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Join us for a different type of day out on Valentine’s Day with 6 races at the only figure of eight jumps course in the UK! 46 Horses have been declared to run including the very apt Midtech Valentine for trainer Ian Williams!
The love and passion for racing is the perfect excuse for a mid-week escape to the Sussex racecourse where you can get close to the action while enjoying perfect views of the whole track!
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Raceday Preview from Oddschecker!
A tricky start to today’s proceedings on the South coast where CHIVERS looks like the most likely winner of the opener. He showed signs he was getting his act together when narrowly beaten into third last time out and he looks well-handicapped on bits of his Flat form. Proven in the conditions, he may carry on progressing as it’s still early days as far as his career with this yard is concerned. Schrubland has hinted that his turn may not be too far away by posting a couple of solid efforts of late. First-time cheekpieces replace blinkers and it’s possible they may bring about improvement. Dainty Diva makes her first start for a new yard here and returns on her last winning mark. That was achieved over this C&D and if she’s ready to go after a 302-day absence, she’s clearly dangerous to rule out.
An interesting little race, in which KAYF ADVENTURE is expected to have come on for his run at Exeter on New Year’s Day where he returned from a significant absence. He lost his maiden tag in a heavy ground bumper so conditions look likely to suit and the booking of Champion Jockey Richard Johnson is an obvious positive with trainer and jockey enjoying a 33.3% strike rate (7-21) over hurdles at this track. Robinroyale sets a decent standard on official ratings but he’s proved disappointing in two starts since; despite the form of his Chepstow win being franked and it’s possible he wants better ground than he’s likely to get here. Dual point-to-point winner San Satiro and expensive purchase Flemcara both look like chasers in the making and are ones to note for future reference whatever happens here, while King Uther’s trainer has a good record at the track but the gelding appeared to struggle in this kind of ground at Plumpton last time.
Plenty of question marks over most in this group but THE GEEGEEZ GEEGEE looks particularly well-handicapped based on his plenty higher hurdles mark. His trainer has a 40% record (8-20) over fences at this course but things haven’t gone this one’s way over the larger obstacles to date. The drop back in trip may help and he’s proven on the ground, so if the break has freshened him up, he will be hard to beat if back to his best. Only Gorgeous has fewer question marks than most to answer, but this mark looks stiff and he may need others to under-perform if he’s to get involved. Allow Dallow got the better of Tara Bridge the last time they met each other, and is taken to at least uphold that form with this drop back in trip set to suit. Un Anjou is well handicapped now and appeals as a threat. Any market confidence could be significant and the booking of Aidan Coleman is eye-catching.
It’s hard to get away from the claims of CASPER KING after his dominant display over a slightly shorter trip last time, having previously finished runner-up on six of his last seven starts. Entitled to progress after getting that win on the board in similar conditions to what he will encounter and if this were a handicap, he would have to give plenty of weight away considering all of the form on offer. Not Another Muddle looks the obvious danger and he won in good style at this course last time. However, the drop back in trip isn’t an obvious positive and the bare level of that form requires him to find more. The Mighty Don is another that is going the right way and, as he escapes any penalties, he can make sure Not Another Muddle will have a stiff fight on his hands if the selection fails to deliver. Cash Again is respected and worth noting in the betting but he may want a stronger test of stamina.
The mercurial LEG LOCK LUKE has been bitterly disappointing on multiple occasions, particularly when considering how well backed he has been (favourite or second favourite on several starts). However, the suspicion remains his exceptional trainer will find the key to him at some stage and this looks as weak a contest as he will find. Having shown ability several times in his career, he’s taken to score from what could be a lenient mark. John’s Luck has been in good form of late and this claimer finished runner-up on him last week at Huntingdon. His trainer is in flying form in the past few weeks and has an excellent record with quick returners (38.46%) so he shouldn’t be dismissed lightly back up in trip. Quinto also appeals as likely improver and has put in solid if not spectacular efforts in point-to-points and on chase debut at Exeter last time. He appears the type that will take well to life over the larger obstacles.
CHEZ CASTEL MAIL has shown enough in two starts to date to warrant serious consideration in this line up. He conceded first run to a well-backed Ben Pauling debutant last time in a decent-looking Ludlow bumper. He appears to have been found a good opportunity to make it third time lucky and the 7lb claim of the promising Joshua Newman should help. Blue Bullet’s trainer has a fine record in bumpers at this course and could well prove popular in the betting while any market support for Reel Leisure could prove significant for a filly who has shown plenty of promise in two runs to date.
Plenty of interesting runners on today’s card and none more so than Kayf Adventure who is likely to go off a short-priced favourite in the Novices’ Hurdle (14:30). He scored in what now looks like a decent Warwick bumper back in 2015 and he did so in taking fashion, so it will be interesting to see if he can resume his progress after a promising reappearance at the turn of the year. However, it’s Chivers (nap) in the opener (14:00) who may offer a little bit of value. He looked like he had turned a corner on his third start for this yard and he should be suited by the step up in trip.
Sam Twiston-Davies has two rides today at Fontwell Park, he mounts both San Satiro and Cash Again. Before the meeting Oddschecker caught up with Sam to discuss all things Cheltenham. Twiston-Davies told the gambling site, he can’t see past Thistlecrack winning the Gold Cup even with Colin Tizzard horse losing last time out to Many Clouds. Oddschecker users will be praying Sam Twiston-Davies is correct as only 42% of live ante-post accumulators don’t contain Thistlecrack. The British born jockey, also gave Oddschekcer his dak-horse of the week, this comes in the shape of Caid Du Berlais. Caid Du Berlais is currently 20/1 to win the Pretemps Final Hurdle Handicap. Read more of Sam Twiston-Davies Cheltenham thoughts here.
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