Architect Tips shares his Tote Placepot tips for today's action at Huntingdon.
Leg 1 Selections: Spotty Dog, Mixedwave
SPOTTY DOG was all the better for his reappearance when successful over course-and-distance in January and then made it two-from-two at the course last time over the same distance. The eight-year-old has more work to do off an eight-pounds higher mark this time but is still respected given his current mood.
Pam Sly’s MIXEDWAVE has taken very well to fences, who won back-to-back events at Leicester and Market Rasen before continuing his good work ethic with a runner-up effort 11 days ago. He is on the same mark here and has plenty in his favour, including the course, which should suit. Another bold display is on the cards.
Leg 2 Selections: Greyval
With a 29% strike-rate at the course, Fergal O’Brien’s GREYVAL should be the answer to leg 2. She confirmed the promise of her hurdling debut when winning a Listed event back at Doncaster, displaying a nice turn of foot in the process. Despite carrying a penalty, this is a super opportunity for her to win again with her stable in good form and having by far the best form in the race.
Leg 3 Selections: Alberic, Abaya Du Mathan
ALBERIC might have a bit to prove at the moment but the six-year-old retains potential having won on his chase debut. In addition, he won decisively over course-and-distance on his final start over hurdles and this mark doesn’t look beyond him, so he narrowly shades the first vote to potentially make the frame.
I’ll also nominate ABAYA DU MATHAN, who has fallen a long way in the weights since he joined the David Pipe stable in late 2021. He has ultimately been winless since April last year but that was from a 15 pounds higher mark in a stronger race and he’s predominantly competed in tougher races than this so far in his career. He could bounce back to form at value odds.
Leg 4 Selections: State Of Bliss, Estacas
Neil King’s STATE OF BLISS was useful on the Flat for Charlie and Mark Johnston, rated as high as 92, and makes his stable/hurdles debut in a winnable contest for leg 4. He has undergone wind surgery ahead of this assignment, so with a fluent round of jumping, he could be a serious player under the assistance of Jack Quinlan
ESTACAS won on her stable debut at Ascot in a bumper when beating a host of subsequent winners before matching that form when third in a class two next-time-out. He has improved with each start over hurdles after three starts and ran well behind a subsequent winner last time when second. He can have a leading say in this.
15:30 Ike Sport
Leg 5 Selections: Ike Sport, Hardy Boy
IKE SPORT came good in great style when easily dispatching an odds-on favourite at Taunton eight days ago and he has essentially escaped a penalty for that success. That was his first start in four months and perhaps will be even fitter here, so another bold showing looks firmly on the cards with Danny Gilligan claiming a valuable seven pounds.
Luca Morgan has his only ride on the card for his boss Ben Pauling in the shape of HARDY BOY, who won a pair of handicaps last year, including here. He produced his best effort this campaign when denied by only a short-head at Kempton last time. It’s hard not seeing him thereabouts here from only a three-pounds higher mark.
Leg 6 Selections: Ratoute Yutty, Desert Fortune
RATOUTE YUTTY has gained both her wins for this yard over course-and-distance and returned a very easy winner of this race last year by over two lengths. Her recent efforts haven’t set the pulse racing but she’s back on the same mark as when she won this last year and has a good chance of repeating her success in receipt of weight from all of her rivals.
DESERT FORTUNE was well beaten on her handicap debut last month but the form of her second on debut in a bumper is still fresh in the memory and her stable are very much amongst the winners of late. She should have more to offer and this race should see progression from Christian Williams’ charge in leg 6.