Daily Racing Tips: 18/01/2020
Neil Morrice brings us all of his best bets and tips for racing at Haydock, Ascot, Lingfield and Chelmsford on 18/01/2020.
Race 3: EDWARDSTONE
Trainer: Alan King – Jockey: Tom Cannon
Few novices have impressed as much as EDWARDSTONE and in what is the hottest race of its kind run this season the 6yo can complete a hat-trick. They say the form book rarely lies and if you look back to his reappearance success at Wincanton he was too speedy for Fiddlerontheroof, who has gone on to stamp an indelible mark on the value of that success with his Tolworth Hurdle success at Sandown. Furthermore, Edwardstone followed up with a snug success over the latter’s stablemate Harry Senior at Aintree, making him the one to beat in this cracking trial for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival.
Race 6: FIDDLERS BOW
Trainer: Julia Brooke – Jockey: Henry Brooke
The veteran FIDDLERS BOW brings useful form to the table in a fascinating handicap chase, having run a stormer on his return to the track at Doncaster last month. He loomed menacingly and looked sure to win, but when asked to put the race to bed idled on the run in and handed the contest to Well Smitten. Such antics have not been evident in the gelding’s previous races and if in the same mood he should make no mistake here.
Race 5: KILDISART (Each Way)
Trainer: Ben Pauling – Jockey: Daryl Jacob
On both outings so far this year KILDISART has looked like a horse struggling with his fitness. That was evident when he ran over a slightly longer trip here before Christmas, making headway out of Swinley Bottom but weakening at the first in the home straight, three out. He’s something of a course specialist and given the improvement he’s expected to make, can get into the shake up.
Race 7: FAUSTINOVICK
Trainer: Colin Tizzard – Jockey: Robbie Power
In the same colours as Lostintranslation, FAUSTINOVICK can join his trainer’s pantheon of smart novice hurdlers by gaining a first success for the stable. He’s been keeping smart company and did nothing wrong when third to Sevarano when last seen at Newbury back in November. A short break has enabled him to strengthen up mentally and become more focussed.
Race 3: ORIGINAL CHOICE
Trainer: Nick Littmoden – Jockey: Hollie Doyle
ORIGINAL CHOICE belied his starting price of 20-1 to force a photo with Furzig when upped in class over course and distance last month. With an eye-catching jockey booking he can prove that was no fluke by successfully making another step up the class ladder.
Race 5: ZULU ZANDER
Trainer: David Evans – Jockey: Ben Curtis
An improved display from ZULU ZANDER saw him make a telling start to the new year at Chelmsford and his style of racing strongly suggests the Lingfield track with its short home straight will suit. He delivered a decisive finishing burst and that’s what you need to get the job done here.
Race 2: ELMEJOR
Trainer: John Best – Jockey: Kieren O’ Neill
The lightly raced ELMEJOR attracted support before powering home on just his second career start at Lingfield and should have plenty more to offer at the same class level. The move up to seven furlongs should not prove problematic.
Race 3: DREAMING AWAY
Trainer: Roger Charlton – Jockey: Hollie Doyle
The losses that were incurred on DREAMING AWAY when she was turned over in Elmejor’s race at Lingfield can be recouped, and stakes can be raised should the latter deliver the goods in Race 2.
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