Horse racing bets for Saturday 16th January 2021

I have been having a pretty tough time betting wise of late, this horse racing game can spin your head at times. I did finally break the losing streak with my last bet on Thursday, Rebels Romance at Evens out at Meydan, and hopefully that has got me out of the rut! On to this weekend and the three bets I think can nick us a few quid. 

Best bets for the horse racing at Warwick

First up it is a bet I was going to have but now aint. At 1.50 over at Warwick they have the Grade Two three-mile McCoy Contractors Hampton Novices' Chase. Next Destination takes his next step towards the Cheltenham Festival having won at Newbury back in November, tipped on here. I mentioned him before his comeback race at Wetherby in October over hurdles (second) and have been keeping an eye on him as I truly believe if Nicholls can nurse him along, obviously had problems, he is still a very good horse. I planned to back him in this but the race has cut-up something terrible and to now only three runners and he will be odds-on for this. What I do have is a bit of the 12-1 NRNB with Power for the RSA Chase each-way with March in mind as that will shrink after he wins here (he is bigger elsewhere but no NRNB) see the dedicated Cheltenham Festival page for more. 

Best bets for the horse racing at Lingfield Park

It’s an early start at Lingfield again with the first race of at 11.45.  

The mile Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap at 1.25 is the race of the day on the All-Weather and some nice ones are lining-up. Corazon Espinado won well over seven here last week but is up 9lb for that and though he has a C&D win to his name that was by a short-head and I think he will lead but set this up for one of the others. Lord Rapscallion is considered but it’s a tough assignment off top-weight. Fox Power hasn’t won in a while but has dropped to a mark of 93, 2lb lower than his mark when last winning in a mile Listed heat at Newcastle in April 2019. The grey has to be shortlisted. Intuitive was perhaps a little unlucky in running when third at Wolverhampton (7.2f) three-weeks ago. Slow away Jack Mitchell had no choice but to be patient out the back and he came homely strongly weaving about to get third. Patrick Joseph "P.J." McDonald takes over in the saddle, the yard of Simon & Ed Crisford is in fair form and he is the pick at 4-1 to get up late with the step-up to eight furlongs expected to help.  

The 6f Betway Handicap at 3.10 is an intriguing race. Top Breeze rarely runs a bad race but is in the habit of getting beat and looks to me to need to drop a few pound in the ratings; he pays for his consistency. Recon Mission won nicely here over the minimum trip last time but does struggle to see out the six and has a 5lb rise for that win to deal with. Sun Power looked to appreciate the drop down in trip winning over six-furlongs at Wolverhampton in December (Top Breeze fifth), had been running over a mile previously. Jan Chapple-Hyam might have worked him out and Cam Hardie only kept him up to his work that day rather than riding like a man possessed suggesting there might be a bit more to come. I have a bit of the 4-1 about him in what might be a cracking little race.   

Best bets for the horse racing at Kempton Park

I am not sure what team Godolphin are up to but they have three runners in the UK on Saturday and they all go in the 5.15 the 1m4f Try Our New Price Boosts At Unibet Novice Stakes. John Gosden saddles two of them whilst Charlie Appleby sends First Order to make his belated debut. This colt is a Dubawi half-brother to five winners most notably for me Dirty Dozen member and G.3 Autumn Stakes winner at two Military March. The rest of the field all have at least one run under their belt but none have been that noteworthy so this looks a good opportunity for him to make a winning start to his career. I have the 5-2.  

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