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Horse Racing Tips – Daryl Carter’s Best Bets on Saturday, January 29

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Top tipster Daryl Carter had a 7/2 winning selection and a 20/1 placed selection from just three bets yesterday and he has nine tips across the Saturday cards. Check these out below, along with an exclusive Betfair through the card offer for Cheltenham’s Saturday card.


CORMIER – (12.15 Cheltenham, 1pt win, 11/2)

CORMIER was travelling well before a bad mistake four-out and seemingly losing his action at the bottom of the hill in the Greatwood, and this drop into calmer waters will be a welcome sign for connections. The ground has come in his favour, and he looks to have scope off this mark of 130 on all known evidence.

Given his lightly raced profile, I am somewhat surprised he was a double-figure price for this contest. There’s undoubtedly more to come evident by his fourth in the Welsh Champion Hurdle on his penultimate start and second in the Swinton Hurdle on unfavoured soft ground.


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SEVERANCE – (12.15 Cheltenham, 1pt each-way, 8/1)

SEVERANCE has been tried over 2 1/2 miles the last twice, which just didn’t suit him. He is too keen to see out that trip, but he has run extremely well to a point in both of those starts. The drop back to 2m today looks a good move by connections, and the quicker surface is no negative to his chances.

He tries 2m for the first time in a handicap and will appreciate this big field scenario. He is rated 90 on the flat, so this mark shouldn’t be beyond him, and there’s definitely a race in him.


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WHEN YOU’RE READY – (1.20 Cheltenham, 2pt win, 4/1) (NAP)

WHEN YOU’RE READY did remarkably well to finish a close second at Chepstow last time out after making plenty of errors at his fences on the way round. That was out of character for him, but he showed the size of his engine by sticking to the task in an eye-catching fashion.

He had run some good time figures over hurdles and carried on that theme over fences. He is unexposed over this distance, and the return to a sounder surface is a positive. The stiff finish here at Cheltenham will suit him, so providing he can brush up his jumping, he has significant claims in a race where most look handicapped to their best.


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TORN AND FRAYED – (1.55 Cheltenham, 1pt win, 15/2)

This race looks a mess from a betting market perspective, and taking advantage of the double-figure price about TORN AND FRAYED is a must. He tracked the inside route at Haydock last time on the worst of the ground bringing him to a halt but back on a sounder surface is likely to see him to best effect.

He handled heavy conditions over hurdles, but he seems to struggle to get out of the ground over fences, so he may want this quicker ground in this sphere.

He looks feasibly handicapped off this mark of 131 in a race where none others do. He chased home My Drogo here last month and put in a good shift in October on reappearance behind a subsequent winner in Annual Invictus. A repeat of any of those efforts would be enough to suffice here, and he makes plenty of appeal.


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ANNA BUNINA – (2.10 Doncaster, 2pt win, 4/1)

ANNA BUNINA makes plenty of appeal in this race. I want to take on Miranda given her recent form has been well below her best when delving in deep, and the selection is entitled to improve for her seasonal return at Musselburgh – a track I don’t think suits her.

She should be more primed for this black-type attempt, and her form in the Welsh Champion Hurdle and County Hurdle entitles her to plenty of respect. The market has underestimated her chances significantly.


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KAUTO RIKO – (2.30 Cheltenham, 0.5pt each-way, 50/1)

In all honesty, this is a speculative punt, given how much he needs to find on ratings, but KAUTO RIKO has been crying out for the step up to 3m, and connections nearly pulled it off at Doncaster in December.

He hung that day and threw away his chances but was only beaten half a length by Two For Gold – a subsequent winner over the useful Dashel Drasher. Brian Hughes takes the ride, and the pair boast form figures of 213111321, and he is best in fields of nine or less recording form figures of 21523151.

He will need Chantry House to underperform, but the cheekpieces first time on him is a worry, as is Simply The Betts’ stamina, Aye Right’s jumping and Santini’s form. He is worth a small bet each way.


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COOLBANE BOY – (2.45 Doncaster, 1pt win, 15/2)

COOLBANE BOY was a good victor for this column on his last start landing a 3pt win bet, and he can go in again in this contest that looks wide open.

He won with a good deal in hand on that handicap debut, and this race seems like a natural stepping stone. He has the ideal profile for this race, has little to find with those at the top of the ratings and is entirely unexposed over this trip.


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HILL SIXTEEN – (3.20 Doncaster, 0.5pt win, 25/1)

HILL SIXTEEN was better than the bare result at Chepstow, but he could not get involved in a race where it paid to be on the front end. Nothing on the Chepstow card that day was able to come from the rear of the field in dire conditions, and he kept having horses fall into his path.

That’s worth forgiving, and his Aintree run previous to that was an excellent effort and the figures suggest he is still on the upgrade. This better ground will prove no issue, and he is a strong stayer at this trip. Many of these have the stamina to prove, Fusil Raffles, Midnight Shadow, Grand Sancy, Janika, just to name a few. Providing luck in running, he should make his presence felt.


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KAPCOURSE – (3.20 Doncaster, 1pt win, 15/2)

KAPCORSE is the other worth a punt here. His performance at Newbury was very taking, and an 8lbs rise for that win looks very lenient given his lightly raced profile.

He has had just five starts over fences and has scored in three of those but has failed to finish in the other two, so it’s a bit of an all or nothing bet. He is entitled to improve for that run in November, and it’s good to see connections have given him another break before today’s race, and there is little reason as to why he won’t go well.

He is one of the strongest stayers in this field, and a prominent ride looks likely, so he could be hard to reel in. We will know our fate after the first few fences.


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Daryl Carter’s Best Bets

CORMIER – (12.15 Cheltenham, 1pt win, 11/2)

SEVERANCE – (12.15 Cheltenham, 1pt each-way, 8/1)

WHEN YOU’RE READY – (1.20 Cheltenham, 2pt win, 4/1) (NAP)

TORN AND FRAYED – (1.55 Cheltenham, 1pt win, 15/2)

ANNA BUNINA – (2.10 Doncaster, 2pt win, 4/1)

KAUTO RIKO – (2.30 Cheltenham, 0.5pt each-way, 50/1)

COOLBANE BOY – (2.45 Doncaster, 1pt win, 15/2)

HILL SIXTEEN – (3.20 Doncaster, 0.5pt win, 25/1)

KAPCOURSE – (3.20 Doncaster, 1pt win, 15/2)


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