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|Storm Dennis||5/1||Each Way
|No Risk Des Flos||15/2||Each Way - 4 Places
Date of Tips: 20/10/2021
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After a few below par days, I would be lying to say I am glad that I don’t have to frequent the flat action at Gowran Park for another day. Instead, WhichBookie have thrown me the biggest of bones, by sponsoring the competitive card at Fontwell today – which looks fascinating on paper with some nice horses running. There is also some decent action from Worcester this afternoon, so us jump racing fans are spoilt for choice.
Starting at Fontwell and the 1.23 race, which is the opening maiden hurdle on the card over 2m3f. I am a big fan of Storm Dennis in this race, for the local trainer Chris Gordon. Having won a bumper back in May, this horse was perhaps a shade disappointing when well beaten into third over this course and distance last time out. However, there are reasons to excuse that effort, with the winner Nickelback, looking an explosive recruit to the Novice Hurdle scene and by his own admission, a lot of Gordon’s runners are needing the run this year. Most crucially, he has some form in softer conditions and with the rain beginning to make an impact on the Fontwell ground, this could be very important. At a price of 5/1 with 888Sport, he is a firm each way selection.
The second and final selection from the WhichBookie card at Fontwell comes in the featured 2.30 Handicap Hurdle, which looks a good renewal of this class 3 contest with plenty of decent sorts making their reappearance. As much as I’m sure he will benefit from the run, I’m so intrigued to see how No Risk Des Flos runs for Olly Murphy and Aidan Coleman, off a very workable mark of 128. Some of his form last year was up with the best of these, with wins at Uttoxeter and Southwell sandwiching a brave effort under a penalty at Leicester. A below par run at Perth at the end of the year can be excused, and they have given this horse a nice break to get tuned up for another good season over hurdles. At a price of 15/2 with SkyBet, with 4 places available, I’m very hopeful of a good run.
Over at Worcester, I’m waiting till the 3.58 to get invested into the card – with the valuable 2m4f novices handicap hurdle looking like a strong race for this time of the year. I’m going to take a chance on the improving BigBadMattie in this race for Emma Lavelle, who has some strong summer form to his name and if the ground was to ride like it’s being scheduled to, will be in love with conditions. Having fallen on first start for this yard at this course, he duly dotted up next time out over 2m. His effort behind Guinness Affair at Fontwell looked a solid one also, when keeping on dourly over 2m1f. That effort has prompted them to take a chance at stepping up in trip and he should be well handicapped still off a mark of 109. At a best price of 7/1 with Bet365, he is an each way bet.
And the final selection of the day comes in the lucky last at Worcester, with the 2m7f maiden hurdle completing the card on this occasion. If fully revved up on his first start for a new stable, I can’t see past Fair Frontieres in this race, who brings a very strong piece of maiden hurdle form from Ireland over to the Kim Bailey stable. He was second, only beaten a neck by Gars De Sceaux, which would give him a massive chance in this context of race. The Grand Visir could well give him plenty to think about, but there doesn’t seem to be too much depth in the race after that – and I’m hoping he can get the job done. At a price of 15/8 with 888Sport, I think that’s fair.