Architect Tips shares his Tote Placepot tips for today's action at Huntingdon.
Leg 1 Selections: Spirit D’Aunou, Tintintin
The opener should prove a match between the front pair in the betting as Chief Hopper looks out of his depth here. SPIRIT D’AUNOU made a promising start to his hurdles career at Kempton, where he travelled really well and was only beaten by a more-experienced rival in the closing stages. He should go one better here.
His main danger, however, is TINTINTIN, who made a winning hurdles debut at Ffos Las back in October and has presumably been saved for this race since. He has to concede weight to his two rivals but he’s also a promising youngster and should give the favourite most to think about here.
Leg 2 Selections: Hillfinch, Rhebus Road
Stuart Edmunds’ HILLFINCH displayed good form in three bumpers starts and has translated that form to hurdles since. She wasn’t disgraced when third last time and won nicely over track and trip back in February. She is one to consider back over this favourable distance in what is a wide-open contest as plenty of these have decent chances.
RHEBUS ROAD won twice on the Flat and won over hurdles here in May. He hasn’t been beaten far in three starts since and should be suited now returned to this longer trip, so he should make a bold bid to in order to get back on the winning trail. Ben Bromley will be looking for compensation too after his unfortunate incident with Call Me Lord yesterday.
Leg 3 Selections: School Days Over, Kenzai Warrior
This is an intriguing race with some good horses in the field. SCHOOL DAYS OVER on his bumper debut and caught the eye when staying on strongly to finish second at Cheltenham in a Listed event last-time-out in what was a steadily run race. With better to come now that he makes his hurdles debut, he should go close here.
KENZAI WARRIOR has some really good Flat form in the book and, having once contested the 2000 Guineas, he has the potential to be quite classy in this sphere despite running poorly on his latest start. If he takes to hurdles, he could easily outclass these. Daryl Jacob is a good jockey booking too, who’s made a final start to the season.
Leg 4 Selections: Aki Bomaye, Great D’Ange
AKI BOMAYE made an encouraging chase debut last November and while he’s not really built on that in three runs since, he has been given a fair chance by the assessor and shouldn’t be far away here.
GREAT D’ANGE won at Warwick in April and probably would have won back there a month later without falling when going well. He ran well on his return last time at Bangor and should be able to build on that here.
Leg 5 Selections: Impulsive One
This is quite a good race but Nicky Henderson’s IMPULSIVE ONE is a very smart hurdler, who won a competitive Listed event back in February and returned to the winners enclosure with an emphatic success over this course-and-distance last month, where he travelled well and came from off the pace to cruise into the lead and stride clear to win by four-lengths plus.
That was his first start after wind surgery, so there’s no doubt he has plenty more left in the locker and a four-pounds rise seems manageable. This talented four-year-old gets the nod to enhance his fine strike-rate by landing a fifth win from just eleven starts in this sphere under Daryl Jacob. He’s the Placepot banker.
Leg 6 Selections: Millers Bank, Allmankind
An excellent renewal of this Grade Two event and the Alex Hales-trained MILLERS BANK won the Grade 1 Manifesto novices' chase at Aintree in April and ran a very good race when second at Carlisle last time. He is a very talented horse, who should be capable of being heavily involved in the outcome here. He has the class to go close here.
Dan Skelton’s ALLMANKIND was also a high-class novice chaser and although his form tailed off towards the end of last season, he’s had a pipe-opener on the Flat and this six-year-old is likely to be ridden under positive tactics. He disappointed in this race last year but he’s better than that and should produce a better performance this time.