Alan Thomson’s Tips: Edge looks sharp at Uttoxeter


WE’RE all entitled to feel a bit punch-drunk after four bruising days at Cheltenham and it hard to get motivated on the ‘morning after’.

However, WEST OF THE EDGE (3.35) is fancied to land the feature Betfred Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter.

Dr Richard Newland’s gelding looked the most likely winner of the Eider Chase at Newcastle when hitting the front before two out but he couldn’t match the finishing kick of strong-travelling Baywing.

West Of The Edge found only Emperor’s Choice too good in the Haydock mud at the end of December and he won by eight lengths over 3m 5f at Warwick this time last year.

Newland also saddles Bob Ford with a chance under Sean Bowen.

The Artful Dodger has crept into the race the foot of the weights and Henry Daly’s gelding should cope with this 4m 2f slog.

The seven-year-old has racked up a hat-trick of wins this season at Ludlow, Warwick and Lingfield (very heavy) and his light weight is a bonus in such a war of attrition.

The betting prefers Daly’s other runner, Back To The Thatch, while unexposed Billy Bronco could well outrun his odds.

Get On The Yager’s battling victory over Sue Smith’s Wakanda in the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby on Boxing Day is looking even better given the runner-up’s success in the Skybet Chase.

JP McManus’s FLEMINPORT (3.00) landed short odds with little fuss at Lingfield (heavy) last month and has a handy weight in the Betfred Handicap Hurdle.

Horses balloted out at Cheltenham get their day in the sun at Kempton and BRANDON HILL (3.15) may be hard to peg back in the 2m 4f Matchbook Silver Bowl.

He tried to make all over three miles last month, only to be collared by Bigbadjohn. It was 27 lengths back to the third and Brandon Hill’s trainer Tom George remains on a high following the terrific runs of Summerville Boy and Black Op at Cheltenham.

KILDISART (2.40) blundered away a potentially winning chance two out at Ascot but compensation may await in the Silver Plate.

Ben Pauling’s six-year-old has been a model of consistency this season and the horse which finished just in front of him at Ascot, Stowaway Magic, ran a cracker in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham.

Just A Sting may have got into his first handicap on a winning mark following a fine third to the very smart Vinndication at Ascot in January.

CHOSEN PATH (3.50), a course and distance third to OK Corral last month, looks one for Alan King in the novices’ hurdle.

Recommended bets

  • Uttoxeter 3.35 – West Of The Edge (13-2, Paddy Power, Ladbrokes)
  • Uttoxeter 3.00 – Fleminport (4-1, general)
  • Kempton 3.15 – Brandon Hill (5-1, Coral, bet365)
  • Kempton 2.40 – Kildisart (7-1, William Hill)
  • Kempton 3.50 – Chosen Path (7-4, bet365)
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      jpq 4 months ago

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        database 4 months ago

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        jpq 4 months ago

        Thanks for that fellas, sorry, I meant how to subscribe for the “premium” tips, the paid Member. I can’t see anything on the Philppa Racing Page to pay.

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            jpq 4 months ago

            Thanks Database, I thought It might be a syndicate thing. Would be nice to be able to get the football, tenéis, golf tips as well. Hopefully Johnb can clarify.

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              Mr Fixit 4 months ago

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      tipsultan 4 months ago

      2.40- Kildisart- 6/1
      4.25- Allee Bleue- 5/2

      3.35- Sisol- 16/1

      6.45- Katie Gale- 6/1

      1 point singles

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      azzthewigan 4 months ago

      big river 2.25 azzerti 2.40 three faces west 3.25 get on Hager 3.35 l15 singles well done all winners yesterday

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      azzthewigan 4 months ago

      get on yager 3.35

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      ew thief 4 months ago

      Morning all well done winners yesterday
      Arthur’s gift 2.40k 10/1
      Du soleil 3.00u 9/1
      Orbassa 3.15k 16/1
      Billy bronco 3.35u 20/1
      Tea time Fred 4.35f 14/1
      Rajapur 6.45w 14/1
      Ew singles & ew lucky63☘️Gl all

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      double carpet 4 months ago

      COCKTAILS AT DAWN 6/1 4.15 wex

      Has only his 2nd start for Elliott having not run since Sept which was over an inadequate trip. Has won after a break before and is down to a mark of 133 having run in last year’s national off 145. Dirty Dave takes the mount and if ready won’t be far away as it’s not the strongest of veterans races

      Midlands National

      SILSOL 12/1 ew

      Top weight but is a class above this field. Will love the ground and stays longer than the mother in law


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      4 months ago

      Afternoon all. Well done yesterdays winners. Nice 8/1 winner myself so profit on the day.


      16.10. .I JUST KNOW. . 2/1

      16.45. .ISKABEG LANE. . 2/1


      16.35. .BE DARING. . 5/1

      17.10. .FIZZLESTIX. .23/20

      gl all

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        4 months ago

        Great front running ride from danny cook on i just know puts in a great effort to take 2nd. One to watch on better going.

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          4 months ago

          Enterprising ride from tom cannon on be daring held up but badly hampered when it mattered finishes a close 4th

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            4 months ago

            The short priced iskabeg lane tanking along looking like an easy winner but takes a crashing fall. One for next time if it can improve its jumping

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      4 months ago

      Wont be on for a good while after today so good luck guys.

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      theplug 4 months ago

      well done to any one got winners yesterday just the one winner for me but it was a nice one blow by blow 12/1
      alf!n! dor 5/1
      sao 11/4 nap /nb
      capain de classe 5/4

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      benleoella1951 4 months ago

      Nice one not in doubt over the last good to have you back 👍

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