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Yesterday's selections both ran with credit, and both will be heading into the winners' enclosure very soon. After The Fox will need to come back a few furlongs, and he will be winning and Bretney just bumped into a well handicapped horse, so another opportunity for him to win will come again soon.
I find it quite hard to believe that ONLY MONEY isn't shorter in the betting at the time of writing, as he is clearly the one they all have to beat in my opinion. He has the best form on offer, and looks dangerously well treated off a mark of 109, in a field which doesn't scream about well handicapped horses.
His most recent run at Newbury was full of promise, and showed why he was well backed in on chase debut where he flopped big time at Southwell. He jumped much better at Newbury, came there with every chance, but probably bumped into one who was a few lbs ahead of his mark at that time. This race doesn't really have the same level of horses in this, and looks an easier race to the Newbury race, despite the fact there's an extra runner in this. 15/8 looks good value to me, and it wouldn't surprise me to see him shorten.
This is a competitive race, but I can't go without backing GAME OF WAR at the current odds. He simply looks too big odds for the form of his 3rd place at Wetherby the time before last. If he arrived to this race on the back of that performance, I'd be fairly confident that he would be half the odds he currently is, but he's not, and that's why I think he is a cracking EW bet.
His trainer Olly Williams said: “He was undone by a false piece of ground when he came down at Wetherby last time, but he's a good jumper on the whole and his previous third to Palmers Hill would give him every chance in this grade”. That statement alone shows he was unlucky to fall that day, and appears to be none the worse for the incident. I totally agree with his other statement that his form behind Palmers Hill looks strong for this grade, as that horse has won again, and recorded an RPR of 150 in the process. This race has a competitive look to in on paper, but there's not a real stand out contender, and the favourite is simply the favourite based on the fact he is 1/1 over fences and could be anything. But the form of that race hasn't worked out too well, and even though he was idling when he hit the front, I think his price is horrible.