Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Neil Morrice: International Racing - Friday 19 February 2021

Neil Morrice: International Racing - Friday 19 February 2021

Neil Morrice Best Bets & Tips

Neil Morrice brings us all of his best bets and tips for Friday's racing coming your way from Fakenham, Kelso, Lingfield Park, Southwell and Dundalk.


Race 1 No4 BLAME THE GAME (Nap) 
Trainer: Chris Gordon - Jockey: Tom Cannon

It’s very hard to look past BLAME THE GAME as the best bet on this card granted how well he ran in defeat in an Ascot handicap when last seen before Christmas. Having gamely opened his account in a Plumpton novice, he was then no match for Morning Spirit but it was a better race than the one he’s contesting today. It also showed he wants three miles, while he’s the least exposed runner in terms of past experience.

Trainer: Matt Sheppard - Jockey: Stan Sheppard

I hope ALL GOOD THINGS do come to an end for us as early as Race 2, with the in-form nine-year-old returning to winning ways against mainly out of form foes. The selection is in the zone after winning at Bangor and chasing home The Wire Flyer at Ffos Las and will be at prohibitive odds to add this lowly seller to his laurels.

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Race 1 No9 MALPAS (Nap)
Trainer: Donald McCain Jr - Jockey: Brian Hughes

MALPAS has been all dressed up with nowhere to go and simply marking time following a most unlucky departure at the final Catterick hurdle with the race at his mercy. He’s had to miss two very good subsequent opportunities owing to abandonments, and can now show he’s a horse worth the wait.

Trainer: Sandy Thomson - Jockey: Brian Hughes

Although falling on two of his three visits to this borders track, DUC DE GRISSAY won handily on the other and remains a horse with room for progression. In three years racing he’s only had nine outings under Rules, taking home a cheque on seven occasions. He also loves to get his toe into the ground, which will be bottomless.

Trainer: Nick Alexander - Jockey: Conor O’Farrell

This looks the best race on the card, with a number of the field being earmarked for Cheltenham. Respect is paid to Thebannerkingrebel and also Eclair D’Ainay, but one that could trump them is locally-trained ELVIS MAIL. The grey has won five of his ten starts since being sent jumping including one chase, and though running below expectations at Haydock last time is well worth another chance.

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Race 1 No5 MR MAC (Nap)
Trainer: Simon Hodgson - Jockey: Dylan Hogan

This is a disappointing card for wagering purposes, hence the one bet on MR MAC in the opener. He’s up against a prolific scorer in Velvet Vista, but I feel that one could now be vulnerable and the selection ran out a snug winner over course and distance last month. Furthermore he’s coming back fresh off a short break.


Race 2 No3 MACK THE KNIFE (Nap)
Trainer: James Ferguson - Jockey: Daniel Muscutt

MACK THE KNIFE is playing his part in helping put his young trainer on the map, and will be at short odds to complete a hat-trick under a double penalty. Although it’s his first taste of the deep Fibresand surface, he’s closely related to a horse that scored twice here, while he looked to have plenty in hand when delivering at Kempton earlier in the week.

Trainer: Iain Jardine - Jockey: Andrew Mullen

There’s an old saying in racing that if you miss the wedding you shouldn’t go to the funeral. It’s one I’ve pursued with vigour but such was the dominance of BLOWING DIXIE as his part of the betting coup here two weeks ago that under the same connections he has to be of strong interest to follow up. Plenty of people didn’t know what was going on in that much publicised gamble, but they do now.

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Race 4 No8 WOODROW (Nap)
Trainer: C Farrell - Jockey: Rory Cleary

WOODROW opened his account on first outing of the year in hugely impressive fashion to beat Glow Worm four and threequarter lengths. The second is a reliable yardstick to judge the form by, and the Ivawood colt is Napped to follow-up.

Trainer: Adrian McGuinness - Jockey: Chris Hayes

All the leading candidates for this fillies’ maiden are badly drawn out wide, and should race in a pack from which the race will develop. Pick of the bunch is THRUMPS DREAM, a Dark Angel filly who showed abundant promise when second on debut here last month.

Race 6 No8 BURNING LAKE (Each Way)
Trainer: Joseph Murray - Jockey: Melanie Horsman

On two Polytrack outings for this trainer BURNING LAKE has shaped promisingly. His fourth to St George’s Head reads well and he was only just out of the money when carrying overweight last week. He’s now partnered by a different, though less experienced apprentice.

Race 7 No3 SILK CRAVAT (Each Way)
Trainer: J Geoghegan- Jockey: Paddy Harnett

SILK CRAVAT has found himself in the grip of the assessor and is still obviously not well treated, however most in this big field have also been in the wilderness, and he’s given another chance to earn at likely long odds.

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