Horse Racing Tips | 3rd December 2016
RACING tipster Graeme Johnston gives us his best bets from Saturday’s fascinating day.
The Becher Chase is over the National fences and it’s always a great to watch experienced horses jump over racing’s most famous obstacles.
You tend to look for something with experience over the fences or something who is a reliable jumper as this is a real test. The one I like hasn’t seen the fences before however he’s a good jumper and has a third place in an Irish National to his name so stamina is no issue.
Sizing Coal won a small field chase at Sligo last time out and won it the manor expected given his superiority over that field. However it showed he is still a force at this level and at eight he’s no back number.
A lot is taken on trust until you see your runner jump these fences but I’m of the opinion that Sizing Coal will give us a run for our money and I’m backing him each way.
A 2 mile handicap hurdle with a relatively small field looks a difficult puzzle to solve. The top weight is an unexposed 4 year old and there is an interesting French bred making his UK debut so the race is one likely to produce plenty of future winners, but there is one I like.
Philip Hobbs sends Wishful Dreaming for his fifth start over hurdles and he has a 50% strike rate so far. Last time out he was disappointing in a Conditional Jockeys handicap but he should be better for the experience. He’s still unexposed and he gets in here off an attractive mark.
Tom O’Brien takes over and he’s won on him before. This is likely to be run at an honest pace and despite the three ahead of him in the market being open to improvement in think the fact Wishful Dreaming receives weights from them all will be a huge factor here.
The Tingle Creek is one of the big 2 mile chases of the season and the build up to the race has been dominated by who will represent the Willie Mullins yard. Douvan was backed in from 5/1 in to odds on favourite before he was eventually withdrawn from the race in what’s been a messy week for punters.
Mullins is still responsible for the favourite here in the form of Un De Sceaux who 12 months ago looked almost unbeatable, however that image has been destroyed. His jumping let’s him down and there is competition for the lead here with Ar Mad so I’m taking both on.
God’s Own comes in to this race with two races under his belt already and should be the fittest out of all the runners here. He travelled supremely well last time out and the drop back to 2 miles should suit.
I think a couple of the others may be better than him, however the conditions of the race suit and at the prices and the way the race is likely to be run in think he is a good bet.
Graeme Johnston’s Best Bets
13:35 Aintree – Sizing Coal each way
14:25 Sandown – Wishful Dreaming
15:00 Sandown – God’s Own