I am back with selections for tomorrow’s racing following on from a successful week in general. Furthermore, it’s been a good month for us with many nice-priced winners along with profit and I’m hoping to build on that tomorrow.
As most of my readers are aware, things are changing at HRR from next week regarding the blogs. I will instead be doing articles covering race meetings with full-previews similar to what I do for Colossus and RacingTV three days per week.
Please note, all the race-preview articles that I will be doing won’t crossover with the work I do for Colossus and different meetings will be chosen each time.
I am looking forward to doing this for the HRR team and for those who don’t know, all my single tips will be via oddschecker on the app from February going forward.
In the meantime, have a great weekend!
LIGHTLY SQUEEZE (13.50 Ascot, 0.5pts each-way @5/1) NORDANO (13.50 Ascot, 0.5pts each-way @25/1) A wide-open Grade-Three event and I’m hopeful LIGHTLY SQUEEZE can get competitive under suitable conditions. Harry Fry’s charge was rapidly progressive last term and would have gone close in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury until falling at the last when holding every chance. However, he was a fine third in valuable handicap here on return last month following a wind operation and the fitting with a first-time tongue strap. With conditions and track to suit, he’s expected to be thereabouts. Of the bigger-priced runners, NORDANO can’t be ruled out. He did extremely well last season, particularly on soft-to-heavy ground, chasing home Allmankind in a pair of Grade-2’s/Grade-1’s. Neil King’s five-year-old returned a wide-margin C&D winner on deep ground back in February and, although he remains 11Ib above that success, Jamie Moore could get a soft lead on him. He’s dangerous to dismiss. IF THE CAP FITS (14.10 Taunton, 1.5pt win @5/2) This race in particular should reveal more as to whether Harry Fry will send IF THE CAP FITS to the 3m6f event (formerly the four-miler) at the Cheltenham Festival. The former Grade-One winning hurdler never travelled with any panache when off the bridle from an early stage and always chasing the pace in the Grade-One Kauto Star Novices’ Chase on Boxing Day at Kempton. With that being said and, to his credit, the nine-year-old finished like a train to only be beaten seven-lengths and the step-up in trip back down in class this weekend ought to prompt significant improvement. It was a testament to his ability that he managed to finish as close as he did the last day and he’ll find this evidently easier. He’s the class act in this field and, although he’s against the reliable Yala Enki, this race should be his for the taking being the only top-level winner in the line-up. YALLTARI (14.25 Ascot, 0.5pts each-way @11/2) Another tricky handicap to solve but YALLTARI looks handily-weighted and is feared most after showing distinct signs of a return to form at Chepstow when last seen. He will handle the deep ground better than most and his two previous runs at this track, particularly when third in the Grade-Two Sodexo Reynoldstown Novices' Chase back in 2019 would be good enough form to win this. Needless to say, his current mark looks exploitable. CLAUD AND GOLDIE (14.40 Haydock, 0.5pts each-way @14/1) I’m quite interested in the bottom-weight CLAUD AND GOLDIE, who is very low-mileage for his age. He’s a consistent type and was far from disgraced in this race twelve months ago when staying on strongly to finish fourth under similar-foot conditions. The twelve-year-old warmed for this year’s renewal with an encouraging runner-up effort at Kelso and ran nicely enough over C&D last month. This year’s event looks weaker, therefore, he gets the each-way vote. DASHEL DRASHER (15.00 Ascot, 0.5pts each-way @6/1) There’s plenty to like about DASHEL DRASHER, who conducts himself on the racetrack in the utmost professional manner. He continues to improve at a rate of knots for connections and maintained his unbeaten record here when making all in 3-runner race over C&D last time out. His opening handicap mark looks fair and he looks poised to go close with ground conditions up his street (4-5). It might also be worth having a few pence on Louis’ Vac Pouch each-way who looks handicapped to strike at some point. WAITING PATIENTLY (15.35 Ascot, 1pt win @5/2) King George runner-up WAITING PATIENTLY has showed he has the speed for two-miles when third in last season's Tingle Creek and he ran a brilliant race to finish second in the big one on Boxing Day. He has Grade-One winning form at this track and goes well on soft ground. If he can demonstrate his versatility back down in trip, this ten-year-old has every chance of taking top honours.