Saturday 27th marchFree Horse Racing TIps
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Our first proper day of tips since our profitable Cheltenham Festival and I can’t wait to get going.
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Today we give out two free tips at Doncaster and Newbury from our tips in 5 races.
GOOD BALL 5/2 Bet 365 and William Hill – 2 POINT WIN
GOOD BALL goes down as my NAP of the day. He was a horse on my radar for the Boodles Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival as I feel his mark of 131 is a bit lenient and he will turn out to be a better horse than that mark. Paul Nicholls chose to skip Cheltenham which is something he does with a lot of his long term projects, which tells me he really rates this horse.
GOOD BALL is a huge horse who will be a very good chaser next season but in the meantime is more than capable of winning this handicap off 131.
He came over from France after finishing 2nd in a decent hurdle to Teahupoo who is now trained by Gordon Elliott/Denise Foster and recently won a Grade 3 hurdle, earning himself a rating of 138.
His first start for Paul Nicholls was at Newbury back in December over 2 miles and he won the race convincingly, looking a horse who needed to be stepped up in trip.
He then returned to Newbury just over a month ago and came home 2nd to Gowel Road, who headed to Cheltenham in the County Hurdle. It was a good effort by GOOD BALL but ultimately 2 miles looks on the short side for a horse his size. The pair did pull miles clear of 3rd so the form looks solid.
GOOD BALL now returns to Newbury for a 3rd time and is now stepped up to 2m 3f. The step up in trip is going to be the making of him in my opinion and he will show that he is a far better horse than his mark of 131.
He clearly loves the course and I think he should be as short as 2/1. WIN.
HAQEEQY 4/1 generally – 1 POINT WIN
Not normally like me to go with a favourite in a 22 runner handicap on the flat. I just can’t get away from HAQEEQY who is rated 100 by the handicapper but John Gosden is using the very talented Benoit De La Sayette to claim 7lb. This brings his weight down from 9st 5lb to 8st 11lb and virtually bottom weight.
Benoit De La Sayette is only 18 years old but is going to be a superstar in years to come. He won loads of pony races and is destined for the top. His 7lb claim is worth its weight in gold.
He has only had 31 rides under rules but has come away with 9 winners (29% strike rate) since he made his debut as a jockey in December.
He gets a perfect partner in HAQEEQY who was an easy winner at Doncaster last September over 7f when rated 92. He went up the handicap to 100 after that win and was put away by John Gosden obviously to look after his handicap mark for this race. By using the 7lb claim, he virtually brings him down to the same handicap mark of when he won here back in September.
Now this is a 22 runner handicap so we need some luck but drawn in the middle he can be ridden so many ways. With a clear run HAQEEQY is going to be very hard to beat.