Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Neil Morrice: International Racing - Tuesday 15 December 2020

Neil Morrice: International Racing - Tuesday 15 December 2020

Neil Morrice Best Bets

Neil Morrice brings us all of his best bets and tips from Wincanton, Catterick Bridge, Newcastle and Wolverhampton on Tuesday 15 December 2020. 

WINCANTON

 Race 1 No6 JOHN BETJEMAN

Trainer: Mark Gillard - Jockey: Fergus Gillard

 

JOHN BETJEMAN has posted a couple of near-misses over hurdles but not managed to match that in his runs on the Flat. Although beaten a long way on his seasonal reappearance last month, the gelding was having a first outing for almost four months and might have needed it to put the edge on him.

 

Race 3 No1 MESSIRE DES OBEAUX (Nap)

Trainer, Alan King - Jockey: Daryl Jacob

 

But for being plagued with injury over the past three years-plus, MESSIRE DES OBEAUX would surely have gone a long way, as his novice form over hurdles was near top class. A Grade 1 winner who finished third in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, he makes his entrance to the chasing fray late in his career but is fancied to begin to make up for lost time.

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CATTERICK BRIDGE

 

Race 4 No7 INDIGO LAKE

Trainer: Dr Richard Newland - Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies

 

The blinkered INDIGO LAKE has been well tutored for a jumps career after scoring twice on the Flat for John Gosden. The Frankel gelding stayed well and showed an affinity for cut in the ground before changing stables after the Horses In Training Sales. He is fancied to make an immediate impact in the juvenile division.

 

Race 6 No3 OUTCROP (Nap)

Trainer: Jennie Candlish - Jockey: Sean Quinlan

 

OUTCROP has looked progressive since being switched to fences, finishing second to multiple winner Equus Dancer at Sedgefield and going one better over a slightly shorter trip at Market Rasen. He’s taken a hike in the weights but in current mood should prove hard to stop.

 

NEWCASTLE

 

Race 3 No4 QUEST FOR FUN (Nap)

Trainer: Julie Camacho - Jockey: Kevin Stott

 

QUEST FOR FUN has raced exclusively on Tapeta and shown ability on both outings, finishing in mid division on debut before going down in a photo to Kratos when pulled back to today’s trip of six furlongs. The Lope De Vega gelding boasts the best form in this race, and should prove hard to beat.

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WOLVERHAMPTON

 

Race 4 No6 RIVER CHORUS (Nap)

Trainer: James Tate - Jockey: PJ McDonald

 

Mehmas filly RIVER CHORUS has taken home a cheque on all three career starts on the all-weather, and now makes her debut at Dunstall Park. She is well drawn, and as the most experienced runner in the field sets the standard the others have to aim at.

 

Race 5 No6 HOODWINKER

Trainer: William Haggas - Jockey: Tom Marquand

 

Having been turned over when odds-on for a soft ground maiden at Fontainebleau, HOODWINKER now tries her luck on the all-weather. The daughter of Fast Company will get fewer more straightforward opportunities in which to open her account.

 

Race 7 No9 STREET POET (Each Way)

Trainer: Michael Herrington - Jockey: James Sullivan

 

Course specialist STREET POET hinted when troubling the judge here earlier in the month that he’s getting ready to strike soon. This contest is set up beautifully for his stalking style and from a good draw he can get into the shake-up at a working man’s price.

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