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26th Jan 2012 | Horse Racing

Rupert's Time
Time For Rupert to win the Argento Chase (2.35 Cheltenham - Sat) 4/1 with William Hill Place Bet

2:35 Cheltenham Argento Chase Grade 2 3m1f110y
The defection of Grands Crus might take some gloss off the race but there are still plenty of horses with Gold Cup pretentions.

Captain Chris was the Gold Cup choice of some shrewd punters after his third place in the King George. There are question marks whether he can stay the distance, especially on a stiff track. He is 10/3 with Coral.

Diamond Harry perhaps found the going too quick in the Betfair Chase at Haydock. His style of racing meant he was doing too much too soon and he paid the penalty for trying to match Kauto Star. He emerged from the race with credit and given a good break to get over his exploits he is a definite contender at 4/1 with Paddy Power.

Time For Rupert was highlighted as a lively outsider for the Gold Cup by our racing expert and he needs to put in a good performance to boost his credentials. He has a terrific record at Cheltenham and the cut in the ground will help his chances. He can be backed at 4/1 (William Hill).

There is good strength in depth to the race, making it a strong renewal. Midnight Chase (6/1 with Betfred) ran a cracker to lump top weight in soft ground at Wetherby, he can be seen to better effect off level weights on a sounder surface.

Selection: Time For Rupert at 4/1 with William Hill


2:50 Doncaster Sky Bet Chase (Handicap) Cl1 3m
Hold On Julio was a blot on the handicap when running out a comfortable nine length winner at Sandown but his defection opens up the contest.

Shakalakaboomboom arrives on the back of a good handicap victory, this time at Cheltenham. A modest 4lbs rise in the weights leaves him competitive at 8/1 (BetVictor) in the betting.

Aiteen Thirtythree is the best backed horse in the race, only 13/2 (Sportingbet), having been 8/1 earlier in the morning.

Selection: Our tipster has other ideas with Qianshan Leader at 8/1 with Boylesports (read his thoughts here)


3:40 Cheltenham Cleeve Hurdle Grade 2 3m
Another chapter in the Big Buck’s legend looks set to be written as the bookmakers offer a meagre 2/7 (Betfred) on a 15th consecutive victory. Four of those vanquished in the Long Walk Hurdle return for more, with Five Dream 33/1 (BetVictor) to turn an 8 length defeat into a surprise victory.

According to the betting Mourad is the nearest challenger. Third in last year’s World Hurdle, he got close to Big Buck’s and is 15/2 (Stan James) to exact his revenge.

It is hard to oppose Big Buck’s but there is no value in his price. Restless Harry made the frame at Ascot and would have been even closer but for chasing the scorching pace set by Dynaste. Ridden with a little more restraint he could get close and land a minor placing at 40/1 with BetVictor.

Selection: Restless Harry e/w at 40/1 with BetVictor

Time For Rupert to win the Argento Chase (2.35 Cheltenham - Sat) 4/1 with William Hill Place Bet

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29th Jul 15:05 | Horse Racing

3.05 Goodwood (Tue)

Amarillo to win @ 14/1

His German form is underrated but he is a Group-class and travelled strongly when winning last time out over an inadequate 6f.

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29th Jul 17:20 | Horse Racing

5.20 Goodwood (Tue)

Fitz Flyer e/w @ 18/1

In-form jockey riding for an in-form yard. Only beaten 2 lengths in this race two years ago and returns off an 8lbs lower mark.

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Goodwood Tips: Amarillo

His German form is underrated but he is a Group-class and travelled strongly when winning last time out over an inadequate 6f.

Goodwood Tips: Fitz Flyer

In-form jockey riding for an in-form yard. Only beaten 2 lengths in this race two years ago and returns off an 8lbs lower mark.

Market Movers: Sleep Walk

Sleep Walk has only had one race, beating three runners in an ordinary maiden but she's probably better than the form having been backed into odds-on from 2/1.

Ayr Tips: Findog

Linda Perratt’s runners have been flying this month and a strongly run 5f on quick ground should suit the horse.

Skybet Dash Tips: Zalty

Beaten only half a length in a valuable handicap at the Curragh when he almost overcame a four length draw bias.

York Tips: Olivia Fallow

Had no chance last time out when almost unseating her rider but she was an impressive winner on her penultimate start.

York Tips: Dutch Rose

Unbeaten in four starts over course and distance and recorded a career best when successful in May.

Lingfield Tips: Rylee Mooch

Been running well on turf but a better horse on the all-weather. Should capitalise on a declining handicap mark in a weak looking race for the grade.

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