Horse Racing Tips: January 23rd
1.15 Ascot - Roksana (NAP)
Six mares go to post in this Grade 2 hurdle with one of them a former Festival winner in the shape of Roksana.
Dan Skelton’s nine-year-old lifted the 2019 David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle after the untimely exit of the in command Benie Des Dieux at the last flight.
She may well be in line for more Cheltenham glory this March but before that she can take this prize along the way.
Roksana’s form credentials for this race are very strong and for that reason we make her our 888sport NAP of the day. Even money in our online betting looks a fair enough price.
1.30 Haydock – Llandinabo Lad (WIN)
This Grade 2 Supreme Trial features just one entrant in this year’s Supreme Novices Hurdle itself, that being the Tom Symonds-trained Llandinabo Lad.
If you fancy Llandinabo Lad to go on to take the Supreme in March then he’s a 33/1 shot but that won’t last so long if he’s successful in this on Saturday.
The course and distance scorer will take some stopping in the conditions.
1.50 Ascot – Kateson (E/W)
It’s always interesting to see the reigning champion jumps jockey Brian Hughes getting rides down south outside of the main feature, and this is probably one of his better chances of the afternoon.
Kateson was a game winner of a 2m 4f hurdle at Aintree at the start of December and she will probably be up at the front, trying to make all, once again. She looks a cert for the each-way players out there.
2.15 Taunton – Yala Enki (WIN)
This looks like the perfect opportunity for the wonderfully gutsy Yala Enki to get his head in front once more and register his eleventh career victory.
The veteran performer was last seen running his heart out in the Welsh National and the 161-rated chaser should account for the rest of the field here.
2.40 Haydock – Smooth Stepper (E/W)
Smooth Stepper is far too big a price for a horse that thrives at this venue when the going is heavy. When several of these have cried enough the twelve-year-old will still be plodding on you can tell them.
Of the others, Sam’s Adventure is worth considering after his Tommy Whittle victory here.
3.00 Ascot – Jonniesofa (E/W)
Now an eleven-year-old Jonniesofa is probably one of the best chasers Rose Dobbin has ever trained.
Last seen winning in the heavy at Carlisle, the gelding will be better suited to the conditions at Ascot.
3.15 Haydock – Buveur D’Air (WIN)
There’s not alot to say about this race other than the dual Champion Hurdle hero should take all the beating if he’s on song and back to his best.
3.35 Ascot – Waiting Patiently (WIN)
Another exciting renewal of the Clarence House Chase and a chance for Waiting Patiently to make amends for that 2¼ length beating by Frodon in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.
The ten-year-old is clearly in great heart and one suspects he might be ridden a little handier on this occasion. He is currently trading at 5/2 in our horse racing betting.
- 1:15 - Roksana
- 1:50 - Kateson
- 3:00 - Jonniesofa
- 3:35 - Waiting Patiently
- 1:30 - Llandinabo Lad
- 2:40 - Smooth Stepper
- 3:15 - Buveur D'Air
- 2:15 - Yala Enki
Horse Racing Tips: January 24th
1.40 Lingfield- Scarlet Dragon (E/W)
The Alan King-trained Scarlet Dragon was of course a Royal Ascot winner last summer taking the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes under Hollie Doyle at 33/1.
Things have been a little quiet form wise since that victory, but a couple of decent runs here on the all-weather over 1m4f the last couple of times have shown the eight-year-old still to be on a very competitive mark.
Trading around the 6/1 mark in our horse racing betting, Scarlet Dragon can be backed with a certain degree of each-way confidence and is our 888 prediction for this race.
2.00 Thurles – Battleoverdoyen (NAP)
The feature race on Sunday afternoon is this one – the Grade 2 Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase and it can go the way of the Gordon Elliott-trained Battleoverdoyen.
The smart eight-year-old currently holds four engagements at the forthcoming Cheltenham and a victory here would see his odds tumble considerably for all of them.
He was last seen finishing 23 lengths behind Min in the John Durkan, however that horse is something of an enigma at the moment and this is more Battleoverdoyen’s kind of heat.
Jack Kennedy has ridden 3 winners and 4 places from his 9 rides at Thurles and that is one of the reasons we make Battleoverdoyen our 888sport NAP of the day.
2.30 Thurles – Ministerforsport (E/W)
Ministerforsport ran in a very competitive beginners chase last time out but struggled when finishing fourth. This handicap should be much more his scene and the fairly consistent ten-year-old can be right there in the mix.
Yet to win over the big fences, Ministerofsport can make a good fist of it here under his jockey Philip Enright.
2.40 Lingfield – Man Of The Sea (E/W)
Immediately your eye is drawn for Tom Marquand riding for Neil Mulholland here and perhaps he will be the key to a change of fortune for the five-year-old chestnut gelding.
Despite knocking on the door several times Man Of The Sea has failed to score since July, but you sense another victory is very imminent. He’s currently 10/1 in the online betting.
Off a rating of 61, Man Of The Sea looks to have a solid chance in this handicap and he is one of our strongest gorse racing tips today.
3.10 Lingfield – Obtuse (WIN)
Course and distance winner Obtuse can extend his winning run to five by taking this six furlong sprint at Lingfield.
Admittedly his last four wins have come in Class 5 and 6 events and this is a Class 3, however the three-year-old appears to be on the improve and the grey can put it up to his three rivals.
4.00 Thurles – Bal De Rio (E/W)
Bal De Rio has been placed 13 times in 20 runs over timber so we can expect another fair effort from him and hopefully he can break his maiden here.
The Denis Hogan-trained eight-year-old has admittedly become a pretty frustrating horse to follow from a straight up win bet punting angle, but on the plus side he invariably places and one of these days he’s going to go in at a price.
Fingers crossed that’s today!
- 1:40 - Scarlet Dragon
- 2:40 - Man Of The Sea
- 3:10 - Obtuse
- 2:00 - Battleoverdoyen
- 2:30 - Ministerforsport
- 4:00 - Bal De Rio
Horse Racing Tips: Horse Predictions
You can find the latest horse racing expert picks today ahead of the most popular events in the sport, with Royal Ascot, QIPCO Champions Day, the Grand National and Glorious Goodwood attracting lots of horse racing betting attention.
Horse Racing Tips For Today
Punters can find our favourite 2021 National Hunt horses to follow ahead of the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National while fans of flat racing may wish to view the best 2021 flat racing horses for the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby.
Without further ado, it is time to check out our horse racing betting tips. Keep an eye on this page for football prediction selections and daily expert betting tips from our expert tipsters throughout the week!
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FIRST PUBLISHED: 12th November 2020