skelton’s mount was a 10/1 shot when he made his first start over the larger obstacles and attempted to make all over a trip just one furlong shorter than this.

Diablo De Rouhet – who was awarded a chasing rating of 144 on that back of the win and scored in a handicap hurdle off that same mark on his following start – overtook Clondaw Anchor three from home and pulled clear thereafter. Skelton’s charge stuck to his guns well, crossing the line seven lengths behind the winner, some 14 lengths clear of his nearest rival.

Staying three miles shouldn’t be a problem for this former point-to-pointer and he has decent form on soft ground. Dan Skelton has won with 26% of his runners over the past two weeks and Clondaw Anchor jumped well enough on his first chase start to suggest he will deal with the tricky nature of this track.