Horse Racing tips: Paul Jacobs’ best bets across the tracks on Sunday

PJ bagged an 8/1 winner last weekend and has his eye on three fancies in the UK.

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13:55 Uttoxeter – Almost Gold

You could argue that along with the three and a quarter mile handicap chase at 15:05, this is the hardest race to try and dissect on the Uttoxeter card. With two last-time-out winners and a further five runners placed on their latest starts, plenty come into this event in good form.

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Of the winners, I have most regard for Gulliver Collonges following a clear cut win off 96 over an extended two and a half miles at Wetherby. That was only his third start over fences and there were clear signs that he was beginning to get his somewhat slipshod jumping together. The bigger doubt is whether he will see out the extra half a mile, didn’t seem to stay this trip over hurdles, and although respected he is not overly feared.

Almost Gold has been troubled by setbacks throughout his career, but the very fact that the shrewd Ian Williams has persevered with him is a tip in itself. On his first start for fully 584 days he, quite expectedly, looked a little bit rusty early on but warmed to the task as the race progressed.

Jumping soundly from halfway and then after being out the back of the pack, he stayed on strongly down the short home stretch at Warwick to finish third behind High Counsel. That run will surely have blown away the cobwebs and he is now 7lbs better off with that winner, who looks far more exposed, for being beaten seven lengths and there is every reason to believe he can close that gap substantially.

14:20 Pontefract – Gordonstoun

This is just a run of the mill class five extended 1m handicap but, as you would expect, plenty of the 11 entries are in with at least an each-way chance. At first glance I thought that Greek Kodiac (Mark Walford) fitted the ‘value’ play. The five-year-old may only be one from 23 on turf (4 from 37 under rules), but has run some pretty good races in defeat since that sole grass victory at Redcar (June 2021) off a rating of 68. Placed since then off 65, this prominent runner will be well suited to the layout of this track and if Jack Garritty can escape early from an admittedly awkward draw then he could outrun his odds from the front.

However, getting to the sharp end early on is certainly no given and with several other prominent runners in the line up I much prefer the top weight at an each-way offering. Since winning three from four starts in the autumn of 2020, Gordonstoun has been found out class wise in 0-85 contests off a mark as high as 82.

However, the assessor has begun to relent and following an eye catching run over a mile at Hamilton (late headway) two outings back, the four-year-old was returned to a mile and a quarter for only the second time in his career in a competitive class four race at York. He quite obviously failed to see out the trip that day after racing very freely through the first half mile and the return to this trip off a likely hot pace looks more his cup of tea in this lower grade which is a far more realistic task.

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15:55 Chelmsford – Campese

July and August are traditionally the months of the year when Mark Johnston begins to make hay, Glorious Goodwood noted for next week in the middle distance handicaps, and he could kick start the ‘Glorious’ week by sending out this unexposed three-year-old against his older rivals here. Campese only ran three times as a juvenile, up to a mile and a quarter, and on his last start finished nine and three quarter lengths off subsequent Oaks’ runner-up Emily Upjohn in a Wolverhampton novice off what was a very slack early pace.

As a three-year-old, the bay gelding has made steady if not spectacular progress winning one of his three starts, all run over a mile and a half. However, it has been very clear to see on each occasion that he has been crying out for a real test of stamina, his one win coming courtesy of a typically brilliant front running ride from Franny Norton at Bath when the experienced scouse jockey went for everything turning for home.

Being by Australia out of a Dubawi mare, he is made for lung-bursting distances and although this is a better grade over fully half a mile further, I suspect Franny will once again race him to the fore in the knowledge that he wouldn’t want to get tapped for toe on the short run for home. I fancy that top weight Aljaryaal may finally be in the pocket of the handicapper off a mark 72 and a much bigger danger could be course and distance winner Beggarman who found 14 furlongs a shade too sharp for him last time out at Notttingham.

Paul Jacobs’ Sunday Tips

13:55 Uttoxeter – Almost Gold
14:20 Pontefract – Gordonstoun
15:55 Chelmsford – Campese

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