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.

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