Daily Racing Tips: 15/02/2020
Neil Morrice offers up all of his best bets and tips for racing at Haydock, Ascot, Newcastle and Wincanton on 15/02/2020.
Race 1: THE BIG BITE
Trainer: Tom George – Jockey: Jonathan Burke
Although he’s not looked a natural for fences, THE BIG BITE has the ability to overcome the odd mistake, as shown when he decisively beat Senior Citizen at Doncaster last month. He’s been working well and can add this novices’ handicap to his CV on the way to one of the novice chases or handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival.
Race 2: THE WORLDS END
Trainer: Tom George – Jockey: Adrian Heskin
This is a gilt-edged opportunity for THE WORLDS END to bolster his Festival claims and move forward towards a crack at the Stayers’ Hurdle. A fast and accurate jumper, he clawed victory from the hooves of defeat to get back up on the run in to deny L’Ami Serge at Ascot before Christmas and has been freshened up for what seems an equally good opening here.
Race 4: ELEGANT ESCAPE
Trainer: Colin Tizzard – Trainer: Robbie Power
ELEGANT ESCAPE chased home BALLYOPTIC in the Grade 2 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby and was than a strong finishing third in the old Hennessy at Newbury.
But Robbie Power’s mount made a noise when finishing just out of the money in the Welsh National.
So well was he travelling turning in that it’s impossible to take that form at face value.
More realistic is the probability that he couldn’t breath in the final stages of the Chepstow marathon, and might have been righted by a subsequent wind operation.
Race 5: KILBRICKEN STORM (Each Way)
Trainer: Colin Tizzard – Jockey: Robbie Power
While the novice Young Bull is entitled to healthy respect, KILBRICKEN STORM is the preferred choice in another race that should have a bearing on the Festival. Although unconsidered in the market he wasn’t beaten that far by Paisley Park at the Cheltenham trials meeting and as that was just a third run since coming back from injury the 9yo should only now be fully tuned up as he steps into handicap company.
Race 7: THE DELLERCHECKOUT
Trainer: Mrs Caroline Robinson – Jockey: Miss Immy Robinson
None of the four in this hunter-chase can be safely left out but if THE DELLERCHECKOUT travels and jumps as when readily beating Manbeg Gold at Ludlow he will surely extend his winning sequence and earn a trip to the Cheltenham Foxhunters. What was pleasing about Ludlow was that it was his first start in this category and came after a couple of smooth point successes. He will have learned much from the experience with his pilot giving him the most confident of rides.
Race 2: SAM BROWN
Trainer: Anthony Honeyball – Jockey: Aidan Coleman
Few novices have impressed as much as SAM BROWN and just how good he is should be revealed in this intriguing Reynoldstown Chase in which no quarter will be given or taken. The 8yo was in cruise control throughout when comfortably beating Knight In Dubai at Haydock, looking like a horse that would welcome the move up to three miles. This is another step up the class ladder but he can take it in his stride.
Race 4: CON MAN
Trainer: Donald McCain – Jockey: Brian Hughes
THE CON MAN has smoothly made the transition from novice to handicap hurdler and has more scope for further progress than most in this field. He drew well clear on the extended run in at Kelso last month and didn’t take much out of himself, according to his trainer,who means business bringing him on the long haul from Cheshire.
Race 5: RIDERS ONTHE STORM
Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies – Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
Cyrname will forever be remembered as the horse who over the same course and distance ended the majestic winning sequence of Altior.
That titan of the turf had no answer to the relentless gallop set by Paul Nicholls’ charge, who came home unchallenged when Altior had clearly cried enough early in the short home straight.
Be that as it may, the winner’s stamina limitations were then ruthlessly exposed when he finished out of the money in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
It means that all of a sudden Cyrname is on a recovery mission, with Riders On The Storm the most likely obstacle to success on Saturday.
The 7yo was a work in progress when trained in Ireland last season, starting as one of the favourites for the novices’ handicap chase at the Festival only to fall in the early stages.
His subsequent move to Nigel Twiston-Davies has seen some of his undoubted potential turn to winning form, with a very smooth triumph at Aintree followed by a decisive follow up success over this course and distance when the extremely testing ground held no perils for the gelding.
He’s enjoyed a nice subsequent gap to this race and is ready to exploit any deficiency in the favourite.
Race 7: PURE BLISS
Trainer: Harry Fry – Jockey: Sean Bowen
The penalized PURE BLISS hasn’t been tested to deliver so far, looking ultra smart in the way he effortlessly pulled clear at Ffos Las. Even though that was back in November the 5yo won’t be rusty for this more exacting assignment and can remain unbeaten.
Race 4: SPIRIT POWER
Trainer: Eric Alston – Jockey: Jason Hart
SPIRIT POWER is in the right hands to make a sizeable mark in the all-weather sprint division and can cope with this slight step up the class ladder. His forcing tactics quickly put him in control on the way to a second win from as many starts at Kempton and it’s reasonable to deduce that the handicapper hasn’t caught up with him as he tries to complete a fine hat-trick.
Race 5: RIDESON
Trainer: Roger Varian – Jockey: Jack Mitchell
Although she is proving expensive to follow, RIDESON looks the answer to this first division of the fillies’ novice stakes. Her trainer is bringing her back to a mile in a race where her form puts her head and shoulders above the others with public form.
Race 7: REDESDALE REBEL
Trainer: S Corbett – Jockey: Paul Mulrennan
The assessor must have been set a poser in weighing up REDESDALE REBEL after a most impressive sprinting display to open his account over this course and distance last month. A repeat of his forcing tactics in a race in which he has good prospects of leading could make him hard to catch.
Race 1: LIEUTENANT ROCCO
Trainer: Colin Tizzard – Jockey: Mr Fergus Gillard
From a stable that plunders these races LIEUTENANT ROCCO can cope with a drop to the minimum trip, having made all to open his account at Chepstow last month. That represented a step up on his previous form, and with his ability to handle easy conditions rubber stamped he will be hard to beat.
Race 3: ELGIN
Trainer: Alan King – Jockey: Tom Cannon
This requires a colossal training feat as ELGIN, the 2018 winner of this Kingwell Hurdle, has been sidelined for a small matter of almost 600 days. That said, he did win twice on the Flat this summer and is reported near back to his best by his trainer as he will need to be to beat the high class Quel Destin and Ch’tibello.
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