Ascot preview: Progressive Pym the Reynoldstown punt

Horse Racing

Trainer Nicky Henderson is in red-hot form at present, so Pym looks to hold leading claims of providing him with another winner in the 3m Grade 2 Reynoldstown Novices' Chase at Ascot on Saturday (13:50). This seven-year-old was a smart hurdler who has quickly made up into an even better chaser in winning two of his three starts. After shaping with promise on debut over the larger obst...

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Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle preview: Rosie And Millie makes plenty of appeal at Sandown

Horse Racing

The progressive Rosie And Millie looks decent value to land the spoils in the feature race at Sandown on Friday, the extended 2m 3f Grade 2 Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices' Hurdle (14:25). Trained by Michael Scudamore, this seven-year-old has some fair form in bumpers and showed improved form in all three of her starts over hurdles this season. In the first of those at Ffos Las, the daugh...

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Grand National Trial preview: Yala Enki the one to be on in Haydock staying feature

Horse Racing

Yala Enki has a good record at Haydock, so looks worth a punt to further enhance it with victory in the feature race there on Saturday, the 3m 4f Grade 3 Grand National Trial (15:15). This Paul Nicholls trained 10-year-old has won twice and been placed once in six starts at the Merseyside venue. Those successes included a five-length drubbing of Blaklion in the 2018 renewal of this on...

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Bet of the Day: Milan and Juve to draw in Coppa Italia

Bet of the day

With the Coppa Italia at the semi-final stage, two of Italy’s largest and most prestigious sides set down to do battle this evening, both with sobering defeats at the weekend to digest. Milan, whose derby with Inter began so well and ended so badly, could really do with inflicting a loss on champions Juventus here. La Vecchia Signora, for their part, are hurting after an entirely avoidable ...

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Ascot Chase preview: Riders Onthe Storm value to upset Cyrname

Horse Racing

The 2m 5f Grade 1 Ascot Chase headlines Saturday’s card at that venue (15:35). On paper, this looks like a match between last year’s winner Cyrname and Riders Onthe Storm. At odds of 3/1 on offer with Unibet, a chance is taken on the latter who has won both his starts since joining current trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies. Riders Onthe Storm is a seven-year-old Irish import that was a fin...

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Bet of the Day: Harbour Breeze value to resume winning ways at Kempton

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Now returned to an artificial surface, Harbour Breeze looks decent value to land the spoils at 11/2 with BetVictor in the mile handicap at Kempton on Wednesday (19:00). This Lucy Wadham trained five-year-old is lightly-raced for his age after just nine starts - winning twice and making the frame on two occasions. Both those successes have come on the all-weather. After beating Addis A...

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2020 Grand National weights: Tiger Roll compressed just 1lb by handicapper for Aintree hat-trick

Horse Racing

The 2020 Grand National weights were revealed in Liverpool at a special lunch and Tiger Roll has been cut very little slack by the handicapper. It was inevitable that the dual winner of the Aintree showpiece would carry top weight if returning to Merseyside for a third bid. However, when framing the Grand National weights, BHA assessors usually compress the handicap in order to attrac...

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Bet of the Day: US Elections Democratic Party Primaries – New Hampshire Special

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The Democratic selection process for a Presidential candidate is now fully underway, although even seasoned politics-watchers will have had some difficulty unpicking a process that - in the end - gave up-and-comer Pete Buttigieg a marginal advantage in the delegate count, with 14 ahead of the 12 hoovered up by Bernie Sanders. The Iowa caucus was a messy affair, as the phone app designed to ...

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Bet of the Day: Fraser Island fancied at the weights in Plumpton novice hurdle

Bet of the day

Fraser Island gets lumps of weight from main market rival Calva D'Auge in the 2m novice hurdle at Plumpton on Monday (14:15), so can resume winning ways. Trained by Nicky Henderson, this Australia gelding's grandsire won on softer surfaces. He is bred in the purple being out of an Acclamation mare. As Fraser Island handled soft ground just fine on hurdles debut at Newbury, this Flat c...

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Exeter preview: Sporting John taken to shine on Sunday card

Horse Racing

Sporting John has created a huge impression in winning both his starts under Rules, so - at 6/5 with Paddy Power - looks worth a wager to take a step up in class in his stride and land the spoils in the Listed 2m novices' hurdle at Exeter this Sunday (16:05). After winning his sole start in an Irish point, this five-year-old was purchased for a hefty sum by leading owner JP McManus and s...

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Punchestown preview: Mon Lino appeals each-way in Irish Grand National Trial

Horse Racing

A typically wide-open renewal of the 3m 4f Grade B Irish Grand National Trial headlines the rearranged February 9 card at Punchestown (14:45) on Tuesday, and Mon Lino appeals each-way. Trained by Paul Nolan, this eight-year-old is one of five entered for leading owner JP McManus. Mon Lino is only one from 12 over fences but ran a huge race in defeat on his last start in this sphere. T...

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Naas preview: Mullins mare can Cut The Mustard in Opera Hat

Horse Racing

The feature race at Naas on Saturday is the Listed 2m Opera Hat Mares Chase (13:37), and novice Cut The Mustard can go one better than last time out now eased in grade. Trained by Willie Mullins for Sullivan Bloodstock, this eight-year-old already looks like making up into a better chaser than she was over hurdles. Cut The Mustard ran well in graded handicaps last season. After fin...

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Newbury preview: Native River all set to third Denman Chase success

Horse Racing

Native River looks in a different league to his rivals and a worthy long odds-on favourite to land a third success in the 3m Grade 2 Denman Chase at Newbury on Saturday (15:00). This Colin Tizzard trained 10-year-old is a class act who has a strike rate of just under 54 per cent over fences, having won nine of his 17 starts. He landed back-to-back runnings of this in 2017 and 2018. Na...

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Warwick preview: Rouge Vif the value wager in Kingmaker

Horse Racing

Rouge Vif looks decent value to land the Grade 2 feature contest on this Saturday's card at Warwick, the 2m Kingmaker Novices' Chase (14:05). This Harry Whittington trained six-year-old developed into a very useful hurdler when winning three times. In the last of those at Kelso, he easily beat Windsor Avenue by fourth lengths in a Grade 2. Rouge Vif went on to round off the campaig...

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Game Spirit Chase preview: Altior can bounce back on Cheltenham prep run at Newbury

Horse Racing

Altior has won the last two renewals of the Game Spirit Chase - run this year as the Win Bigger On The Betfair Exchange Chase - at Newbury. Having landed this en route to Cheltenham Festival glory before, he cannot be opposed in Saturday’s 2m Grade 2 contest now down in trip (14:25). Nicky Henderson’s stable star lost little in defeat when finally beaten over obstacles at the 20th att...

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