West Ham vs Tottenham Hotspur - Match Preview

West Ham vs Tottenham Hotspur – Match Preview

FA Premier League, Olympic Stadium, London 8pm


Tottenham will continue their pursuit of Chelsea at the top of the table this Friday night. Spurs will visit the Olympic Stadium to face a West Ham side who have been unimaginative and dull as of late. The Hammers have had a mediocre season by their standards having drawn their last three matches against Sunderland, Everton and Stoke. Tottenham on the other hand, have won their last nine Premier League matches on the bounce making them a force to be reckoned with at the business end of the season.

The last time these two met earlier in the season, it was quite the spectacle. Two very late Harry Kane goals saw the North Londoners steal all three points in a match West Ham had been leading for most of the match.

Kane will be looking to continue his great form against London rivals

Kane will be looking to continue his great form against London rivals Photo Credit: skysports.com

Team News

West Ham have several players who are unavailable for selection this Friday. Michail Antonio, Pedro Obiang, Angelo Ogbonna and Gokhan Tore are all still nursing injuries whilst Arthur Masuaku, Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll could all be available for selection. Could they return and bolster the West Ham attack?

Skybet To Score 1+ Goals – West Ham – 8/13

Tottenham’s Harry Winks and Erik Lamela are still side-lined with injury. However, promising news for Spurs fans as Danny Rose is close to making a full recovery but it is unknown whether he’ll be risked this Friday night. Can Spurs keep a clean sheet without their first choice left-back?

Skybet Clean Sheet – Tottenham – 6/5

Key Players

Kane will remain a key player for the visitors, he’s scored 21 goals so far in the Premier League campaign and will be relied on to find the back of the net yet again this Friday.

Skybet Anytime Goalscorer – Harry Kane – 4/7

West Ham’s record signing, Andre Ayew, has been at the spearhead of the Hammers’ attack in the past few matches. His work-rate and flair often makes him a headache for defences, will he be creating more headaches for Mauricio Pochettino’s men?

Ayew can cause the Spurs defence with problems if fit

Ayew can cause the Spurs defence with problems if fit Photo Credit: skysports.com

Skybet Anytime Goalscorer – Andre Ayew – 3/1

After Spurs experienced the ecstasy of overcoming their North London rivals last weekend, they will be full of confidence heading to the Olympic Stadium. Their potent attack could prove too much for the West Ham defence, it’s tough to see Tottenham not getting the win.

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  • Skybet price Boost – Tottenham to win 3-1 – 12/1
  • Skybet Scorecast Boost – Harry Kane to score first and Tottenham to win 3-0 – 25/1
  • Skybet Scorecast Boost (Double Chance) – Manuel Lanzini to score first and either West Ham to win 2-1 or Draw 1-1 – 55/1
  • Skybet Pundit’s Picks Charlie Nicholas’s Tip – Both Players to Score – Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen – 5/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet Specials Upto 10/1 – 8+ Tottenham corners and 30+ West Ham booking pts9/2
  • Skybet RequestAbet Specials Upto 10/1 – Kane to score, Tottenham to win, over 2.5 goals and Alli to be carded – 15/2
  • Skybet RequestAbet Specials 11/1 to 28/1 – Ayew to score, BTTS, over 2.5 goals and Wanyama to be carded –12/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet Specials 11/1 to 28/1 – BTTS, over 2.5 goals and Noble & Fonte to be carded – 25/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet Specials 33/1 to 66/1 – Tottenham to win and Fonte, Reid & Kouyate to be carded – 66/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet Specials 33/1 to 66/1 – Reid, Noble, Wanyama & Vertonghen to be carded – 66/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet Specials 80/1 and Above – Lanzini to score, West Ham to win, BTTS and 30+ booking pts each team – 100/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet Specials 80/1 and Above – Eriksen to score from outside the penalty area and Fonte, Reid & Dier to be carded – 250/1
  • Skybet Player Carded Accumulator – James Collins and Eric Dier both to be Carded – 14/1
  • Skybet Both Players to Score – Harry kane and Andre Ayew – 5/1

Horse Racing Preview - Catterick - 31st October 2017

Horse Racing Preview – Ascot – 4th May May 2017

Today’s horse racing preview comes from Lingfield and Towcester. What was taken out of yesterday’s meeting at Ascot, personally for me Blue Point is going to be a prolific sprinter if Godolphin keep him at the index as now has put himself straight into the Royal meeting next month with a possible crack at the Coronation Cup.

With the first classics upon us this forth coming weekend Blue Points win has complimented Churchill’s Dewhurst form nicely, and with Thunder Snow running in Kentucky also Churchill looks on paper a shoe in at present.


14.10 Lingfield – Injured Jockeys Fund Median Auction Maiden Stakes (8f)

This should be a good opportunity for Hamdoun Al Maktoums Mukalal to show his above these. The three-year-old had just the two runs as a juvenile with promise, runner up to unbeaten Middle Kingdom on debut on the all-weather at Newcastle and did not disgrace on his turf debut when fifth at Newmarket, the placed Firefright franked the form at Doncaster five days ago.

Main danger looks to come from Richard Hannon’s Pillar of Society who is 0-5 which includes a middle place finish at Newmarket in what looks like a race that will throw up winners this season. Even though by Roderic O’Connor the stiff mile here could make him very vulnerable, would prefer to see him this season over sprint trips.

Mukalal : 2pt win @ 2/1 (BOG)

15.40 Lingfield – Join Us For Ladies Day -12th May Handicap (0-75)

I ticked a horse off over the weekend in Theo’s Lolly who was declared to run, pulled on the day to take his chances here in a weaker contest. His last win came back in the summer of last season when he landed a 0-75 at Ripon.

This might be just above his ability, but if he comes to the table bringing his win at Pontefract this time last year when winning a 0-70, even his fifth at the same track on his seasons reappearance when just under twelve lengths behind Gulf of Poets.

That handicap (0-75) is starting to turn out very competitive on paper, as the winner has gone on to win again on the all-weather, the runner up has also boosted the form winning seven days ago on the turf at Beverley. The third was just beaten last week at Beverley at now rated 76, the fourth has won at Thirsk last week, the eighth won yesterday so it’s all there if the handicapper has over looked his rating of 73 is generous, should be there about.

Main danger is Bridge of Sighs who could be well treated now dropping back to 10f this afternoon with Rob Winston booked, if reproducing his Kempton second he has to be feared.

Theo’s Lolly : 1.5pt each way @ 6/1 (BOG)

14.20 Towcester – Call Star Sports On 0800 521321 Novices Hurdle

It’s one of those races that the best horse should be taking the pot here, if Martin Keighley’s entry here Somewhere To Be turns up in the form that saw him third back in January when finishing behind the likes of Louis Vac Pouch and Listen to the Man at Southwell this should be a shoe in.

Sixth to Jenkins on hurdling debut, which has produced winners such as Bags Groove, Captain Forez (runner up Grade 1 Mersey Hurdle) behind Finian’s Oscar, Pingshou (Grade 1 Top Novices Hurdle Winner).

it doesn’t always pan out that they train on, but three months off, not exposed really should take this at the expense of Nick Gifford’s Project Mars who has run well on his hurdling debut this year around the course.

Somewhere To Be : 3pt win @ 2/1 (BOG)


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Betway – Darts Premier League – Week 14 – 4th May 2017

It’s the penultimate week of the Betway Premier League Darts regular season. The Sheffield Arena will host what is sure to be another week of twists and turns in the best darting league on the planet. Night 14 will consist of only four match-ups rather than the usual five; as every player only has two matches remaining to reach the top four spots. The finals at the O2 arena are drawing ever closer meaning every leg in every match is now of huge significance. They can all still qualify for the prestigious finals night and write their names in the history books. However, before they have the chance to book their ticket at the O2 arena, they have this Thursday night to worry about.

Fixture list:

Lewis and Wright aiming for a top 4 finish Photo Credit: skypsorts.com

Peter Wright vs Adrian Lewis

If current form was to decide the outcome of this match, then Adrian Lewis would be in all sorts of trouble. The Stoke-born darter has been in woeful form, having lost 7-4 to James Wade and 7-0 to Michael van Gerwen last week in his double-header. Whereas Peter Wright has been building on his impressive start to 2017 with a win over Phil Taylor last week. It’s hard to believe that Lewis will continue this uncharacteristic poor form, as he is capable of overcoming players like Peter Wright when he’s in the right mood. This should be the tightest match of the evening, the finest of margins could get either of these a result.

Skybet Total Legs – Over 10.5 Legs – 4/7

Raymond van Barneveld vs Dave Chisnall

Dave Chisnall is in delightful form, some would say the form of his career. After beating both Phil Taylor and Peter Wright in his double header two weeks ago, the St Helens born darter then drew 6-6 with Michael van Gerwen last week in Birmingham. There’s no doubt Chisnall is the best 180 hitter in the Premier League, if he can continue his improved form on the doubles there’s no reason why he can’t produce another surprise against van Barneveld. The Dutchman needs a win, having lost his last two matches against Anderson and van Gerwen. The match should see plenty of maximums, as Barney and Chizzy are the two highest 180 hitters this season. Chisnall has averaged 4.23 180’s per match and van Barneveld has averaged 3.85 180’s.

Skybet Match Action – Match to have over 7.5 180’s, Checkout to be over 121.5 and over 11.5 Total Legs –11/2

James Wade vs Gary Anderson

Both James Wade and Gary Anderson won last week in Birmingham against tough opposition. Wade beat difficult opposition in Adrian Lewis, to win 7-4 and keep him in the race for a top four spot. Anderson beat Raymond van Barneveld 7-4 in a delightful display of darting dominance. Anderson showcased the flair he often possesses; finishing the match with a three-dart average of 105.47. With both players top four fate hanging in the balance, Anderson should overwhelm the Englishmen with his power scoring and deadly finishing on the doubles.

Skybet Match Treble – Anderson to win the match, hit the outright highest checkout and score more 180’s than Wade – 13/8

The biggest names in Darts take each other on tonight Photo Credit:skysports.com

Michael van Gerwen vs Phil Taylor

As darting fixtures go, it doesn’t get any bigger than this. The greatest to ever grace the darts board against the world number one. Phil Taylor has been out of sorts as of late, having lost last week to Peter Wright 7-3 in an abysmal performance for his standards. Michael van Gerwen will be looking to sustain his performance from his last outing; beating Adrian Lewis 7-0. These two always spur each other on to perform at the best of their ability when they face off so expect maximums and high checkouts from both.

Skybet Highest Checkout Score – Over 122.5 – 5/6

Horse Racing Preview - Newmarket - 3rd November 2017

Horse Racing Preview

Here is our horse racing preview for Sunday 30th April 2017 across UK and Ireland Horse Racing today, unit stakes advised upon each selection.

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 30th April 2017 -Salisbury 2pm – Betfred Racing ‘Like Us On Facebook’ Maiden Stakes

Sharp Defence – Evens – 3pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 30th April 2017 -Salisbury 4pm -Betfred ‘Super League’ EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes

Nadaitak – 10/3 – 1pt stake )EW)

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 30th April 2017 – Salisbury 4.30pm – Betfred ‘City Bowl’ Handicap (Class 3)

The Tartan Spartan – 7/4 – 3pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland -30th April 2017 -Salisbury 5pm -Betfred ‘Follow Us On Twitter’ Fillies’ Handicap

Pepita – 14/1 – 1pt stake (EW)

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Horse Racing Preview – Salisbury, Thirsk, Limerick and Gowran Park – 30th April 2017

Today’s horse racing preview comes from Salisbury, Limerick, Gowran Park and Thirsk with selections from each meeting. Saturday’s always seems to eat into the weekly profits, just the one loyal winner coming in the way of Menorah, a horse you can trust.


14.30 Salisbury – Betfred Racing Like Us On Facebook Maiden Stakes (6.9f)

The top three in the market all look solid improvers, Richard Hannon’s Malcolm the Pug who finished third behind a very useful one of Gosden’s in Seven Heavens on debut at Ascot, the winner was placed in a Listed event at Newmarket recently.

Was disappointed though with him when running at Newbury over a sharp 6f, stablemate Majeste won the race and had gone on to equip himself well enough in pattern company. Now stepping up to 7f I want to see more from the Acclamation colt.

Ralph Beckett is another yard that have been in good form early doors, their representative here is Moonwise who is making her race course debut. She is by Exceed and Excel out of Moonstone Magic, this looks an index she will thrive around early in her career, commands respect.

The tissue favourite here is Clive Cox’s Del Parco who finished runner up at Kempton on debut. The winner and the third will come on from that race, he is nicely bred by Delegator out of Sparkle Park with the bloodline through sprinter Kyllachy. He probably deserves to get off the mark at the second attempt, even on breeding there is plenty of speed.

Del Parco : 2pt win @ 6/4 (BOG)

15.30 Salisbury  – Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap (0-85)

Sir Michael Stoutes Adamant got off the maiden ladder when winning on his second start which came at Windsor, the formline should be strong through the third High Commander who was behind a horse I fancy at Thirsk this afternoon.

The fourth, Weekender, franked the form winning on the all-weather at Chelmsford, his form was franked by Maghfoor who won at Haydock yesterday, so the ripple of form is favouring Adamant to come out and boost it all even further.

Main danger looks the obvious John Gosden Elas Ruby who got off the mark on her fourth attempt at Chelmsford, she had prior to the win finished second at Newbury, the third horse in the race was Serenada who franked the form on Friday at Sandown and holds an Oaks entry.

The two at the head of the market look way above what else is on offer in the field, Adamant has a strong form line as does Elas Ruby,with the latter’s trainer in far better form I have swung towards the filly over the colt.

Edas Ruby : 2pt win @ 5/1 (BOG)

15.20 Limerick – Family Fun Day 21st May Handicap (7f)

Jim Bolger has a good string of handicappers this year already who look very forward, their entry here Club Wexford has run consistent enough this year to suggest he will be in the mix this afternoon.

Stepping back up to 7f will suit the Lawman gelding who finished second at Leopardstown over today’s index going down by just half a length. His last two runs have come over sprint trips, he has already reversed the form from the winner last time out at Navan over 5.5f.

I don’t see many dangers in the race apart from January Morn who is an ex Dermot Weld inmate, made a good debut for Anthony Mullins when fourth in a large field at Navan and could be the one to watch if strong support comes in for him.

Club Wexford : 2pts each way @ 11/2 (BOG)

15.35 Gowran Park  – Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes (Listed)

Aidan O’Brien’s Somehow is going to be a short price to land this race this afternoon. Last year’s Cheshire Oaks & Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes winner was beaten on her return by Mick Channon’s Czabo who probably improved 12lb to cause the upset.

The race was not that strong with the fifth placed Queen Anne’s Lace being thrashed and last of ten in the Listed Salsabil stakes last week. Even the third has been beaten twice since which makes the form very suspect.

Somehow has a full calender of top entries this year, but she has to show more this time around if she is to be taken seriously. Turret Rocks has been very frustrating to follow since winning the May Hill Stakes just over eighteen months ago.

She finished in front of Somehow last season in the Irish Oaks and was put in her place in the Yorkshire Oaks the following month. Both of her wins have come over a mile. This is an interesting new trip for her over the 9.5f, and on that assumption I am going to give her one more run to show me she still obtains her ability at the age of four.

Another of interest is Jessica Harrington’s Beautiful Morning whose pedigree being by Galileo through the bloodline of George Washington you would feel she has the capacity to be a smart filly. She is also dropping back in trip and has been effective over 10f throughout her short career.

I am torn between Beautiful Morning and Turret Rocks, both yards are in good early season form, with Harrington taking both of the big races last weekend I am in strong mind that her filly can come on and go close in a very open event.

Beautiful Morning : 1pt each way @ 7/1 (BOG)

16.20 Limerick – 4 Of Us Play Live At Limerick Racecourse June 23rd Handicap (12.4f)

The names of some of these races take me longer to write than the preview, one horse even though looks exposed is Joseph O’ Brien’s Udago who had become frustrating to back with confidence. When he crashed the party at Dundalk when beating Special Gravity, I thought hang on, the yard have a potentially nice handicap horse here.

He has flattered to deceive, won over 13f last June when trained by his father, but has failed to sparkle over the past ten months with his best run when third at Dundalk in which saw Special Gravity reverse the previous form.

I think there is still a win in him, if today or next week he is still reasonably handicapped off 80, if he fails to win or make the frame here surely he will drop at least another 2-3lb, so a win is coming.

As the likely winner, this is a stick in a pin and get lucky handicap, Andrew Slattery’s Sharjah is coming off the back of a win at Dundalk when beating his field emphatically, has won over 12f which came around late May and early June so worth watching at present.

Udogo : 1pt each way @ 8/1 (BOG)

17.15 Thirsk – Thirsk Racecourse Ideal Conference Venue Maiden Stakes (8f)

This I think is the best bet on the card at Thirsk this afternoon in Roger Varian’s Materialist. His runner up finish behind Trading Point at Haydock. His juvenile start is turning out to be a useful maiden with the form line bouncing nicely through Weekender who finished fourth.

Best of the rest, Secret Advisor for Charlie Appleby, nicely related to a middle-distance dam, and with Godolphin horses looking more forward I would fear him the most in the field.

Materialist : 3pt win @ 6/4 (BOG) 


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Horse Racing Preview - Huntingdon - 17th October 2017

Horse Racing Preview

Here is our horse racing preview for Saturday 29th April 2017 across UK and Ireland Horse Racing today, unit stakes advised upon each selection.

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 29th April 2017 -Leicester 2.20pm – Totescoop6 Play Today Handicap

Time To Exceed – 11/10 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 28th April 2017 -Leicester 2.55pm -Totescoop6 The Millionaire Maker Novice Stakes

Never Back Down – 4/9 – 10pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 29th April 2017 – Leicester 4.40pm – Toteexacta Pick The 1st & 2nd Handicap

Favourite Royal – 4/1 – 2pt stake (EW)

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 29th April 2017 -Leicester 5.10pm -Totetrifecta Pick The 1,2,3 Maiden Stakes

Oasis Charm – 2/1 – 3pt stake (EW)


Never Back Down finished 2nd on debut when running well but losing out to Godolphin’s Sound and Silence by 1/2 a length at Newmarket 11 days ago. The money came for Never Back Down at Newmarket so the colt was clearly going well at home. Connections were very pleased with the outing and Hugo Palmer’s 2 year old colt will improve and will be the one to beat.

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Horse Racing Preview - Newcastle - 10th November 2017

Horse Racing Preview

Here is our horse racing preview for Friday 28th April 2017 across UK and Ireland Horse Racing today, unit stakes advised upon each selection.

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 28th April 2017 -Doncaster 1.40pm – 188Bet Handicap

Eldritch – 6/4 – 3pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 28th April 2017 -Doncaster 2.10pm -188 First Goals Wins At 188Bet Handicap (Div 1)

Tadaawol – 5/2 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 28th April 2017 – Sandown 2.55pm – Bet365 Classic Trial (group 3)

Monarch’s Glen – 5/6 – 5 pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 28th April 2017 -Huntingdon 4.40pm -Boxing Betting At 188bet Maiden Hurdle

Burning Heat – 11/8 – 3pt stake


Monarch’s Glen ended last year with a win over 1m1f at Goodwood and has the chance to make this a double for Sir Michael Stoute as he won this race last year with Midterm. Monarch’s Glen ran well on his re appearance when winning at Kempton over 1m3f, showing a great turn of foot. Dangers could be Cunco and Fraankus, who have both been running creditably.

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Horse Racing Preview – Punchestown, Sandown, Chepstow – 28th April 2017

Our horse racing preview comes from four meetings today, Doncaster. Sandown, Punchestown and Chepstow. Another weekend arrives and another feast of racing with the highlight being the Sandown card which will decide the outcome of the national hunt trainers title which at present looks to be going to Seven Barrows. Firstly, on to Friday and again some excellent racing to take on board.


15.20 Doncaster  – 188bet.co.uk Maiden Fillies Stakes (6f)

Godolphin again have another well represented filly on show in Desert Rain, the daughter of Invincible Spirit was beaten at odds on – on debut at Kempton Park three weeks ago when unable to real in a much fitter opponent.

I’ve watched the race a couple of times to see if she has the ability to come on for that debut run, her action looked short with a little tendency to hang slightly, but I would not be surprised to see her improve from that run and land this.

Two that could definitely mix it up against her is Richard Hannon’s Harbour Grey and Clive Cox’s Crafty Madam. The latter finished fourth on her only juvenile start at Leicester which has not been the best of maidens with only the one winner coming in from the batch. However, Harbour Grey could be the main danger to the selection.

She was behind a useful type in Cercie D’Or from the Gosden yard. The pair were clear of the third and she should come on for that run.

Desert Rain : 2pt Win @ 7/4 (BOG)

15.55 Doncaster – Best Odds Guaranteed At 188bet Handicap (0-90)

Rich and Famous was denied a win on debut last week on the blog, his second to Roger Varian’s Victory Angel should bring him on. but I do have reservations that he was not that straight forward and will probably take another run to get him spot on to record his first success.

Roger Varian has another nice-looking type in this with Ekhtiyaar who got off the mark at the second time of asking at Yarmourh. The son of Bated Breathe who was a useful sprinter in his time should be hard to beat now handicapping off a respected mark of 85, but again I think he could be vulnerable to the selection.

Holmswood also got off the mark at the second attempt when winning on the all-weather at Kempton, that form got franked yesterday when the third Ataaq hacked up at Beverley by seven lengths.

His opening mark now in Handicaps of 84 should see him go close. Another of interest is Johnson-Houghton’s Accidental Agent who notched up two wins as a juvenile at Chepstow and on his last run taking a twenty six field auction stakes race at Newmarket. He just might not get the cover he requires here in this smaller field.

Holmswood : 1pt each way @ 7/1 (BOG)

16.05 Sandown – Bet365.com Handicap (0-100)

A competitive sprint where we see Mark Johnston’s Queen in Waiting at the head of the market. She got off the mark at the second attempt on the all-weather at Chelmsford as a juvenile.

The transition went well when winning on season reappearance at Wolverhampton winning as liked when making all in a 0-85 handicap. This is a marginal step up in class and would probably have to set her own fractions in the race from the front end, but might find things tough to stay there.

Jumira Bridge was impressive when hacking up at Brighton two weeks ago and will make her handicap debut, the third Andalusite recently won a classified stakes race at Brighton easily.

Partitia could be anything for Sir Michael Stoute, she did herself justice as a juvenile notching up wins at Chester and Newbury and was not hardly done when fifth in pattern company at Ayr on her last run as a juvenile. I think she will need the run and even though some think stall 10 is a negative I actually think if she gets across early, she can go close under Moore.

Jumira Bridge : 2pt win @ 11/4 (BOG)

17.30 Punchestown – Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)

Vroum Vroum Mag will be looking to change her luck here after being surprisingly beaten in the OLBG Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham. With no Apples Jade here she has the chance of taking on the boys here in what looks an open renewal.

Henry de Bromheads Petit Mouchoir added this year’s Irish Champion Hurdle to his resume when beating a small field, but Nicholas Canyon was a faller that day when travelling well, you can see that when beating Uknowhatimeanharry by over four lengths, that form was reversed yesterday with the latter holding on to land the Irish Stayers equivalent by a nostril.

He has something to find with the selection this afternoon from Cheltenham’s Champion Hurdle in My Tent or Yours, he reminds me of Youmzain from the flat who finished runner up in the Arc, you wonder now at the age of ten if he can land a race like this. Personally, he owes connections nothing with four champion Hurdle runner up spots on his resume and I think he would be a welcoming winner this afternoon as he has the class to prevail.

Third in this last year when behind Vroum Vroum Mag, he does have to find a bit against the filly having to give her weight once more. You could not find fault when five lengths behind Buveur D’Air in the Aintree Hurdle who had already bested My Tent Or Yours at Cheltenham and increased that form. He’s just an unlucky type that seems to bump into world stars and has to settle for the bridesmaid spot on many occasions in his career. Even though he always finds one or two too good, at 6/1 he looks a solid each way bet to nothing with 1-2-3 on offer.

The definite danger though to all is Arctic Fire for Willie Mullins, with Ruby retained to ride Vroum Vroum Mag this is a big opportunity for Paul Townend to pick up this race. Runner up to the mighty Faugheen in 2015, he showed his potential when landing this year’s County Hurdle when holding on in a thrilling finish to just deny L’Ami’Serge by the narrowest margins.

Second to Faugheen again in the Irish renewal back in January he has definitely taken his chances with Faugheen absent and he looks the one to beat, but I would not put you off backing My Tent or Yours without the favourite or just each way as he will no doubt make his presence felt with a late run.

Arctic Fire : 2pt Win @ 5/1 (BOG)

18.05 Punchestown – Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novices Hurdle (Grade 1)

I would be very surprised if my banker was turned over here in Finian’s Oscar. Colin Tizzard sent his star to Aintree when competing in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices Hurdle and boy was he impressive when winning by three lengths over Captain Forez who ran a blinder.

The ground looked good -good to soft yesterday which is not going to inconvenience him in the slightest, this will be the icing on the cake for the Potts if he hacks up here and rightly should.

Let’s Dance landed some sizeable bets when winning the Dawn Run at Cheltenham, back in fifth was Asthuria who has franked the form when he landed the 7.15 easily on the card last night. My only question is with only racing twelve days ago has this come far too soon?

This year’s Grade 1 Lawlor’s Hotel Novices Hurdle winner Death Duty was probably unlucky to get rid of Brian Cooper who for me has not shone this season at all. but he drops back to 20f today which should benefit his chances, Brian Cooper retains the ride for Gigginstown Stud.

I am finding it hard to get the selection beaten this evening, with the power in the saddle I actually think he will put these to the sword in good style.

Finian’s Oscar : 3pt Win @ 15/8 (BOG)

18.40 Punchestown – Star Best For Racing Coverage Champion Hunters Chase (24.4f)

Edna Bolger’s prolific course winner On The Fringe is attempting to win this race for the fourth time, he was very below par at Aintree when pulling up in the Foxhunters, but overlooking that he has to be taken seriously once more, around 9/4 – 5/2 to land this looks generous enough.

Balnaslow was unlucky not to land this year’s Foxhunters at Aintree going behind by one and three quarter lengths to Dineur. There’s not much between him and On The Fringe from Cheltenham with just three parts of a length separating them. I would like to think that form can be reversed again.

One at a price here could be Declan Queally’s Minella For Value who is closely matched with On The Fringe and Balnsalow from their Cheltenham encounter. There is just a length between the three.

Minella For Value : 2pts each way @ 10/1 (BOG)

19.00 Chepstow – Dunraven Bowl Novices Hunter Chase (23.4)

Indian Leader represents Mickey Bowen who landed this year’s Foxhunters with Dineur and has another likeable type here. He is making his debut this afternoon around the chase circuit and was not disgraced on his only start in a bumper last season when finishing fifth at Fontwell over 17.4f, a big significant step up in trip. but from a trainer that seems to know how to produce them at this level.

Dangers look to come from Spencer moon and Moral Hazard. The latter is probably the least exposed runner in the race. Runner up on his race course debut at Worcester when trained by Rebecca Menzies, sold on and has been competing around the p2p circuit for Beverley Thomas.

A final appearance was seen at Taunton three weeks ago when finishing runner up over 23f, the jockey was Sarah Davies-Thomas who will ride Moral Hazard. Spencer Moon is 0-11 and has not looked like a win is imminent, has failed to impress on both starts at the Welsh track which included last of seven last time out.

Indian Leader : 1pt each way @ 11/2 (BOG)

19.35 Chepstow – Sun Trade Windows Handicap Chase (0-100)

Phangio has been very frustrating to back with the two times I have put the Matt Shepperd runner forward. He has looked like winning then finds nothing off the bridle, considering he has been double figure prices on his past four runs, they must know something as he has been put in as the 2/1 favourite to land this race.

Now he is a course and distance winner when landing a 0-115 handicap chase last November, also on his return to the course, ran well again when runner up in a 0-105 over course and distance. This is another drop in class which obviously is getting his big chance of notching up his second career win if could enough.

Charlie Mon was giving 2lb to Phangio last time for a short head defeat, they meet on the same terms, but I would like to think Phangio can hold the form now young Stan Shepperd is back on board.

Phangio : 2pt win @ 2/1 (BOG)


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Horse Racing Preview

Here is our horse racing preview for Thursday 27th April 2017 across UK and Ireland Horse Racing today, unit stakes advised upon each selection.

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 27th April 2017 -Taunton 1.50pm – Anna Warrington Birthday Bash Handicap Hurdle

Mr Caffrey – 3/1 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 27th April 2017 – Taunton 3.25pm – Dave Criddle Travel Handicap Hurdle

Volpone Jelois – 9/4 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 27th April 2017 -Beverley 4.25pm -Alan McGuinness And Robin Lunness Memorial Handicap

Gaelic Tiger – 13/8 – 3pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 27th April 2017 -Chelmsford 5.55pm -Knight Group Maiden Stakes

Historic Event – Evens – 3pt stake


Mr Caffrey finished 3rd to Prince Mahler at Ffos Las 11 days ago and the winner was 4 and 1/2 lengths ahead. Prince Mahler races off 7lb higher today and Prince Caffrey should be able to turn the tables here, especially with the improvement made with blinkers on last time out. TJ O’Brien takes the ride for trainer John Flint.

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Horse Racing Preview – Perth, Beverley, Punchestown and Market Rasen – 27th April 2017

Today’s horse racing preview comes from Beverley, Perth, Punchestown and Market Rasen. Two nice winning favourites gave the blog two more winners for the week. I was not disappointed with Someday’s run as to be fair, looked in need of the outing yesterday after missing Cheltenham, also pulled very hard throughout a race that was definitely not run to suit.


13.40 Beverley – Westwood Handicap (0-75) (5f)

Michael Easterby’s handicappers have been in fine fettle this season, the yards entry here is Bosham. The course and distance winner won here on this card last year off a mark of 73, going on to run poorly at Haydock when stepped into 0-85 company.

Over the past five months he has been competing on the all-weather which has seen no signs of a win due soon, but deserved respect now back on turf and course. Lucky Beggar looked to have found a new lease of life when runner up at Redcar last week.

Despite a useful sprinter on his day, it’s just off putting that his last win came almost three years ago when winning a 0-110 at Newbury, will have to build on his recent second to thrive here as on his main form he is way ahead of the handicap.

One I am willing to have a small play on is John Wainwright’s Tick the Boxes, who is also another that has a declined turf form of 1-11 which stretches back three years. If he could actually put his all-weather form to turf he would not be entered in this category.

Only just managed to hold on in a claimer at Gosforth park two runs back and failed to follow up at Southwell two weeks later when beaten a head. It’s just one of those selections that should be entering equations around these poor races.

Tick the Boxes : 1pt each way @ 12/1 (BOG)

14.00 Perth – Murrayshall Hotel & Golf Courses Novices Hurdle (16.2f)

Nicky Henderson looks on the brink of landing the trainers title over the next week and saddles a hot pot here in Top Ville Ben who was looking to make it 3/4 over hurdles when coming to grief at Chepstow under today’s pilot.

His last two runs have seen him out, I am not really convinced he will handle Perth, looking vulnerable and a tendency to make mistakes he could be worth taking him on with James Moffatt’s Golden Town. The once Godolphin trained flat performer commanded a reasonably winning mark of 96 on the turf.

Since joining Moffatt’s set up I think he has done himself justice with some creditable efforts at Musselburgh, being placed on two occasions. They became bold with him when having a crack at Graded level at Haydock in a Supreme trial.

They must think a lot of him to even consider they would have run him in the Supreme Hurdle if he had not pulled up at Haydock, but he was a 100/1 shot that day so optimistic more than positive. I can’t see why he won’t give another good account of himself here even though taking on a well backed Henderson hotpot who does make mistakes.

Golden Town : 1pt each way @ 9/2 (BOG)

15.05 Perth – Lindsay’s  Handicap Hurdle (0-100)

Grand National winning jockey Derek Fox rides my selection in the 3.05 on Mash Potato. The ex Michael Dods inmate and now with Noel Kelly in Ireland, has taken his time to get in front between the flags, almost 21 months, but did it nicely when winning with something in hand at Uttoxeter when beating better graded horses.

His last run probably brought him up into the mid nineties, but the handicapper has been lenient enough to assess him off 89 this afternoon which really should be exploiting. Sports Barrow has to be feared the most now dropping back in trip. Paddy Brennan takes the mount for Colin McBratney.

Mash Potato : 2pt win @ 4/1 (BOG)

15.35 Perth  – Congratulations to Brian Hughes From Stobart Chase (Novices Limited Handicap)

Would it not be ironic if Brian Hughes won this on Malcolm Jefferson’s Spiculas. The eight-year-old missed all of 2015 and most of 2016 through injury, but returned after a 15 month break when finishing second in a 0-120.

Beaten favourite on his next two runs around 0-120 class made you wonder if the handicapper had already managed to grip him. He bumped into my selection for this race, Ryalex, who he beat to one and three quarter lengths when conceding over a stone at the weights.

Spiculas will have to concede another two pound which gives Ryalex a chance to get closer than their Carlisle encounter. The selection was runner on the card 12 months ago beaten fourteen lengths in a maiden contest under the same sponsors, the drying ground should help his cause this afternoon.

Ryalex : 1pt each way @ 15/2 (BOG)

18.40 Punchestown – Ryanair Novice Chase (Grade 1) (16f)

I have been trying to get this Willie Mullins Great Field beaten this evening. The useful French hurdler made his debut for the new surroundings when winning the Foxrock Cup at Lepoardstown when defeating Draco of Aiden O’Brien’s.

Sent straight to the Cheltenham festival last season which saw him pull up in the County Hurdle. Since taken chasing he has thrived no end which included landing a Listed chase at Thurles last month. With only two defeats in his career it looks like he just has to turn up and he wins, but he is prone to jumping errors under pressure and I am hoping Edna Bolgers Ballyoisin can take him on.

He is another that tends to make unnecessary jumping errors which has seen him fail twice in a short career which included behind Bell D’Arca in the Grade 3 Flyingbolt Novice Chase. I actually thought if for not of the error he would have gone very close to win the race. Jumping is the name of the game and if both Ballyoisin and Great Field fail to put in a solid round of jumping Gordon Elliott’s Bell D’Arca will be there to pick up the pieces.

Ballyoisin : 1pt each way @ 7/1 (BOG)

20.00 Market Rasen – 32Red On The App Store Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat (16.6f)

It will be interesting to see how well the Dunguib related Peculiar Places goes on debut for Irish trainer Ronald O’Leary. A 35,000 purchase as a three-year-old has landed on O’Leary’s yard.

Nicely bred by Presenting out of Blue Louisiana is deservedly respected this afternoon, Tom Scudamore has been booked which is eye-catching in itself.

Infinite Sun is another that has to be market checked after outclassed in a Listed bumper at Newbury which saw fifth place finisher champion bumper runner Western Ryder reversing the course and distance win of Infinite Sun.

The third Sneaky Feeling has won twice over hurdles and finished eighth in a Graded 2 hurdles race at the January Cheltenham meeting. I would expect another big return to the course that saw him win first time under rules.

David Elsworth’s Country’n’Western has not shown himself for eighteen months when winning what looked a reasonable bumper at Carlisle. In fact, he humiliated his opposition by fifteen lengths and has elected to run here over tomorrow’s Perth bumper.

It’s a tough one with Infinite Sun returning to a course he scored his first success, Country’n’Western has to be taken on trust that Elsworth has him spot on this afternoon for a race course re-appearance after 18 months, Peculiar Places is very interesting especially with the booking of Tom Scudamore who just swings my decision.

Peculiar Places : 1pt each way @ 9/2 (BOG)



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