Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Neil Morrice: UK Best Bets - Wednesday 13 January 2021

Neil Morrice: UK Best Bets - Wednesday 13 January 2021

Neil Morrice Best Bets & Tips

Neil Morrice brings us all of his best bets and tips for Wednesday's racing coming your way from Plumpton, Leicester and Kempton Park


PLUMPTON

Race 2 No3 GERICAULT ROQUE (Nap)
Trainer: David Pipe - Jockey: Tom Scudamore


The proven course form of GERICAULT ROQUE can outweigh the huge potential of jumps debutant Natural History in the first division of the maiden hurdle. The selection ran well to chase home Grandeur D’Ame on debut under Rules at Newton Abbot and will improve on that effort. Natural History finished third in the Group 3 St Simon Stakes when last seen at Newbury in the autumn, but needs to show he’s cut out for jumping on a first run for his new stable.


Race 3 No9 RAINS OF CASTERMERE
Trainer: Mick Channon - Jockey: Conor O’Farrell

RAINS OF CASTERMERE ended the 2020 Flat season on a high with back-to-back successes in testing ground at Windsor and Newmarket. He’s thrived for a subsequent break and been well tutored for this first outing over jumps. Like stablemate Wightman, who prevailed in a similar race at Ludlow, he’s a miler that has a good chance of getting the trip granted a decent pace on this easy track.

Race 5 No4 PRIDE OF PEMBERLEY
Trainer: Nigel Dunger - Jockey: Robbie Dunne

No surprise to see connections of PRIDE OF PEMBERLEY trying to strike while the iron’s hot following the gelding’s smooth delivery at Fakenham last week. He skated up in conditions that are set to be repeated this afternoon, and has every chance of defying a 7lb penalty.

Race 6 No3 EURKASH
Trainer: Ben Pauling - Jockey: Kieran Woods

The tendency to jump left inconvenienced EURKASH at Hereford but was corrected on his recent winning visit to Bangor where he dug deep to score with something in hand. The form has been devalued but granted the confidence that belated first career triumph has instilled in the gelding he can now prevent top weight High Up In The Air from completing a hat-trick.


Race 7 No2 LADY CHUFFNEL
Trainer: Ben Pauling - Jockey: Kieran Woods

This stable is starting to get its act together which is a good omen for Lady Chuffnell on her return from a two-month absence. The lightly-raced mare put in a career-best when last seen at Exeter in November, and with a little further progression can open her account.


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LEICESTER

Race 2 No3 GOODBYE DANCER
Trainer: Fergal O’Brien - Jockey: Paddy Brennan

This is a strongly contested seller but GOODBYE DANCER has to be of serious interest on what is a huge class drop. Since scoring on debut for the yard it’s been a tale of gradual regression for the ten-year-old, but there was enough of the old ability to see in this season’s efforts at Cheltenham and Haydock to suggest he should have no problem dispatching the type of foes he now meets in the bottom rung of the class ladder.

Race 4 No4 OSCARS LEADER (Each Way)
Trainer: Jennie Candlish - Jockey: Sean Quinlan

The market will give us a good idea of what’s expected of Fanfaron Dino who went up 13lbs for winning at Uttoxeter. More likely to run to form is OSCARS LEADER, whose last five outings over hurdles since being equipped with a visor stamp him as useful. That headgear helped him deliver at Bangor and Sedgefield, since when he’s finished second at Newcastle, Sandown and Haydock. It’s makes for a very strong case, and he should take home another cheque while looking the one to beat.

Race 6 No6 MAJOR ROBINSON (Nap)
Trainer: David Pipe - Jockey: David Noonan

The best value should be emanated from MAJOR ROBINSON, who ran particularly well on debut over jumps to finish third to Lecale’s Article at Newbury. The hooded five-year-old was easy to back and shaped as if the race would teach him plenty. What makes him of greater appeal is that in what looks a strictly three-cornered affair both No-Risk Des Flos and Fontaine Collonges will probably be preferred to him in the betting.
 
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KEMPTON PARK

Race 6 No7 MELODY OF LIFE (Nap)
Trainer: Andrew Balding - Jockey: David Probert


MELODY OF LIFE should be a bet worth waiting for on a largely tricky Polytrack card. The Dark Angel colt failed to build on two promising efforts here and at Chelmsford when visiting Lingfield, but is better than that comprehensive defeat indicates, and worth another chance in a weaker contest.


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