Wetherby Horse Racing Tips
QUEENS ROCK made a promising start to her hurdling career at Southwell last month, hitting the front two out and just needing to be pushed out from there to win by three lengths. She is likely to progress further, particularly now stepping up in trip, and this looks just an ordinary heat in which she should be able to defy a penalty to maintain her unbeaten record.
SIR APOLLO has been prone to mistakes over fences, but he finally put it all together to get off the mark at Sedgefield last time, ultimately winning by three lengths having travelled well at the head of affairs. He was arguably value for extra having idled late on and there could be more to come from him given that he remains totally unexposed over staying trips. Only 5 lb higher in the weights than last time, he should go well again if his jumping holds up.
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SPORTING MIKE left his previous efforts behind to open his account on his handicap debut at Southwell last month, doing so in the style of one plainly ahead of the assessor. Held up in the early stages, he made steady headway to lead approaching the last and quickly forged clear from there to win by five and a half lengths (eased near the finish). This will be tougher following a 10 lb hike in the weights, but he is fancied to prove equal to the task with more improvement on the cards.
SHAN BLUE is a very smart chaser on his day, as he showed in the Charlie Hall Chase over this course and distance last year, a race he would have won by a wide-margin but for falling three out. He failed to repeat that effort in two subsequent starts last season, but fresh could be the best time to catch him and it will be no surprise if he bounces back today on his first start for nearly nine months. This will also just be just his second run in a handicap and a BHA mark of 148 remains potentially very lenient judged on his best form.
TIGER JET showed a good attitude to regain the winning thread at Newcastle a few weeks ago, rallying gamely after a mistake at the last to get the verdict by a head. That was his second win from only three starts over hurdles and it’s unlikely that he’s finished improving just yet. He should certainly be winning more races this season and this looks as good an opportunity as any now back in a handicap from what remains a fair mark.
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SCHIEHALLION MUNRO has failed to add to his tally in two starts this season, though he shaped as if back in good form at Aintree last time, still going well when he unseated his rider at the ninth. He is essentially a sound jumper and it’s worth pointing out that both his victories last season came over this course and distance (including this corresponding race). Crucially, he lines up today from the same mark as when recording his latest victory here in February, so there are certainly plenty of reasons to be positive about him.
BRENTFORD HOPE again shaped well when filling the runner-up spot at Taunton earlier this month, ultimately proving no match for the promising winner (beaten seven lengths) but sticking to his task well to pull clear of the rest. A smart performer on the Flat, he usually travels strongly which bodes well for the switch to handicaps in a big field today. An opening BHA mark of 113 already looks workable and another step forward is anticipated for him to open his account in the finale.
Wetherby Boxing Day Horse Racing Tips
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