Paul Ferguson has three racing tips for us on Sunday; Many Clouds 1:30 Carlisle, Azorian 2:15 and Felix Yonger 2:50 both at Cork. Compare odds and bet.
This afternoon’s action is almost on par with the fantastic jumps racing we were treated to yesterday and the beginners’ chase at Carlisle is one of the highlights.
Pertemps winner Holywell will be popular with many, but he probably shouldn’t be as short as 8/15 (overnight with Paddy Power) and he is taken on with Many Clouds (1:30) who looks the value call at an opening show of 7/2 (now 5/2 Betvictor this morning)
Oliver Sherwood’s six-year-old was a smart novice hurdler last term, winning at Ascot and Exeter, before chasing home Close Touch in a hot renewal of the EBF Final at Sandown. Over the top at Aintree afterwards, the son of Cloudings has always looked a chaser in waiting and can make the perfect start.
Over at Cork Felix Yonger (2:50) is fancied to make it two from two over fences in the Grade 3 novice chase, a race won in recent years by the likes of Tranquil Sea, First Lieutenant and Baily Green.
Willie Mullins’ seven-year-old made a winning debut at Punchestown back in May, after more than a year off (had previously finished runner-up to Simonsig over hurdles), so he clearly goes well fresh. He jumped well to beat subsequent Kerry National winner White Star Line and the race has worked out extremely well.
The runner-up has won twice since, third home Operating was going well when falling in a warm contest back at Punchestown last week, fifth home Heaney (beaten 30 lengths) has won twice since, and even eighth home Black Benny has won over fences since. This is competitive but, given the strength of that piece of form, he looks worth a bet at 7/4 with Paddy Power (Betvictor opened up at 11/8 this morning).
Earlier on the card Azorian (2:15) is given the nod in what looks a warm maiden hurdle, in a race that sees the return of the once highly-regarded Bold Optimist who has not been seen since beating the aforementioned Felix Yonger in a bumper almost three years ago.
Gigginstown are also represented by Unic De Bersy but their first colours can be carried to success by Eoin Griffin’s five-year-old, who created a good impression in bumpers last term, when he promised to be suited by 2m4f over hurdles.
He beat Milan Bound (winner at Carlisle on debut for Jonjo O’Neill recently) in a Leopardstown bumper in February, before chasing home the smart The Mighty Milan at Fairyhouse’s Easter Festival. He had the useful Apache Stronghold (another winning hurdler this term) back in third that day and he should go close here.
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Last years results included:
* Leading Prospects, Arvika Ligeonniere (x3), Boston Bob, Captain Conan (x3), Champagne Fever (x2 inc Supreme Novices’ Hurdle), Glens Melody, Melodic Rendezvous, Simonsig (Arkle) & Un Atout won 13 Grade 1 novice contests between them
* My Tent Or Yours won 4 times including the Betfair Hurdle and the Top Novices’ at Aintree
* Stable Round-Up included Neptune winner The New One, Scottish Champion Hurdle winner Court Minstrel and David Pipe’s Dynaste of whom it read “could follow the Grands Crus path of last year, starting in the Steel Plate And Sections before he is readied for the Feltham” – he won both races and also scored at Aintree in April
* Across The Sea – Mount Benbulben 14/1 winner of the Grade 1 novice chase at the Punchestown Festival
* Under The Hammer – horses featured in this section included Champion Bumper winner Briar Hill (25/1) and The Liquidator, who won the equivalent Grade 1 at Punchestown – this section has been greatly increased for 2013-14