Tuesday’s race of the day – Preview and tips for the big Beginners Chase at Uttoxeter
Jon Vine takes a look through the runners in the Beginners Chase at Uttoxeter on Tuesday 10th December, and provides readers with his selection in Tuesday’s race of the day.
As part of our Daily Tips service, I’ve taken a look through the field in the race of the day at Uttoxeter and tips an intriguing mare to get the better of the boys.
Tuesday’s Race Of The Day at Uttoxeter
The massive outsider of the four, with some firms going as long as 100/1. Ran twice for Robert Tyner in point-to-points, finishing a modest seventh on debut before a decent fourth. Now makes his first appearance under rules for Tom Gretton, but it would be a big surprise if he was good enough to get involved.
Ended last season with two smart victories over hurdles, and looked as though he was built to jump a fence. I NAP’d him as he made his chasing debut at Carlisle, but Khage jumped poorly on his way to a fifth-place finish. Another fifth followed at Newbury behind the super-impressive Fanion D’Estruval. Still has to prove he’s really suited to chasing and I never got the feeling he was crying out for a step up in trip.
Looked a smart prospect when beating Before Midnight and Downtown Getaway on first couple of starts over hurdles. Novice campaign tailed off a little thereafter, but Philip Hobbs’ charge still managed to secure a couple of decent results. Was backed into favouritism on first start over fences and jumped well for the most part. Still, could only finish third behind Poker Play and Sensulano. The form of that race could work out well as the season progresses and he’s a big player over this trip.
Bolted up twice in novice hurdles for mares’ in 2017/18, thumping Sensulano by eleven lengths on her final start. Appeared just once last season, trailing over the line as the final finisher behind Benie Des Dieux in the Grade One Mares’ Hurdle at Punchestown. Nicky Henderson clearly thinks a lot of her to throw her into a Grade One on her only start of the season and her experience in point-to-points will come in handy as she tackles fences in competition for the first time.
This seems very much a two-horse race, with Tidal Flow boasting obvious chance. The advantage, though, has to go to WITH DISCRETION, who will be gaining weight from her male rivals.
Nicky Henderson clearly feels this lightly-raced eight-year-old can win some of the lucrative Listed Mares’ Chases which now appear on the calendar and, judging by the way she hacked up on similar going as a novice hurdler, she should have no trouble handling the heavy ground. In such a small-field affair, Evens could turn out to be a good price.