Neil Morrice shares his best bets and tips from Huntingdon and Kelso on Sunday 5 December 2021.
Race 2 No5 OSCAR ELITE (Nap)
Trainer: Colin Tizzard – Jockey: Brandon Powell
OSCAR ELITE was travelling better than his foes when paying the price for his only mistake on chase debut at Cheltenham. The Albert Bartlett Hurdle runner-up has the potential to go a long way as a chaser and is strongly fancied to make amends on the way to better things.
Race 4 Fitzdares Peterborough Chase ( Grade 2)
No2 ELDORADO ALLEN
Trainer: Colin Tizzard – Jockey: Brendan Powell
A cracking renewal of this course’s premier race can go to ELDORADO ALLEN. The seven-year-old did his bit to pave the way for his trainer to posse together a handful of top chasing prospects when taking out the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter, and readily taking the scalp of Hitman. The grey looks the finished article this season, and can repel Old Road Chase hero Allmankind and bold front-runner Master Tommytucker. Allmankind made it five wins from only seven outings over fences at Aintree while Master Tommytucker gave it his all until overhauled by Lostintranslation in a Grade 2 Chase at Ascot. First Flow usually goes well fresh off a break, but with three commuted pacesetters in the field he will find it hard to dominate.
Prediction: 1st ELDORADO ALLEN, 2nd Master Tommytucker, 3rd Allmankind
Race 5 No4 ZACONY REBEL
Trainer: Toby Lawes – Jockey: Tom Cannon
Former Irish pointer ZACONY REBEL gets the vote as the least exposed runner in this handicap hurdle. He appeared to score with plenty in hand in novice company at Fontwell, and has the scope to make good of his initial mark now switched to handicaps.
Race 3 No1 ALMAZHAR GARDE (Each Way)
Trainer: Charlie Longsdon – Jockey: Theo Gillard
Though burdened with a welter burden, ALMAZHAR GARDE has a good conditional taking 5lb off his back. Winner of four handicap chases, he should now be ready to deliver following a run over hurdles and a near miss back over fences at Fontwell last month
Race 4 No1 DOYEN BREED
Trainer: Sandy Thomson – Jockey: Ryan Mania
DOYEN BREED has a good chance of being able to dominate this limited handicap chase and can remain unbeaten over fences. The six-year-old doggedly held Emitom on chase debut at Hexham, and is already looking a better operator in this sphere than he was as a hurdler.
Race 7 No1 MALPAS (Nap)
Trainer: Donald McCain Jnr – Jockey: Peter Kavanagh
MALPAS palpably failed to get the trip on handicap debut over two and a half miles at Carlisle. A winner over two miles on his first run back at the same course, he is going to be happier back at the minimum today and should take plenty of catching.