There are three UK race meetings on Tuesday, with jumps action from Doncaster and Exeter in the afternoon preceding an evening of all-weather racing from Southwell.
Amongst our fancies this afternoon is an Oliver Greenall contender that brings a perfect hurdling record to the table at Doncaster.
- Doncaster 3.00 – Anti Bridgie @ 4/1
- Southwell 7.00 – Intervention @ 6/1
- Exeter 1.35 – Rose Of Arcadia @ 13/8
An opening handicap mark of 114 may not be enough to prevent Oliver Greenall’s mare ANTI BRIDGIE (4/1) from continuing her unbeaten way over hurdles.
There was a hint of good fortune in her Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) debut success in November as her main rival hit the floor late on, but she showed a really pleasing attitude to follow that up at Kelso (2m5f, soft) at the beginning of last month, defying a penalty and really knuckling down to the challenge when required late on.
There’s a slight drop in trip to contend with here, but they can often get racing at the top of the long Doncaster home run and that will surely play to the strengths of Fergus Gregory’s partner now.
Both wins under rules have come on soft ground but she ran second-best in an Irish point-to-point on decent ground back in the spring and so this sounder surface on Town Moor today is expected to suit well. In-form Sporting Mike is a key rival but Anti Bridgie can go in again.
Teenage rider Billy Loughnane continues to make waves this winter on the all-weather circuit and he could collect a winner for the Mick Appleby team on board INTERVENTION (6/1) at Southwell.
It’s barely two months since the youngster notched his first winner under rules and he’s already into double figures and boasting a 22 per-cent strike-rate since the calendar changed, with four winners already this month.
Intervention is 2-3 at Southwell, the wins come in the spring last year over 6f/7f and the defeat in November over a 5f trip that has so far proved too sharp for him.
He ran well in third at Wolverhampton over 6f just before Christmas and now can rely on his talented young rider taking a handy 7lb off in the saddle. This is a better race than he has been contesting but he’s got a lightweight and his record at Southwell bodes well.
Another young rider making his way, this time over jumps, is Freddie Gingell – grandson of ex-trainer Colin Tizzard – and he looks set for another winner on the card at Exeter with ROSE OF ARCADIA (13/8) in the Exeter On Haldon Hill Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (1.35).
The mare didn’t muster much in two chase runs last season but, having been 3-3 in points earlier in her career, better was always expected.
She began this term with a win over hurdles at Chepstow (2m7½f, good to soft) in October and is now 2-3 this campaign after winning in fine style at Fontwell (3m2f, good) back over fences in early December.
That run can be upgraded somewhat as Gingell lost his irons late on, but they still came home with 20-plus lengths in hand. A 5lb rise in the ratings looks fair and Rose Of Arcadia is selected from today’s Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder.