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UK racing tips – Saturday 24 February 2024

Saturday’s UK racing tips come your way from meetings at Kempton, Southwell and Newcastle on 24 February 2024.

Runners and riders head around the bend during the first lap of the Betway Handicap (Div I) at Southwell Racecourse. Picture date: Thursday February 3, 2022.

Saturday’s UK racing tips come your way from meetings at Kempton, Southwell and Newcastle on 24 February 2024.

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KEMPTON

Race 1 – LARGY POET 13/2

LARGY POET found success by an impressive 12 lengths attempting a maiden hurdle at Exeter.

The Paul Nicholls-trained five-year-old rates a leading contender and is set to follow up with Harry Cobden in the seat.

Sea Invasion produced a decent fourth contesting a two mile maiden hurdle here on Boxing Day. Open to further progress up in trip.

Joke De Mai and former Grade 1 hurdle winner Pentland Hills make up the rest of the shortlist.

Race 2 – KALIF DU BERLAIS 67/100

The Nicholls-trained KALIF DU BERLAIS will take some stopping in the Coral Adonis Juvenile Hurdle.

This French recruit was hugely impressive on his British debut over the course and distance early in the new year and the form is not too shabby, with runner-up Roaring Legend now rated 123 following another couple of placed efforts and the third-placed Yellow Star winning next time.

Nicholls cooled talk of a Triumph Hurdle bid in the immediate aftermath of that victory, but it may prove difficult to resist if he can double his tally in this Grade Two contest.

Race 3 – TAHMURAS 3/1

A chance is taken on the champion trainer’s TAHMURAS in the Coral Pendil Novices’ Chase.

Last season’s Tolworth Hurdle winner was bitterly disappointing on his chasing debut at Chepstow, but showed his true colours when scoring at Aintree next time and backed that up with a decent effort when only narrowly failing to give 5lb and a beating to a fair sort in Crebilly at Exeter.

There is a feeling there may yet be more to come from Tahmuras over fences and this looks the right sort of spot for him to land a good prize.

Race 4 – FIERCELY PROUD 33/10

Ben Pauling can continue his fantastic run of form with FIERCELY PROUD, who holds obvious claims in the Coral Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle.

The Naunton Downs handler has been firing on all cylinders in recent weeks, highlighted by a treble at Ascot last Saturday.

A Tuesday winner at Market Rasen and a Doncaster double on Wednesday kept the bandwagon rolling and Pauling will head to Kempton this weekend with high hopes of adding to his tally.

The trainer is particularly strong in this division at present, with the likes of Tellherthename, The Jukebox Man and Handstands having all shown their worth at a high level.

Fiercely Proud himself won his first two starts over hurdles before finishing a very creditable third behind the highly touted Jeriko Du Reponet in a rescheduled Rossington Main at Doncaster last month.

He has a little bit of ground to make up on the reopposing runner-up Lump Sum, but at the prices he looks the value call.

Race 5 – BOWTOGREATNESS 6/1

BOWTOGREATNESS can also bag another win for Pauling in the Coral Trophy.

Bowtogreatness won twice from four starts over hurdles, but has yet to find the target since having his attentions switched to the larger obstacles.

That being said, a runner-up finish in a competitive handicap at last year’s Grand National meeting at Aintree is evidence of what he is capable of and he is only 1lb higher in the weights ahead of his latest assignment.

His post-Christmas comeback at Newbury was disappointing, but there was more promise in his most recent performance when fifth behind leading Cheltenham Festival contender Ginny’s Destiny at Prestbury Park late last month.

Bowtogreatness has proven himself in testing conditions and, stepping back up in trip, a bold bid is anticipated in this £150,000 feature.

NEWCASTLE

Race 3 – FENLAND TIGER 11/2

All eyes will be on the Betting.Bet Eider Handicap Chase, which will not be for the faint-hearted given it is run over four miles and a furlong in what will be testing conditions.

Anglers Crag is the likely favourite to make it four from four since joining Brian Ellison, but preference is for Sam England’s FENLAND TIGER.

The eight-year-old has taken his career to new heights over fences, winning three of his four starts so far, including a determined success in heavy ground at this venue on his most recent outing.

He is on a handy racing weight with 10st 8lb on his back and looks sure to go well if his stamina does last out over this marathon trip.

SOUTHWELL

Race 1 – CLARENDON HOUSE 91/100

CLARENDON HOUSE is clearly top-rated and favoured by the terms of this race.

Won over course and distance before finishing fourth in a Meydan G2 and has a strong chance here.

Diligent Harry must concede 3.3lb to the main selection, but still looks a danger as back to his best winning a six furlong Listed race at Lingfield in latest though must prove he is equally effective at this trip.
Juan Les Pins and Thunderbear could be among the places.

Race 2 – LORD NORTH 15/10

LORD NORTH is the star attraction as he bids for back-to-back wins in the BetUK Winter Derby.

Victory in this Group Three contest proved a perfect stepping-stone for John and Thady Gosden’s top-class veteran as he went on to win his third Dubai Turf on World Cup night at Meydan next time.

He has not been seen in competitive action since that success 11 months ago and he is not getting any younger, but connections would surely not be bringing him back if he was not showing the fire still burns bright on the Newmarket gallops and he has plenty in hand on official ratings.

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