Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Neil Morrice: International Racing - Thursday 21 January 2021

Neil Morrice: International Racing - Thursday 21 January 2021

Neil Morrice: International Racing - Thursday 31 December 2020

Neil Morrice brings us all of his best bets for Thursday's racing coming your way from Ludlow, Wincanton, Lingfeild Park, and Newcastle. 


Race 1 No10 HEROSS DU SEUIL (Nap)
Trainer: Nicky Henderson - Jockey: Nico de Boinville

Henderson is sending out a tidal wave of fancied runners and in HEROSS DU SEUIL looks to have the answer to the opener. The gelded son of Arc winner Rail Link was handed the race on a plate when his market rival crashed out at Kempton’s final flight last month, but he still finished a long way clear and is clearly useful.

Trainer: Nicky Henderson - Jockey: Nico de Boinville

The one with scope for improvement in this mares’ handicap hurdle at BOND’S LOVER who being out of a Linamix mare should have no problem handling the testing conditions. It’s more than a year since she landed a novice hurdle at Newbury, but she’s been let into handicaps off a tempting opening mark.

Race 6 No2 HAZEL HILL 
Trainer: Melanie Rowley - Jockey: Lee Edwards

The 2019 Foxhunters winner HAZEL HILL is the perfect way to christen the start of the hunter-chase season. Although now in his teens, he went unbeaten through 2018 and 2019 only to blow up when second to Minella Rocco at Wetherby on his last outing a year ago. This time he has the benefit of a recent run in a point, and though beaten it’s served to blow away any cobwebs.

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Race 1 No14 STEADY THE SHIP (Nap)
Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill - Jockey: Richie McLernon

The consistency of STEADY THE SHIP shines through in this maiden hurdle. He’s improved from race to race from bumpers into the jumps division and is primed to open his account for an outfit starting to pop in some winners.

Trainer: David Pipe - Jockey: Tom Scudamore

The lightly-raced BRINKLEY went out like a light on seasonal return at Exeter and now gets first-time cheek pieces. Heavily backed for that flop, it wasn’t through lack of fitness that he failed and certainly not because of unsuitable ground. He’s too good to ignore here, and could easily bounce back.

Trainer: Michael Scudamore - Jockey: Richard Patrick

With no obvious pace setter up against her, ROSIE AND MILLIE can go all the way from the front in this handicap hurdle. She made a good fist of that at Musselburgh, only to be reeled in by Blakeney Point whose stable couldn’t do anything wrong at the time. She’s shown in each outing since undergoing wind surgery that she’s all the better for it, and would be a deserving winner.


Trainer: Mick Channon - Jockey: Tom Marquand

Although he doesn’t do anything in a hurry, GALAHAD THREEPWOOD showed admirable consistency on the all-weather through the autumn and has always looked the type to do better when handicapping. He’s ticked along nicely at West Ilsley and has a solid chance of taking home another cheque.

Trainer: Richard Fahey - Jockey: Barry McHugh

DOUBLE DEALING has come a long way to try and break his maiden, and the point should be taken. The Estidhkaar colt takes solid form to the table, as the Newcastle race in which he finished third on debut has worked out well.

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Race 2 No1 JACK OF TRADES (Nap)
Trainer: Simon Crisford - Jockey: Jack Mitchell

Unsuited by a muddling pace when second at Lingfield three weeks ago, JACK OF TRADES is very much the one to beat on handicap debut for a yard whose all-weather team is firing.

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