Alan Thomson’s Tips: V for victory in Eider Chase marathon


VINNIE LEWIS (2.45) faces some exposed stayers in the Betfred Eider Chase at Newcastle and should make a bold bid to complete a hat-trick of recent victories.

His stamina kicked in when steadily pulling clear to land the Sussex National over 3m 4f at Plumpton and Harry Whittington’s seven-year-old could well improve yet again given this extreme 4m test. He beat Shanroe Santos and that horse scored at Carlisle earlier in the week. 

Sue Smith is a master trainer of strong staying types and Hainan’s third to The Dutchman in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock was made to look even better when fourth Yala Enki thrashed Blaklion in last Saturday’s Grand National Trial.

RAISED ON GRAZEON (3.20) looks hard to beat in the mares’ novices’ hurdle.

John Quinn has booked useful 5lb claimer Ross Chapman for the joint top weight, a winner at Catterick on New Year’s Day before going close on her first start in handicap company at Ayr in mid-January. The mare she beat at Catterick, Kalahari Queen, hosed up at Exeter yesterday.

The feature event at Kempton is the Betdaq Handicap Chase and an each-way bet is advised on live outsider THEATRE GUIDE (3.35)

Colin Tizzard’s veteran easily won the 2016 renewal and finished third to Pilgrims Bay and Double Shuffle 12 months ago. He is 2lb higher here but will appreciate this better ground. The stable is back in form and Theatre Guide may upset a few better fancied rivals.

Acting Lass should go close for Harry Fry and Noel Fehily if stamina is not an issue on his first try at three miles. He was also entered for the Pendil Novices’ Chase earlier on the card but comes here instead.

KHALIDI (3.15) is an intriguing runner in the Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield.

The four-year-old makes his debut for Clive Cox and was last seen running second to Crystal Ocean in the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood when in the care of John Gosden.

Khalidi’s best form on turf has come on a sound surface (runner-up to Permian in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot), so he should be at home here on his initial all-weather start. This 1m 2f trip may be on the sharp side but Khalidi has a touch of class if fully wound up.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Convey landed this big pot last year, prevailing from Pinzolo in a blanket finish. He has a 293-day absence to overcome but is a must for the shortlist.

AY AY (4.25) wins a pretty confident vote in the 1m 4f handicap.

The four-year-old finished second to Contrast in a better event last Saturday and this extra two furlongs should suit the son of Derby hero Pour Moi. David Elsworth has booked Ryan Moore.

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Johnb’s Saturday Tips

  • Kempton 3:00 – Mont Des Avaloirs 5-2 888sport NB
  • Fairyhouse 3:30 – Mala Beach 6/4 coral NAP
  • Lingfield 3:50 – Goring 5/2 bet365
  • Newcastle 4:30 – Acdc 7-2 ladbrokes
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      errryesno 4 months ago

      What’s your thoughts on tidal river in the last race at faireyhouse, please JohnB.
      Got a good talking up on AtTRaces recntly.
      Is thier anything in the breeding g that might suggest a longer term plan or likely plan ??

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      Johnb 4 months ago

      @barton4life Mala Beach is guaranteed to love the conditions today and the 8lb he receives from Bellshill should be the deciding factor

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      Johnb 4 months ago

      Should get back into the winners enclosure today after a disappointing day yesterday, it ended a good run which is now seven winning racing bets from the last ten, with the other three coming second twice and a third,

      Some may notice I haven’t put up Clear Skies but it’s only because theirs no point after already getting 16/1

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      azzthewigan 4 months ago

      brosna George 2.20 mount des avaloirs 3.00 clear skies 3.15 fearsome 4.25 l15 singles master dee 3.35 win single well done all winners yesterday

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      4 months ago

      Morning all. Well done yesterdays winners.


      16.10. .NO CEILING. .4/1

      16.45. . DANNY KIRWAN. .2/1


      15.55. . JOKE DANCER. . 11/4


      15.05. .SUPER SID. . 6/1. E/W

      16.15. . BABY KING. . 2/1

      out for day so

      gl all

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        4 months ago

        Great effort from supersid .Unlucky in defeat. One to keep an eye on

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      ew thief 4 months ago

      Morning all well done winners yesterday
      Earlshill 1.15k 18/1
      Boom the groom 2.05l 9/1
      Back to the thatch 2.45n 13/2
      Convey 3.15l 15/2
      Vibrato valtat 3.35k 33/1
      Mr scaramanga 3.50l 11/1
      Ad vitam 8.45w 9/1
      Ew singles & ew super Heinz gl all

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      garfo 4 months ago


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      Johnb 4 months ago

      This is our first football multiple of the season

      Celta Vigo v Eibar
      Kilmarnock v Hibernian
      Leamington v Blythe Spartans
      Leicester v Stoke

      All to score over 1.5 goals 23.55/1 Marathonbet
      Eibar, Hibernian, Blythe Spartans, Leicester

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      de niro 4 months ago

      Kempton 14-25
      Beau Gosse 4/1 William Hill
      Nap / Nb

      Good luck everyone today. 😀

      Kemp 3-00 Global Citizen 7/1

      Newcastle 14-45 Houblon Des Obeaux 20/1 Betway.

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      double carpet 4 months ago

      NAP BATTLING SPIRIT 9/4 2.20 fairy

      NB BABY KING 15/8 4.15 chep


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      jazzerbhoy 4 months ago

      Lady Buttons 2.10 newc nap
      Hainan 2.45 newc nb
      Mala Beach 3.30 fairyhouse
      Theatre Guide ew 3.35 kemp

      Doing a tricast with all the theatres in the 3.35 for a show stopper :)
      Good luck to all.

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      duncanpoundcake 4 months ago

      Drumacoo out to 10/1 too big 20/80 2.55 F ,GL

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      richie 4 months ago

      Hi all well yesterday winners

      EDDIEMAURICE 11/2 3.05 CHEP


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      theplug 4 months ago


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      theplug 4 months ago


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      4 months ago

      luck 15 wolves tonight

      the amber fort
      iconic belle
      big time maybe

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      database 4 months ago

      2045 wolves, ad vitam is 10/1 and might be a good ew shout given the market.

      Regressing, down to 50 OR having won off 60, it beat, beatbybeatbybeat who ran 2nd yday, and was 3rd to a horse who won next time out off of 60. 7f may be a disadvantage but Sullivan on for usual jockey Hart who rides Clergyman.

      Imagine Morris to win on fav.

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      database 4 months ago

      A pooor last race, fav been off the track a year, i will go with mossys lodge, did win in class 7, beating mimram who won yesterday 5/1.

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      Johnb 4 months ago

      Not great today but not bad either with one winner out of the three after the Nap was a non-runner, that was disappointing as 2 out of 4 would have been much better, but the main thing is getting back into that winners enclosure for a small profit and 8 winning racing bets out of the last 13 is excellent form

      2:50 – The Last But One 5/2 bet365

      3:10 – Cartwright 11/4 paddy power NB

      3:20 – Lil Rockerfeller 5/2 paddy power NAP

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      double carpet 4 months ago

      NAP CONTINGENCY 7/4 2.10 naas

      NB LIL ROCKEFELLER 5/2 3.20 font

      Well done all the winners today


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