Today's Horse Racing Tips: Frodon can strike in the feature

Frodon is aiming to secure his sixth win at Cheltenham on Saturday.
Frodon is aiming to secure his sixth win at Cheltenham on Saturday.

I was disappointed to see King’s Lynn (advised at 6/1) finish second at Doncaster yesterday as he looked the likely winner throughout the final furlong. The ground may have been softer than ideal, so he will be of real interest next season on better ground.

A little later in the afternoon, Rouge Vif (advised at 11/2) put in a hugely impressive performance to win a competitive handicap with ease. Third in last year’s Arkle, Harry Whittington’s star should be a big player in the top two-mile races this season.

There is another excellent day of racing ahead with ITV4 showing nine live races. I have picked out six bets across the cards at Doncaster, Cheltenham and Newbury.

Doncaster Tip

14:20 – 5f Vertem Very Different Stockbrokers Handicap (Class 2)

WRENTHORPE (1 point win bet at 13/2) has thrived on soft ground of late and will get his preferred conditions again today. He was a comfortable winner at Nottingham last time out under Graham Lee, who takes the ride again. He is well drawn for a horse that likes to race prominently and can defy this career high mark. Came From The Dark under Tom Marquand rates as the biggest danger.

14:20 Doncaster
Wrenthorpe silk



Cheltenham Tips

15:15 – 3m Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)

His price would suggest that he’ll be in need of the run, but a chance is taken on THE DEVILS DROP (0.5 point win bet at 33/1) on his return from a huge injury layoff. Alan King’s runner won three consecutive races by a combined distance of almost 60-lengths when last seen. He looked a strong stayer and should appreciate the underfoot conditions.

I’m also siding with two other runners in this competitive handicap hurdle, I’D BETTER GO NOW (1 point win bet at 13/2) and MINELLA WARRIOR (0.5 point win bet at 20/1). Dan Skelton’s runner ended last season with a comfortable win at Doncaster and returned to action in fine form last month. He gets in at the bottom of the weights and should go well.

Kim Bailey has his runners in good form and Minella Warrior returns to hurdles following four runs in novice chases. He is 3-5 over the smaller obstacles and is racing off his last winning mark in this sphere.

15:50 – 3m1f Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Chase (Class 2)

FRODON (1 point win bet at 13/2) is one of the most popular horses in training and makes his seasonal reappearance today. His task will not be easy as he must carry a huge weight. However, he won the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase in 2019 and is a multiple Grade 2 winner. He has been talked about as a Gold Cup horse in recent seasons, so I am taking the view that his class will allow him to overcome the weight burden. He thrives at Cheltenham with his five course victories including the Cotswold Chase over this sort of trip. Ground conditions should be ideal and usual partner Bryony Frost takes the ride.

15:15 Cheltenham
The Devils Drop silk

The Devils Drop

15:15 Cheltenham
I'd Better Go Now silk

I'd Better Go Now

15:15 Cheltenham
Minella Warrior silk

Minella Warrior

Cheltenham 15:50
Frodon silk



Newbury Tip

16:45 – 1m2f Download The tote Placepot App Handicap (Class 2)

The progressive Kingman colt TEMPUS (NAP - 1 point win bet at 10/3) was sent off as favourite for the Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket last month but could only finish sixth of the 27 runners. Prior to that, he had won both starts this season and can return to the winners’ enclosure today ahead of a possible step up into pattern company next year. He was withdrawn at the start on Champions Day but is a previous winner here.

16:45 Newbury
Tempus silk


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