Saturday 16 December 2017

Saturday's Best Bets: Ireland can Storm home

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Tippin' Jimmy has his best bets for the day. 

12:05 Fairyhouse - Brelade
Gordon Elliott's Brelade has been running pretty well all year and looks like a horse who deserves to win a race here. He finished second on three occasions before finishing fourth at Punchestown, he should appreciate the heavy ground and can run a fine race here.

12:30 Doncaster - Countister
This is one of Nicky Henderson's smart fillies and she can make a winning start over hurdles this afternoon in what doesn't look the strongest novice race in the world. She finished second on her sole British start in a Grade Two at Newbury. She comes back off a break but is reported to be excellent and should take all the beating.

12:55 Hereford - Vision Des Flos
The Tizzards really think this horse could be something special, and that is why they are so keen to test him against the very best novices around. His efforts have been excellent and he takes a steep drop in grade this afternoon. He should win this comfortably.

1:10 Fairyhouse - Stormy Ireland
Willie Mullins' French import has impressed him at home and she should be able to step up following two second place efforts. The three-year-old makes her Irish debut, and will appreciate the wet conditions here. She could be a smart one and deserves to be winning here.

3:20 Doncaster - Kilcrea Vale
Another for Nicky Henderson I am keen on is Kilcrea Vale who is well handicapped for his visit to Yorkshire. The step up in trip will be appreciated and he can run a big race in this competitive handicap. There is plenty more to come from him.

3:30 Fairyhouse - Colreevy
Willie Mullins rates this four-year-old pretty well and she should prove a very good prospect for the yard this year. She shaped very well on her only start in point-to-point company, but fell when the most likely winner. The horse that eventually won, Posh Trish, is very talented and this heavy ground lover should run a massive race here.

3:45 Hereford - Topofthecotswold
Nigel Twiston-Davies thinks this horse is capable of being very good and he can strike in what looks a weak bumper race today. He finished third on his debut at Towcester and should improve from that run. Whether he will handle the ground is the only real danger here.

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