Welcome back everyone. I have two selections for tomorrow’s Jumps action, both running at Fontwell, and I think they will help us to head into the weekend with some profit.
Just taking a quick look ahead, we have Punchestown and Chepstow coming soon to get us properly underway for the 2023/24 Jumps season and I am really starting to get excited now. And of course, my Countdown to Cheltenham series is now another week closer.
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I’ve heard a lot of talk about the racing this week being quite poor, but as a fan of the Jumps, I’m inclined to disagree. In fact, Fontwell has a pretty tasty card, so that’s where we are headed on Friday and I have two betting tips that I think will completely change the opinion of anyone who has doubts about quality.
There are just the four runners in this Handicap Hurdle, but it still needs a bit of unravelling. Bottom weight, Small Bad Bob, is a very likeable type, who was denied in a head bob finish (no pun intended) last time out. But this drop back in trip to just over 2 miles, when he was doing well at 2m 4f, doesn’t look like an obvious move, so I’ll pass this time.
Tapley, for Sue Smith, is a nice type, but might not have what it takes to win on his first outing since April. Then we have Brookie, who has just recently moved yards to run for Anthony Honeyball. He was definitely a bit hit and miss with his efforts over in Ireland, and whether he can do better now remains to be seen.
So that leaves us with Clearance, who on form alone is the one to side with. He has won three of his last five starts and on each occasion, he has shown plenty of pace at the finish. His wins have come on both good and soft ground, but he definitely seems to act better on a faster surface in my opinion. If he can get into a good rhythm here early on, I think he will be a tough nut to crack.
This Handicap Chase has just five runners, but I think the result will come down to an all-out clash between Gone In Sixty and Gambie Tiep. To put some context here (for the benefit of any new readers) Gambie Tiep won for us on Wednesday, beating a horse called Pittsburg by just over two lengths.
That’s why there is definitely a claim to be made for Gone In Sixty, despite the fact that he had 12 lengths to find with Pittsburg in August, coming in fifth place. He fared slightly better in September at Worcester, where he placed third behind Lusitanien. So, he has the benefit of a longer break between runs and will also carry considerably less weight.
As mentioned, Gambie Tiep won for us on Wednesday at Bangor-On-Dee. The drop back in trip worked a treat there, and if he turns up again in the same form, then he will be seriously hard to peg back. Even with a 7lb penalty, I think he is still the one to beat and I am more than happy to back him again tomorrow.
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