Racing fans, we’re off to Bangor-On-Dee for some Jumps action and I have four betting tips for you to take a look at. For the remainder of the week we have Jumps racing happening every single day, so stay tuned, as the selections are going to come thick and fast from now on.
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The going at Bangor-On-Dee is already soft and the weather forecast indicates that there is more rain to come in that part of the world, so you definitely want horses that are capable of finishing out their races strongly. Anyway, despite the weather conditions, I think I have a good bunch lined up for Wednesday's racing.
This Handicap Chase is a really interesting race where the top three in the weights definitely stand out. Heroes De Moutiers, for the McCain team, is a consistent sort and he ought to go well again, but he is starting to look relatively exposed. Pittsburg, who runs for Ryan Potter, is definitely in with a chance, having already won over this trip, but he is a slightly awkward jumper, which worries me on the softer ground and I think he would actually do better going up in trip.
However, my pick here is Gambie Tiep, who will appreciate this slight drop back in trip, as he is fairly keen by nature. He has gone off favourite for all six starts this season, winning three times. I have recently gone back and watched his last three runs and he is a very exuberant jumper, but certainly knows his job. He did unseat his rider last time out, after jumping a stride too soon, but apart from that his jumping has been superb and I think it is a seriously good attribute to have over this shorter trip. He is dropping back a couple of furlongs here, so Beau Morgan will be able to let him go from the off, which will help to settle his keen nature and I think Gambie Tiep jumps the whole field into submission here.
We have a decent enough Mares’ Novice Hurdle here and there are a few in the line-up that I shall be keeping an eye on for the future. Lucinda Russell’s mare, Vive De Charnie, could turn out to be a very nice horse indeed and I think she’s destined for longer trips over fences in the future. Queen Antoinette runs for Emma Lavelle and she hasn’t seen a racetrack since 2021, but she showed considerable promise that day and she will likely appreciate the soft ground on her return.
However, I think that the one to beat here is the Ben Pauling runner, Drumlee Spud, who is open to plenty of improvement following on from her debut at Worcester. She was a beaten favourite at odds on, but the winner only went down a head next time out to Little Peter, so nothing lost form wise. The experience from her debut will stand her in good stead and she has plenty more improvement in her. For my money, Drumlee Spud is surely the one to beat here.
Although there are some decent types in the line-up, this is still a fairly tricky race to work out. Ballycamus has a big chance for the Twiston-Davies team, who have started this season in really good form, so if he turns up ready to go first time out, he has to have a solid chance. Olivers Travels, who runs for the Bowen team, is another who can’t be ignored. He is only five years old and has already won over 2 miles and 3 miles which is impressive at his age. This trip is well within range for him, so he comes into this with a big chance too.
However the one that interests me the most here is the Irish raider Morricone, who has gone up significantly in the weights, but it looks like there is still more to come from this gelding. He had a slow start to his career, but has taken a huge step forward in his last two starts in Ireland and it could just be that he remains way ahead of this mark. The fact that Danny Mullins is coming over for just the one ride is significant enough in itself and he is a fascinating contender here.
It appears the Olly Murphy team have found the perfect opportunity for Act Of Authority to break his Maiden here and he just looks to me like he has something special about him. Albeit he hasn’t won yet, but on both of his two runs to date he has encountered two pretty smart horses in defeat. He wasn’t beaten by far on either occasion and that form looks pretty handy. For me, a repeat performance of either run has him firmly in the mix here.
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