GG tipster Andrew Mount reveals his list of eyecatchers from the past week’s racing. Check them out below and GET A RISK FREE £10 FREE BET AT TOTE
ANGEL OF DELIGHT (third, 1m2f handicap, Lingfield, Saturday, January 2)
ANGEL OF DELIGHT had started at odds of 28-1 and 40-1 in her two previous runs for James Ferguson but was hammered in the overnight betting, going off as the 7-2 second favourite. Patient tactics were no help off what looked a steady early pace and she could only keep on into a one-length third. Switching to the inside rail on leaving the stalls probably didn’t help either and she can be given another chance.
BLAKENEY POINT (won, 1m7.5 handicap hurdle, Musselburgh, Friday, January 1)
BLAKENEY POINT had shown a preference for small fields on the Flat when trained by Roger Charlton and could be following the same pattern over jumps. Facing just six rivals in this Class 2 handicap hurdle, he kept on well from off the pace to score at 22-1. His full record in fields of nine or fewer runners now stands at eight wins from 18 starts for a profit of £49.66 to a £1 level stake at SP. In double-digit line-ups, he’s just one from 19 with the win in a field of 11 runners when even-money favourite for a novice hurdle at Bangor.
BRAVADO (won, 6f handicap, Lingfield, Saturday, January 2)
BRAVADO made all for a comfortable victory, taking his record to 111 (3-3). This son of Showcasing has the perfect breeding for Polytrack (his other wins came on turf/Tapeta) and he’d be very interesting at Chelmsford where pacesetters have an especially strong record.
COOLE ARCADE (second, 2m handicap hurdle, Tramore, Friday, January 1)
On soft or heavy going it usually pays to race wide on the hurdles/bumper course but the rail had been moved out and the inside route was no disadvantage. COOLE ARCADE, held up off the pace, raced very wide throughout and did well to split the two front-runners.
FUNAMUBLE SIVOLA (won, 2m handicap chase, Newbury, Tuesday, December 29)
FUNAMBULE SIVOLA, impressive over 1m7f at Wetherby on November’s reappearance and first start since wind surgery, had disappointed over 2m4f at Sandown next time but the drop back in trip clearly helped. He was always in command despite the narrow margin of victory and remains open to improvement over fences.
IBLEO (winner, 1m7.5f handicap chase, Sandown, Saturday, January 2)
IBLEO took his chase record to 112221 (3-6) when coming late to land the 1m7.5f Class 2 handicap. He has some useful form over 2m4f but is probably best at the minimum jumps trip and is tactically versatile. The Grand Annual would be the obvious Cheltenham festival target, though stablemate Aso (in the same ownership) progressed from good handicapper to Graded performer, finishing second to Frodon in the 2019 Ryanair Chase, and another win or two pre-March could see him line-up as a lively outsider in the Champion Chase.
KING OF STARS (sixth, 5f handicap, Southwell, Tuesday, December 29)
Stall 7 of 9 was no help to KING OF STARS who raced in the ‘swamp’ on the stands’ side in this 5f handicap. The first five home came from the five lowest draws and Red Stripes (stall 9 of 9), a place behind him in seventh, was just touched off at 14-1 when making a quick reappearance on New Year’s Day. He’s entered here again on Thursday (January 7th).
MR CARBONATOR (won, 1m3f handicap, Southwell, Friday, January 1)
MR CARBONATOR has a reputation for being hard to win with but this consistent sort picked up his fifth all-weather victory (from 33 attempts) when rallying to prevail by a neck from Mister Blue in the 1m3f handicap. The return of Ben Curtis in the saddle – on board for his latest win – might have been a factor but it could just be a time of year thing with him, this win taking his record in December/January to 1311523653121 (5-13), improving to 131311 (4-6) in Class 6 company.
NICK VEDDER (won, 6f handicap, Southwell, Sunday, January 3)
Prominent racers drawn high enjoyed the best of things, making NICK VEDDER’s success in this 6f Class 6 handicap all the more meritorious as he was drawn in stall 3 of 12 and came from off the pace.
PANIC ATTACK (won, 2m mares’ handicap hurdle, Newbury, Tuesday, December 29)
PANIC ATTACK, who bombed out in a 17-runner handicap hurdle at Cheltenham’s November meeting, returned to form with a comfortable victory. This win took her record away from Cheltenham to 1211 (3-4), with all four runs taking place in mares’ only races.
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