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Tuesday horse racing betting tips: Snowdon's 7/2 charge can find Sedgefield winners' enclosure

Brian Healy 12 Mar 2018
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for every UK horse racing meeting going to post on Tuesday, including day one of Cheltenham.
Day one of the Cheltenham Festival dominates Tuesday's fixture list. (credit: GettyImages)

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for every UK horse racing meeting going to post on Tuesday, including day one of Cheltenham.

The start of the biggest four days’ racing in the jumps calendar spearheads a four-fixture card of horse racing on Tuesday, and the first day of the Cheltenham Festival is joined by Sedgefield over the sticks; while on the all-weather there are meetings at Southwell in the afternoon, and Newcastle in the evening.

The feature race of the day is the Champion Hurdle, which headlines four Grade One races on the opening day of the Festival.

Southwell (flat, aw) - 1.10 - 5.00pm (7 races)
Sedgefield (jumps) - 1.20 - 5.10pm (7 races)
Cheltenham (jumps) - 1.30 - 5.30pm (7 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) - 5.45 - 8.45pm (7 races)


(1.45) BLACK DAVE (5/2, Coral) was a Lingfield winner two starts ago, and although the Excellent Art gelding failed to beat a rival next time, he is worth chancing to bounce back here.

David Evans’ charge is too well-weighted to ignore having been dropped into a claimer, and he is well-capable of making his presence felt if bouncing back from that poor run last time out.

He has form on this surface - twice placed - and he gets weight all round from some uninspiring rivals; he can make the most of this opportunity to get back to winning ways.

Southwell are racing on Tuesday on their all-weather surface.

(3.05) AFANDEM (11/4, Paddy Power) lost his way for Hugo Palmer towards the end of last term, but he had been a fairly smart sort in his juvenile season where he scored at Doncaster and Brighton before winning French Listed and Group Three contests, and he finished off his two-year old campaign finishing fourth to Mrs Danvers in the Cornwallis Stakes.

After some poor efforts last term, he was gelded and moved to Mark Johnston, for whom he made a pleasing return when third at Wolverhampton behind Upavon back in February.

Only beaten a half-length, he escapes a rise in the weights and the Vale Of York gelding can get back on the scoresheet if handling the switch to fibresand.

1.10 - African Trader
1.45 - Black Dave
2.25 - Star Ascending
3.05 - Afandem
3.45 - Haddaf
4.25 - Socialites Red
5.00 - Di’s Gift


(1.55) LOSTNFOUND (7/2, Paddy Power) beat a subsequent Listed winner when getting off the mark over hurdles at Uttoxeter back in November, and Jamie Snowdon’s charge lost no caste in defeat when finishing runner-up behind She’s Gina at Lingfield next time.

Beaten three lengths, she possibly did too much too soon in that contest, and she could prove a tough nut to crack in what looks an easier contest. Her prior form behind Woolstone One - dual-winner since - sets the standard, and while she has to concede weight to this field, she could hold too many guns.

(2.35) FRANKIE BALLOU (11/8, Paddy Power) got off the mark when scoring over course and distance last month, beating the reopposing Roxyfet, and the Norwich gelding can uphold that form despite the runner-up winning since.

Joanne Foster’s charge was getting 10lbs from Micky Hammond’s rival, and with that one potentially finding this coming soon enough after his weekend win - did the job well - he can take advantage on these terms to score again.

1.20 - The Jam Man
1.55 - Lostnfound
2.35 - Frankie Ballou
3.15 - Simply Business
3.55 - Instant Replay
4.35 - Always Resolute
5.10 - Peters Cousin


(2.10) Footpad has been talked about as a banker for this race in recent weeks, and while Willie Mullins’ charge has posted impressive successes thus far over fences, he could be worth taking on with Harry Whittington’s SAINT CALVADAOS (7/2, Boylesport) who has been similarly impressive in racking up a hat-trick of wins which include a bloodless success in the Kingmaker Chase at Warwick.

The Saint Des Saints gelding has also won in France for his previous trainer, but watchers couldn’t fail to have been impressed with the manner of his three wins, two of which came at Newbury prior to his wide-margin success last time.

He jumped and travelled supremely well to post a 22-lengths beating of Diego Du Charmil last time, and his fast and accurate jumping will be an asset here; he made all the running that day, and open to further improvement he could prove hard to peg back around here if granted a lead. Of course, the form of what he has achieved can be picked apart; but he’s done everything asked of him in grand style, and he can post a huge effort.

Buveur D'air can successfully defend his Champion Hurdle crown on Tuesday's first day of Cheltenham.

(5.30) A competitive contest to close out the first day, and first pick Kalondra misses out; at the foot of the weights for this Listed contest, MISTER WHITAKER (12/1, Paddy Power, each-way) could be one to be interested in, and Mick Channon's Court Cave gelding has looked every inch a chaser going places, stepping up on each run and winning a hot Kempton contest last time from Theatre Territiory.

Having chased home Adrien Du Pont on his chase debut, he struck next time at Carlisle, winning well from Solstice Star. That race has thown up some subsequent winners, but he stepped up on that run to chase home a useful sort in Hell's Kitchen at Kempton on Boxing Day, where he finished a long way clear of the rest. But he struck last time over course and distance, beating Theatre Territory and Sizing Tennessee in good fashion, finding plenty for pressure and he can improve again.

The runner-up in that race has since made the frame in a Grade Three contest, and while the handicapper has hit him with an 8lbs rise in the weights, he remains relatively unexposed over fences and there may be more to come from him. That last win came in heavy ground, so conditions will be no issue here, and with winning course form to call upon he looks sure to post a big effort under Brian Hughes.

1.30 - Claimantakinforgan
2.10 - Saint Calvados
2.50 - Vintage Clouds
3.30 - Buveur D’air
4.10 - Apple’s Jade
4.50 - Sizing Tennessee
5.30 - Mister Whitaker


(7.15) NICK VEDDER (5/1, Paddy Power) won over this course and distance when trained by Karl Burke, scoring by two lengths from Cheval Blanche almost one year ago.

The  Rip Van Winkle colt went close here again on his final start for Burke, and having since moved to Michael Wigham he has posted back-to-back placed finishes at Lingfield and this venue.

He was beaten six lengths behind Testa Rossa last time, but he didn’t aid his cause by missing the break; but he finished well despite never looking likely to catch the easy winner, and dropping back in class with first-time blinkers applied, he could get back to winning form.

(8.45) WINDFORPOWER (2/1, Betfair) is one of two runners in this race for Tracy Waggott, and the Red Clubs gelding took this prize twelve months ago from just 1lb lower in the ratings.

Having finished off 2017 with back-to-back wins over course and distance, he bounced back from a couple of lesser runs to go close here four days ago when beaten a nose behind Fuel Injection; racing from the same mark, he goes well at this venue, and he can go one better this time.

5.45 - Indian Red
6.15 - Big Kitten
6.45 - Regina Pacis
7.15 - Nick Vedder
7.45 - Odds On Oli
8.15 - Deansgate
8.45 - Windforpower

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