Thursday 30 November 2017

Thursday's Best Bets: Rita to cause a storm

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Tippin' Jimmy talks through his best bets of the day from Towcester and Musselburgh.

2:00 Musselburgh - Affaire D'Honneur (6/4)
Harry Whittington has pretty high hopes for this horse who should be up to winning on his first run back. He takes a long trip up to Scotland and should make it more than worthwhile. He is on a lovely mark, goes very well fresh and should run a big race here.

2:10 Towcester - Hurricane Rite (9/4)
I don't know if you saw #TheOne Peculiar Places win yesterday, but my word what a ride it was from Richard Johnson who just really pushed and battled for the victory. Hopefully he can do it all again! Hurricane Rita is a lovely mare for Olly Murphy who should be very well handicapped in this contest. Going well fresh is a risk, but she is on a very good mark and could be hard to stop.

3:10 Towcester - Ballyarthur (7/4)
Nigel Twiston-Davies is in fantastic form at the moment, and Ballyarthur could be one to watch today. He ran well last season and made a very promising debut over fences when third at Aintree. He was beaten a long way but he will come on for the run and is on a very nice mark. He should go well.

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Wednesday's Best Bets: Minella a 'Fair' Bet

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12:50 Punchestown - Minella Fair (15/8)
Noel Meade has some high ambitions for this horse who won very well in a bumper last time out. He cleared a good field by ten lengths and looks like he can progress into a smart type on soft ground this year. He goes over hurdles and must have a very strong chance. I am a tad worried about the Gordon Elliott horse Miracle In Medinah.

1:25 Wetherby - Not That Fuisse (5/1)
I watched this race in a pub on my phone and I put it down thinking everything was going great, then he pulled-up and clearly something was amiss. He should be a nice novice hurdler for Dan Skelton and should have a bold chance of making amends here.

3:05 Wetherby - Jennifer Juniper (5/2)
Fergal O'Brien has been enjoying an excellent season with his bumper horses and this one could come good for him this season. She was second in a fair decent point-to-point contest and will certainly come on for those runs. She will like conditions, faces her own sex and should run a very tidy race.

3:45 Hereford - Peculiar Places (Evs)
Warren Greatrex thinks really highly of this horse who should be up to winning a bumper here today. This is a nice starting point for him, after he finished second behind a nice prospect at Ascot last time. Settie Hill is a nice horse and since been moved to Nicky Henderson, so his neck defeat form is very strong. He should be up to striking here.

4:10 Kempton - Ispolini (10/11)
Charlie Appleby often knows how to get a good juvenile to win races and this one cost a seven figure sum and could be very good. The pedigree is incredible and he has the potential to run in the very best races. He made a solid debut effort after a poor start and should do a fair bit better today.

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Tuesday's Best Bets: 'Al' be surprised if he gets beat

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Tippin' Jimmy has been in excellent form and hopes to continue his success over to today's racing.

12:10 Southwell - Speciality
Ralph Beckett's three-year-old made a decent debut when fifth on her British debut for the yard and there should be more to come from her. This race is pretty open and she is on a nice mark, that she can build on. She is from a good family and deserves to be winning races sooner rather than later.

12:40 Southwell - Gakku
There aren't many maidens who have as much experience as this one, and Roger Varian will be keen to cap off a decent season with a win. He has run very well in maiden company finishing close seconds on three outings, and even running well in listed company. He is good enough for this standard and should be the one to beat.

1:30 Lingfield - Al Shahir
Dan Skelton has found just one better horse when trying to get this horse to win over hurdles and finally he should be scoring in this company. He hasn't been too far away against improving sorts and this race is much weaker and he should go well. He will love the soft ground and shouldn't be very far away at all.

3:40 Southwell - Belgravian
He won very well for Archie Watson on his penultimate start and there should still be a little bit more to come from him. He was a tad below-par last time but hopefully he can make amends in good style here. The conditions should be on his side too.

Monday 27 November 2017

Monday's Best Bets: Brain can Power home

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Tippin' Jimmy has four tips from Monday's racecard.

12:35 Ludlow - New To This Town (8/11)
Colin Tizzard won me #TheOne yesterday and I am hoping he can do the same here today. New To This Town is a consistent type that doesn't win and this likes the ideal oppertunity for a turn of fortune. He's the best here and should be hard to stop.

1:25 Kempton - Brain Power (4/6)
Nicky Henderson loves Brain Power who just never got to the top of the hurdling game last season, but can do as a novice chaser. He makes his debut in a good little contest, but is a lot better than these on ratings and should be too good.

2:30 Kempton - Breath Of Blighty (14/1) ew
This horse won quite well over course and distance here in April and could be one to watch on his next few starts. He won really well that day on this mark, but was a bit below-par in three runs since. I do think there is more to come, and I am expecting a big run at a big price.

3:05 Kempton - Right Of Reply (4/1)
Dan Skelton thinks very highly of this horse who should make use of this fair mark of 118. He was an impressive winner in Hexham and has since moved to Warwickshire for a big price. He should like the conditions and looks the type to improve throughout the season, especially over fences. He could be a smart one.

Sunday 26 November 2017

Sunday's Best Bets: Ice Cool can be Champ at Exeter

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Tippin' Jimmy talks us through his best bets from the day's racing.

1:25 Exeter - Mister Drifter (11/2)
Mister Drifter looks to be on a very nice handicap mark for Colin Tizzard, he finished four lengths off on his handicap debut and that run looked very promising. He gets more suitable ground and a better track this afternoon. He looks to be on a nice mark and a much better run is expected.

2:45 Uttoxeter - Ice Cool Champs (7/4)
I spoke to one of the owners of this horse who was rather confident he would be winning today. He's a very unexposed sort for Phillip Hobbs who has won once on heavy ground before. He ran a solid race on his hurdling debut, should improve and will love the conditions.

3:55 Exeter - Paddleyourowncanoe (15/8)
Colin Tizzard's Paddleyourowncanoe is one that goes handicapping after a very solid fourth place finish behind a good rival last time out. That was a good race, and despite his lack of experience he does look to be on a very nice mark and gets a lot of weight. Confidence is very high, so hopefully those big bets pay off.

Saturday 25 November 2017

Saturday's Best Bets: River set to make a 'Big' splash

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Tippin' Jimmy wants to start your weekend off with a few earlier winners.

12:20 Ascot - Palmers Hill (5/2)
I really liked this horse who won really well at Uttoxeter last month, and fully deserves to add a second career success to his name. He jumped very well that day and saw off a good field in very convincing style. This race is another step up, but he is full of potential and will be a very smart horse in the future for Jonjo O'Neill.

12:55 Ascot - Lough Derg Farmer (3/1)
Lough Derg Farmer is a classic example of a horse that will be exceptional when sent chasing and I cannot wait to see what he can do at Ascot. He carries top weight today which isn't ideal but will act on the conditions and ground. Reports from home are very encouraging and he should make a winning debut this afternoon.

1:15 Haydock - Big River (7/2)
I think this one will make into a leading chaser for Lucinda Russell. He'll carry bottom weight which he should utilise here this afternoon. He remains an exciting prospect over fences this season and could run a big race.

1:30 Ascot - Carnspindle (8/1) ew
Warren Greatrex has high hopes for this horse, who does need to improve from her seasonal bow. She always needs her first run but should benefit from the outing. She goes on the ground and I think there is a lot more to come from her.

2:25 Haydock - Robbinhannon (25/1) ew
This is such a very good race and this horse has slipped down the pecking order a bit, but he remains a nice unexposed sort who could sneak a place. He won very well at Worcester, before finishing second to a good rival at Cheltenham. There's more to come and he is on a low weight, he won on heavy before and can out run big odds.

3:25 Huntingdon - French Crusader (Evs)
This is a fantastic example of a horse with a lot of ability but is very quirky and it is going to be hard to know how he will handle his debut today. He is very very well regarded by Nicky Henderson and is his team, from a good family, and providing he handles the occasion well should win.

Friday 24 November 2017

Friday's Best Bets: Have greed for Creed

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Tippin' Jimmy talks us through his best bets of the day.

1:10 Ffos Las - Apollo Creed (11/10)
Evan Williams has a nice novice for the season in Apollo Creed, who is searching for his maiden victory this afternoon. He will love the wet ground and will be a lot better over today's longer trip. He has a fair bit of improvement left in, and expectations are high that he will be winning today.

1:20 Catterick - Espoir De Teilee (5/6)
I am really looking forward to seeing this horse make his hurdling debut this afternoon for Neil Mulholland. He won a very good bumper at Ffos Las last time out, and just really looked like a smart horse in the making. He has the profile to improve a lot over hurdles and could be a very good novice for the season.

2:40 Ascot - Kilcrea Vale (9/4)
Another well-regarded prospect for Nicky Henderson's yard is Kilcrea Vale, a horse that has been crying out for a longer trip which he finally gets at Ascot. He should like the conditions and may be one worth following for the season.

3:00 Catterick - Divine Spear (10/11)
Nicky Henderson has been in good form this season and the long journey should pay off for Divine Spear at Catterick this afternoon. He ran some good races as a hurdler in competitive contests, but chasing has always been the long-term target. He goes well fresh and can be highly competitive here. He could be a classy prospect to watch.

4:00 Ffos Las - Al Dancer (6/4)
Christian Williams has a smart team this year and he could have another winner in waiting in his hands with Al Dancer. The four-year-old ran nicely when a narrow loser on debut, against a horse who has won again since. The form works well, he will act on the ground, and can run very well.

Thursday 23 November 2017

Thursday's Best Bets: Lass can be 'Acting' at the end

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Tippin' Jimmy talks us through some of his strong fancies across the racecard.

12:10 Market Rasen - Dans Le Vant (5/6)
A hurdle winner in waiting, and the waiting should end today. Jamie Snowden's four-year-old was sixth in the Champion Bumper and ran a fine race on his last start at Cheltenham, behind Slate House. He is a lot better than these and should win this comfortably.

12:30 Thurles - Asthuria (4/9)
Willie Mullins' mare sets a very high standard in this contest and simply should win with a clear round of jumping. She has been schooling well and this is an ideal starting point, she should be way too good for her rivals.

1:35 Thurles - Burren Life (10/11)
Gordon Elliott has ran some good horses recently and this one can return to winning ways in Ireland this weekend. He ran a smart race when winning at Roscommon before securing a third place finish at Limerick. He steps back out of listed company and can return to winning ways.

1:40 Market Rasen - Acting Lass (11/10)
There was once a time when Acting Lass was odds-on against Finian's Oscar, but sadly he found him just seven lengths too good. He finished the year off with a fine place fourth at Ascot and comes here as a very exciting chaser in the making for Harry Fry. He should go well fresh and can run a big race.

3:20 Market Rasen - Shall We Go Now (5/2)
Harry Fry believes this horse is one of his best bumper prospects for the season this year, and he will hope to establish himself in what looks a decent contest. He was sent off a hot favourite when only third at Worcester last month, but should improve from that initial outing.The form has worked out well with both ahead of him running okay in a listed contest. I expect a good performance here.

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Wednesday's Best Bets: Meadow can run a 'Big' race

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Tippin' Jimmy talks through his strongest fancies from today's races.

12:55 Hexham - Just Minded (13/8)
Sue Smith's six-year-old has posted some encouraging form as a hurdler and should have too much quality over these rivals at Hexham today. He is a chaser in the making and looked to be running not too badly when falling on his chasing debut. He'll improve and should run a big race today.

1:30 Hexham – Le Frank (14/1) ew
This is a nice horse who could win some good races this season for Grand National winning trainer Lucinda Russell. He travelled pretty well when third on his sole start at Newcastle, but just got a bit tired in the closing stages. He'll improve for the run and can do much better today.

1:40 Warwick - Molly The Dolly (5/4)
Dan Skelton thinks quite highly of this mare who is seeking her first racecourse victory at Warwick this afternoon. She likes soft ground and finished a very creditable second on her last outing at Sedgefield and there should be a bit more improvement now switched to hurdling. This isn't the best race but she should go well.

3:00 Chepstow - Big Meadow (13/2)
Neil King's six-year-old will relish the conditions on offer in Wales this afternoon, and should improve following his fourth place finish at Uttoxeter last time out. He's on a very good mark, and there should be a fair bit of improvement to come from him. I would be confident he can do some damage at a big price.

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Tuesday's Best Bets: Stowaway can be Magic at Southwell

Tippin' Jimmy gives us his three best bets from today's racing.

1:00 Southwell- Stowaway Magic (13/8) #TheOne
Nicky Henderson thinks a lot of this horse and he should run a big race this afternoon. He is well regarded in the yard, and should prove into a better chaser than hurdler. It's a tough ask on his debut over fences but he looks an exciting novice chaser and should be up to taking this. Reports indicate he has been impressing at home.

2:10 Lingfield - Middle Kingdom (5/4)
I thought he may have made it three out of three at Newmarket last time out, but he hit traffic problems and just couldn't get to the line. He's well-bred and a horse with a good future ahead of him. He should be up to taking this event.

2:20 Fakenham - Red Hanrahan (4/5)
Paul Nicholls' Red Hanrahan is a quirky yet talented sort who should really enjoy the conditions at Fakenham today. He has got a bit of talent, and enough ability to win this. He'll be one to watch in similar tracks this season.

Monday 20 November 2017

Monday's Best Bets: Deauville can 'Dance' all over these

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Tippin’ Jimmy talks us through his three best bets to start your week off with.

1:00 Wolverhampton – Deauville Dancer (9/1)
Marcus Tregoning’s juvenile has a very nice American pedigree and should relish the switch to the all-weather. He finished sixth on his debut at Windsor, but started very slowly that day and should improve from the experience. He has a nice profile and should be winning races this season.

1:10 Plumpton - Tikkanbar (11/8)
Neil Mullholland’s six-year-old enjoyed three wins at bumper level last season and looked like a very good prospect for the yard, but finished unplaced when stepped up to graded level at Aintree last time out. Hurdling may bring out more improvement and the reports from home indicate he has been working well at home. He should go very well today.

2:40 Plumpton – Chef D’Equipe (2/1)

Phillip Hobbs’ expensive French buy made an encouraging start over hurdles, and has the profile to improve off this mark of 122. He finished an encouraging third on his British debut, but has always improved for the run. He should win a few races before going chasing, and could be worth following in his next few starts.

Sunday 19 November 2017

Sunday's Best Bets: Air Navigator can land Cheltenham finale

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Tippin' Jimmy talks us through his strongest fancies from across the card this Sunday, including his run through of the final day of the November Meeting.


1:15 - Wylde Magic (8/1), Cornish Warrior (22/1) ew
Evan Williams' six-year-old was very well supported when third on his return at Chepstow last month, and looked like the best in the race before getting a little tired late on. The run will do him some good and he is on a winnable mark. The favourite is another with a huge chance.

Cornish Warrior really needed the run when last seen finishing sixth at Wincanton. He will improve from that run, enjoy today's conditions and looks on a very nice mark. He's a massive each-way price.

1:50 - River Wylde (5/6)
I am a very big fan of River Wylde, but I also like North Hill Harvey on softer ground. This race is going to go very close and I would fancy Nicky Henderson's charge a little bit more but I wouldn't bet on this race myself.

2:25 - Fox Norton (10/11)
I spoke to Joe Tizzard on Friday and his team are very confident they can pick up this prize today. Fox Norton won this race very easily last season before going on to establish himself as a leading two-mile chaser and he can continue to lead the way today. He will deal with conditions and has the class to win this.

3:00 - Jenkins (11/2)
Nicky Henderson loves this horse and the reports from home are pretty astonishing, and I am hoping that he can unleash his potential we have been told about for some time. He needs to be close to his best to have a chance on his return, but he remains a really exciting prospect for the season ahead.

3:30 - Dame De Compagnie (Evs)
If you followed my tips only a few weeks ago I told you this one was going to win and she did it so easily it was unbelieveable. Barry Geraghty didn't have to get out of second gear to cruise to a maiden victory and she can do it once again here at Cheltenham. Slate House is a good rival, and this race looks a great indicator of how good she really is.

4:00 - Air Navigator (11/2), Sizing Cusimano (9/1)
Tom George's six-year-old is very well regarded prospect for the yard, and could claim the final prize of the meeting here. He won stylishly on soft ground in February and hasn't been seen since his debut win. Hopefully there is more to come.

Sizing Cusimano is thought of highly too and makes his debut for Colin Tizzard's team. It's a tough ask to win on his debut, but he will be up to challenging towards the end.

Best Of The Rest

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12:20 Fontwell - Quiz Master (11/2)
Colin Tizzard believes this horse is a lot better than he has shown on the racecourse and he could be up to striking in this opening contest at Fontwell. He finished fourth in two runs since but has shown a sign of improvement when travelling well in those races. He'll win races off this mark.

1:05 Punchestown - Tombstone (13/8)
Tombstone was a hugely impressive novice winner at Down Royal earlier this month and can continue that top form in this graded event today. He was a good winner eventually and deserves to take this with a good round of jumping.

1:30 Fontwell - Coillte Lass (9/2)
She's a very nice mare who should be winning a few chases this season for Paul Nicholls. She made a very pleasing start over fences when fifth at Worcester, but the ground was probably a tad too quick for her and today's race suits her much better. She should improve for the run and can step up from that run to win this.

3:25 Punchestown - Stooshie (13/8)
Stooshie has been a bit unlucky recently for Gordon Elliott and can switch from placing to winning this afternoon. He finished a very respectable second behind a very good horse in Red Jack and without that sort of opposition in this race he will prove difficult to beat.

3:55 Punchestown - Rapid Escape (4/6)
I really like Rapid Escape and think he can progress into a leading bumper horse this season for Gordon Elliott. This is a race the yard like, having won it with the fantastic Samcro last year, and there's no reason why this smart Down Royal winner can't be every bit as good. He's a lovely horse who should be up to winning this.

Saturday 18 November 2017

Saturday's Best Bets: Monty gets my Award today

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Tippin' Jimmy talks us through his best bets from the weekend, following a few winners yesterday.


12:40 - Apple's Shakira (2/1)
I love it when a trainer 'knows' they have a good one and Nicky Henderson certainly thinks this one is that. he's got a fair bit to prove here as he has only ever been seen once. She won her sole start really well and is reported to be an excellent hurdler. I am excited to see her and she should go very well for the champion.

1:15 - Ballyoptic (5/4)
This is such a horrible little race, as you never know whether the pace is too fast or too slow. I am just hoping Ballyoptic can reproduce his sensational victory at Ffos Las last month. He took apart a very good field in very good style and I think he is a very good chasing prospect in the making.

1:50 - Minella Rocco (5/1)
I find this handicap very hard to judge but I think the class of Minella Rocco will prevail here. He should come on from his disappointing run in Ireland, and can return to winning ways.

2:25 - Kylemore Lough (13/2), Aqua Dude (20/1) ew
Harry Fry has mapped this race out for Kylemore Lough for such a long time and his patience could be rewarded today. This one has got a fair bit of class, is on a winnable mark and gets perfect conditons.

Aqua Dude could be a good each-way bet here. Evan Williams' runner won very well on his last start and looks to have a lot of potential.

3:00 - Thomas Campbell (13/8)
He's another exciting prospect for the Seven Barrows team and could add a second victory in a row here. He shaped very well when winning here last month and faces a 10lb rise, but I think he will improve a lot now stepped up to three miles. He's a top prospect and one of the best bets of the day, he has to have a massive chance.

3:30 - Poker Play (11/1), Follow The Bear (12/1)
The forecasted rain will be very well received by David Pipe, who saddles Poker Play. He's very unexposed but cost a fair share in the sales, and deserves to go well first time out. He acts on soft ground, and the team have been planning to take him here for some time. He's on a nice mark, and reports from indicate he has improved a lot too.

Follow The Bear certainly needed the run when a disappointing third last month, but I am expecting a much improved run from the five-year-old here. He's on a nice mark, and could be there or thereabouts at the end for the Nicky Henderson team.

4:00 - Outofthisworld (3/1), Posh Trish (9/2)
Another that is thought quite highly of is Outofthisworld for Harry Fry, who won pretty well on her first start at Market Rasen in March. Conditions look to suit and she can go well.

Posh Trish was an expensive purchase for the Highclere team and looks to have a decent chance once again.

Best Of The Rest

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Lastbutnotleast could be one to follow at Uttoxeter this afternoon

12:05 Punchestown - Mitchouka (4/9)
Gordon Elliott has plenty of smart horses in the yard, and this looks another fine example for him. He stepped up from a narrow hurdle defeat to strike impressively by 10 lengths. This race looks more than winnable for him, and he looks like a very nice horse in the making.

12:50 Uttoxeter - Monty's Award (10/11)
Charlie Longsdon really rates this novice hurdler, and he should record a second career success in the Midlands this afternoon. He won his bumper very well, and ran well on his hurdling debut behind two pretty good horses. There is so much improvement to come from him, and I can't wait to see how he gets on.

1:05 Wetherby - Ami Desbois (6/4)
It is unbelieveable how much Graeme McPherson rates this horse and he truly thinks he's going to the top. He makes his chasing debut today, but over two miles and not three. He should be good enough here, but it is a tough return.

1:25 Uttoxeter - Lastbutnotleast (13/8)
Donald McCain told me he really likes this horse, and she can establish her place as a leading novice chaser. She was a very good hurdler, and according to ratings she is the joint-best in this race. She is only going to get better now chasing, and goes best over this trip and on this ground. She acts best going fresh so there's no reason why she can't run really well.

Thursday 16 November 2017

Friday's Best Bets: Exquisite Ruby can shine at Lingfield

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Tippin' Jimmy talks us through his fancies from Friday's racing, including a run-down from the first day of the Open Meeting at Cheltenham.


12:40 - Dueling Banjos (6/1),  Sugar Baron (9/1)
Kim Bailey is expecting a good season with Dueling Banjos, a seven-year-old chaser on a very workable mark this season. He shaped really well when second at Exeter a month ago, and there's no reason why he can't improve from that run.

Sugar Baron represents Nicky Henderson and although carrying top weight can go very well for the champion trainer. He wasn't that far off in the Bet365 Gold Cup, and didn't get the chance to show much when unseating his rider in the Scottish National. He's on a good mark, and there should be more to come.

1:15 - Counter Shy (9/2), Or De Vassy (9/1)
Jonjo O'Neill's Counter Shy has been given a very fair opening mark for his handicap debut this afternoon, and looks like an improving type to follow this season. He won, as tipped at 16-1, before a strong second place finish at Uttoxeter last time out. There should be a lot more to come as the conditions of the race are set to suit him.

Or De Vassy is well regarded in Dan Skelton's yard and should go well following his encouraging victory at Sedgefield last month. He won pretty well that day and I don't think he will stop improving yet.

1:50 - Kapstadt (7/2)
Ian Williams is in fantastic form this season and Kapstadt can utilise his handy riding weight to seek glory here. He deserved to win at Ludlow last time but was narrowly beaten, he likes running here, and is the type to continue improving over fences.

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Finian's Oscar is currently a 9-1 chance for the JLT at the Cheltenham Festival

2:25 - Finian's Oscar (Evs)
I really rate this horse and like many I can see him rising right to the top of the novice chasing ranks this season. He won well at Chepstow, but that race wasn't very strong after Alcala slipped up. He jumped pretty well and this dual Grade One scorer should be the one to beat in this tight contest. It's a very hot race, and worth watching in the future.

3:00 - Cause Of Causes (5/1)
This was one of my best bets and biggest wins from last year's Cheltenham Festival and I am really hoping he can do it again for me. Cause Of Causes is an excellent horse around Cheltenham and jumped like a superstar to win at the Festival in March. The reports from home are very encouraging and I do think he's capable of winning off top weight here.

3:35 - On The Blind Side (10/3)
I was impressed with this horses' victory at Aintree on his hurdling debut for Nicky Henderson and I really think, and hope, he can come good this season. He picked up very strongly at the end, and I don't think was in any real trouble. The form of the race wasn't too strong but he should improve and this race may suit him much better.

Best Of The Rest

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Charlie Hills' Exquisite Ruby could break her losing run at Lingfield

12:30 Newcastle - Joke Dancer (20/1)
I fancy two of Sue Smith's this afternoon and this very well bred four-year-old is one of them. He is from a very good family of hurdlers. He was a tad disappointing on his two outings when sixth on two visits to the races. He could run a much bigger race this afternoon for a trainer who thinks highly of him.

1:40 Newcastle - Cracking Find (11/8)
This is a chaser who has certainly got a few wins in him as a novice this season. He raced against some good opposition, but was very poor when third on his return at Wetherby last month. He may have needed it and he should run much better here this afternoon.

3:25 Newcastle - Ballinslea Bridge (9/4)
I have to admit every time I have tipped an Olly Murphy horse they have lost! But that has to change one day, and that day could well be today. Ballinslea Bridge is one of the reason Richard Johnson is bypassing Cheltenham and he can finish his bumper career with a victory today. He ran pretty well on his rules debut when second and deserves to go one better here.

3:45 Lingfield  - Exquisite Ruby (10/3) 
I cannot believe that this horse hasn't won yet because she has the potential to be so much better than a 59-rated horse. This three-year-old daughter to a listed winner, shaped very well when a narrow loser at this track a few months back. She was a bit keen when fifth last time and if she can settle then has to go well here.

8:45 Chelmsford- Netley Abbey (14/1)
This horse is included in my dark horses for the season, but actually runs on the flat for Henacre Racing Club. He finished third on his last outing at Wolverhampton but connections believe there is more to come from him.

Thursday's Best Bets: Status Quo has 'rock' solid claims

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Tippin' Jimmy hopes for another profitable day. As always he will tip from every race from Cheltenham's Open Meeting.

2:25 Ludlow - Black Sam Bella (11/4)
Dan and Harry Skelton are an exceptional duo in racing and they team up with Black Sam Bella, who I think could go right to the top. She was a good point winner before finishing a runner-up on his bumper and hurdling debut. She wasn't beaten too far at Bangor and can go better today, especially considering she has a bit of a longer trip.

2:35 Taunton - Status Quo (8/1)
Harry Fry will hope that this nice hurdling prospect can land his first jumping success this afternoon. He made a decent return at Ludlow, where travelling very well before a bad jump cost him the race. Kieron Edgar pulled him up pretty sharply and he has been dropped 4lb. He is capable of winning off this mark.

2:45 Southwell - Take The High Road (7/4)
This promising three-year-old has moved to Keith Dalgleish and could make a winning stable debut today. He ran really well on two starts with John Oxx finishing third in two outings, and deserves his chance in a maiden.

3:10 Taunton - Peggies Venture (5/1)
After a really promising second on her racecourse return I picture Peggies Venture going one better for Alan King. She was defeated in a photo finish at Worcester, to a rival who goes well fresh. She typically improves for the run and can run a big race off this current mark. The step up in trip should benefit her.

3:55 Clonmel - Monstrosity (7/2)
Sometimes in racing having a colour or a name beside a horse always makes the price much shorter than it deserves to be. I am hoping this is the case for Warlike Intent. I like Monstrosity here who has fared well in bumper company finishing third and then second for Noel Meade. I hope he can go one better today.

4:10 Taunton - Ringa Ding Dong (11/4), Court Out (7/1)
Paul Nicholls rates this horse quite highly ahead of his debut run in Somerset. He is from a very good family who have shaped very well in bumpers. He looks like a good type at this level, and can make a winning start.

Jamie Snowden likes Court Out a lot and he could be worth a second investment for this race.

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Wednesday's Best Bets: Elliott's star can 'Blow' them away

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Tippin' Jimmy talks us through his five best fancies from Wednesday's races.

12:30 Ayr - Buffalo Ballet (13/2)
Nicky Alexander's veteran looks like he has some unfinished business over fences. He hasn't won in five starts but was unlucky to lose when second last time. He was beaten by a fitter horse and should come on an awful lot for that run. I am expecting a big run off this current mark.

1:50 Fairyhouse - Blow By Blow (8/11)
Gordon Elliott missed out on all of last season with this hugely exciting bumper horse. He's won his last three races, including Punchestown's Grade One bumper in April 2016. He hasn't been seen since that win over the likes of Moon Racer and Bacardys, but should be an exciting prospect to follow this year.

2:20 Bangor - If The Cap Fits (4/6)
I am such a big fan of this horse and I really think he just can go right to the very top for Harry Fry. His two wins in bumper company follow a very respectable Grade Two fourth. He made a fantastic start to hurdling, and I think he may have needed the run. He should act on the conditions and can begin his rise to the top of the hurdling ranks.

2:30 Exeter - Wotzizname (9/2)
Harry Fry could have a very good ten minutes if both of these strike. This unexposed seven-year-old made a very promising return when second at this venue a month ago. He needed the run that day, when beaten by another horse I like a lot Coastal Tiep. He should improve, and with a 4lb drop from the handicapper he can run really well.

3:35 Exeter - Timeforben (8/1)
David Pipe's exciting mare Timeforben made a great racecourse debut 33 days ago and looks like the type that will improve a significant amount for it. She was third at Newton Abbot, but this former point-to-point winner may just come on for it and could be up to striking on her hurdling debut against the girls.

4:05 Exeter - White Moon (2/1)
Colin Tizzard has some very good horses in his yard, and this is one of them. He proved his class when winning on his racecourse debut at Wincanton last time out, where he cleared a decent field in very impressive style. There should be more to come from this former pointer.

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Tuesday's Best Bets: Arthur can Gift you a winner

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Tippin' Jimmy gives us his four best bets from Tuesday's racing.

1:00 Worcester - Tommy Silver
This looks yet another smart prospect from Ditcheat this year. He won very well at Plumpton prior to his sixth-place finish in the Scottish Champion Hurdle. He may improve over fences this year.

1:10 Huntingdon - Cause Tojours
Dan Skelton rates this horse really highly as he takes on his novice hurdling campaign this season. He was a hugely impressive bumper winner last season, and was sent off favourite at Cheltenham but only finished ninth. He is one that just likes a flat track so coming to Huntingdon is ideal, he made a fine start over hurdles at Uttoxeter and should win here.

1:50 Lingfield - Beni Light
Tom George has an exciting team of runners this season, and Beni Light could be a good novice chasing prospect this year. He wasn't the best hurdling prospects when midfield in numerous efforts. He should improve over a larger obstacle.

2:30 Worcester - Arthur's Gift
Arthur's Gift has gradually been improving since returning from a two-year break. He finished a very respectable fourth at Southwell before finishing a runner-up at this track last month. He has been raised 6lb but I still think there is a bit more to come from him. He steps down in grade and can go really well.

Monday 13 November 2017

Monday's Best Bets: Tempest can be King of Kempton

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Tippin' Jimmy casts his eye over Monday's racing.

1:00 Carlisle - Vino's Choice (11/2)
He was a tad free on his hurdling and stable debut for Lucinda Russell but could run much better here this afternoon. He was exceptional as a bumper winner with former trainer Gavin Cromwell, and the form of his sole win has worked out quite well.

1:20 Kempton - Admiral's Secret (8/1)
Victor Dartnall's six-year-old raced in mid-week but shaped with a lot of promise before pulling-up. He was badly hampered that day and didn't get the chance to prove what he is capable of. He could make amends today.

1:30 Carlisle - Brio Conti (4/6)
Quite a few of today's fancies are ones that trainers rate very highly of, and Paul Nicholls thinks this one could make into a fine novice chaser this season. This ask doesn't look too tough on his chasing bow this afternoon and he sets a fine standard on his hurdles form. It's a long trip up to Cumbria, but he should make it more than worthwhile.

1:50 Kempton - Secret Investor (9/4), Duke Debarry (8/1)
Paul Nicholls has a few chances across both cards today and Secret Investor could be one to keep an eye on. He won well as a point-to-pointer before finishing a lengthy second at Ascot on his last outing in November. There should be a bit more to come from him, and he could progress into a decent prospect. My worry is he may need the run.

Nicky Henderson's Duke Debarry is another I am watching. He ran some good races in three efforts in bumpers but has always looked the sort to progress over hurdles.

2:55 Kempton - Le Breuil (4/1)
One of my dark horses to follow this year is Le Breuil for Ben Pauling. He shaped into a lovely prospect when winning at Newbury and Sedgefield before not getting a fair run at Aintree. He is most certainly a smart prospect, and deserves to take his chance in better races than this. If he lives up to expectations he will win. Make sure to read my article in the link above for some exclusive words from the trainer.

3:10 Carlisle - Argentix (9/2)
Lucinda Russell's French import Argentix shaped with plenty of promise on her British debut. He finished a six length second up at Perth, behind a horse who had a win behind him. He probably needed the experience that day and I hope he will come from it to go and strike off this nice mark of 115.

4:00 Kempton - King's Tempest (5/1)
I really think this horse is much better than his current mark suggests and could go well for Warren Greatrex. He hasn't been seen since finishing third at Stratford in May, but after reports indicate he has summered well he could go well. He is best fresh, and has been dropped 7lb by the handicapper. He has to have a big chance on his return.

Sunday 12 November 2017

Sunday's Best Bets: Ross can Double up

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Tippin' Jimmy enjoyed an excellent day yesterday and can finish your weekend with even more winners.

12:45 Sandown - Bastien (4/1)
Alan King is quite keen on Bastien who opens the card at Sandown this afternoon. He won two times as a novice last season, before finishing a respectable third at Market Rasen. He makes his first start since February and is reported to be showing all the right signs at home. Off this mark he should be winning very soon.

1:10 Navan - Mengli Khan (6/4)
Gordon Elliott thinks highly of Mengli Khan who saw off 29 rivals when winning at this venue a few months ago. He has got the quality to cut it at Graded level and although this is a step up he can run another big race.

1:20 Sandown - Baden (15/2)
It's a big day for Nicky Henderson's team with Might Bite returning, and this is one who could be an excellent novice chaser for Seven Barrows. He posted plenty of mixed form over hurdles last season, with a win at Wetherby and a fifth place finish at Punchestown on his last start. He should improve a lot now over fences and could go very well.

2:45 Navan - Footpad (4/6)
This top level hurdler should have way too much to go and win on his chasing debut this afternoon. The reports indicate he has been schooling well and that Willie Mullins' team are expecting a victory this afternoon.

2:55 Sandown - Most Celebrated (20/1) ew
Neil Mulholland's four-year-old absolutely loves running fresh, and he could have a serious chance at a big price this afternoon. They are thinking about the Greatwood Hurdle with him so they must need a good performance to bump him up the ratings. With ideal conditions and connections making some ambitious plans he could run a big race.

3:05 Ffos Las - Lovenormoney (8/1)
Warren Greatrex made it clear to me that this horse has improved a considerable amount over the summer and with that in mind could wave goodbye to his current handicap mark. He posted some good efforts last season. He should be able to cap off hurdling in style here.

3:30 Sandown - Double Ross (5/2)
I spoke to Nigel Twiston-Davies and he was extremely keen on this horses' chances this afternoon. The 11-year-old finished fourth at Chepstow on his seasonal bow, but things didn't go to plan for him that day and he should run a lot better here.

Saturday 11 November 2017

Saturday's Best Bets: Tath a Meen bet

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Tippin' Jimmy talks us through his best bets from Saturday's racing.

12:05 Naas - Red Jack (8/15)
Making his hurdling debut for Noel Meade is Red Jack, who looks like the type that could all the way to the top this season. He won two from two in bumpers but looks the type that will improve over an obstacle. This is a nice starting point and he should prove himself.

12:15 Kelso - Senor Lombardy (Evs)
He cost a huge sum for Keith Dagleish and ran really well when a two-and-a-half length bumper winner at Hexham last time out. He won a good point-to-point contest prior to that win and looks a very smart prospect in the making.

12:40 Wincanton - If The Cap Fits (8/11)
I am such a big fan of this horse and I really think he will be good this season for Harry Fry. He won two bumpers before not getting the best of runs at Aintree. He made a perfect start over hurdles when winning really well and he is most certainly a star in the making.

12:50 Kelso - Misfits (7/1)
One horse who could utilise a very low handicap mark is Misfits for Lucinda Russell. Still a maiden since his move from France, he is slowly dropping down the weights and is just not running to his true ability. There is a win in waiting, hopefully that day can be today.

1:00 Doncaster - Khelman (33/1) ew
On a very nice mark at the minute is Khelman for Richard Fahey, and this one could be worth just a little investment. He is the type of horse that has good days and awful days, and that's why his odds are so tempting. He is on a nice mark, absolutely loves this track and acts on the ground. The stage is set, it's up to him to turn up.

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Coastal Tiep can build on his recent Exeter success this afternoon

1:05 Aintree - Coastal Tiep (2/1)
Paul Nicholls rates this five-year-old quite highly and he made a fine start to chasing when winning at Exeter last month. He jumped pretty well and got the job done like a classy horse. This is another step up, but he looks to have plenty of improvement in him and continues to progress.

1:10 Naas - Early Doors (11/1) ew
Joseph O'Brien is very keen on Early Doors who could prove himself as capable in this level this afternoon. He is a big price considering he is two from three, with a good win on his hurdling debut at Wexford last month. This is much tougher but he could run well.

1:40 Aintree - Louis' Vac Pouch (9/4)
Richard Johnson and Phillip Hobbs have both been in great form this week and the pair team up with Louis' Vac Pouch, a horse clearly ahead of the handicapper. He ran really well at Chepstow last time out considering he made a bad mistake early on. That race was much tougher than this, and he has to have a huge chance.

1:50 Wincanton - Ellens Way (12/1)
One who has been hidden away for a bit is Ellens Way for Jeremy Scott, who may be one that gets off this very workable mark on her first start since December. She may need the run but she is very well handicapped and hard to ignore in this.

2:25 Wincanton - Modus (8/11)
I really like Modus and I expect him to make it two from two here. He won his chasing debut in good style and Paul Nicholls rates him very highly. This is a small field, but he should have enough about him to get the job done.

3:10 Kelso - Bennys Secret (7/2)
I liked this horse last time out who battled hard and well to win for Nick Alexander and there may be a little bit more to come from him this afternoon up in Scotland. He wasn't raised too highly and seems like the type to continue improving.

3:30 Naas - Bacardys (11/10)
I'm not the only one who really rates this one for Willie Mullins, and I can't wait to see him make his chasing debut this afternoon. He was an excellent novice hurdler and he should improve now going over fences. This is a tough little race, he may need the run but I expect him to be way too good.

3:50 Doncaster - Tathmeen (13/2)
I saw this horse win at Newbury not too long ago and remember thinking he was certainly a smart prospect for Richard Hannon. He found a lot of trouble in running on his next outing at York before a decent third place finish at Newbury. He should like the track and ground, and stays on the same mark. He's got a win in him soon.

4:10 Wincanton - The Russian Doyen (5/2) #TheOne
Colin Tizzard's four-year-old made a fine start to life when second at Chepstow behind a very good horse in Mont Des Avaloirs last time out and should be the one to beat in this good finale in Somerset. He should act on the conditions, improve from the experience and looks a smart horse in the making.

Saturday Lucky 15 - Senor Lombardy / Misfits / Louis' Vac Pouch / The Russian Doyen

Friday 10 November 2017

Friday's Best Bets: Tetraites can do it in Style

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Tippin' Jimmy believes he has a nice accumulator up his sleeve this afternoon.

12:40 Hexham - Tetraites Style (9/4)
A nice improving type for Nicky Richards is Tetraites Style, who deserves to get off the mark after a promising second at this venue last month. He wasn't beaten too far when a runner-up to Grade Two winning Dame Rose and should improve from that run. Connections fancied him strongly that day, they must be a lot more confident today.

1:20 Warwick - Bill And Barn (9/2)
Paul Nicholls is in tremendous form at the minute and he can extend his great record in Warwick today. He was a two-time point-to-point winner, before two credible efforts in bumper company. This hurdling test looks a good ask over this much longer trip. He should like the softer ground, and will go on to be a very nice chaser.

2:30 Fontwell - Castafiore (12/1)
Charlie Longsdon's Castafiore was working up before the race, and inevitably finished nowhere at Stratford on his last start. She is the type to improve from that run and should be on a nice mark now. It's a competitive race, but she could begin to change her fortunes today.

3:50 Warwick - Miss Tynte (11/2)
David Pipe paid a fair share for this horse, who is looking to break his maiden following two strong efforts in bumpers. He finished an excellent second in a big field in Ireland, before his move to England. He hasn't been seen since finishing fourth at Carlisle a year ago. If he's fit and well he should have a very good chance.

7:15 Newcastle - Waarif (2/1)
Another well regarded prospect is Waarif for David O'Meara. Still unexposed he was a winner in maiden company back last season, and ran a very creditable second on his seasonal return at this venue when second. That was following a long break back, and the run will do him a lot of good.

Trixie (Tetraites Style, Bill And Barn, Miss Tynte)

Thursday 9 November 2017

Thursday's Best Bets: Game can reach the Top

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Tippin' Jimmy talks us through his five best bets from Thursday's card.

12:40 Newbury - Claimantakinforgan (8/13)
On paper Claimantakinforgan is the best novice hurdler that Nicky Henderson has last season. His Champion Bumper third puts him right at the top of the pecking order and he looks well set for a winning start in Berkshire today. He is reported to be working well, and he should be up to getting off the mark first time out for the champion trainer.

2:10 Newbury - Countister (3/1)
Nicky Henderson really likes this mare and she has a strong chance on her British debut. She is reported to be a good prospect for Seven Barrows, and won two Grade Two bumpers in France before her move to England. This is a competitive contest, but she looks set to go very well.

2:45 Newbury - Topofthegame (6/5) #TheOne
I really cannot wait to see this one make his chasing debut at Newbury. He's very unexposed having won once over hurdles, and was last seen finishing a very close second at Ascot. That form was pretty strong, but he is most certainly a chaser in the making and I have every reason to believe he will go to the top of the ranks for Paul Nicholls.

3:55 Newbury - Du Destin (8/1)
Making his debut for Nicky Henderson is Du Destin, representing Middleham Park Racing. He comes from an excellent family and is reported to be working excellently at home. He seems the type that could run well in bumpers and I am expecting a very nice performance from him first time out.

6:15 Chelmsford - Gronkowski (4/1)
Jeremy Noseda thinks an awful lot of this two-year-old who finished a runner-up at Newmarket last time out. He has a good American pedigree so should like this surface, he is the type to keep improving and looks a progressive type. Big Kitten is a big danger after two seconds, but he should have a big chance of breaking his maiden.

7:15 Chelmsford - Middle Kingdom (13/8)
John Gosden was planning to take Middle Kingdom to the Dante at one point, but things never turned out right and he could reward his connections' long patience today. An expensive purchase, he hasn't been seen since extending his unbeaten record to two at Newmarket in April. His pedigree suggests he should act on this new surface, whilst he has dealt with a break before too.

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Wednesday's Best Bets: Nord can Cap off his unlucky run

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Tippin' Jimmy's huge 66-1 place bet came in yesterday, can he repeat more big money success.

1:25 Chepstow - Cap Du Nord (7/1) #TheOne
Cap Du Nord has always been on the wrong side of luck for Christian Williams. An unlucky point-to-point runner-up he was so unlucky at this venue a month ago when very badly hampered. The conditions should be fine and hopefully he can make amends here.

2:00 Chepstow - Capsy De Mee (4/1)
Jamie Snowden's five-year-old is pretty well-regarded and ran a fine race at the start of the year when second to a top chaser Theo. Last time out he was really disappointing at Sedgefield, but their should me more to come from him this season. He is on a nice mark and I expect a big performance.

4:15 Chepstow - Sunset Showdown (5/2)
Rebecca Curtis's Sunset Showdown was an impressive winner on his sole start in Irish point, beating some good opposition that day. He hasn't been seen for a long time, but faces some newcomers and should be able to get off the mark on his rules debut.

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Tuesday's Best Bets: Dynamite set for explosive performance

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We return with more fancies from Tuesday's racing. Keep an eye out for @JamesStevens180 on Twitter, picking out #TheOne. He's looking for a fifth winner in a row.

1:00 Exeter - Golden Sunrise (40/1) ew
This horse is a huge price today, and although he is a chaser in the making he could nick a place today. Colin Tizzard's four-year-old ran okay on his bumper debut, but was really disappointing at this track when last seen a month ago. He is quite well regarded, he could do something at a price here.

1:25 Fairyhouse - Monbeg Worldwide (4/6)
Always a horse that Gordon Elliott really rates is Monbeg Worldwide. The five-year-old is most certainly a chaser more than a hurdler, but he should make a winning start at Fairyhouse this afternoon. He looks a nice prospect and may be hard to beat here.

1:30 Exeter - Dynamite Dollars (11/10)
Dynamite Dollars made a really encouraging debut win at Chepstow last month and should come forward following that run. He looks the type that will improve from that run, and could make it into a very good novice hurdler this season. Gaelic Prince could be a smart one for Phillip Hobbs, and is the danger.

3:25 Redcar - Dakota City (10/3)
Dakota City was really unlucky at Windsor a fortnight ago and deserves to win for Olly Murphy this afternoon. Jamie Codd was booked to ride over in Berkshire and he just didn't find the room to get in front. With a bit more luck here he should be in the winners' enclosure.

Monday 6 November 2017

Monday's Best Bets: Vince can be King at Plumpton

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Tippin’ Jimmy is hoping to start the week off with a win, as he picks out his four best bets from Monday’s racing.

1:40 Plumpton – King Vince (11/2)
I’ve been watching this horse for some time and I am really looking forward to see him make his hurdling debut this afternoon. He’s won his last two starts in bumpers, and seemed like a smart horse in the making for Jamie Snowden. This is a nice starting point, and I am expecting him to go well.

2:10 Plumpton – Roksana (11/10)
My best bet of the day comes from Dan Skelton’s Warwickshire yard, where Roksana can make a winning start at Plumpton this afternoon. She ran very well on her first run over hurdles when third at Chepstow, losing out to a good pair of mares. This contest is much weaker and she won’t have to do too much more to be winning here today.

2:50 Kempton – Best Of Days (5/2)
Hugo Palmer thinks really highly of Best Of Days who has failed to live up to expectations this season. He was last seen finishing third in a very strong listed contest at Newmarket, and wasn’t far off some good rivals. The switch to all-weather should help out, and he can go back to winning ways in this contest.

4:00 Southwell – Barley Hill (3/1)
Ben Pauling thinks quite highly of his debutant today, and he could be the one to back in a race full of newcomers. He is pretty well bred and reports from home are all very encouraging. It’s always hard to back a horse that has never seen a racecourse before, but should have a good chance of making a winning start.

Sunday 5 November 2017

Sunday's Best Bets: Cracking can prove how Smart he is

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Tippin' Jimmy talks us through Sunday's racing after another profitable day yesterday.

1:40 Cork - Cracking Smart (5/4)
I really like this horse and hopefully he should continue progressing in this competitive listed contest. He won his maiden hurdle very easily, and is a fantastic staying prospect for Gordon Elliott. He is reported to be doing very well and I am expecting a bold run.

2:30 Carlisle - Blameitalonmyroots (16/1)
When I spoke to Oliver Sherwood about this horse, he joked about the long distance from Berkshire to Cumbria but I think he may make it worth while today. She always goes well fresh and is on a very workable mark here, hopefully she can go well at a monster price.

3:05 Carlisle - Westend Story (7/4)
Philip Hobbs' six-year-old was one of the leading novice hurdling prospects last season following his Champion Bumper fifth but failed to fire in three runs. Off a mark of 124 he is really well fancied, and I expect him to develop into a smart prospect this season.

Saturday 4 November 2017

Saturday's Best Bets: Escape can win at a Rapid rate

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Tippin' Jimmy had a sensational five winners from six yesterday, and he hopes to repeat his glory from Saturday's card.

12:40 Ascot - Desiremoi D'Authie (15/8)
Alan King's French import made a promising start to racing in the UK when second at Huntingdon last month, and could go one better. He was very keen that day, and probably got a bit tired against a race-fit rival. With that experience in his favour, he has a leading chance this afternoon.

1:30 Wetherby - Born Survivor (5/4)
Dan Skelton thinks this horse could go right to the top and he is another I am quite looking forward to seeing over fences. He was rated 143 over hurdles, but connections insist that he should be much better as a chaser. I am expecting a big performance from him today, and think he could be a nice novice chaser this season.

1:50 Ascot - Copain De Classe (11/2)
Another nice novice chaser is Copain De Classe for Paul Nicholls. He is built, jumps and made for chasing making his first start over fences today. He won twice over hurdles, and has shown a lot of potential. He won tidily against a nice prospect last time out, and he can continue to progress this year.

2:45 Ayr - Lake View Lad (13/2)
Nick Alexander's Lake View Lad will absolutely relish the heavy going at Ayr this afternoon. He's won on this ground on two occasions, and looks to be an improving prospect on his first run back since November. He always runs well fresh and I am expecting a very bold show from him.

3:05 Down Royal - Disko (13/8)
I really rate Disko and think he could be a leading chaser this season for Noel Meade. He was last seen winning really well in a Grade One at Punchestown, and he could still have improvement in him for this season. Reports from home are really encouraging and I am looking forward to seeing what he can do.

3:35 Ascot - Emerging Force (8/1)
Harry Whittington really thinks a lot of Emerging Force, and is plotting his way to the Grand National this year. He ran well at Aintree last month, and has subsequently been dropped 3lb by the handicapper. He goes well fresh, is on a suitable mark, and could be worth an investment here.

4:10 Down Royal - Rapid Escape (Evs)
Gordon Elliott's four-year-old made a very promising start to life when winning a point-to-point on debut.  He won easily by ten lengths, and certainly looks a smart prospect. His rules debut was a tough ask when fifth in the Goffs bumper in Punchestown. He steps down in grade, and should improve from that effort. He is a smart prospect in making.

Friday 3 November 2017

Friday's Best Bets: Roi can roll them over

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Tippin' Jimmy talks us through his best bets from Friday's racecard.

12:35 Newmarket - Maghaweer (3/1)
I really thought Maghaweer would have won at Newmarket a couple of weeks ago, but he could only finish third and remains a maiden. He should be winning a contest soon, and he could be hard to beat if he improves a bit more.

12:40 Down Royal - Poli Roi (4/9)
Gordon Elliott thinks the world of this horse, and he is expected to make a winning start this afternoon. He won two bumpers last year, before finishing third at Punchestown's Grade One contest. His hurdling debut was encouraging, but a mistake two out cost him a defeat. With smoother jumping he should be hard to stop.

12:50 Wetherby - Knight Commander (9/2)
Olly Murphy's Knight Commander quickly found his place in the handicap when winning two races on the trot, and there should be a tiny bit more to come from him. He has been sent off a short favourite in his last three outings over hurdles but failed to get his head in front. This longer trip may suit him, and he deserves to be winning soon.

1:00 Uttoxeter - Dame De Compagnie (8/11)
I know as a fact Nicky Henderson thinks this horse is going to the very top, and she should make a winning debut at Uttoxeter this afternoon for the champion trainer. She has moved over from France, where on her final start she went very close to winning over hurdles. She looked to have lost out to a good horse that day, and she has the potential to be pretty smart.

1:35 Uttoxeter - Who's My Jockey (9/4)
Philip Hobbs' Who's My Jockey ran a decent race at this track a few weeks back when third in his debut over hurdles, and that should put him in the right shape to win now. He was about two lengths back from what looked a smart winner in Palmer's Hill and he does face another strong rival from Jonjo O'Neill again in Fleminport.

2:45 Uttoxeter - River Wylde (8/11)
River Wylde is one of the most exciting chasing prospects in Britain this season for Nicky Henderson. He enjoyed a fair share of success over hurdles, and capped off a good year with a Supreme third. Reports indicate that he has been schooling well and connections believe he will have a good season. The going should be fine, and the track isn't too testing for him. My only concern is Hell's Kitchen for Harry Fry.

Thursday 2 November 2017

Thursday's Best Bets: Volt can strike at Sedgefield

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Tippin' Jimmy gives us a huge run down from Thursday's racecard,

12:45 Lingfield - Il Primo Sole (8/13)
John Gosden must have put this one right at the top of the pecking order after his smooth maiden success at Yarmouth, where he easily defeated some smartly-bred horses to strike by four-and-a-half lengths. He was beaten at Sandown last time out, but he can return to winning ways this afternoon.

1:00 Sedgefield - Volt Face (13/8)
I really liked the way Volt Face ran at Kempton last month when a narrow loser, on his first start since April. He stays on this same mark and must have a massive chance of following up for Charlie Longsdon. The track and trip should suit fine, hopefully he won't be caught out. Crackdesloust is a big danger, as he may be a good chaser this season.

1:25 Clonmel - Sympa Des Flos (4/5)
Again I am guilty of fancying a few odds-on shots, but I think this one has a massive chance. Willie Mullins' five-year-old was defeated on his stable debut for the yard at Downpatrick a fortnight ago, but may have needed that run. He lost out to a fitter horse on the day, he should have the class to prevail today.

1:30 Sedgefield - Court Liability (7/4)
Harry Whittington's four-year-old has only raced once in rules company, and did it rather well when a narrow winner at Fontwell earlier this month. He beat an experienced favourite and battled hard for the win, but hurdling is always going to be his aim. The step up in trip, and experience over an obstacle should see the best in him, he could be a fine staying hurdler.

1:40 Stratford - Good Man Pat (4/5) #TheOne
Alan King's Good Man Pat has proved himself as a very nice prospect in the making in three runs, and was an unlucky loser at Exeter last time out. He made his first start since easily winning a point-to-point in May down in Devon, where he was a bit green but still only lost out by half-a-length. He will improve significantly for that experience, and I expect a much better showing this afternoon.

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Mercian Prince is well regarded in Amy Murphy's yard, and runs at Stratford this afternoon

2:45 Stratford - Mercian Prince (11/2)
Amy Murphy has quickly established her name in the trainers ranks, and Merican Prince certainly looks the type that can take her to the big meetings this season. He has been off the track for some time. But he won well in a similar race at Sandown back in January, before falling when travelling really strongly at Cheltenham on trials day. His final two runs were a bit disappointing, but he should be even better this season.

3:00 Clonmel - Shattered Love (8/15)
A very smart mare in the making is Gordon Elliott's Shattered Love, who won easily on her chasing debut at Fairyhouse. Considering she won that race so easily, and the potential she has, this odds-on price is quite appealing. If she jumps well, she wins; this price is well worth it.

3:10 Sedgefield - Audacious Plan (11/4)
Audacious Plan was a really encouraging, and tipped, winner last time out for Dr Richard Newland at Huntingdon and deserves his place in the Durham National today. He won pretty easily and the 10lb rise from the handicapper is only fair. He should still have some improvement, although whether he stays this trip is questionable.

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Wednesday's Best Bets: Be keen on Tam

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Tippin' Jimmy runs us through Wednesday's racecard.

12:30 Nottingham – Tamkeen (13/8)
Owen Burrows must be confident that this two-year-old can finish the season with a maiden victory after a promising second last time out. He wasn’t beaten too far at Redcar, and that race was to a decent standard. He is improving, and should go one better this afternoon.

1:10 Fakenham – Royal Ruby (4/6)
Nicky Henderson has enjoyed a fine start to the new season, and he must be looking forward to seeing how Royal Ruby gets on as a novice hurdler this season. He won very well on his only start, picking up well to win a good Southwell bumper. The third has won since, so that form must be strong. Providing he jumps well, he has to have a big chance.

1:20 Taunton – Tunnel Creek (4/1)
Olly Murphy’s Tunnel Creek made a fine start for his stable when winning at Worcester back in September, but the two mile trip was way too sharp for him when only fourth at Ludlow last time out. He ran well that day, and off the same mark he should be able to be very competitive. Back to this trip he has a fantastic chance.

1:30 Nottingham – Monaadhil (7/2)
The flat season is close to its finish, so one horse who can capitalise against a field who may have had a lot more runs is Monaadhil. Marcus Tregoning’s three-year-old won on debut, before finishing second on his last outing at Yarmouth. That was a solid effort and he has only been raised 1b by the handicapper, he must be fancied to add a second career win today.

3:20 Taunton – Barman (7/2)
I am backing a second Henderson horse this afternoon, in the form of Barman. He’s posted some good form over the last few months, and finished a respectable third when last seen at Wincanton. I still think there may be a little more to come from him today, and with conditions set to suit he can run a strong race.