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Daily Racing Tips: 01/01/2020

01/01/2020

Neil Morrice brings you his Best Bets for the New Year’s Day cards at Cheltenham, Musselburgh, Catterick, Exeter and Fakenham on 01/01/2020.

Cheltenham

Race 1: REDFORD ROAD
Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies-Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies

A cracking opener can go to REDFORD ROAD who faces a similar task to when scoring over course and distance before Christmas. His strong finish up the final hill proved too much for the smart Champagne Well to handle and the performance smacked of more to come. Even with a 5lb penalty he looks the one to beat.

Race 2: SINGLEFARMPAYMENT
Trainer: Tom George – Jockey: Jonathan Burke

The strong travelling SINGLEFARMPAYMENT sports cheekpieces rather than his usual hood in a bid to better his fourth placing behind Cogry over course and distance three weeks ago. On that occasion the selection crept into the race but didn’t find much off the bridle, bringing his attitude into question. While that is a cause for concern, he’s better off at the weights with the reopposing winner and is given one more chance.

Race 5: MIGHT BITE
Trainer: Nicky Henderson – Jockey: Nico de Boinville

MIGHT BITE is proving an enigma but if turning up on song can have his say in this featured handicap chase. He was sent off a 7-4 shot against old adversary Native River at Aintree last month only to depart at this third fence. His trainer has spent a lot of time brushing up his jumping at home, and even though he’s now in the veteran stage a bold showing can’t be ruled out.

Race 7: GRAND ROI
Trainer: Nicky Henderson – Jockey: Nico de Boinville

With a couple of winning French horses in opposition this is a competitive bumper but anyone who saw GRAND ROI win at Wincanton would hesitate to consider deserting him. He put in a thoroughly professional effort to make all and come home 15 lengths clear of his closest rival and is highly regarded at Seven Barrows.

Musselburgh

Race 1: EL PICADOR
Trainer: Keith Dalgleish – Jockey: Brian Hughes

Few juvenile hurdlers have impressed in quite the way EL PICADOR did when hosting up over course and distance last month. Although showing 0lenty of exuberance throughout the contest, he had plenty to give at the business end, running right away from his foes. He has a penalty but looks another winner for title chaser Brian Hughes.

Race 4: ASHINGTON
Trainer: John Quinn – Jockey: Brian Hughes

Hughes has a fine book of rides and hat-trick seeker ASHINGTON can prove another winner for him in one of the day’s features. The selection won more or less as he liked over this course and distance in November and is a fascinating runner now going down the handicap route.

Race 5: PAMMI (Each Way)
Trainer: Jim Goldie – Jockey: Joe Williamson

PAMMI is gradually mastering the art of jumping hurdles and having run well here last time is poised to play a big part in the outcome of this handicap hurdle.

Catterick

Race 3: ZABEEL STAR
Trainer: Karen McLintock – Jockey:

Runners from this stable always need watching in the betting and that applies to ZABEEL STAR who has good form in the few hurdle races he’s contested. He warmed up for this with a spin on the Wolverhampton all-weather where he blew the start, but that’s served to put the cutting edge on him.

Race 6: PADDLING
Trainer: Micky Hammond – Jockey: Miss Becky Smith

Course and distance winner PADDLING seeks consolation for being disqualified after inching home in a similar contest at Catterick last week. He looked all over the winner but edged left and hampered Pinch Of Ginger sufficiently for the placings to be reversed. He’s getting a stack of weight from his six rivals in this admittedly hotter contest.

Exeter 01/01/2020

Race 4: MUFFINS FOR TEA
Trainer: Colin Tizzard – Jockey: Adam Wedge

A 20-1 shot when returning from the injury list at Chepstow last month, MUFFINS FOR TEA was a couple of gallops short but ran a cracker until lack of condition told over the last two fences. That’s served to bring him closer to the boil, and he looks attractively weighted under what are very similar conditions ground and trip wise.

Race 6: KING ROLAND (Nap)
Trainer: Harry Fry – Jockey: Sean Bowen

The most interesting horse on show at the meeting, KING ROLAND can show that he’s a Cheltenham Festival prospect by opening his account over jumps in this maiden hurdle. He attracted a welter of support when returning at Newbury, only to run into the very smart Son Of Camas. His length defeat was no disgrace, and he rates a good bet to go one better.

Fakenham 01/01/2020

Race 3: MIDNIGHTREFLECTION (Each Way)
Trainer: Ben Case – Jockey: Kielan Woods

This stable is doing well with its runners at the smaller tracks and MIDNIGHTREFLECTION can make an impact in a race that won’t take much winning. The 5yo has few miles on the clock and when fourth to Oriental Cross at Sandown last time only capitulated on the uphill climb to the finishing line. This much easier track should suit the selection.

Race 4: BE MY SEA
Trainer: Tony Carroll – Jockey: Lee Edwards

After two readying runs, BE MY SEA should be oven ready for a strike. On his latest effort at Leicester he stayed on into the money and now faces similar underfoot conditions over the same distance. His trainer does well with this type of horse needing kid glove handling, and a big run is in the offing.

Race 6: HATS OFF TO LARRY
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Marc Goldstein

The last time HATS OFF TO LARRY visited a racecourse he ran out a game winner of a Class 4 handicap at Nottingham. He’s a new addition to his trainer’s small but select team go jumpers, has been well tutored in jumping by Henrietta Knight, and can gain a popular first success over hurdles.

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