Sunday Betting Tips
The weather might have dampened the mood for today’s action, but it certainly didn’t stop us from having another successful Saturday afternoon. With two late non-runners, we were left with eight selections, for which three of those won, securing us with a good day of profit. ISABELLA GILES won impressively in the opening race by seven-lengths, tipped at 9/2 albeit the 25p rule 4 applied. LE DON DE VIE became our second winner, tipped at 7/2, and then our third winner and final selection of the day CENTURY DREAM outclassed his opposition, tipped at 9/2.
Here are my selections for tomorrow’s racing, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
SCARDURA (14.05 Perth, 2pt win @6/4)
A small but select field go to post for this handicap chase which can go the way of the Neil Mulholland-trained SCARDURA (NAP), who won by 16-lengths on stable debut last year before having his sights set in the Grade Two Supreme Novices’ Hurdle trial at Cheltenham. Admittedly, he was found out at that level, but ran well to finish third over at Leopardstown next time out. His seasonal debut saw him make his chasing debut at Stratford against strong opposition, and he was beaten only one-length into second by the 140-rated Longhouse Sale, who potentially looks top-class.
In fact, he cut out most of the running that day and was unfortunate to land awkwardly over the last fence, which possibly cost him the race. However, the positives are that he ran a good race in defeat and the third and fifth placed horses have won impressively, and subsequently since. This race is much easier, and with nothing in the same league as the one he chased home last time out, he ought to have too much class for this field with plenty more improvement to come.
WOVEN (14,25 Goodwood, 0.5pts each-way @8/1)
My best bet of the day, and one I’ve landed on that has an excellent chance of winning this handicap is WOVEN, who found the ground too quick for him at Ascot when last seen. The handicapper has dropped him (2lb) which is one of the reasons for supporting him this weekend. He ran some credible races in defeat last season, going close to winning on a fair few occasions off higher marks at a similar level to this weekend’s race.
He remained in good form this year, winning an excellent handicap over in Meydan that followed up with an eye-catching sixth in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot off a mark of 95 from a poor draw. His fourth at Newmarket off a mark of 94 also looks reasonable and off a 3lb lower mark here with Hayley Turner booked to ride, he’s worth a reasonable bet at 7/1 with confidence that he’ll at least reach the frame.
SPEREDEK (14.40 Perth, 0.5pts each-way @11/1)
TREE OF LIBERTY (14.40 Perth, 0.5pts each-way @7/1)
With only seven runners in the line-up for this highly-competitive handicap hurdle, that rules out place purposes for third place. Having said that, I firmly believe we can get a decent result out of this race one way or another with two very well-treated individuals.
Nigel Hawke’s nine-year-old SPEREDEK has been well below peak-form on the last couple of occasions, but he’s so well treated if rediscovering his earlier form that saw him be majorly-competitive in races such as the Grade Three Imperial Cup at Sandown off a mark of 146, for which he finished a creditable sixth place. He’s 12lb lower here, and he goes particularly well fresh. For instance, he was second on seasonal debut in a competitive handicap chase two seasons ago off a mark of 151 where he should have won. He’s undergone wind surgery since his last race, and that could prove beneficial with David Noonan on board, who has built up a fine partnership with the horse over the years. As they say, form is temporary, class is permanent, and let’s not forget this horse was second behind Un De Sceaux only two years ago.
I’m also going to play an each-way bet on TREE OF LIBERTY, who is also well-treated based on past exploits he achieved over fences. He looked to be on the way back to form with a front-running fourth when last seen back over hurdles off a mark of 125 which evidently proved to be a better race than the one he will contest this weekend. The assessor has dropped him a handy 3lb for that run in defeat following a sixth-month break, so he is entitled to have come on loads for that reappearance, and he could offer a bit of result as a result.
FIJI (15.00 Goodwood, 1pt win @3/1)
This looks competitive, but I’m going to take a chance on FIJI, who was impressive on debut and did little wrong despite finishing last of four runners at Goodwood next time. His second at Newcastle recently wasn’t a bad effort either, so perhaps a mark of 87 has underestimated his chances here with Oisin Murphy booked to ride. A few of these either need improvement or arrive here on the back of below-par efforts, so it seems logical to stick with Fiji, who could just prove himself to be one step ahead of the handicapper at the moment.
SNAZZY JAZZY (15.35 Goodwood, 1pt win @7/2)
TORO STRIKE (15.35 Goodwood, 0.5pts each-way @11/1)
Later on the card, I like two in this competitive-looking Group Three race.
Clive Cox’s SNAZZY JAZZY has been very consistent over the past couple of years. He won a Listed race along with placing third in a Group Three last season, and ran a creditable race to finish fourth in a Listed race at Haydock on his return to action. The form has been extremely well advertised since with the first Space Blues, and second Safe Voyage winning impressively since. He’s been touched off narrowly the last twice, and that sort of form is good enough to win this. He’s a classy sort who has conditions to suit, so I’m hopeful of another bold showing from this five-year-old. At the prices, he’s definitely valued to at least be in the frame, although he’s more than good enough to take this contest.
TORO STRIKE has improved rapidly since last season by finishing fifth in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot, for which he would have finished closer with a clear run. He improved again when last seen, trouncing a top-class field in a fiercely-competitive handicap at Glorious Goodwood, travelling stealthily well before showing a good turn of foot to score by an easy two-lengths. For sure, this race demands more, but he’s going the right way and it’s significant to see Richard Fahey book Oisin Murphy to ride him again.