Our resident tipster Kevin O'Malley returns to the GG Tips Den on Friday with a pair of market leading fancies at Huntingdon...
Philip Hobbs has saddled up 10 winners from his last 59 runners, the stable is ticking over well and he can add to the that tally today by way of Precious Bounty in Huntingdon's 1.30pm Maiden Hurdle over two miles. This well bred 5yo by Yeats has progressed through each of his three starts over hurdles thus far, running to an RPR of 120 and a Topspeed figure of 99 when chasing home the promising Extra Mag at Exeter on New Year’s Day on the latest of those. That marks the horse down as pretty much ready to win a maiden hurdle and he’s stumbled on an ideal opportunity to do so here under the champion jockey Richard Johnson. Good Man Jim and The Flying Sofa bring useful bumper form to the table and have to be respected on their hurdling debuts, but I’m going to side with experience and fitness here and suggest that Precious Bounty is decent value at 7/4.
In the 2.00pm, we once again wade in with Richard Johnson, this time riding for Olly Murphy aboard market leader Wood Pigeon, who has excellent claims to the £8,500 first prize in this Class 4 handicap chase. This 10yo ran a really good race behind Native Robin on his seasonal debut at Fakenham over 2m5f, where he jumped beautifully well for the most part and despite being outpaced by the winner at a key point, he kept finding for pressure all the way to the line and beyond it, leaving the impression a step up in trip will suit. That was his first run following a wind op and it was Wood Pigeon’s best run for some time, perhaps the procedure can bring about further confidence from the horse today. Provided he takes to Huntingdon, I think this lot will have to go some to catch him, even with the handicapper nudging him up 2lb.
All prices correct at the time of publication in the GG Tips Den, per the top/joint top prices available on the GG.CO.UK Racecards.
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Wood Pigeon is GG's Bet of the Day for Friday.
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