Horse Racing Tips: Mick Fitzgerald’s 5 to keep the jumps dream alive on Saturday

In your face Ascot! Mick Fitz is keeping it real at Stratford & Market Rasen.

Mick Fitzgerald


A Lucky 31 from the jumping cards on Saturday and Stratford is our first port of call to flush out a few winners for you.

Stratford 13:43

A tight little handicap hurdle and my eye is drawn to Fergal O’Brien’s Project Mars. O’Brien’s team are in brilliant form and the drying ground at Stratford will be no problem to him. Project Mars was a beaten favourite when last seen at Kelso In March on heavy ground, but he’s a strong traveller and that won’t bother me. Liam Harrison is really good value for his 7lb claim and that will help.

Stratford 14.18

Dariya represents Charlie Longsdon and Tom Buckley and won at the track for today’s rider and also at Newton Abbot, but was very disappointing when last seen at Warwick.

Warwick is not an easy track but I willing to forgive her that run back at a track that she likes and  is dropped down to ‘selling’ grade level like she was when she won in September.

Ingenuity is a very interesting jockey booking with Richard Johnson booked to ride and was only beaten half a length at Bath in September. He posts some okay juvenile form from his time in training with Gordon Elliott, but it’s the jockey booking that catches the eye so watch the market.

Stratford 15.28

The Skelton team have taken their time this season to hit top form, but are flying now. Pogo I Am won at the track in July, but her jumping has gone to pot as she got in a real muddle at Southwell.

Tierra Verde had a blowout at Uttoxeter recently so should be fitter now.

However, they will all be playing for places behind Getariver who had a spin over fences last time, running behind some smart performers at Uttoxeter. This is a definite drop in grade and some of her form is really strong. She won a bumper at Newbury and ran a really nice race at Cheltenham behind Heaven Help Us in October last year.

That’s strong form and she looks well handicapped of a rating of 121.

Market Rasen 15.56

My jumping would not be complete without Nicky Henderson or a Paul Nicholls-trained horse. I really like Pic D’orhy who won very nicely in the Betfair Hurdle and the former champion trainer was very keen on this lad going chasing.

He will be very exciting and should win.

Market Rasen 16.31

A 2m 5f chase and some familiar names are down to run. It’s exciting to see jumps racing again and I like Court Master who won very nicely at Warwick. He is up only 4lbs for that win and boasts some very good form from last season.

He can win again.

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