Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Tuesday's Best Bet: Alpine can climb high

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Tippin' Jimmy's #TheOne won for a third time yesterday, he hopes to complete a hat-trick in Bangor today.

12:55 Bangor - Dostal Phil (5/6)
JP McManus has such a good team this season, and there's no reason why this one can't be up there as the best. He has only had one career start, but he won his French bumper in very good style indicating he had the potential to be a very smart horse. He cost just under £300,000 and can start to repay that expensive cost with a Welsh win here.

2:30 Bangor - Alpine Secret (10/3)
Ben Pauling's yard are in great form, and expectations will be high this novice can break his chasing debut this afternoon. He was a decent hurdler, but always one to improve going over a fence. On his first start he was pulled-up but hated the heavy ground, and returning to good ground will suit him much better. Although his defeat was disappointing the handicapper has dropped him a lot, and he can utilise that mark this afternoon.

2:50 Chepstow - Wylde Magic (11/8)
Evan Williams' nice six-year-old makes his seasonal bow at Chepstow, having capped off last season with a promising Grade Three third at Sandown. He wasn't totally at his best that day, and he lost out to stable rival Prime Venture in second. Adam Wedge chose this horse, probably expecting a better performance that day. He comes here fresh, only 2lb higher and capable of better things.

5:40 Wolverhampton - Jellmood (11/10)
Marco Bott's two-year-old seems to have done everything but win in four starts this season. He lost out by a head at Ascot, before filling the same role at Yarmouth a month later. The two horses he lost to have gone on to do better things, so that form stacks up very highly. He pulled-up last time and has had a break since that listed run, he should be able to take this.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Monday's Best Bets: Doors can open your winnings Early on

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Tippin' Jimmy enjoyed four winners yesterday, and gives us his selections from Monday's racecard.

12:45 Leicester - Strategic (12/1)
Richard Hannon's two-year-old has shown plenty of promise, but deserves to win a race soon enough. He wan't too far away when fifth at Salisbury and third at Brighton. He was sent off favourite on his nursery debut but only finished seventh and something must have been amiss. He has been lowered 2lb, and should have a chance if back in form.

1:00 Wexford - Early Doors (4/5)
Winning this will be a formality, however despite the huge potential Early Doors has, he needs to be on form. His bumper win was really impressive, before following up with a third place finish in a competitive contest. Hurdling should be his game, and he looks a very smart prospect in the making for Joseph O'Brien.

1:05 Redcar - Sea Youmzain (4/5)
Mark Johnston's juvenile made a very encouraging start to life when second at Leicester. That was a hot race and like most she should improve from the outing, she should run a big race providing she steps up to the standard.

2:15 Redcar - Silver Link (6/1)
Marcus Tregoning's three-year-old has been a consistent type this season, and deserves to go one better than her placed form. She finished a runner-up on two starts, before finding traffic problems when fourth on her last outing at Nottingham. She hasn't been to this track before, but with a bit more luck she can strike here.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Sunday's Best Bets: Nicholls' Pinceau can prove a Coup

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Tippin' Jimmy turns his attention to the jumps card from Aintree, Wincanton and Galway in Ireland.

12:40 Aintree - On The Blind Side (9/4)
This nice improving type for Nicky Henderson will be a much better chaser than hurdler, but can make a winning start over in Britain today. He was impressive on his sole success in point-to-point company and could be tough to stop on his stable debut.

1:00 Wincanton - Steely Addition (6/1) ew
A horse that is bound to win races for Philip Hobbs this season is Steely Addition, who was all set for a win at Exeter last time out before falling. That race wasn't as competitive as this but he remains on the same mark and deserves a bit more luck today.

1:35 Wincanton - Coup De Pinceau (13/8)
I must be owed one after the NAP was so unlucky yesterday for Paul Nicholls. This horse looks a very smart horse in the making for Paul Nicholls, winning two bumpers before finishing second to an eventual Grade Two winner on his only start over hurdles. Sam Brown is a fierce rival, but hopefully he should get the better of him.

1:40 Galway - Calno D'airy (11/10)
Henry De Bromhead's five-year-old was a really good winner at this venue earlier this month, and that form has subsequently been boosted with the second winning on Thursday. He won well that day and remains in a similar sort of race, he should be very tough to stop.

2:10 Wincanton - Favorito Buck's (15/2) ew
A frustrating horse to follow, Paul Nicholls' five-year-old ran some good races last year but just failed to kick on and win his races. His trainer knows how to get the very best out of his horses, and he should find some improvement this season. He has excellent potential.

2:25 Aintree - Burbank (6/1)
Burbank's Neptune fourth is probably the strongest bit of form in this race, but he will have to overcome top weight if he is to take this prize. He seems the type to have a few wins in him in handicap company, and I expect him to kick off a good campaign here.

3:00 Aintree - Shantou Village (7/2)
Some trainers just have one that makes them very excited and I know this is the one that Neil Mulholland is waiting on. He missed out on Cheltenham last year, but expectations are high he can reach the very top this time around. This Old Roan looks tough, but he's weighted nicely and the reports over the summer have been very promising.

4:35 Galway - Gallaghers Cross (6/5)
Point-to-point form is never the most reliable but when a horse flies home to win by eight lengths then you have to take note. Peter Fahey's five-year-old was quite impressive in that win and looks like the type who will continue to improve on his bumper debut. Gordon Elliott and Noel Meade are well represented, but he should go well.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Saturday's Best Bets: Destiny is going to be Cracking

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Tippin' Jimmy is expecting a profitable Saturday as he talks us through his strong fancies from the day.

Make sure to check out the latest previews from the Cotswolds, and for all your latest jump racing news here.


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Fox Norton, Shantou Village and Wholestone all won on this card last year, who can follow in their footsteps?

2:00 - Robinsfirth (15/2)
This run looks to be an experience to learn a bit more about Robinsfirth, who I think has the potential to be very good indeed. He won really well at Exeter on New Year's Day, but unseated his rider later on in the month. He always looked a good chaser in the making, and in time he will want a longer trip, but he's on a handy mark and if he is fit he should run a fine race.

2:35 - Bedrock (10/11)
According to the ratings Bedrock is very much the one to beat, and I totally agree. He was a very smart flat runner and ran well last season with a third place finish in Grade One company. He's two from two this season, and has jumped very well. He comes here as the one to beat, and with conditions fine I expect him to win.

3:10 - Some Plan (11/1) , Vaniteux (12/1) ew
Some Plan comes here with a very good record for Henry De Bromhead. He won two very good races last year, beating the likes of Road To Respect in Arkle trials. He finished the year very poorly and has a few questions to ask. His first run back was very poor, but potentially the switch to handicapping could bring him back to his best.

Vaniteux is a horse I really liked and profited from last season for Nicky Henderson, who has now joined up with David Pipe. He won a few good races and is on a nice mark that he should be up to placing with, his each-way value is quite good.

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Vaniteux makes his first start for David Pipe this afternoon

3:45 - Stick To The Plan (8/1)
Stick To The Plan was arguably the most unluckiest loser you may see all season for Dan Skelton. He was cantering clear before the jockey fell off yards off securing a brilliant win. He is a smart prospect, who maintains his current mark and should run well. He will like the conditions on offer, and carries a low riding weight. He's a progressive type and should have a huge chance.

4:20 - Alcala (7/4)
Paul Nicholls will be hoping he can get one more win into this horse before he loses his novice status, and he should be able to. He won some top races over the summer, and looked to be travelling well before slipping up at Chepstow last time. I expect him to be too good against this competitive field today.

4:45 - Dashing Perk (8/1)
Richard Newland really rates Dashing Perk, and thinks he could progress into a very good hurdler this season. His bumper form was decent, finishing second at Chepstow on his last outing and fifth in a very hot race at Ascot in December. If he takes to hurdling, goes on the good ground, and gets around Cheltenham okay he can run a good race.

5:30 - Cracking Destiny (5/2), Brianstorm (14/1)
Nicky Henderson knows a good horse when he sees one, and this is a prime example of one that will do really well for him. Cracking Destiny was sold for £100,000 after an encouraging victory in an Irish point and looks like a smart prospect in the making. He should have enough quality to see off this field.

Brianstorm seems a topical name after the recent weather problems, and I expect he can be the one causing some trouble. He won his point, before moving to Warren Greatrex's yard. He is well liked at home, and despite only finishing fifth in a bumper a fortnight ago he should be able to step up from that.

Best Of The Rest

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The day's NAP comes from Kelso's eight runner card

Tippin' Jimmy gives us his thoughts from the other day's meetings.

1:10 Newbury - Expensive Liason (9/4)
Hugo Palmer has a very nice filly here and she could be up to striking on the second time of asking in Berkshire. Her debut fifth is strong form, and she seems the type to improve from that run especially on this ground. She is a good filly, and one to watch next season, she should be up to breaking her maiden.

1:25 Leopardstown - Hence (2/1)
Ballydoyle could be in for a very special day at Doncaster, but this horse should be up to the task for Aidan O'Brien over in Ireland. She has slowly been progressing, and ran well when second at Cork, expectations will be that she will go one better

2:25 Kelso - Give Me A Copper (8/11) NAP
I really like this seven-year-old and I think he is the type that can continue to improve throughout the rest of the season for Paul Nicholls. He is quite unexposed, and it's always difficult to judge how a horse will do on their chasing debut, but he won a very strong race at Ayr last time out and has the potential to be a very classy horse.

3:55 Newbury - Model (12/1)
I really like this horse, and I know Richard Hannon thinks she could be top class. A debut winner, she makes her return after an eighth place finish in France last time out. I expect another big run from her today and what looks a good price.

Friday's Best Bets: No-one can Slate his chances

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Tippin' Jimmy will be giving us a selection in every meeting from Cheltenham, whilst also his leading fancies from around the country. 

Make sure to check out the latest previews from the Cotswolds, and for all your latest jump racing news here.


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Movewiththetimes could be an excellent novice chaser this season

2:00 - Brillare Momento (6/5)
Local trainer Martin Keighley loves coming to his nearest track, and he should be returning home as a winner today with his nice mare Brillare Momento. A two-time winner over hurdles last season, she was a comfortable listed winner over a similar trip and ground. She lost out to a potentially smart horse on her only start of the season, but should be better here.

2:35 - Movewiththetimes (2/1)
I really liked this horse last year for Paul Nicholls, and I really thought he would run well in the Supreme but sadly he didn't make it. He makes his return for the first time since his second place finish in the Betfair Hurdle. This is his first start over fences, and Sceau Royal has the winning experience, but ha has the potential to go to the top.

3:10 - Potters Story (22/1) ew
Peter Bowen's five-year-old is one that will really improve going on conditions at Cheltenham today. He ran a fine race to win really well at Ffos Las back in February, and finished second at Haydock when last seen at March. He should improve over time, and he looks like he could be on a good mark for these sort of handicaps.

3:45 - Fagan (7/4)
Fagan has established himself with novice chasing rather well for Gordon Elliott, and he could add a second win here today. He was going better than Beat That, who renewals the rivalry, at Perth prior to his last fence fall and his defeat to Ballyandy was only by a length. He should be too good for this field on the form of his Albert Bartlett second.

4:20 - Presenting Julio (4/1), Capard King (14/1) ew
Jamie Codd is a popular rider in Cheltenham, and he travels over to ride this good looking horse for Gordon Elliott. He won smartly at Killarney on his last outing over fences, and makes a step up in trip today. He's rated lower as a chaser than a hurdler, and he can utilise that mark to win once again today.

Jonjo O'Neill's Capard King is on a handy mark, and deserves to win a race after some good efforts. He should enjoy the conditions and he likes the track.

4:45 - Slate House (6/5) NAP
I think this may be a really good horse, and may come back here as one of the best come March. Colin Tizzard likes his five-year-old, who comes here after an impressive ten length success in an Irish point. He was an expensive purchase and is clearly a very classy horse making his rules debut today. He hasn't raced for a year, so will need the run, but hopefully he should prove way too classy.

5:30 - Dreamcatching (13/2), Percy Street (7/1)
Paul Nicholls has plenty of chances in Gloucestershire, and he will be confident of a good run from three time winner Dreamcatching. He hasn't been raised too high up the weights, is open to improvement, and should appreciated the good ground on offer at the Cotswold.

Percy Street is another leading horse for Nicky Henderson. He finished sixth in last year's Fred Winter on his last visit here, and is rated 4lb lower today. The quick ground will help, and he should step up from his midfield effort at Chepstow last time out.

Best Of The Rest

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Tippin' Jimmy is expecting Jim Crowley to have a winner with Alaadel

1:40 Newbury - No More Thrills
Richard Hannon's juvenile made a solid debut when third at Kempton, and was picking up well at the end when rather green in running. That run was promising and he looks the type to improve from it, he's well bred and deserves to be running well again here.

4:30 Newbury - Alaadel
Alaadel hasn't tasted victory since his debut back in May but could step up from his encouraging place form to strike in Berkshire today. He was an unlucky loser at Ffos Las last month, and was a tad outstayed over seven earlier this month. With conditions to suit, he should run a nice race.

7:30 Dundalk - Goldrush
I have always been keen on the £1.2 million daughter of Frankel, and with a ludicrously big price tag she was always going to win a maiden and weak listed, so why not again. She has been really quite impressive in her two wins, and looks like a Group horse in the making. She should take this comfortably.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Thursday's Best Bets: A great day for Glen

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Tippin’ Jimmy has five selections across Thursday’s racecard.

1:55 Ludlow – Sgroppino (10/3)
Richard Johnson goes to Ludlow this afternoon, and I imagine this horse could be one of the ones he is looking forward to riding. The five-year-old makes his novice hurdling debut this afternoon, following two runs in bumpers. He finished a strong second on debut, splitting two very good horses, before things going against him at Newbury last time. Today he can make amends.

2:15 Carlisle – Manitowoc County (9/2)
Brian Ellison’s five-year-old looks to be the type to improve now tested over hurdles. He won a good point-to-point contest, before finishing fourth in a bumper at Sedgefield last month. He hasn’t experienced ground like this before, which is a concern, but the step up in trip and change to hurdling is a big positive and he could be up to winning here.

3:00 Ludlow – Valhalla (5/2)
Valhalla is a horse I think is a great little handicapper, who always goes and wins one every now and then for Colin Tizzard. He loves tracks like Ludlow, and I think he can find a bit of improvement following his Stratford third earlier this month. He should’ve won that day but his jumping let him down, and he may have got a little tired. He has been dropped by the handicapper, he should be up to returning to winning ways today.

3:25 Thurles – Glens Harmony (8/13)
Willie Mullins’ Glens Harmony made an excellent racecourse return last month when second in a listed contest, and she ought to go one better now dropped in grade. She goes hurdling now, and goes off against her own sex. Better ground would suit her, and she is like many horses on show today that may improve to switching over obstacles.

4:45 Southwell – Hidden Glen (6/4)
Ben Pauling’s four-year-old makes his debut in Southwell’s final race this afternoon, and expectations are high that he can make a winning start today. He is a quick horse and has apparently been showing all the right signs at home. He should run well.

7:15 Chelmsford – Diagnostic (Evs)
Ryan Moore returns in the saddle of Diagnostic for William Haggas. This progressing three-year-old has looked pretty smart in two runs this season, stepping up from a debut second to win impressively at this venue a fortnight ago. She looked a very good horse in the making that day, and can well strike again in this handicap contest.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Wednesday's Best Bets: Noble all ready for Kempton conquest

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Tippin' Jimmy will have a tips for EVERY Cheltenham meeting, starting on Friday. He has five across today's card.

2:55 Newmarket - Elwazir (11/8)
Owen Burrows' has a very smart in the making with Elwazir, who finished a very fast finishing second at this venue a month ago. He returns here in a much weaker race, and deserves to go one better. He's an expensive purchase and deserves to be breaking his maiden in this.

3:20 Worcester - Shall We Go Now (9/4)
Harry Fry has established himself as one of the leading trainers in the country, so when he says he likes a horse you listen. That's why I can't let Shall We Go Now out of my selections of the day. He's never visited the racecourse, but is bred very well and deserves to run well in this contest. Hopefully he should make a winning start, with expectations very high.

5:20 Navan - Espoir D'Soleil (9/4)
I like this horse and she should win a handicap off a mark like this. She ran really well ten days ago when second, and goes against the girls now. She's improving and looks to have a bit more improvememt in her. I think she could be potentially quite smart, so I have to think she will run very well in Ireland this afternoon.

5:40 Worcester - Melangerie (13/8)
I followed Nicky Henderons's Melangerie last season, and was both impressed and profiting from her victories at Market Rasen and Cheltenham. She is a nice novice prospect going over hurdles especially against her own sex. She should be up to winning this rather comfortably.

8:20 Kempton - Noble Conquest (9/2)
I expected Sir Michael Stoute to be celebrating this horse breaking his maiden at Thirsk last time out, but he bumped into a top horse of David O'Meara's who has subsequently won and finished second since. That form is rather strong, and his opening mark of 83 looks okay. He is beautifully bred, and should be winning soon.

Tuesday's Best Bets: Winning should be a Prodedure

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Tippin’ Jimmy talks us through Tuesday’s racecard.

3:00 Yarmouth – Laubali (9/2)
Owen Burrows must be expecting his nice horse Laubali to be winning soon after three pleasing efforts in maiden company. He’s gradually improving and was a tad unlucky when third at Beverley last time out. He should improve from that, and I expect a decent run from him today.

3:20 Exeter – Vieux Lille (11/2)
This is a horse that needs to jump a fence properly to win a race, and I believe he is fully capable of winning this afternoon for Phillip Hobbs and Richard Johnson. His form is rather strong compared to others in the race, and he should like the conditions.

3:40 Newcastle – Subhaan (Evs)
Subhaan couldn’t have done much more than win at this track last month, and Roger Varian will be confident it will be fifth time lucky for his three-year-old. A top handicapper in the making, he’s one of the most consistent maidens around, and should be up to winning this.

6:45 Kempton – Procedure (13/8)
Ryan Moore travels to Kempton this afternoon, and I would strongly imagine because Sir Michael Stoute has given him a winner with Procedure. He finished second on his debut, losing in a pretty good race. Last time wasn’t so encouraging when only fifth at this venue. That race was a lot more competitive, the horse ahead of her subsequently won.

7:15 Kempton – Balletomane (15/8) NAP
I would be shocked if this horse loses. He is really well regarded by Richard Hannon, and the China Horse Club always seem to buy very good horses. He enjoyed the drop in trip last time when second at this track, and should go one better this afternoon. Last time he was defeated by Lanksy, a very good horse for Jeremy Noseda who is group placed. This is much weaker, he should win this very easily.

7:45 Kempton – Tropical Rock (5/1)
Ralph Beckett’s three-year-old is my biggest priced tip of the afternoon. He looked a very smart juvenile in the making last year, winning twice at Windsor and Yarmouth. This season he just hasn’t built on that effort, finishing midfield in two outings. Those races were a bit more competitive, and he drops down 2lb the handicap. Now eased in grade, and switched to the all-weather he should go well.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Monday's Best Bets: Replay can be in the Action today

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Tippin' Jimmy had three winners from four yesterday, and hopes for more big winners from Monday's racing.

2:30 Plumpton - Action Replay (6/4)
This is a really nice horse, who deserves to win a race. He hasn't been seen since his very promising second at this track in January where he ran quite green, and found a bit of trouble in running. He should be much better after this break, and although he looks the type to be best over fences he should have plenty of wins as a novice hurdler.

3:10 Windsor – Dark Devil (15/2)
After a drenched weekend in the south of England, although Richard Fahey’s star Ribchester struggled to deal with conditions stablemate Dark Devil will relish it up the road at Windsor. A winner at Chester on heavy ground back in September, he stepped up to finish second there next time out. He ran horrifically when last seen at Ayr finishing last, but with conditions suiting, he can pick up from his previous form and run a big race.

3:20 Pontefract – Tuff Rock (5/1)
Tuff Rock is an unexposed improving type for Ed Walker, capable of building on this mark of 85. He’s won once in his career at maiden level, and finished an encouraging second at Kempton last time out. The form of that race has worked out well with the winner striking again, and he should improve if he settles into the race a bit better. There’s more to come from him.

4:50 Pontefract - Minotaur (Evs)
Jonjo O'Neill has a had a good summer with some of his flat runners, and Minotaur has to have a chance of adding to that success at Pontefract today. Formerly trained in France, he previously won a listed race on the flat but needed this longer trip when fifth on his last start. He looks a quality horse here, and should be up to winning.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Sunday's Best Bets: James Cook can sail to maiden glory

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Tippin' Jimmy bagged a 15/2 winner on Champions Day, and hopes to find four winners from Sunday's racecard.

2:20 Leopardstown - James Cook (8/13)
A full-brother to the fantastic Arc winner Found, James Cook should find winning his maiden very easily this afternoon. He did very little wrong on his debut, finishing a strong second and will undoubtedly improve a significant amount for the run. He should be sharper, and is the one to beat here.

3:15 Kempton - Amour De Nuit (6/4)
 (6/4As a journalist it's always great when a trainer can just list reasons why they fancy their horse to win a certain race, and when speaking to Paul Nicholls this was certainly the case. This nice novice proved a good winner at Newton Abbot last month, before running really well to finish second in the Persian War. The step down in trip is an advantage and expectations are high.

4:30 Leopardstown - Titus (7/1)
Making only his fourth start of his career is Dermot Weld's Titus, a nice three-year-old who may progress into a very smart horse. He won a maiden in good style, beating two very good horses in Venice Beach and Clongowes and that form is quite strong. This season he has finished sixth on both starts. He will win his fair share of races on this mark of 90.

4:50 Kempton - Better Days (3/1)
Better Days was a very disappointing fourth at Market Rasen on his seasonal bow, but a much better performance is expected of him this afternoon. The return to quicker ground and back up to three miles are both big positives, and he should be capable of utilising this handy mark.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Saturday's Best Bets: Champions Day joy for Barney Roy

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Tippin’ Jimmy talks us through all of his fancies from Champions Day, and other strong tips from selected meetings around the country.

1:25 (Long Distance Cup) – Order Of St George (10/11)
I think Big Orange will be a non-runner here, and I hope Order is restored in the curtain raiser at Ascot today. He is clearly the most talented here, and his nine length Irish St Leger romp was truly brilliant. His most recent Arc form also sets such a high standard, and if he is fit and primed for this test then he shouldn’t be beaten.

2:00 (Sprint) – Harry Angel (5/4)
I went against Harry Angel in the Sprint Cup, thinking he wouldn’t handle the ground; but he was simply breathtaking and I am firmly sticking with him now. He has rapidly progressed to become the best sprinter around, and if he continues to run to that level of form he will prove a tough horse to beat here. Caravaggio on his best form is of course a huge danger.

2:40 (Fillies & Mares) – Hydrangea (15/2)
Team Ballydoyle are getting ever closer to that record breaking win, and Hydrangea could be the one for them today. She has steadily been improving, and raised her level of form to a new level when beating Winter in the Matron. She finished a narrow loser in France last time out, and as long as the run hasn’t come too soon she could go well again with the longer trip and soft ground hopefully suiting her.

3:15 (Queen Elizabeth) – Ribchester (2/1)
Ribchester for me has been the best and most consistent miler this season, and he deserves to add this prize to his glowing CV. He bounced back from his Glorious Goodwood defeat to win well in a Chantilly Group One, and has had a fair break since. He loves the track, is the quality runner in the race, and should run a huge race.

3:50 (Champion Stakes) – Barney Roy (5/1)
I am a really big fan of Barney Roy and I would love to see him strike at Group One level again for Richard Hannon. The three-year-old was a superb winner of the St James’ here and has ran well in two starts since. He’s suited to the trip, much more than main rival Cracksman. Reports from home are as confident forever and hopefully he can take the big one.

4:30 (Balmoral) – Zabeel Prince (7/2) , The Grape Escape (11/1) ew 
This is a Group class horse in the making, and hopefully he will show it today. Roger Varian’s four-year-old has won three from three this season, including a dominant and comfortable success at York last week. He is set to rise up the weights even further, and can utilise this mark to land the big prize today.
The Grape Escape is another improving sort for Richard Hannon. He seeks a hat-trick after wins at Sandown and Pontefract. He should enjoy the conditions, and can play a leading role in this today.

Best Of The Rest

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Gary Moore's Eragon De Chanay is strongly fancied to go well at Ffos Las today

1:40 Market Rasen – Not That Fuisse (5/6) NAP
Dan Skelton’s four-year-old is a smart horse in the making, and he should be making a winning start to life over hurdles here today. He looked both exciting and mature when winning by four lengths on his debut bumper win, and always shaped like a horse to improve over hurdles. This is an ideal starting point, and he has a big future ahead of him.

2:45 Ffos Las – Eragon De Chanay (5/6)
Eragon De Chanay was a tip I gave a few weeks back, and he picked up some each-way money when third that day. He may have needed that run for fitness purposes, and should improve from the experience for Gary Moore. This is a little less competitive, and returning to soft ground may act in his favour today too.

3:35 Stratford – Capeland (11/4)
Capeland is a handicapper worth watching this season, and I think he has a few wins in him before the handicapper gets hold of him. He should like the track, ground and continues to progress over hurdles. Like some of his rivals, he hasn’t been seen for a while but he has experience of running well fresh and I would be confident he’s worth a bet on today.

4:05 Catterick – Northwest Frontier (7/2)
Sometimes in horse racing you stay loyal to a horse even though they keep putting a hole in your pocket, and Northwest Frontier can repay my faith today. He is a big horse for Richard Fahey, who hasn’t shown his full ability on the racecourse just yet. He was a poor fourth at Ayr last time out, when struggling in the heavy ground. He has dropped a 1lb, is on better ground, and if he brings his best he will be very competitive.

7:15 Wolverhampton – Yaafour (9/4)
Yaafour has by far the best form in the book here, and looked a smart horse when winning at Lingfield back in August. His Salisbury third, and fifth place finish in a competitive Newmarket handicap puts him well above these. He should be up to winning quite easily here.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Friday's Best Bets: Nicklaus can putt these to bed

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Tippin' Jimmy enjoyed three winners from his Thursday tips, and gives us his best five bets from across the UK.

1:30 Redcar – Nicklaus (9/4)
William Haggas has a very good record of winners in the North, and he sends Nicklaus to Yorkshire in an attempt to break his maiden. He finished a respectable sixth on debut, before finishing just one place better on his last outing at Kempton. He’s bred really well, and certainly up to winning this race.

4:00 Wincanton – White Moon (6/4)
It’s very odd for me to go against an unbeaten odds-on favourite, but I think White Moon could be a really smart horse in the making for Colin Tizzard. On his third run in point-to-point company he was really impressive when winning by 15 lengths, and looks like a progressive type on his rules debut. The horse he beat won his next start comfortably, so the form is rather strong. Paul Nicholls’ Dan McGrue is the danger.

4:55 Redcar – Relevant (5/2)
Katie Walsh is one of the leading amateur riders, and she is making a huge journey to ride Karl Burke’s Relevant. The three-year-old has the strongest form in the book too, having finished a close second at Carlisle last time out. She was tested in maiden company, despite being given a very nice opening mark so confidence must be high she is capable of winning a race. This looks an ideal race for her, and conditions are suit. A lot of factors have come into the equation here, all are big positives. She should run a huge race.

5:00 Fakenham – Momella (4/6)
This is a very nice looking horse that I will be keeping an eye out for throughout this season. On her only start over hurdles she beat a really good horse in Brillare Momento, and that form is the strongest on offer here. She will be better against her own sex, but could add a second hurdle victory here.

8:15 Newcastle – Samarmadi (13/2)
This is a horse I really thought could turn out to be a good sprinter, but he has done quite the opposite. Prior to his three disappointing efforts he won on debut, and finished a narrow loser on the all-weather. He returns to that surface today, and is 3lb lower than his previous runs. He should go well on the conditions, and he should still win a few races off this mark. Kit Marlowe may be another bet on the Newcastle card.

Thursday's Best Bets: King's can be on Song at Punchestown

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Tippin’ Jimmy talks us through his selections from Punchestown, Uttoxeter and Newcastle.

2:05 Punchestown – Samcro (1/5)
This is a special horse and I wouldn’t be the only person shocked if he gets beat this afternoon. He’s won four from four including picking up a listed prize at Navan back in December. He’s always been a horse for hurdles, and with such high expectations from  Gordon Elliott he should be winning this easily. Rubbish price, but worth adding to an accumulator.

2:35 Punchestown – Big Ben (15/2)
Joseph O’Brien’s Big Ben is a horse that has been a bit disappointing since joining from Ballydoyle, and deserves to strike now in handicap company. He has a very nice mark of 110, and has ran okay when well fancied in maiden hurdle events throughout the summer. His problem is that he finds one or two too good, and was very poor at Leopardstown last time out when a lengthy third. Hopefully this ground and handicapping will bring the best out of him.

3:40 Punchestown – Death Duty (4/7)
Death Duty is another really exciting horse on the card, and although not the best of prices should be added to your accas. Gordon Elliott thinks the world of him, and really fancied him to win at last year’s Cheltenham Festival. He didn’t travel over great and has always been the type to improve when going chasing. He won his debut over fences really well, and should follow up here.

4:45 Punchestown – King’s Song (4/1)
Another I imagine to run well for Gordon Elliott is King’s Song who goes in the handicap event. He’s no Cheltenham Festival contender right now in his career, but his trainer certainly brings out the best in horses and that will be the case for this former David Dennis trained seven-year-old. He looks to have a nice low weight and was a good winner at Southwell on his penultimate start.

5:00 Uttoxeter – Bambi Du Noyer (5/4)
Bambi Du Noyer was a really easy winner at Exeter seven days ago, and goes off the same mark of 101 here. He won with plenty left in the tank, and providing the run hasn’t come too soon he should be up to striking again for David Pipe and Tom Scudamore.

6:15 Newcastle – Enzo’s Lad (3/1)
It’s hard not to be impressed by Karl Burke’s exceptional season with two-year-olds this year, and hopefully Enzo’s Lad can provide a profitable stake today. He is pretty nicely bred, and made an encouraging debut when sixth at Kempton. That was a strong race, and he should improve significantly for the run.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wednesday's Best Bets: Cracking can prove his Smart prospects at Punchestown

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Tippin' Jimmy had another successful day yesterday, and bids to keep the winners rolling in from Wednesday's racing.

1:30 Nottingham - Msayyan (4/6)
John Gosden and Frankie Dettori have a prolific record with their three-year-olds and there’s every reason to get excited about this one for next year. The Derby entrant finished a very promising second at Kempton on debut where he lost out narrowly. He got no room in running, and would’ve won with a clearer passage. He is more than capable of winning a maiden. His price is a steal, so get ready to rob the bookies.

2:35 Punchestown – Campeador
Campeador is a quality horse in the making for Gordon Elliott and he makes his first run back since December today. It’s never easy to win coming back from a break, but he does look like a very classy horse and I wouldn’t be surprised if he can strike here. He’s fallen on his last two starts, and would’ve won two big prizes at the Cheltenham Festival and then at Fairyhouse. With better jumping, and if he is fit, he should win this.

3:10 Punchestown – Cracking Smart (4/6)
It’s very hard not to be impressed by Cracking Smart’s Fairyhouse win back in April, and I think he will be a very good horse to watch this season. He is more of a chaser than a hurdler, but his 13 length win shows he is clearly very capable. I fully expect him to win this contest in a similar style once again.

3:55 Lingfield – Stylish Dancer (2/1)
Luca Cumani’s Stylish Dancer should be up to winning off this mark as this promising three-year-old makes her first start in handicap company today. She has always wanted a longer trip which she gets today, and her Ripon second was very promising. She was a clear second, with the winner a good dual purposer and she could go one better today.

4:10 Punchestown – Petit Mouchoir (8/15)
One of the most exciting novice chasers this season is undoubtedly Petit Mouchoir for Henry De Bromhead. He was an exceptional hurdler last season, winning the Irish Champion Hurdle, Ryanair Hurdle and capping off the season with a third place finish in the Champion Hurdle. That form is much above any of these rivals, and if he is in good form and jumps well he should win this easily.

5:35 Lingfield – Clemento (7/1)
Roger Charlton won the big staying prize in the Cesarewitch on Saturday, and he targets another victory with his maiden Clemento. Winless in five, he put in best effort to finish third at Haydock on heavy ground. The horse that finished second has won since, and the fourth has finished second. With a 1lb drop he could make it six time lucky on his all-weather debut.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Tuesday's Best Bets: I'll be Audacious with my betting Plan

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After two winners from three yesterday, Tippin’ Jimmy gives us his best bets from Tuesday’s card.

2:00 Leicester - Bold Reason (5/2)
John Gosden and Robert Havlin team up with Bold Reason, and expensively bought prospect who is searching to break his maiden on the third attempt. He finished a respectable fourth on debut, to then step up and finish at Haydock. The heavy ground may have gone against him that day, and he won’t have to do much more to be winning here.

4:20 Huntingdon - Wicked Willy (9/2)
Wicked Willy should be a horse that looks to be one desperate to jump a fence. His hurdle form is consistent finishing third on his previous three starts. Last year he was at his best in the winter, and he should like the conditions having won at this track on his only visit. He is likely to improve off this chasing mark, and he can make a winning start over fences today.

4:50 Huntingdon - Audacious Plan (11/10)
Audacious Plan looks my best bet of the day. He finished a very good second at Uttoxeter last month, and off the same mark he can go very well again. I believe there are a few more wins to come to him, and he looks a handicapper on the up for Richard Newland. The conditions are absolutely in his favour, he should go well.

5:20 Huntingdon - Frozen Flame (6/1)
Jonjo O’Neill’s yard have started the year rather well, and his team could have another nice horse in the making with Frozen Flame. He lost on his only ever start in point-to-point company, when beaten by half-a-length, and the horse that beat him has since been bought by Gigginstown. He may have been a bit green that day, and there should be plenty more to come from him.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Monday's Best Bets: Global to Exceed his Windsor rivals

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Tippin’ Jimmy hopes to start your weekend off with a win, as we have four tips from Monday’s racing.

1:40 Yarmouth – Fakhoor (7/10)
Fakhoor is the type of horse that will continue to progress for Owen Burrows. The two-year-old finished second on his debut losing to a worthy favourite, who had the benefit of experience. Like most for his age he will improve for the run, and he should be up to winning here.

2:00 Windsor – Global Exceed (11/4)
Ed Dunlop is exceptional at getting the very best out of his horses, and this is an example of one flying up the ratings. He won well at Lingfield last month, before running well at Chepstow under a penalty finishing second. He is now 10lb higher than before those two runs but there may still be a bit more to come from him.

4:00 Windsor – Zeelander (6/5)
Roger Varian’s Zeelander now goes handicapping, after a series of good efforts in maiden company. He ran some strong races, but has plenty of potential and can win off this opening mark of 68. He’s a horse that we haven’t seen the very best of, and will be suited to running at this point in the season. The conditions should be fine, he can break his maiden here this afternoon.

4:55 Musselburgh – Forever A Lady (11/2)
I reported on this horses’ last race and she ran a stormer to finish third in a strong fillies’ race. She wasn’t beaten too far, and the two horses that beat her have won since. She is on a fine mark, and should get optimum conditions this afternoon. She’s won over the ground and trip.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sunday's Best Bets: Machine has the engine to win

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Tippin' Jimmy has five tips from Sunday's flat and jumps card.

2:50 Chepstow - Equus Amadeus (20/1) ew
At a big price I fancy this horse to run well for Tom Lacey and Richard Johnson. He won his only start over hurdles a month ago, and comes here with a run under his belt already this season which may make him a tad sharper than some of these. He ran well that day, and there should be a bit more improvement from him. He looks like a horse than can continue to improve.

4:00 Chepstow - I'm A Game Changer (7/2)
Phillip Hobbs' I'm A Game Changer could be a smart horse in the making, however he will need to bring some improvement to Wales today. He won twice over hurdles last season, but only finished sixth on his first start back at Market Rasen. He should be much better than that performance today.

4:20 Goodwood - Machine Learner (11/4)
Machine Learner brings the best form into this race, and should be able to make that count at Goodwood this afternoon. Joseph Tuite's four-year-old is being aimed towards bigger races, and this race acts as a chance for him to improve his mark. He ran really well when a close second in Ireland last time out, and can go one better with only a 2lb raise from the handicapper.

4:55 Goodwood - Iseemist (12/1) ew
John Gallagher told me this would be the last run for Iseemist, and this experienced mare could make it a winning farewell. She is on a mark of 84, which is the lowest she has been on for a while, and has run well in two starts off it. She missed the break at Brighton last time but ran on to take third. The return to this trip is also a positive and she is a huge price considering how strong a chance she must have.

5:25 Goodwood - Dhalam (11/4)
Dhalam is another on the Goodwood card on the up. John Gosden's three-year-old has been absent for a while, and was last seen winning a Wolverhampton back in May. The form of that race has worked out really well, and this is a horse that has previously ran well on turf too. He looks like a horse with a few handicap wins in him off this lovely opening mark of 80.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Saturday's Best Bets: Dragon Mountain can peak at Kempton

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Tippin' Jimmy talks us through his Saturday tips.

2:05 York - Syphax (10/1) ew
I rate this horse quite highly and I still think he has a good win in him this season, especially now dropped into handicapping. His first effort in this company was decent, and he has been lowered again in the weights. He has won at this track before, and the longer trip will benefit him. Conditions should be fine and he could run a big race.

2:40 York - Shabaaby (11/10)
This is clearly a horse going places for Owen Burrows, who lines up in listed company this afternoon. He has won his previous two outings in dominant fashion and looks like a very good horse in the making. After a seven length victory he looks very hard to oppose here.

4:25 York - Maghaweer (5/1)
This horse certainly would've caught the eye of punters at Kempton last time out, and looks like a smart prospect in the making for Richard Hannon. He was really slowly away, and a tad green but finished well to finish fourth. He will improve from that run, and will benefit for the experience too. He has a win in him, and will break his maiden soon.

4:30 Cork - Focus On Heaven (4/1)
If you followed me last week you would've been pulling your hair out when a 50-1 shot crept past him, and trust me I was doing exactly that. He is a classy horse in the making and is improving. He won pretty well in maiden company, and last week's handicap second was a decent run. Off the same mark, and against the girls she should have a huge chance.

5:40 Hexham - Senor Lombardy (4/5)
A very expensive purchase after his Irish point win, Senor Lombardy made a very promising start to life when second in a Kelso bumper earlier this month. He was a tad green that day, and it was his first run for a while but he kept on well and was only defeated narrowly. He'll come on a lot for that run and is the one to beat today.

6:45 Kempton - Dragon Mountain (3/1)
For me Dragon Mountain is the one to beat here, providing he runs his race. I think he has shaped up like a smart horse, but has proved a little keen and needs to settle down a bit here. He has finished third on his last two outings, but he could be winning providing he acts more mature this afternoon.

Lucky 15 - Dragon Mountain/ Senor Lombardy/ Focus On Heaven/ Maghaweer

Friday, 13 October 2017

Friday's Best Bets: Brian to storm home at Newton Abbot

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Tippin’ Jimmy has three strong fancies from Friday’s racecard.

5:25 Newton Abbot - Brianstorm (13/8)
Warren Greatrex told me this was one of his best bumper prospects for the season, and if so he should be making a winning start to life at Newton Abbot. The five-year-old makes his British debut this afternoon, having won on his only start in an Irish point-to-point. He won easily that day over a longer trip, but should have enough pace at the minimum trip here today. With expectations high, he should be up to winning here.

6:15 Kempton -  Thammin (9/1)
I think Thammin is a horse who is capable of winning a few handicaps before the end of the season for Owen Burrows. He won two races last season, but only defeated one rival on his seasonal bow at Lingfield in May. He has had a bit of a break, and he should go well fresh. He’s on a decent mark here, and the return to five furlongs is a big bonus too. Orvar is a danger.

8:00 Dundalk – Goldrush (7/2)
Goldrush cost his owners a huge sum, but has an impressive pedigree and could be one of Ireland’s most exciting prospects for next season. Out of multiple Group One winner Alexander Goldrun and Frankel, he won on debut at Navan in really taking style and will certainly improve from that run. Clearly this race is much tougher as he steps into listed company, but he looked like he could be a Group winner on debut and if so should be winning this.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Thursday's Best Bets: Cap your day with this banker

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Tippin’ Jimmy has some strong fancies from Thursday’s racecard.

2:10 Exeter – If The Cap Fits (8/11)
If The Caps Fits is a horse I am very excited by for the season ahead for Harry Fry. He won very nicely on his first two starts at Plumpton and Taunton, looking like a classy horse in the making. In Aintree’s bumper he finished fourth but was a tad disappointing that day and connections were clearly expecting better of him. Reports at home are very high, and he should have a huge future ahead of him.

2:55 Worcester – Global Citizen (3/1)
Costing a huge sum to owners The Megsons, Global Citizen could be another smart horse on show from today’s racing. He won on his debut at point-to-point track Bellurgan Park in good style, beating a rival who has won at that level since. He should have more than enough speed to win at bumper level and looks an exciting horse in the making.

3:35 Ayr – Dark Devil (7/2)
Richard Fahey’s four-year-old Dark Devil may feel stunned as he races outside of Chester, where he has previously raced on his last three starts. He won on this ground on his penultimate start, before finishing second where needing an extra furlong. He gets this longer trip and optimum ground today, and on this mark he should go very well.

3:55 Worcester – Counter Shy (6/4)
Counter Shy makes his return at Worcester, where last month he won over course and distance. His maiden hurdle victory was very exciting, and this well bred Jonjo O’Neill novice looks to be the one to beat here. He’s improving and could be a very smart horse in the making. He won for us at 14-1, maybe he can do it again!

4:20 Exeter – Coastal Tiep (13/8)
Another one to watch this season is Coastal Tiep for Paul Nicholls who hasn’t quite lived up to expectations yet. He is well regarded in Ditcheat, and enjoyed a promising campaign over hurdles last season. He is rated 134, but is definitely better than that. If he takes to chasing he could run very well here.

4:30 Worcester – Kings Ryde
Nicky Henderson must be excited as the jumps season draws closer, and there’s every chance Kings Ryde could be an exciting horse for him this season. Following a debut third, he won very well at Southwell by almost twenty lengths. He didn’t beat too much that day, but certainly proved himself as a smart horse. One Forty Seven will be a big threat coming back from a break, he will win races.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Wednesday's Best Bets: Ruby can sparkle in Exquisite style

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Tippin’ Jimmy talks us through his fancies from Wednesday’s racecard.

2:20 Gowran Park – Himmah (11/4)
Himmah is a very expensive horse to follow, but once again today could be the day for him. He finished third last time and certainly deserves to win a maiden before too long. He always seems to find one or two a bit too good, however trainer Kevin Prendergast has kept in maiden company and must have retained faith he can strike in this company.

4:20 Nottingham – Medicean Ballet (7/2)
Henry Candy will be looking for a second victory with his improving filly Medicean Ballet. She shaped well when finishing second at Kempton last week and switches back to turf, where she could be a tad better.  Off this mark, back in form and with these conditions she should run a big race.

5:00 Gowran Park – World War (Evs)
After three second place efforts today could be the day World War finally wins. Ger Lyons’ three-year-old was last seen losing narrowly in a good handicap, where he was beaten by a horse in flying form. He switches back to maiden company and in this field he looks the one to beat. He also acts on the ground which is a huge bonus.

6:55 Kempton – Rainbow Rising (10/3)
David Menuisier will be hoping his filly Rainbow Rising can finish the season off with a victory. The three-year-old has finished second on two occasions, including a narrow defeat at this venue and was last seen finishing third at Lingfield. She was only defeated by a length, but deserves to get her head in front.

8:25 Kempton  - Exquisite Ruby NAP (10/3)
Charlie Hills’ Exquisite Ruby is one of my strongest fancies of the week, and I am delighted that Silvestre De Sousa is on board for the ride. She finished a strong second on her penultimate start, losing out to a decent horse who travelled over from Ireland and has won since. She then ended up fourth when finishing off best off this mark, and would’ve won nicely with an extra few yards. With an added furlong, off the current mark, and confidence high she should be hard to stop.

£2 Yankee (Medicean Ballet/ World War/ Rainbow Rising/ Exquisite Ruby) returns £874!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Tuesday's Best Bets: Blakeney on Point for Leicester double

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Tippin’ Jimmy has four tips from Tuesday’s racing.

2:25 Galway – Poli Roi
A very strong horse for this season, and at this price is a total steal. He is one of the best novice hurdling prospect in training this season, and I can’t wait to see how he gets on over hurdles. He won tidily on his first two starts before finishing third in a Grade One contest last time out. He will be better over obstacles and I expect him to be hard to beat.

2:35 Catterick – Ventura Knight
Ventura Knight ran very well carrying top weight on this mark only last month, and has to be fancied to winning off this mark before too long. Mark Johnston’s juvenile has won three times this season and remains on 93 after a third-place finish at Doncaster. He has a win or two in him before the end of the season, I hope one of them is today.

3:55 Leicester – Blakeney Point
Roger Charlton must have plenty of confidence in Blakeney Point today, who won very well at Newburt 18 days ago. The form has been boosted with the second since winning a Group Three. He has only been raised 3lb and should be able to run a big race once again at Leicester this afternoon.

9:00 Newcastle – Zamjar

An inconsistent runner this season who may just peak this afternoon is Zamjar for Ed Dunlop. He has been continually dropping down the handicap, but made an eye catching performance on this mark last month. He wasn’t beaten too far when fifth, but was unlucky when finding traffic and could’ve won with a clearer path. He should go close with a clearer passage.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Monday's Best Bets: Leone can Serg home

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Tippin’ Jimmy has three tips from Monday’s racecard.

4:45 Windsor – Manchego (12/1) ew
This is a horse that I have been keeping a close eye on this season. Hugo Palmer’s three-year-old was well thought of at the start of the year, and built on a debut second to win well in a Wolverhampton maiden. Since then he hasn’t fired, and he has a bit to prove today. But he has been dropped 4lb from the handicapper and I believe he is on a winnable mark.

4:55 Kempton – Ortiz (4/5)
Henry Candy’s Ortiz looked like a classy horse in the making when winning at this track last month, and he could be up to winning again today. The two-year-old  won nicely by two lengths over today’s trip and the horse he beat, Iconic Knight, has a fair bit of form behind him. He’s an advancing two-year-old and there may still be a bit more to come from him.

5:25 Kempton – Sergio Leone (3/1)
Andrea Atzeni and Richard Hannon team up with Sergio Leone, another improving prospect at Kempton this evening. He stepped up from an encouraging debut to finish second at Windsor, when beaten easily by classy juvenile Take Me With You. That horse is Group placed, and was always going to win that maiden, but he beat the rest of the field by five lengths. He bumped into one, and his time to shine should be today.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sunday's Best Bets: Jury set to punish, as Duty calls at Limerick

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Tippin' Jimmy runs us through his selections on Sunday.

2:25 Uttoxeter - Truckers Lodge
Any spectator at Chepstow back in April must have been very impressed by this horses victory there. He stormed clear of the field to win by an encouraging nine lengths, in a race that was quite good. He is certainly a prospect with a good future ahead of him as he takes on hurdles today. He looks like a smart horse in the making, and he could be too good for rivals today.

3:20 Limerick - Turbojet
For me Turbojet is the class act in this field, and I think he should be up to defeating this field rather comfortably. He won very easily last time out, and has posted a number of good efforts against strong opposition. The handicapper may have rated him a tad too highly, but the trip should suit and he should go on the ground.

3:50 Kelso - Coole Hall
Coole Hall could be a very exciting horse for Rose Dobbin this season, as the five-year-old makes his second racecourse start. He lost out by a nose to a decent prospect in Royal Village last time out, and that horse won again on his next start. The form looks strong, the conditions of the race suit too.

4:55 Limerick - Jury Duty
Gordon Elliott has dominated the card the last few days with some of his leading horses out in novice events, and Jury Duty is a nice price to make a winning start today. He was a top hurdler, finishing third in the Pertemps at Cheltenham before a sixth place finish in Punchestown's Stayers' Hurdle. If he handles the larger obstacles he should run a very big race here.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Saturday's Best Bets: Spanish can make a Point

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Tippin' Jimmy hopes to make your Saturday a profitable one, with his selections on the weekend's action.

1:35 Chantilly - Cape Byron (7/2)
A group winner in waiting is Cape Byron for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni. He won so impressively, coming back from a break, at Ascot last time out and deserves to step into listed company in France today. This is much tougher, but there is a lot more progression in him.

1:50 Ascot - Waady (15/8)
John Gosden's four-year-old looked like he had a bit of class about him when fifth in the King's Stand, and a narrow loser in the Palace House last season. He hasn't built on that promise this season, but may do in listed company this afternoon. This season he won well in conditions company, before finishing fourth at Group Three level. Today's slower ground is a positive, as is the drop in grade.

2:00 Limerick - Spanish Point (13/8)
Ballydoyle have lost out on a few Galileo colts to Godolphin in the sales this week, but they could play an ironic role if their Frankel colt defeats the Juddmonte favourite here! Spanish Point has an exceptional pedigree, being out of a Lockinge winner in Peeress. He has some entries in big races further ahead, so connections will be confident he can break his maiden after losing out to a stable companion at Tipperary last time out.

2:25 Ascot - Waldgeist (8/11)
Andre Fabre visits Ascot with high expectations in his horse Waldgeist. The three-year-old is a hot favourite in this Group Three contest, having finished second in the French Derby and a unfortunate fourth in the Irish edition. He wasn't too far off winning either of those races, and is the class act on the racecard today. He should win this easily on his best form.

3:10 Limerick - Zawraq (11/8)
Zawraq is another who has a bit to prove this afternoon. Dermot Weld's five-year-old has suffered an injury-plagued career but may return to winning ways this afternoon. He was a massively impressive Guineas trial winner two years back but hasn't been straightforward since. He needed the run when second at Listowel, with this race clearly in mind. He should be much fitter, and if he can reproduce his class he should win this.

3:50 Newmarket - Yaafour (10/1)
There are two things I am sure of in racing. One, Ryan Moore knows his horses; two, Ryan Moore is the jockey you want in a 27 runner contest. Moore has stuck with Yaafour for this hotly contested race at Newmarket. He was a good maiden winner Lingfield, before finishing third at Sandown last time out. A drop to six should be fine, and I just hope the draw won't hinder him.

4:15 Fontwell - Battle Of Ideas (11/1) ew
After my 50-1 fancy picked up some each way money, I had to go with another big priced fancy with Battle Of Ideas. He finished second at Chepstow when last seen in April, but has always been a horse to improve over hurdles. He has been reported in good shape, and could win a few races this season.

4:20 Limerick - Focus On Heaven (5/1) NAP
One of my horses to follow returns, and after a decently priced victory last month I am hoping for the same again. Jim Bolger rates this horse very highly, who won his maiden very well last month at Fairyhouse. He should improve from that, and can continue progressing. The form of the race has been boosted with the second winning since too. Considering it was coming back from a long absence, he looks a classy one. I told you to get on him before, and I urge you to do so again.

Lucky 15 - (Cape Byron/ Zawraq/ Focus On Heaven/ Spanish Point)

Friday, 6 October 2017

Friday's Best Bets: Jericho can Battle to listed glory

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Tippin’ Jimmy gives us his verdict on the racing from Ascot, Fontwell and Dundalk.

2:00 Ascot – Alaadel (7/2)
Jim Crowley is in the saddle aboard this unexposed three-year-old seeking a second career success. He has finished second on his last two visits to the racecourse, when not beaten too far at Ffos Las and at this venue. His most recent half-a-length defeat was rather unlucky as he encountered plenty of traffic, despite a 3lb rise he should be able to be very competitive once more.

2:45 Fontwell – Adrien Du Pont (4/7)
An odds-on shot, but one that is worth adding to those accumulators is Adrien Du Pont. Paul Nicholls’ five-year-old has always been a chaser in the making, and makes his first start over fences this afternoon. He has won at Grade One level as a juvenile, and his hurdles rating of 143 makes him the class act in this field. He should progress to a nice chaser, and I expect him to make a winning start this afternoon.

3:10 Ascot – Waqaas (33/1) ew
Waqaas is very much the second string for the Al Maktoum’s this afternoon, but is a horse who has a strong chance on his best form. He was a good juvenile, when winning his maiden pretty well and then not beaten too far when last of four rivals in a tactical Richmond Stakes. He’s been disappointing on his two starts this year, but has a strong each-way chance at a huge price.

4:55 Ascot – Master Singer (13/2)
Another who needs to improve a little is John Gosden’s Master Singer. He was an astoundingly easy maiden winner, but since switched to handicapping hasn’t been firing. He finished midfield at Royal Ascot, and then in the Melrose at York and a bit more is needed here. The step up in trip could help him, and a 2lb drop is a bonus.

7:00 Dundalk – Battle Of Jericho (5/2)
Ballydoyle have had a fantastic season once again with their juveniles, and Battle Of Jericho is one that maybe could progress into a pattern winner this season. He broke his maiden on his third start, winning only by a length but was asked very little by his rider. He comes from a classy family, is improving, and certainly worth watching.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Thursday's Best Bets: Bailey's Blazon can blow them away

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Tippin’ Jimmy has picked out five selections from Thursday’s racing.

2:15 Warwick – Blazon (5/1)
Of my horses to follow in the National Hunt season, this is one of them. I was very impressed with Blazon’s bumper debut win, before a strong finishing second at Huntingdon when last seen in March. The horse that beat him, Maria’s Benefit, finished tenth in the Mares Bumper at Aintree so the form is quite strong. Blazon is a horse connections think highly of, and should improve now campaigned over hurdles.

2:25 Lingfield – Purser (8/15)
A potential classic contender could be Purser for John Gosden, who looked like a really classy sort when winning at Newbury on debut. Ryan Moore gave him an excellent ride to just smoothly get him home without using the whip. His pure class won him that race, and last time out he took a step up when fourth in Group Three company and not getting the clearest of runs. He drops back, and despite a short price, should be very hard to beat.

4:00 Lingfield – Dawaaleeb (13/8)
A horse that deserves to break his maiden is Dawaaleeb for Charlie Hills. He’s run well in all starts in maiden company, and was last seen finishing third at Nottingham. He tried to beat a very good horse in Sharja Bridge, and was beaten well and lost third at the end. The three-year-old has had a bit of time off, and in this weaker race should be able to get off the mark.

5:45 Chelmsford – Dyson’s Girl (10/1)
Dyson’s Girl is a horse that is a winner in waiting following numerous good efforts in handicaps. She was a narrow loser when 4lb higher at Catterick over today’s trip, so the return back to six should help her. She was a tad disappointing last time out, but should be able to be more of a danger after a little drop in the weights. The all-weather could help her too.

6:15 Chelmsford – West Palm Beach (9/4)

A very well-bred juvenile for John Gosden who should make a winning start to his career is West Palm Beach. She made a very good debut effort when third on Kempton’s all-weather, picking up well towards the end of the race and that should prompt further improvement from her. She is a maiden winner in waiting, and today should be the day for her.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Wednesday's Best Bets: Mizen will Master Kempton finale

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Tippin’ Jimmy has six selections on Wednesday’s card, including a big fancy in the last.

2:10 Bangor – Big Penny (5/2)
I watched this race at Worcester a while back and this horse was sent off a strong favourite that day and could only finish second. He lost out to Whatdjazz who looked good that day and has gone on to win two more times for Dan Skelton. Big Penny has the potential to progress the same, and he can begin his improvement in Wales this afternoon. It’s her first run since May, but if she is firing then she should run a huge race.

3:40 Naas – Forever Together (12/1) ew
Ballydoyle don’t have too many debut winners in a season, but in this weak maiden affair second string Forever Together may have a good say. He went for a massive €900,000 in the sales ring, and comes from a very good family. My main concern is that he is the second pick for the yard, with Seamie Heffernan going onto Gloriously. But Forever Together is a huge price, and is certainly worth backing each-way.

4:30 Nottingham – Mooltazem (11/2)
John Gosden has been in great form this season, and his yard must have be in great spirits after Enable’s Arc success. Hopefully that good feeling can rub off onto Mooltazem, who makes his fourth career start this afternoon. He was an impressive winner back at Ripon in July, before only finishing third in a handicap on the all-weather. Off the same mark as Chelmsford he should go much better, and a big run is expected.

4:45 Naas – Conquest (11/2)
A second selection of the day for Aidan O’Brien goes to an interesting runner in Conquest in the nursery. She is really well bred, coming from a Group One winning dam and a full sister to the great Minding, but hasn’t shown her best in three runs in maiden company. She was rather poor last time when tenth at the Curragh, now at handicap level she should go well.

8:10 Kempton - Ply (4/5)
Making his second start in nine days is Ply for Roger Charlton and Kieran Shoemark. He won really well at this venue when breaking the course record back last week, and if he is still at his best he should go very close here. The handicapper will put him up 11lb for that run, but today he only goes up 6lb. The run has come quite quickly, but if he is ready for it he should be too good.

9:10 Kempton - Mizen Master (3/1) NAP
Olly Murphy must not like me as every time I tip a horse it runs badly. I am confident today that changes. Mizen Master is a very useful hurdler rated 127, and switches back to the flat this evening. He has been a revelation this season, and has improved a lot whilst his flat rating has remained unchanged. He looks very good on this mark and he has to be my banker of the week.

Lucky 15 (Mooltazem/Conquest/Ply/Mizen Master)

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Tuesday's Best Bets: Our Skilled tipster has a trio of tips

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Tippin Jimmy has his verdict on Tuesday's racing action, and has a few big selections for the day.

6:00 Southwell - Skilled (2/1)
Olly Murphy has enjoyed a very good debut season, and he is well represented in this with Skilled. He is rathed 7lb higher as a chaser over hurdles, and opts for the latter today. He has been in good form, winning twice (once here) before finishing fourth last time out. He's very consistent and should be up to winning off this hurdles mark.

6:10 Kempton - City Gent (4/1)
Ralph Beckett and Pat Dobbs team up with this nice looking juvenile City Gent, who certainly can make an impact now handicapping. His most recent maiden second at Lingfield sets the form standard, with the half-a-length winner clearly being quite smart. He's on a fair mark, and he should be up to running a big race here.

8:55 Dundalk - Shoulda Lied (11/2)
This is a horse I think is up to winning races this season, but he has been a tad disappointing recently and has a bit to prove here. He finished second on unfavourable heavy ground at Listowel last month, and faces a 3lb rise for that appealing effort. A little more is required, and he may need a longer trip to be at his best, but he certainly has the ability to be winning here.