Tuesday racing tips: Five horses to watch on Sky Sports Racing from Newcastle, Lingfield and Ffos Las | Race News
The Races expert Declan Rix has five horses to track at three tracks covered by Sky Sports Racing on Tuesday.
2.35 Newcastle – Quinnbet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Chase
The more tactical this class 3 handicap, the better the chance of a smooth jump OLD PAINLESSwho despite only five career runs and two starts on fences, already looks like an old hunting pro.
Former Irish point-to-point winner was trained Donnchadh Doyle, and since joining the Harry Whittington yard, having been bought for £50,000, the connections have wasted little time clearing the biggest hurdles.
His easy success at Plumpton two starts back was an impressive success in the context of his first start over fences and he ran well again last time out at Kelso when he was stuck late in heavy ground.
Tuesday’s best should play to the strengths more than likely the favorite French paradoxespecially if Daryl Jacob gets an easy lead and makes it a late speed test on the trip.
2.50 Ffos Las – Allan John (AJ) Memorial Handicap Hurdle
Market and weather checks are advised before obtaining OSCAR THYNE at his side in this race, with a first run in 81 days. With regard to the former, a hint with regard to racing ability is needed, while with regard to the latter, the better the terrain, the better its chances.
If all goes well, it’s not hard to imagine him closing in on his most recent third in a Cheltenham handicap at the track’s November meeting. In his first start in 517 days, Oscar Thyne ran well late, although he was hampered by the drop in pace, given his locked position throughout.
So far there have been four individual winners – five in total – of this Cheltenham race, seeing a mark of 123 still achievable, despite the 3lb rise.
3.00 Lingfield – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Chase
On his second departure after 653 days of absence, ENZO D’AIRY most likely “bounced” last time out at Chepstow, in what now appears to be a decent run, on ground that was perhaps just beginning to get softer than ideal.
Previously though, the Venetia Williams-trained nine-year-old has really impressed with his leap in victory at Chepstow on December 3, although he did get quite tired in the closing stages which may not be a surprise given its gigantic absence.
Three-pound claimant Shane Quinlan drove it to success that day and is keeping the ride here, seeing Enzo D’Aairy effectively run 124, a mark that has yet to surpass him.
IT’S A SAINT
4.00 Ffos Las – Lucky Chancer Mares Novice Hedge
Nicky Henderson’s Classy Inmate Shape Lucy will be tested here by both IT’S A SAINT and poetic musicwho clashed at Newbury in November, when the Dan Skelton-trained mare finished six lengths ahead of inmate Fergal O’Brien.
Weight aside, it’s hard to see Poetic Music reversing form, although as a horse a year younger you could possibly tell she’s open to more improvements.
She’s A Saint is however a beautiful mare, who can run and jump well. A return to slightly softer ground also seems like a plus for a horse that won an Irish point-to-point and appears to be staying strong on that minimum trip.
4.10 Lingfield – Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535 Handicap Hurdle
Physically, LEARN seems the type to keep getting better over time, so with the Olly Murphy yard in good shape at the moment, Ask’s son might finally be able to break his young daughter.
The seven-year-old has made good progress since his seasonal debut at Wetherby – in a run that went well – appearing to enjoy the stage up to three miles last time out, again at Wetherby. He looked like an improved horse that day, both in form and visually, traveling a bit smoother and jumping better.
With the horse’s trainer having a 26% strike rate over the past 14 days, Learntalot can hopefully score in a first tongue stoppage after breathing surgery.