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ITV Racing present from Cheltenham and Newmarket in midweek and our man Matty Sutcliffe provides a bonus value column, with five selections to follow across the flat and jumps cards.

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1:50 Newmarket – Weatherbys Global Stallions App Handicap (Class 2) (4yo+ 0-100) – Glenfinnan 25/1 0.5pt EW 5 places

Michael Dods is four from ten in Handicaps on the Rowley Mile (seven places too) in the last five seasons, and GLENFINNAN may be a shade overpriced for his new handler. The son of Harry Angel was only raced three times as a two year old and had smart form. Despite initially faring well over a mile as a three-year-old, he became a tad disappointing and his 6th here over seven furlongs suggest a drop back to six could work the oracle for this talented sort. He was far from disgraced when beaten four lengths in the historically competitive Howden Handicap at Ascot again shaping as if not quite getting the seven furlongs, and if a subsequent gelding operation has improved him then he’s just the type that Michael Dods could excel with over sprint trips.

Weatherbys Global Stallions App Handicap

2:05 Cheltenham – Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 2) (4yo+) – Titan Discovery 15/2 1pt WIN

Robbie Llewellyn’s string are in excellent form with four wins and a second from his last six runners, and his progressive son of Pether’s Moon can continue his yard’s purple patch. TITAN DISCOVERY was sent off favourite for a strong handicap at Kempton last month, beaten 1/2 a length by one who got the first run. The form has worked out well with the 4th Kateira going in well at Aintree in a G3 handicap next time out with the 6th West Balboa back in 3rd, and a repeat of that effort should see him back there with the drying ground likely to suit. 

Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

2:25 Newmarket – bet365 Feilden Stakes (Listed Race) (Class 1) (3yo) – Jayarebe 10/1 1pt EW 3 places

JAYAREBE lowered the colours of a Godolphin odds on favourite here on debut in August, and was seriously impressive once he hit the rising ground after taking the dip well. He won a shade cosily in the end, and that course for should stand him in good stead. He proved it was no flash in the pan after connections swerved some easier contests to instead go to the Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere, and he travelled up nicely for a long way before weakening a furlong out. Stepping up to 1m1f on better ground should suit this son of Zoffany, whose dam was a winner over 1m4f and produced two middle distance sorts. 

bet365 Feilden Stakes (Listed Race)

2:40 Cheltenham – Matt Hampson Foundation Silver Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 2) (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (5yo+) – Torn And Frayed 12/1 1pt EW 4 places

TORN AND FRAYED took a torrid fall at the start of the season here on the Old Course having initially shaped well for the majority of the race, but he’s proved on multiple occasions since he’s none the worse and shaped as if a return to the winners enclosure is imminent. He was far from disgraced when beaten thirteen lengths in the December Gold Cup before a poor effort on heavy ground next time out. Then wasn’t put into the race with a considerable degree of effort in the G3 Swinley Hurdle having lobbed around in his own time in rear, but was still only beaten ten lengths in a race favourite those to the fore. 

Again, he was given a quiet ride in rear in the Plate Handicap at the Festival, staying on well past beaten horses and the cynic in me would suggest he’s been laid out for this contest. He was a C&D winner off 5lbs higher(15lbs factoring in Turner’s claim), in January 2022, and is now 10lbs lower than the start of the season, his lowest mark since February 2021 when he was ridden to victory on handicap debut by Jordan Nailor, the sole claimer to ride him until Turner takes over tomorrow. 

All his best form has come on quicker going so the drying ground will suit, and I’d imagine he’ll be given a much more prominent ride this time around. 

Matt Hampson Foundation Silver Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 2) (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race)

3:35 Newmarket – Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) (Class 1) (3yo) – Heritage House 66/1 0.5pt EW 3 places

HERITAGE HOUSE was a pointer for the column when second off a mark of 74 at Doncaster, beaten 1/2 a length by one now rated 29lbs higher having won a Listed race at Saint-Cloud on seasonal debut last month by six lengths. That piece of form suggests she’s no back number in here despite having a stiff task at the weights, and she fared the best of those drawn low on unfavourable soft ground in Listed company here in November, with the winner taking a Deauville G3 last week and the second winning cosily off 95 at Bath. 

She’s bred to appreciate this step up in trip, and she comes from the family of Mehmas so it wouldn’t come as a shock should she outrun her insulting odds here, particularly given the ground and track are no issues.

Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies)

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