Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Neil Morrice: UK Best Bets - 16 February 2021

Neil Morrice: UK Best Bets - 16 February 2021

Neil Morrice Best Bets

Neil Morrice brings you all of his best bets and tips for Tuesday's racing coming your way from Carlisle, Catterick Bridge, Kempton Park and Newcastle.


Race 1 No8 POLDARK CROSS (Nap)
Trainer: Harry Whittington - Jockey: Alan Doyle

POLDARK CROSS has acquitted himself well on both starts for a trainer who has had to sit and suffer for most of the campaign with his team struck down by a virus. However, there are clear signs that those problems are now a part of history, and this former Irish point winner could be a horse worth waiting for on his first start in a handicap.

Trainer: Ann Hamilton - Jockey: Danny McMenamin

Two hat-trick seekers will dominate the betting in this first division of the novices’ hurdle, and while Castle RUSHEN has been off since November, PAY THE PIPER turns up on the back of a clear cut delivery on debut for his trainer at Sedgefield before Christmas. He was sourced from a very reliable man in Ireland and at the respective prices looks the logical step to take.

Trainer: Ben Pauling - Jockey: Daryl Jacob

Although getting lonely out in front, Dreams Of Home got the job done well enough at Wetherby last time, and will take out the bulk of the wagering handle on this second leg of the novices’ hurdle. He needs respecting, but could fall to joker in the pack RAF TRAVEL who was last seen scoring in deep ground at Compiegne in the summer. The selection represents his trainer’s top patrons and is the subject of favourable reports.

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Race 3 No1 HUDSON YARD (Nap)
Trainer: Jamie Snowden - Jockey: Gavin Sheehan

Having made the perfect start with a decisive triumph at Exeter last month, HUDSON YARD can further build on her achievements for a trainer that does well with this type of mare. She’s shown an affinity for easy conditions, and will be a bigger price than automatic favourite Wild Polly.

Trainer: Sue Smith - Jockey: Ryan Mania

This isn’t a race to invest too heavily in, but granted her fine record in the contest the Smith candidate INFORMATEUR needs to be afforded considerable respect. He was in good form before Christmas and with a good record coming back off a break makes plenty of appeal.

Race 6 No10 KILCREA VALE (Each Way)
Trainer: Will Ramsay - Jockey: Ryan Mania

KILCREA VALE was unable to rediscover his early promise as a novice chaser and now makes his debut for a new trainer as an eleven-year-old. It may be that a change of scenery to a different part of the country is what he needed, and at likely big double figure odds he’s worth backing to show it.

Race 7 No5 MEXICO (Each Way)
Trainer: Stuart Edmunds - Jockey: Ciaran Gethings

While MEXICO hasn’t yet quite got his act together he’s arguably going to post with the best form in the bumper, although his position in the betting market doesn’t reflect that. Consequently he is attractive as a win and place candidate as one of the most experienced runners in the field.

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Race 4 No3 KESTENNA (Nap)
Trainer: John Gosden - Jockey: Rab Havlin

It was only through greenness that KESTENNA didn’t prevail on her debut at Lingfield and the daughter of Pride Of Dubai duly made no mistake next time at Wolverhampton. She absolutely hacked up that day and should know too much for the beautifully-bred debutant Colour Of Light.

Trainer: James Ferguson - Jockey: Daniel Muscutt

MACK THE KNIFE jumps off the page as the one to be on in the nightcap as he tries to follow-up a resounding first win for his trainer at Wolverhampton. Backed as if defeat was out of the question, he came home by a wide margin and need only show up in the same frame of mind to win again.


Trainer: Andrew Balding - Jockey: David Probert

Taking the view that this course will suit HORN OF PLENTY even better than Wolverhampton, scene of her win three weeks ago, the Golden Horn filly is taken to end the unbeaten run of Alpha Theta. The selection was only burdened with a small merit rise for her fine staying performance at Dunstall Park, and can take full advantage of the 6lb she receives from her main foe.

Race 3 No8 FLYIN HIGH (Nap)
Trainer: Andrew Balding - Jockey: David Probert

Everything points to FLYIN HIGH being another for Balding in this novice stakes. The Siyouni colt smoothly opened his account over course and distance last month and that form has been endorsed with the second and third home both going on to score. It was only a second career start for the Nap, who is very strongly fancied to follow-up.

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