Horse Racing Tips: Rory Delargy’s fine fancies for Saturday’s ITV Racing

Rory fancies Harbour Lake and Whizz Kid as his two against the field in the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton (14:40)

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Rory Delargy’s ITV Racing Tips:

Kempton 13.30 – Tile Tapper
Warwick 13.50 – Complete Unknown
Kempton 14.05 – Saint Calvados
Warwick 14.25 – Moon Hunter
Kempton 14.40 – Harbour Lake & Whizz Kid (each-way)
Warwick 15.00 – Guetapan Collognes
Warwick 15.35 – Glimpse of Gala

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Kempton 13.30 – Tile Tapper

The going looks the key to narrowing the field in this 3m handicap chase, with testing ground a negative for Enrilo and Kitty’s Light. Annsam could be tactically advantaged with the strong chance he’ll be able to set his own pace in front, but preference is for Tile Tapper, who proved his stamina for this trip when second to Remastered over course and distance over Christmas.

Tile Tapper looked likely to drop away after a blunder three from home here last time, but he rallied well to finish second, and holds both Smarty Wild and Kitty’s Light on that form. That was his first run in some time, and there is a good chance he will improve for it, so has obvious claims from just 1lb higher.

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Warwick 13.50 – Complete Unknown

Complete Unknown impressed at Ffos Las on his chase debut, and he’s the type to thrive in his new career having landed the EBF Final over hurdles last season. He got outpaced briefly in West Wales, but rallied strongly for pressure, and will benefit from both the deep ground and the step back up to three miles.


Kempton 14.05 – Saint Calvados

Pic D’Orhy won the Peterborough Chase last month, but his main rival couldn’t go the pace there, and there’s a chance he’s a little flattered by his track position. On softer ground and with competition for early dominance, he makes less appeal, and I’m willing to take one more chance on Saint Calvados who has ideal conditions having shaped really well in two runnings of the King George despite not getting home either time.

The worry is that Saint Calvados proved impossible to anchor on his first start for owner/rider David Maxwell, and he also spoiled his chance when pulling hard at Aintree in April, but a first-time hood should help in that regard.

Warwick 14.25 – Moon Hunter

Moon Hunter may be overpriced here and Henry Daly’s unbeaten son of Pether’s Moon is bred to cope with the testing ground being out of a Sir Harry Lewis mare. He looks a resolute galloper and he and runner-up had their rivals well stretched out behind them when dominating a big-field novice at Doncaster last time.

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Kempton 14.40 – Harbour Lake & Whizz Kid

Two for me against the field in the featured Lanzarote Hurdle, both of whom ran at Aintree behind Romeo Brown last time. Fourth that day was Alan King’s Harbour Lake, who is a slow-maturing seven-year-old who is unexposed beyond 2½m and gives the impression there is more to come as his stamina is drawn out. A consistent sort who jumps soundly, I would be disappointed if he didn’t make the frame with the track and trip looking sure to suit him.

Richard Newland’s Whizz Kid was four lengths and two places behind Harbour Lake at Aintree, so has work to do, but his stable had been in the doldrums prior to the cold snap, but  20 runners since Christmas have yielded four winners, most recently when Mr Muldoon, carrying the same silks as Whizz Kid, won easily despite an SP of 40/1 at Chepstow.

Highly thought of (made his hurdles debut in the Tolworth a year ago) Whizz Kid is well treated on his smart flat form, and could spring a surprise if freshened up by a short break.

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Warwick 15.00 – Guetapan Collonges

It’s tempting to stick with Grumpy Charley after his Mandarin win at Newbury, but Guetapan Collonges is a cracking bet having shown improved form to win with a bit up his sleeve here in November. A dual winner over fences as a novice last term, he’s now got a record in handicaps of five wins from nine runs and looked an improved performer when rallying to beat Reilly after a last-fence mistake on his return.

Guetapan Collonges jumped well aside from his late error, and he seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself. If he can continue in the same vein then he will take plenty of beating and he still appears to be very well handicapped.

Warwick 15.35 – Glimpse of Gala

Glimpse of Gala is a thorough stayer who comes here on the back of a career-best effort at Kempton over Christmas, and the combination of going and track should bring about further progress. A winner over 2m5f here on her handicap bow last season, she stayed on powerfully to score at Kempton despite being off the bridle before the other principals. She gets on very well with 7lb claimer Bradley Roberts and should give another good account of herself.

Rory Delargy’s ITV Racing Tips:

Kempton 13.30 – Tile Tapper
Warwick 13.50 – Complete Unknown
Kempton 14.05 – Saint Calvados
Warwick 14.25 – Moon Hunter
Kempton 14.40 – Harbour Lake & Whizz Kid (each-way)
Warwick 15.00 – Guetapan Collognes
Warwick 15.35 – Glimpse of Gala

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

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