Horse Racing tips: Frank Hickey’s Lucky 31 to get the job done today

Three winners (one at 20/1) and two seconds on Monday. Just sayin'.


Huntingdon 12.00 – Your Darling

Your Darling was an extremely well backed winner on his bumper debut at Newbury last year and it transpired that Henrietta Knight, who was involved in purchasing the horse, believed that he could be one of best she has come across.

That was a pretty big statement considering she trained three time Gold Cup winner, Best Mate. The second from that bumper was Flinteur Sacre who bolted up on his next start and he is a very well regarded full brother to Sprinter Sacre.  Your Darling then went to Warwick for his second start and was pulled up when a 4/6 favourite but the yard weren’t in the best of form and we can put a line through that effort.

He now goes hurdling and while this is a nice little race, I’ll be disappointed if he couldn’t win this en route to bigger things. Don’t be surprised if he ends up in the decent novice hurdles at the spring festivals.

Huntingdon 13.00 – Special Acceptance

Most of the field are returning from a lengthy absence, so it is a bit of a guessing game with regards who will be fully fit for this but at the prices it looks worth taking a chance on Special Acceptance each-way. While he is yet to win in 13 attempts, he seems to run his best races when going on right- handed tracks over this intermediate trip.

He has placed on two of his three previous visits to Huntingdon and hit the frame in three handicaps in the past 18 months off a mark of 115. He actually wasn’t’ beaten far on his reappearance run last season, finishing third off a rating of 115 beaten less than two lengths, so I’d be pretty hopeful he will be fit now.

He was running a screamer in a Class 2 Pertemps qualifier at Sandown last December off a mark of 117 when he unseated his rider on the run in. He would have gone really close otherwise. He now goes chasing off the same mark of 117 and his jumping holds up, he could easily outrun his odds.

Huntingdon 15.10 – Wasdell Dundalk

Wasdell Dundalk caught the eye in novice hurdles on a number of occasions last season and made a lovely reappearance when dropping into handicap company for the first time off a mark of 111.

That was just over 2 miles at Fontwell over hurdles. He stayed on nicely that day and that trip is surely too short for him, so the step up to 3m here and the switch to chasing could well be the making of him. The handicapper has dropped Wasdell Dundalk 1lb to 110 and this isn’t the strongest race ever.

If he jumps adequately, then he could prove to be different class to this lot.

Cork 16.15 – Parisienne Ways

Parisienne Ways shaped quite nicely on debut at Gowran when second to stablemate Insinuendo but she ran on nicely when she realised what was required of her and she might be a bit of value to turn over some her more experienced rivals.

Orchid Gardens is yet to get off the mark in 8 starts and sets the standard but Parisienne Ways wouldn’t have to improve that much on her debut effort to reach that level. Her full brother Glorious Power won on his second ever start and there is every chance that Parisienne Ways can replicate her sibling.

Leicester 17.35 – Fannie By Gaslight

Bad Company might prove difficult to beat, running off the same mark as his win at Notthingham last week but the booking of Silvestre De Sousa for Fannie By Gaslight catches the eye and she might be worth supporting each way now getting her favoured testing surface for the first time this season.

Her last two wins came off 68 on soft ground and off 70 on soft ground and she gets in here off 68 and gets testing ground as well. In fact, her record when getting ground officially soft or worse is two wins and three places from seven starts and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her put it up to Bad Company.

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