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|Bobhopeornohope||9/2||Each Way - 4 Places
|Any News||17/2||Each Way
|Windsor Avenue||11/1||Each Way - 4 Places
Date of Tips: 10/11/2021
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Approaching such a strong weekend of jumps racing action at both Cheltenham and Punchestown, it’s hard to not feel excited. So many good horses are going to be trading blows and it should make for some very compelling viewing. However, there is also good racing at our doorstep this afternoon at both Bangor and Exeter – and these intriguing clashes make for some tasty betting heats. Personally speaking, it’s been a month that has yet to get going from my perspective, and hopefully I can gain some momentum going into the weekend.
Starting off with Exeter and there 1.40 race – which is a 3m novices handicap chase and looks a great renewal of the race. Lord Accord was a good winner on chase debut and could well have the ability to strike further up the ladder in time. However, it would be remiss of me not to side with the enigma, Bobhopeornohope – who would definetly have a chance in this contest if returning to his best form from a few starts back. In fact, he was so impressive in his first couple of starts last year that I thought he may well turn into an Albert Bartlett horse, but the wheels came off in his final two starts and now is on a recovery mission. He has had a wind operation, which hopefully may rectify his weak finishing efforts the last twice, and he lurks off a more than tempting mark of 126. At a price of 9/2 with SkyBet, who are offering 4 places – he is a strong each way bet.
The 2.40 race is arguably the best race on the card at Exeter and this 2m3f Novices Handicap Chase has attracted a strong field of six to the table. There have been plenty of whispers about the well handicaped Coconut Splash in recent weeks, but I can’t see him being ridden vigorously on his first start back after an absence. Instead, I am going to take one more chance on Any News, who is unfancied today after a sloppy round of jumping at Cheltenham last time out. However, he had run well at Warwick prior to that and this test is not as demanding as that of Cheltenham. He should also be suited by a step up in trip and this may assist his jumping. He does have to carry around top weight but he should be going close if returning to his best form. The 17/2 available with Bet365 looks a little bit insulting to the horse’s ability, and I’ll be backing him each way.
Moving to Bangor and starting off with the 1.30 race, which is a 3m handicap chase. They often say that keeping hold of horses is the worst thing you can do when punting, and that could be correct. However, there are certain things I will never be able to get out of my head, and one of them is Windsor Avenue – who lurks off a tempting weight of 143 in this open looking race. As much as some people will say I’m delusional, there are actual reasons to suggest that this horse may run well today. His only previous spin under Sean Quinlan was last Christmas, when finishing a very good third at Wetherby. He is now off his lowest mark ever in a handicap and on the balance of his form, he looks best the first time out. With that all being put into perspective, he looks good each way play in this contest. At a price of 11/1 with William Hill, who are offering 4 places, I’ll be taking that chance.
The 3.00 race is the 2m3f handicap hurdle and this is a lot more straightforward than some of the previous cases I have had to put together to defend some of the previous horses. Goobinator screams like a well handicapped horse back in this sphere and his flat runs this summer should leave him cherry ripe for a contest such as this. He always looked babyish over hurdles in the past, especially at the back end of races, but he seems to have rectified that with more runs and should be more than competitive here off a mark of 126. He is a short enough price for a competitive race at 7/4 – but I think he is well ahead of his mark and if translating his form back over the sticks, he should win.
And the final race to cover is the 3.30 race at Bangor with the 2m3f novice hurdle being the last race on the card. I have asked for people to trust certain horses already today, and there is more than an element of trust required with this final selection, with the frustrating Barrichello, who I’m backing to finally get off the mark over hurdles. Second on all five starts last year, he has been found a chance on his seasonal debut, and if suited by the step back up in trip, should go very close. The favourite, Universal Dave, will be tough to beat under a penalty, but the form of his win last time out is not working out and I think he will have to go some to give seven pounds to our horse – who brings a robust rating of 120 to the table. At a general price of 11/4 – and in keeping with the trust required for these horses today, I am going to give him a roll of the dice.