Tuesday’s best bets and race-by-race tips – 6/5 Churchtown can be Southwell Champ
Brian Healy gives his Tuesday horse racing tips and best bets for the day’s racecards where three fixtures go to post across the UK.
As with Monday’s relatively quiet horse racing programme, it is a a similar low-key afternoon for Tuesday’s horse racing fixture list where three more meetings take place with jumps racing from the cards at Fakenham and Southwell, along with all-weather action on Polytrack at Lingfield.
Lingfield (flat, aw) – 12.25 – 3.55pm (8 races)
Southwell (jumps) – 12.45 – 3.45pm (7 races)
Fakenham (jumps) – 1.05 – 3.35pm (6 races)
(12.55) GARBANZO (5/1, Bet365) spoiled his chances of a debut win at Nottingham last month, missing the brak and running green early; but Ed Walker’s charge improved as the race went on, and he can build on the experience to do better this time.
The Mastercraftsman colt was beaten around nine lenths, where the more experienced Melting Dew – who reopposes – was one place ahead of him. Once the penny dropped, he finished well and showed enough to suggest that he was capable of winning a small race, so with the potential for better with the runder his belt, he can get off the mark at the second attempt.
(2.55) Thoroughly unexposed after just two starts – one of which was a win at Chelmsford, STRONG FORCE (11/10, Bet365) can double up on his win tally by taking this contest.
Saeed bin Suroor’s Sea The Stars gelding had made a solid debut at Catterick in September prior to posting a next-time success over Alf Guineas – a winner since – making all the running and scoring with something in hand.
Stepping into a handicap, this initial opening mark looks fair and he has the potential for better taking on a field of exposed runners. In receipt of weight-all-round from his field, he should go close in a follow up bid, and he is unlikely to be far away.
12.25 – Daimochi
12.55 – Garbanzo
1.25 – Seek The Fair Land
1.55 – He’s My Cracker
2.25 – Lava Light
2.55 – Strong Force
3.25 – Exchequer
3.55 – Iballisticvin
(1.15) It is hard to get away from the claims of CHURCHTOWN CHAMP (6/5, Bet365) who was a winning hurdler last term, and he made an excellent transition to fences when chasing home the useful Fayette County at Worcester last month.
That rival has since boosted the form when making the frame in a more competitive heat at the Cheltenham Open Meeting, and a 4lbs rise in the weights for that Worcester effort could leave the Robin Des Champs gelding fairly treated if he can produce a similar effort.
Dan Skelton’s charge was a winner between the flags at Dromahane, and with the potential for better over fences he can get off the mark here.
12.45 – High Counsel
1.15 – Churchtown Champ
1.45 – Aliandy
2.15 – Ballymalin
2.45 – Cajun Fiddle
3.15 – Jaunty Thor
3.45 – Searching For Gold
(1.35) QUEEN SPUD (9/4, Bet365) hasn’t looked the most natural of jumpers over fences, falling twice from her eight attempts over the larger obstacles; but Henry Daly’s charge broke her duck over fences at this venue last month, and she can follow up.
The Multiplex mare goes well here, and she is unbeaten in her three outings around this ultra-sharp track; her nine-length win over Charlie Mon last time was a decent effort, and that runner-up has since run well in a better race at Huntingdon.
Raised 7lbs for that last success, she goes back up in trip for this latest outing; but she seemed to enjoy setting the pace last time, and she could be hard to peg back around this track if allowed to stride on again.
(2.35) FINAL NUDGE (11/8, Bet365) could prove difficult to beat if translating the pick of his hurdles form over fences on his chase debut.
David Dennis’ charge was a prolific winner over the smaller obstacles last term, winning three times, and the Kayf Tara gelding found only subsequent Albert Bartlett winner Unowhatimeanharry too strong at Cheltenham last December in the Grade Two Bristol Novices’ Hurdle, beaten just over one length.
Last seen scoring at Southwell, this is certainly a winnable introduction to chasing and if fit to go on his return from eight months off the track then he should take all the beating.
1.05 – Debt To Society
1.35 – Queen Spud
2.05 – Lift The Lid
2.35 – Final Nudge
3.05 – Prettylittlething
3.35 – Mercian King