Saturday Horse Racing Tips
13:07 Navan Tips
Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) – 2m4f
Bois De Clamart 0.5pts EW @ 10/1
The cold weather has once again caused havoc this week, with meetings abandoned left right and centre due to frozen tracks. Ascot was the highest profile meeting of them all to fall, but thankfully we’ve still got action from both Haydock and Navan to get stuck into!
This Saturday we start over in Ireland for the feature race at Navan, in what looks a fairly weak Grade B Handicap Hurdle. The likes of Grand Roi and Felix Desjy have a lot to prove here rated in the 140s, but one Horse who looks to have ran himself back into form is Bois De Clamart – and I think he has a great chance here.
This Elizabeth Doyle charge is no spring chicken at 9 years old now, but last season was his most productive ever – racking up 3 victories in a mix of Hurdles and Chases. Over fences he has achieved a rating of 139 with his latest victory a facile one at Gowran back in March, but he also finished his season with an easy victory over Hurdles at Cork, for which he was put up 9lbs in the weights for.
Bois De Clamart has ran 3 times in Conditions Hurdles this season, and he looked to desperately need his first two starts as Sligo in October and then again at Fairyhouse in November. On his latest start however, Bois De Clamart went to Limerick for a 2m4f Conditions Hurdle. Looking outpaced heading down towards the second last, this 9yo rallied gamely to get back into contention, and he flew home for 2nd place – only beaten a length by Longhouse Poet (154 Chase, 142 Hurdler), and finishing ahead of the hot favourite Pinkerton (136) off level weights.
Untouched by the Handicapper for that effort, Bois De Clamart now drops back into Handicap company off a Hurdles rating of 134, which is 5lbs lower than his Chase rating – and I think he can make good use of that at Navan.
14:52 Navan Tips
Beginners Chase – 3m
Tenzing 1pt Win @ 7/2
I was very surprised to see Paul Townend riding Aione here, and I’m very much hoping the form of Tenzing ends up working out stronger than the Punchestown race on New Year’s Eve from which Mahler Mission and Shantreusse both return to re-opppose.
Tenzing has had a rather unconventional career thus far, as he won his sole start over Hurdles at Cork in April, but Willie Mullins wasted no time in sending him straight over fences this season.
Making his debut over the larger obstacles at Fairyhouse in November, Tenzing ran a very nice race to finish in 3rd place behind subsequent Grade 1 winner Gerri Colombe and stablemate Bronn (137 Hurdler). It was notable the way he stayed on strongly in the closing stages of the race that day over 2m5f, and he notably beat the re-opposing Shantreuesse (4th) by a convincing 10 lengths.
Stepping up in trip to 3m for his next start at Thurles on the 18th December, where once again Sean O’Keffee rode, with Paul Townend opting for Ramillies. Despite this choice, Tenzing was sent off the 5/4f, but having been stoked along to get into the race rounding for the home bend, Ramillies already had first run and he wasn’t for catching. I certainly don’t think Tenzing lost anything in an ever shortening 2.25 length defeat to an 8/1 shot for the National Hunt Chase however, and in pulling 15 lengths clear of the remainder he earnt himself an RPR of 144 – which is 20lbs clear of the RPRs assigned to Aione’s Punchestown race. As such, I think Tenzing will get off the mark here.
I honestly think that Tenzing would have a good chance in the National Hunt Chase if winning this.
15:40 Haydock Tips
Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) – 1m7½f
Hartur D’Oudairies 1pt Win @ 4/1
We finish Saturday’s selections with a trip to Haydock, and I’m convinced that Hartur D’Oudairies is well ahead of his handicap mark.
This lightly raced 6yo began his career for the Skelton’s with a facile victory in a 2m Novice Hurdle, and connections deemed him good enough for Listed company at Cheltenham on his next start – and he didn’t disgrace himself behind some nice types such as Datsalrightgino (138) and JPR One (129). Despite finishing 5/5 he was only beaten 8 lengths, but unfortunately that was the last we saw of him for 345 days.
Returning to action at Exeter in November, I’m sure connections thought he was going to win off an opening Handicap rating of just 117 – but unfortunately he bumped into Venetia Williams’ Djelo (130), who’s now rated 16lbs higher than that day at Exeter! Despite the winner’s subsequent exploits however, Hartur D’Oudairies has been left alone on a mark of 117, so dorpping into Class 4 company he really ought to return to winning ways.