Welcome back racing fans. Although it isn’t the most exciting of meetings at Fontwell on Friday, it’s Jumps action, so we'll take it. I’m putting up two betting tips for you and they are both very decent shouts in my opinion.
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It’s not the strongest day's racing at Fontwell on Friday, so I’m putting up just two betting tips, but I’m pretty sweet on the pair of them.
The Handicap Chase may only be a four-runner race, but it’s sure to become a very tactical affair. Young Wolf is a decent mover on his day and seemed in good form last time out at Market Rasen, but the drop back in trip here has me a little worried. He isn’t the fastest horse and has been a little unreliable in the past, so he would need a lot of things to fall his way to get his nose in front.
Duke Of Luckley was a non-runner a few days ago and I think connections are in search of a softer surface, so he may not be ideally treated here and Princess Midnight is another who needs a few things to go her way. So, I’m going to take a chance on the Ben Pauling runner Gamble Tiep. I think he has a decent mark here and is the most likely to run his race. He won on his first two starts for Ben Pauling on softer ground, but has also run with credit on faster surfaces too.
He is a lively contender, regardless of conditions and I think he is going to run a big race for us tomorrow. He jumps really well, which is of course essential at Fontwell and travels with ease too, so in this trappy sort of contest, he looks spot on to me. Ben Pauling always brings out the best in his newer recruits and I think Gamble Tiep will definitely do him proud here.
The 2m 2f Handicap Hurdle is a bit of a weak renewal if you only look at recent form, but if you go back a bit further, then it looks far more interesting. Fort De L’Ocean should have a chance on his Stratford form, but he hasn’t necessarily got any further improvement to come in my opinion. He seems to have levelled out and may not have enough gears to get past a few up the straight.
Anyway, I have come to the conclusion that the one to beat here has to be the top-weighted NADIM, who runs for the Milton Harris team. He has progressed very nicely this season and has a great chance of getting back to winning ways tomorrow. He did plenty wrong last time out and left himself a lot to do at the last, but he battled on really gamely to get within a length of the winner, which puts him right in the frame. He is a little bit of a lazy traveller, but the drop in Grade here should make all the difference and I think he is a good thing on Friday.
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