There are three more meetings across Britain on Tuesday as National Hunt action comes in the afternoon from Huntingdon (1.30-4.00) and Hexham (2.15-4.45) before Wolverhampton (5.00-8.30) stages an evening of all-weather racing.
Tuesday’s nap has been knocking on the door for a win over fences and has plenty in his favour, taking a drop in class now.
Horse racing predictions today – Hexham, Wolverhampton and Huntingdon
Enda McElhinney’s picks for Tuesday are below. Scroll down to read the expert analysis behind them.
Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.
Horse racing predictions: Hexham 4.15
HIGH MOON has been consistent since switching to fences, with form figures of 32333 in this code so far, and Rebecca Menzies’ charge is expected to hit the target sooner rather than later.
He was third behind the progressive Super Six at Haydock (2m 4f, good to soft) last month before occupying the same spot at Kelso (2m 5½f, good to soft) at the beginning of this month last time out.
From that latest contest, runner-up Half Shot has run well back at Kelso since over further and, eased 3lb by the handicapper, High Moon finds himself now dropped in grade for this excellent opening.
The slightly shorter trip is not a source of concern with a couple of hurdles wins at 2m 3½f at Catterick last year and both those successes came on testing ground, ensuring the forecast heavy going can also be viewed as a positive. Nathan Moscrop’s partner will not be winning out of turn and is fancied to land this Langley Castle An Outstanding Small Hotel Handicap Chase.
Selection: High Moon @ SP with Paddy Power
Horse racing predictions: Wolverhampton 8.30
Dropping back to the minimum trip looks ideal for in-form GLORIOUS CHARMER as he bids to land the sixth win of his career at Dunstall Park.
The Michael Herrington-trained seven-year-old has not finished out of the first three on his previous eight starts at the track and won well in a 6f handicap here this month.
On Saturday evening, he was perhaps wider than ideal early in the race but still managed to come and challenge late on, only to be a fading third at the line.
He has got a better draw this time so should not have to use up as much petrol in the early going. Given he has two wins over the minimum trip, dropping back in distance could be ideal for him and Aidan Keeley.
Selection: Glorious Charmer @ SP with Paddy Power
Horse racing predictions: Huntingdon 2.30
This Racing TV Handicap Chase over two-and-a-half miles features nine runners – and plenty of them have been out of form recently. The exceptions include Bitasweetsymphony and MASTER MALCOLM, with preference for the latter here.
He ended last season with a pair of wins at Fontwell and produced his best effort so far this season when second over course and distance (good) last month. Frontrunning winner Concetto has franked the form with a first and second since, while there were two more subsequent winners in behind.
Master Malcom was four lengths adrift of the winner at the line but some 10 clear of everything else. James Best replaces claimer Harrison Beswick in the saddle now and his partner looks to hold every chance in a field where so many can be doubted.
Selection: Master Malcolm @ SP with Paddy Power
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