Horse Racing Tips on Wednesday, March 9
There are three meetings spread across Britain on Tuesday, March 8th with the action coming from Fontwell, Lingfield, Catterick and Kempton. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across the cards, which make up our advised Tuesday Lucky 15.
Catch My Breath (3.00 Lingfield)
The MansionBet Proud Partners Of The AWC Handicap looks an open affair and at an each-way price, CATCH MY BREATH rates the value play for John Ryan.
This 6yo son of Bated Breath has gained his last three wins over this course and distance, the most recent coming in September off 3lb below his current mark of 59.
He has won off of higher ratings in the past, however, and went close off this mark in December when beaten just a nose into second. Catch My Breath can hamper his chances by being slowly into stride, as he showed at Southwell last time, yet it looks particularly interesting that connections turn to All-weather Champion elect David Probert for the ride this afternoon, a jockey that has proven profitable to follow (+12.50 to level stakes) when riding for this yard on the all-weather.
Under his optimum conditions, in what looks like a fairly modest affair, Catch My Breath looks well worth chancing.
Moon King (4.00 Catterick)
Although probably not hitting the heights expected of him, being a 91-rated Flat performer for previous connections, MOON KING has still produced respectable form figures of 431232P4 since switching to hurdles, and he looks worth backing to improve upon those in Catterick’s David Cooper 60th Birthday Handicap Hurdle.
Moon King bounced back from a Haydock non-completion (where he didn’t jump fluently) to finish fourth at Doncaster last month, and that form has been franked since.
That Doncaster run is expected to have done Moon King’s confidence the world of good, and a subsequent 2lb weights drop, combined with the assistance of 5lb claimer Lilly Pinchin in the saddle, puts Moon King on an incredibly attractive mark if recapturing his peak Flat form.
Trainer Charlie Longsdon has his string in good form at present, and this represents a rare northern raid (sole runner on the track).
Dell Oro (4.25 Fontwell)
Daniel Steele had a winner on the Flat last weekend, and he saddles his first runner since in DELL ORO, who takes up an engagement in Wednesday’s Cazoo Handicap Hurdle.
This son of Walk In The Park has generally struggled for form since joining current connections, yet he did shape with some promise when a 50/1 fourth at Plumpton last time.
He gets in here off the same mark of 93, which is a whole 32lb below the rating he joined connections on, and his last win came off a mark of 135, which shows just how well handicapped Dell Oro could be if recapturing his best form.
This race really doesn’t appear to have a whole host of strength in depth, and it’s fascinating that connections turn to cheekpieces with Dell Oro, who hasn’t worn any form of headgear since November 2019. If that sparks even minimal improvement, he should prove competitive at this level.
Schwartz (4.45 Lingfield)
The 2m Betway Handicap closes the Lingfield card and the lightly-raced SCHWARTZ catches the eye for Richard Hughes.
This son of Kodiac was picked up for €82,000 as a foal, being a brother to the useful Al Hamdany and a half-brother to the prolific all-weather performer Indigo Times.
He has shown very little on the track up to now, proving very weak in the market when a distant tenth on handicap debut at Kempton in November.
Schwartz has been given plenty of time to get over that showing, however, and connections turn to cheekpieces for his reappearance. It is interesting that Schwartz’s in-form yard are keen to persevere with him, and if stepping up half a mile in trip manages to bring about a small chunk of improvement he could put up a much-improved showing.