The Jump Zone: Featuring The Racehour, Donn McClean & Tanya Stevenson

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The Jump Zone: Featuring The Racehour, Donn McClean & Tanya Stevenson

Horse Racing Tips & Angles

  • Tanya Stevenson's Tip for the 3.15 at Haydock - Famous Bridge @ 13/2
  • Tanya Stevenson's Tip for the 4.25 at Haydock - Isaac Des Obeaux @ 4/1
  • Donn McClean's Angle for the Ascot Chase
  • Donn McClean's Angle for the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle at Haydock
  • Racehour Tips from Cian Kirby

Welcome to the The Jump Zone which features tips and analysis from Racehour regular Cian Kirby, Donn McClean & Tanya Stevenson for all the national hunt racing action.

As always, you’ll find the most up-to-date odds with horse racing betting sites, but don’t sleep on our tipster’s predictions as those odds could soon be snapped up by the betting public. Odds stated are correct at the time of publishing.

Tanya Stevenson's Selections

Tanya Stevenson's Tip for the 3.15 at Haydock - Famous Bridge @ 13/2

I'm still reeling from the fact Famous Bridge ran at Doncaster in the Great Yorkshire Chase. 

He was all set to go to the Peter Marsh the week before at Haydock, before that was abandoned. Everything was right for him at Haydock, heavy ground which provided a test of stamina. 

Then he appears at Doncaster and is pulled up. That is not a deterrent to me selecting him back at his ideal venue. 

The tempo was just too quick for him on good ground at Donny and they got away from him forcing him into the mistake, after which it wasn’t long before Sean Quinlan pulled him up. 

He was a non-runner at Ayr for the Scottish Grand National due to the good ground being unsuitable. 

The Grand National Trial on deep ground has always been earmarked by me, to pick him, should he run. He doesn’t start to get going until the last couple of fences.

I appreciate Iron Bridge is in the race under the same ownership and should he run he would be a danger but the indecision of Haydock or Ascot as a target gives me hope. 

I know they’ve been sensible at the start of the week, it looked like potential for Haydock being off, rather than Haydock heavy.

I can’t believe Nicky Richards hasn’t won this race yet. He is in the right form this season with a 22% strike rate, his best since 2014-15. Jockey Sean Quinlan has a 24% strike rate for him this season. 

And Sean has ridden Famous Bridge four times to three wins. Famous Bridge thrives in the Spring. 

Let’s hope the return to his beloved Haydock does the trick.

Tanya Stevenson's Tip for the 3.15 at Haydock - Famous Bridge @ 13/2

Tanya Stevenson's Tip for the 4.25 at Haydock - Isaac Des Obeaux @ 4/1

Ramses De Teillee retired earlier this week, he was a wonderful grey who won eight races, including the 2020 Prestige Novice Hurdle Grade 2 at Haydock. 

It’s a race with a pretty underplayed list of winners, 1990 Miinnehoma, 1997 Young Kenny, 2003 Iris’s Gift, 2006 Neptune Collonges. The latter was trained by Paul Nicholls. He won it again last year with Makin’yourmindup. 

As flagged up by the names mentioned, the horses that run in this mature to be very special chasers. Paul Nicholls' runner, Isaac Des Obeaux, is enormous this year.

A ready-made chaser. He caught my eye way back in October at Cheltenham, he was very green and clumsy at his hurdles, but all things considered ran well to be sixth.

It’s a wonder how he ever got in contention over 2m3f at Chepstow in November, let alone win. 

The heavy ground proved no inconvenience when he won again at the same distance at Chepstow in December. Heavy ground helped. His last flight jump left a lot to be desired but that was inexperience rather than tiredness. 

On to Cheltenham in January, in a Grade 2, and he was upped to 2m4f and pitted against Gidleigh Park! 

Two out, he was alongside the main protagonists, but in between the second last, and last, he hit a flat spot and dropped back to 10 lengths behind and finished fifth.

Then after the last, he eased back into third making up five lengths. No wonder he has been upped to three miles and I would guess Bryony will be riding him very positively just like he was at Chepstow for his two wins. 

It is a bit of a worry that Bryony hasn’t had a winner since December, but she is four from 29 for Paul Nicholls this season. I do think Isaac Des Obeaux has plenty of untapped potential and course and distance could help to showcase it.

Tanya Stevenson's Tip for the 4.25 at Haydock - Isaac Des Obeaux @ 4/1

Donn McClean's Angles

Take Your Pic In The Ascot Chase

In one sense, you can see why L’Homme Presse has been put in as a warm favourite in front of Pic D’Orhy for the Ascot Chase at, well, Ascot on Saturday. He is a superior horse on official ratings, he is rated 8lb higher, and they meet on level terms.

As well as that, L’Homme Presse has won seven of his nine chases, and he looked good in winning the Fleur De Lys Chase at Lingfield last month on his first run since the 2022 King George.

The problem is that the Ascot Chase is run at Ascot, right-handed, over two miles and five furlongs. The trip may be shorter than ideal for Venetia Williams’ horse, and the track may be more right than ideal.

He has won going right-handed, he has won at Ascot, but he jumps to his left. He jumped to his left when he won that day at Ascot, and he jumped to his left in the King George last season.

By contrast, this is probably close to Pic D’Orhy’s ideal trip and track. He goes well right-handed, he goes well at Kempton, he goes well at Ascot.

He may get closer to L’Homme Presse than the ratings and the betting suggest he will.

Punta Interesting at Haydock 

A proven ability to handle testing conditions at Haydock is a big asset to take back to a contest that is set to be run in testing conditions at Haydock.

Punta Del Este ran well on his first run at Haydock, his first run for Dan Skelton, when he finished third behind Bo Zenith in the Victor Ludorum Hurdle on good to soft ground on this day last year, and he ran even better on his second, when he won a Class 3 handicap hurdle there in December on heavy ground.

He is 10lb higher now than he was then, but he is proven in the conditions at the track, he is progressive, and he could improve again for the step up to three miles.

He will be of interest in the Pertemps qualifier back at Haydock on Saturday afternoon.

Cian Kirby's Racehour Selections

Reynoldstown Novices' Chase @ Ascot 1.50pm - Brave Kingdom at 7/2

Paul Nicholls has won the Reynoldstown Novices' Chase three times before and I expect him to make it a fourth on Saturday with Brave Kingdom. 

Kilbeg King has been disappointing since going chasing, while Henry's Friend has won his last two races, he failed to stay three miles on his only attempt at that distance.

Brave Kingdom has developed into a smart chaser and with Cobden on board he should be difficult to reel in if bossing the race from the front.

Apple Away looks plenty short at 6/4 and Brave Kingdom looks a far more attractive betting proposition at 7/2 with betting sites.

Kingwell Hurdle @ Wincanton 2.05pm - Rubaud at 5/2

Considering Rubaud was odds-on in the ante-post market for this race, 5/2 looks far too big about him now.

He won impressively over course and distance in November, which teed up a tilt at the Christmas Hurdle against the mighty Constitution Hill.

Rubaud ran with credit to finish second and ran another solid race at Cheltenham next time out, where no horse was a match for Lossiemouth.

The six-year-old will appreciate this drop in class and can bounce back to winning ways at Ditcheat's local track.

Ascot Chase @ Ascot 3.36pm - Pic D'Orhy at 2/1

As you can tell by now, I am expecting Paul Nicholls to have a big Saturday and I fancy Pic D'Orhy to land the spoils in the feature Grade One event.

L'Homme Press heads the market at 4/5 here, but he looks short enough based on a few factors going against him. 

He would ideally prefer softer ground, a left handed track and a longer trip. He also ran three weeks ago which is a quick turnaround for a horse coming back off a two year break.

Ahoy Senor showed some signs of life at Cheltenham in the Cotswold Chase, but he is proving difficult to predict and expensive to follow. 

Pic D'Orhy is the solid play here, a dual course and distance winner, this will have been his target since narrowly losing to Bandbridge at Kempton and he can go one better in this Grade One contest.

Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices' Hurdle @ Haydock 4.25pm - Mt Fungi Park at 11/2

Jonjo O'Neill is enjoying a hot streak at the moment, with four winners from his last seven runners.

He won't have many more exciting prospects than Mt Fungi Park, who steps into Grade Two company for the fist time on Saturday in the Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices' Hurdle.

The Walk In The Park gelding is yet to taste defeat, an easy winner of his point-to-point, he had no trouble winning a maiden hurdle at the first time of asking.

He followed than up with another gutsy win at Leicester, where he coped well with the testing conditions to beat the highly regarded Alcedo, as the pair pulled 17 lengths clear of the third.

The six-year-old looks tailormade for Saturday's assignment and he can give Jonjo his first win in the race since Iris's Gift in 2003.

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