Betting Gods are breaking new ground today by sponsoring their first ever horse races, the 4.50 and 5.20 at Worcester. The races are being supported by some of the country’s top trainers in David Pipe and Jonjo O’Neill – and we’ve decided to preview both races for you to try and provide you with a couple of free winning tips!
There are 11 runners set to go to post for the 4.50, and the ground is set to ride good-to-firm, so here is our analysis of all the runners and our tip.
Minella Web 7/1
The top-weight seems to prefer a 20-furlong trip, and he’s faded in the closing stages the last 3 times he’s run over this far or further. Course winner, but also 4lb higher than for last win. Trainer 1 winner from last 6 runners.
Lady Longstone 9/2
Won a National Hunt Flat Race here, but is 10lb higher than for last win. Trainer 0 winners from last 13 runners.
Presence Felt 16/1
Never won a hurdle race, but placed here over 20-furlongs in 2012. Also won a chase off 108 and can run off 99 today. Trainer 4 winners from last 15 runners.
Impressive course and distance winner on first run for new trainer, but raised 14lb for that. Also physically carries 13lb more, having had to carry just 10-8 last time. Trainer’s only winner in last 5 runners.
Fountain Cider 13/2
Connections have run him in some good class novice hurdles on his last 3 runs, and he now goes handicapping. The dark horse in the race, and trainer has had 3 winners from last 8 runners.
Dynamic Idol 7/1
Won a chase off a 2lb higher mark in 2013, and trainer has got him to finish 2nd twice in last 3 runs. Trainer 1 winner from last 8 runners.
Minority Interest 11/1
Multiple flat-winner up to 10-furlongs who showed his best hurdle form last time when third off his lowest ever mark. Would probably need to improve for extra 3-furlongs which isn’t guaranteed on flat form.
Driving Well 14/1
Maiden who put up his best performance this year under today’s jockey Sean Bowen. Second over course and distance last year in July off a 4lb higher mark, and the winner that day has run creditably off higher marks.
Diamond Reign 50/1
No better than 6th in 7 races so far and is hardy to fancy.
Well-beaten in four course runs, but is handicapping now and improvement could be forthcoming.
No better than 7th in 6 runs and hard to fancy.
Tobefair may well have another win in him but at 5/2 I don’t mind missing him, and I’d much prefer to back Driving Well each-way. He’s performed with credit over course and distance off a higher mark, and could go well under Sean Bowen at a double-figure price.
Driving Well 1 point each-way @ 14/1 (Skybet, Betfair Sportsbook) 1/5 odds 1-2-3