It’s another busy day of racing action across Britain and Ireland on Tuesday with seven meetings and 51 races taking place.
Jumps cards are at Punchestown, Huntingdon and Hexham (evening) alongside Flat meetings from Brighton and Wolverhampton (AW) in the afternoon and at Gowran Park and Ayr later in the day.
Our Tuesday fancies include a well-handicapped hurdler taking a drop in class on the card at Huntingdon.
- Huntingdon 5.30 – Red Force One @ 6/1
- Hexham 8.20 – First Revolution @ 15/8
- Brighton 3.53 – Aryaah @ 11/2
The jumps card at Huntingdon concludes with the Visit racingtv.com Handicap Hurdle over close to two-and-a-half-miles and it can be a good opportunity for RED FORCE ONE (6/1) to go well for Philip Kirby.
He’s a proven summer horse with eight of his nine career wins coming from late April-August and is now approaching the time of year when he tends to excel.
He returned from a short layoff with a decent fifth last month at Cheltenham (2m1f, good) and should now find the drop in class and rise in trip in his favour.
A dual winner over hurdles, he’s now rated 21lb below the mark which he defied on the most recent of those wins and he should be capable of taking advantage of this career-low hurdles rating soon.
Trainer Martin Todhunter should be heading into the North East Grains Handicap Chase at Hexham this evening with a degree of confidence in the claims of FIRST REVOLUTION (15/8).
The 9YO is a three-time chase scorer at Sedgefield (all 2m1f, good) from last year. He returned to action with a fair fifth at Wetherby in April and has since finished runner-up here over track and trip.
He was no match for front-running winner Fringill Dike 10 days ago, but that chase debutant was operating from what now looks a lenient opening mark.
First Revolution was some 24-lengths clear of the third place finisher and Sean Quinlan’s mount now gets to race from 1lb lower this evening. A repeat of that effort may be good enough to see him going one place better and justifying his slot on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder in doing so.
Last month’s course second ARYAAH (11/2) may be in a good spot to go one better in the John Price Handicap over a mile-and-a-half this afternoon at Brighton.
The Dandy Man gelding was having just his third start for this new trainer that afternoon and he closed all the way to the line before going down by a diminishing neck.
This will be his first attempt at this longer trip on grass and, given he’s a better performer on turf compared to synthetics, he’s fancied to take well to it.
The handicapper has nudged him up 2lb for that effort here in April but he caught the eye with that late flurry last time and looks worth following now.
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