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.

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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.

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