Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Neil Morrice: UK Best Bets - 26 February 2021

Neil Morrice: UK Best Bets - 26 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 Exeter, Warwick, Lingfield Park, Wolverhampton and Dundalk.


Trainer: Paul Webber - Jockey: Tom Scudamore

Runner-up in the Sussex National and a shade unlucky when second on his latest start at Doncaster, SPECIAL ACCEPTANCE can step up to the plate and go one better in this Devon National over the best part of four miles. An honest galloper and jumper, he has conditions in his favour for another big earning run.

Trainer: Anthony Honeyball- Jockey: Ben Godfrey

LILY THE PINK responded positively to the fitting of a first time tongue tie to get the job done on first outing of 2021 at Fontwell. With her breathing issues behind her she can go back to back at the main expense of Fontaine Collonges.

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies - Jockey: Mark Grant

TOP OF THE BILL has earned in two bumper starts including when second at this course last time. The Fame And Glory gelding is now primed to put one on the board for his enthusiastic connections. He looked in good order striding out on the Fibresand gallop at Guiting Power on Wednesday.

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Trainer: Nicky Henderson - Jockey: Daryl Jacob

Henderson sets a poser by saddling Precious Cargo and CLAIMANTAKANFORGAN and if ready for this after well over two years off the latter could outclass his foes. Good enough to finish fifth in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle of 2018, his subsequent appearances have been few and far between, but he’s won first time back in each of the three seasons he’s raced and that in itself suggests fitness will not be an issue.

Race 6 No3 UISCE UR (Nap)
Trainer: Ben Pauling - Jockey: Kevin Brogan

UISCE UR impressed me with the way she travelled and jumped before scoring at Doncaster on only a third start for her current handler. Up 5lb for that success, she’s strongly fancied to build on it, having benefitted from a freshening break.

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Race 3 No4 CRIMEWAVE  (Nap)
Trainer: Tom Clover - Jockey: Georgia Dobie

CRIMEWAVE reacted well to the female touch when scoring under Laura Pearson here last month and now gets similarly effective steering from Georgia Dobie. He richly deserved to get his head in front and has his tail up on this return under his revised mark.

Race 8 No5 MEHMO
Trainer: Mike Appleby - Jockey: Frederick Larson

Swooper lived up to his name when scoring at Chelmsford, but at the revised weights MEHMO can turn the tables. The selection will possibly be happier here than in the wide open spaces of the Chelmsford circuit, and if enjoying the rub on the green in the short home straight can prevail.


Race 1 No7 DECEPTION VALLEY (Each Way)
Trainer: Mick Channon - Jockey: George Bass

DECEPTION VALLEY has endured a bunch of training issues that combined to restrict him to just three public outings. He’s started 66-1, 66-1 and 200-1 and been beaten an aggregate of 52 lengths. However, he is not without ability, and if finding handicapping a more suitable pursuit under his capable apprentice pilot he could figure.

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Race 2 No3 STEELRIVER (Nap)
Trainer: Michael Herrington - Jockey: Tom Eaves

This race looks set up for STEELRIVER who landed the same race the last time he dropped into plating company a year ago. Multiple scorer Onebaba should make the market for him, while long-standing maiden Quarry Beach is in the last chance saloon. Sure to be ridden patiently, the Nap can pick those two up in the straight and looks the best bet on the card.

Trainer: Mick Channon - Jockey: Oliver Timms

Infrequent scorer DANCING JO troubled the judge at Lingfield when last seen back in November. He has a good draw from which to obtain a stalking position and can make life difficult for likely market leader Puffin Island.

Trainer: Mick Channon - Jockey: PJ McDonald

Although being done no favours by the draw, GREYSTOKE can play the experience card to winning effect in this novice stakes. He had to waste valuably energy to get to the front on his first outing of 2021 and was unable to withstand Swallowdale. This time his pilot may elect to be more patient and hope he can come through rivals at the business end.

Trainer: Michael Herrington- Jockey: Jack Mitchell

STREET POET has the rail and could prove hard to catch at a decent price in this handicap in which apart from Fly The Nest most of the runners are difficult to weigh up. He showed improvement to place here last time.

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3 x 7, 2, 9 x 2, 9 x 2, 6 x 4, 1 x 3 x 12, 5, 3



Race 3 No7 RED STRIKER (Each Way)
Trainer: Andrew McNamara - Jockey: J Sheridan

RED STRIKER never realised his true potential in England , and although converting on a first start in Ireland has been mainly disappointing. He now returns after almost a year off, and could outperform his roughie status.

Trainer: Johnny Murtagh - Jockey: Declan McDonagh

With the form of his second to Jack Duggan at Tipperary having worked out it’s hard to get away from SKILLED WARRIOR, who although unaccustomed to an artificial surface in public has trained well on it at home. He has a good draw in centre field and should prove very hard to beat.

Race 5 No3 FEELING TIP TOP (Nap)
Trainer: Jessica Harrington - Jockey: Shane Foley

Having earned in each of his four outings as a juvenile, FEELING TIP TOP sets a high bar for the others to aim at and can open his account. The Elzaam colt has good form at this course, and has strengthened up during his autumn and winter break.

Trainer: Leanne Breen - Jockey: S Crosse

Horses that suddenly find improvement are often worth following and that can prove the case with AHUNDREDNOTOUT. Lightly campaigned over the past couple of seasons, he found a new lease of life from the switch to this trainer and gamely repelled Annabelle Rock over six furlongs earlier in the month. This move up to seven should prove a plus.

Trainer: Ken Cotter - Jockey: Colin Keane

Commentator’s nightmare FRIDTJOF NANSEN failed to menace last time after two solid earning efforts and is taken to bounce back. The Kyllachy gelding has largely frustrated his trainer, but on the balance of his best form on Polytrack he’s going to be over-priced against hat-trick seeker Togoville.

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