Ed Quigley: A confident Betfair Hurdle tip and a 33/1 Kim Muir selection

Janika chasing home Defi Du Seuil earlier in his career.
Janika chasing home Defi Du Seuil earlier in his career.

There is some quality action this weekend, with Newbury and Warwick hosting some classy cards. 

The Betfair Hurdle takes centre stage and normally I am looking to take aim at a big priced individual who can really get in the shake-up. However, on this occasion I think the lightly-raced BROOMFIELD BURG is the one to be with - he is ticking a lot of the right boxes. This unexposed individual is a strong traveller and off an official mark of 134, looks to have the scope to be significantly better than his current rating. Racing freely and using up too much gas early was to his detriment when beaten at Newbury in November, and again at Cheltenham's December meeting, in which he looked the winner as they turned into the home straight, but the tank emptied as those early excursions told, over 2m1f on the New Course at Prestbury Park.

The winner that day, Lively Citizen has since gone on to win, and then at Kempton last time out Broomfield Burg won in a common canter. The runner-up that day, Black Poppy has gone on to win since, so albeit at a lowly level, the form has some substance to it. What was most encouraging about the win at the Sunbury venue in December, was not the manner in which he won, but the way in which he settled for the first time in the early exchanges. He really seems to be getting his act together, and I think the Nicky Henderson representative will take some beating.

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Broomfield Burg silk

Broomfield Burg


The Cheltenham Festival is now only five weeks away and I have been continuing to look at some of the handicaps and horses who may be flying slightly under the radar. There is another horse from Seven Barrows who is grabbing my eye, this time in the Kim Muir, and that horse is JANIKA. First things first, the 2019 Haldon Gold Cup winner has been in woeful form lately, there is no denying that. Taking the view that every cloud has a silver lining, the nine-year-old has absolutely plummeted down the weights. Officially rated 166 at his peak, he is now down to a mark of 143, and for a horse of his back-class, he is now on a rating which really makes me sit up and take note.

Nicky Henderson said in a recent bulletin that 'The Kim Muir is the plan' which adds more fuel to the fire that this has been the aim for some time, so I wouldn't be too disheartened by his recent lacklustre effort in the SkyBet Chase, as it ensured his mark dropped below 145 so he can get into this assignment. I think a crack at this longer trip will suit him, and I would not be shocked if he massively outran his odds with Ben Bromley being the obvious candidate to ride him.

Janika to win the Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Odds correct as of 2022-02-08 18:30 Odds subject to change.


Newbury, 15:35 Saturday 12th February, Broomfield Burg, 2pts win 5/1 (betfair)
Cheltenham Festival, Kim Muir Handicap Chase, Thursday 17th March, Janika, 1pt win 25/1 (betfair)


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