Chepstow, Curragh and Bangor-on-Dee – Tuesday October 26
There are five race meetings scheduled for Tuesday across the UK and Ireland.
They go flat out at Curragh (12.40-4.40) and Catterick (1.00-4.55), while there are the National Hunt races from Chepstow (1.20-5.20) and Bangor-on-Dee (1.38-5.30). Evening races in all weather are held in Newcastle (4: 00-7: 10am).
Tuesday’s nap aims to further encourage coach Fergal O’Brien after scoring a brace at Cheltenham on Saturday afternoon.
Horse Racing Predictions Today: Chepstow, the Curragh and Bangor-on-Dee
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Horse racing tip: Chepstow, 2:30 p.m.
Fergal O’Brien’s good season continued and the Gloucestershire-based manager was delighted to shoot in a Cheltenham brace on Saturday afternoon when Samba Dancer and Bonttay attended the new season’s first meeting on the famous site of the Cotswolds.
O’Brien hopes that HUNTERS JOGGING can open his account over the fences at the third time to ask when he’ll be in Chepstow on Tuesday. The Milanese gelding improved last season after joining the trainer, showing himself to be very solid when he won a 2m 7ft handicap hurdle over soft Exeter under Paddy Brennan in December , fending off the endurance-laden Crossley Tender.
He failed to get his lead back in front of the wood and was a disappointing favorite on his hunting bow at Southwell in May, finishing last of five after a few sketchy jumps.
He returned to action on 2m 7½f at this venue earlier in the month and was a rally runner-up, mostly jumping more fluidly in a visor for the first time as he was prominently ridden by Liam Harrison. This contest has already resulted in a few subsequent winners, and from an unchanged rating and with this increased distance seen as positive, Huntsmans Jog has solid claims to be on the scoresheet.
Selection: Hunters Running @ SP with Paddy Power
Horse racing tip: the Curragh, 4.05
A competitive sprint is in prospect but in which the recent Navan dolphin NEVER ROCK should be fine under Sam Ewing. The partnership was crowned with success here on 6f in August, with the mare notching her second victory of the summer and also having scored at Down Royal in July over that minimum distance.
After the win here, Ewing had the misfortune of being thrown out when his mare jumped out of the starting gates at this site at the end of August. But they quickly got out of this mishap with a near-accident in Navan (5f, good) at the beginning of September. They seemed to be doing enough to clinch the prize but lost by a nose to the winning post.
She weighs 2 pounds more in the notes for this assignment, but is arguably in the shape of her life this season and may well return to Flat’s head office in Ireland.
Selection: Never Rock @ SP with Paddy Power
Horse Racing Tip: Bangor-on-Dee, 2.48
BOB REPRESENTATIVE was beaten by about 40 lengths in all three hurdles last season and has never started less than 20/1. Jamie Snowden’s charge clearly showed some promise at home ahead of his pursuit arc, however, as he had a 15/2 chance at Stratford (2m 3½f, good to soft) for a Novices’ Handicap Chase early in this month.
He duly delivered a polite performance despite his absence since April and he came home to win by just over two lengths under Gavin Sheehan, with an next timeout winner behind in third place.
The handicapper marked Presenting’s five-year-old son up 6lb in the notes for his win, but that doesn’t sound too hard – and the extra furlong here promises to suit. There’s more to come from this low-mileage performer and he looks like he’s capable of overtaking.
Selection: Representative Bob @ SP with Paddy Power
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