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 1.15 at Kempton - Sea Invasion @ 11/2  
  • Tanya Stevenson's Tip for the 1.50 at Kempton - Givemefive @ 4/1
  • Donn McClean's Angle for the Coral Trophy At Kempton
  • Donn McClean's Angle for the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse 
  • Racehour Tips from Cian Kirby

Welcome to the The Jump Zone which features tips and analysis from Racehour regulars 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 1.15 at Kempton - Sea Invasion @ 11/2  

Sea Invasion was second to Slade Steel in a point-to-point in Dastown back in May 2022, only beaten two lengths. 

Slade Steel, now trained by Gordon Elliott, has won a Grade 2 Hurdle, and finished second to Ballyburn in a Grade 1. He is second favourite to Ballyburn for the Baring Bingham on Wednesday of the Cheltenham Festival and has a rating of 146. 

Sea Invasion is still a maiden over hurdles and has a rating of 113, yet the potential has been hidden in plain sight. 

On his penultimate run he was third to Jeriko Du Reponet at Newbury. Form with that rival is well represented later on the card in the Grade 2 Dovecote Hurdle. 

On Boxing Day at Kempton he came into contention late and ran on well behind Court In The Act. Third Moon Chime and second Onethreefivenotout have both since won. 

Trainer Chris Gordon has won with five of his last 12 runners and this horse has already seen a bit of interest in the market since declarations.

Tanya Stevenson's Tip for the 1.15 at Kempton - Sea Invasion @ 11/2  

Tanya Stevenson's Tip for the 1.50 at Kempton - Givemefive @ 4/1

This is a fabulous, classy renewal of the Adonis Hurdle, each and every one would be a very good winner. 

The race has the ability to be a Triumph Hurdle Trial with six of the last 35 winners going on to win that race at the Festival. 

There will be further interest in the contest considering the owners of Givemefive include Graeme McDowell and Brooks Koepka and they may have a superstar if the Warwick success is to be believed.

Going through some of the runners, Captain Marvellous made all at Kempton for an impressive saunter over rivals inferior to Saturday’s ones, but he would have had a bigger workout going round the paddock. 

Kalif Du Berlais looks special, a big chasing type and he may be a phenom, but big chasing types don’t generally win this race. Peking Opera was very green at Sandown, yet still won and he has a very good flat rating. 

Gary Moore has had the runner-up in this five times, so he will want to change that. And Swift Hawk travelled well at Taunton when beating Orchestra by five lengths. He, for me, is the danger to Givemefive. 

Givemefive defeated Orchestra by 18 lengths at Warwick and I have been counting down the days to the Adonis since. 

He has this very quick economical manner over his hurdles and his style should be suited to Kempton. 

Harry Derham is seeking his biggest career win as a trainer at a course where he has had four winners from his 10 runners.

Tanya Stevenson's Tip for the 1.50 at Kempton - Givemefive @ 4/1

Donn McClean's Angles

Coral Trophy - Ground Watch

It looks like the ground for the Coral Trophy (3.37) at Kempton on Saturday is going to be unusually soft.  

The official ground for the race for each of the last eight years was, respectively, good to soft, good, good, good, good to soft, good, good to soft and good.  

Five goods and three good to softs. This year it looks like it’s going to be soft, heavy in places.

In this context, you have to re-visit any prior thinking that you had about horses who might suit the race. Forward Plan was on the shortlist for this race since he finished second in the Great Yorkshire Chase, Lord Baddesley was on it since he finished second in the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Chase at Newbury. 

Both horses should suit the race, but both horses’ best form is on better ground, the ground that you expected when you were putting them on the shortlist, so you are entitled to have a re-think. 

While form of Il Ridoto is all over shorter trips, he does go on soft ground, and the track should suit him. That’s the re-think!

Pointer For The Bobbyjo Chase At Fairyhouse

Of course, the long-range looks are all about Cheltenham these days, but keep an eye on the Bobbyjo Chase (3.50) at Fairyhouse on Saturday with the Aintree Grand National in mind.

The Bobbyjo Chase is well-named, remembering, as it does, the Tommy Carberry-trained horse who won the Aintree Grand National in 1999 under the trainer’s son Paul.

It was a first Grand National win for an Irish-trained horse since L’Escargot had won the race in 1975, trained by Dan Moore and ridden to victory by the same Tommy Carberry.

Hedgehunter won the Bobbyjo Chase in 2005 before going on to win the Aintree Grand National six weeks later. Black Apalachi won the Bobbyjo Chase in 2009, and he was travelling well in the 2009 National when he unseated at Becher’s second time.  

Then, the following year he finished second in the Bobbyjo and he finished second to AP McCoy and Don’t Push It in the National. Any Second Now won the Bobbyjo two years ago, then went to Aintree and finished second to Noble Yeats in the Grand National.

There are only four runners in this year’s renewal of the Bobbyjo Chase, but all four hold entries in the Grand National, and a good run by any one of the four could see his Aintree odds contract significantly.  

Vanillier is favourite in most lists for Aintree, so his Aintree odds probably don’t have a lot of room for contraction at this stage, but a big run at Fairyhouse on Saturday from I Am Maximus or Minella Crooner could send either horse’s Aintree odds downwards.  

And, with the Aintree weights now set, a good run would not see any alteration in any Grand National handicap rating.

Cian Kirby's Racehour Selections

Pendil Novices' Chase @ Kempton 2.27 - Arclight at 6/1

This race looks wide open and it's very rare to see 7/2 the field with betting sites on any novice chase.

Six runners go to post and five of them could go off a very similar price, which is fascinating.

Arclight has looked a different animal since being sent chasing and she arrives here on the back of a hat trick of wins.

Her most recent win got a form boost at Thurles on Thursday as Marsh Wren won a Listed race.

She receives weight from the whole field, and she was also a facile winner at Kempton last year when she won a Juvenile Hurdle by 43 lengths.

Dovecote Novices' Hurdle @ Kempton 3.00 - Helnwein (each-way) at 14/1

Another open-looking race as eight runners go to post for the Grade Two Dovecote Novices' Hurdle.

Lump Sum and Fiercely Proud head the market and they are closely matched on form after they chased home Jeriko Du Reponet at Doncaster last time out.

I am going away from the top of the market here and taking a chance on Helnwein at 14/1.

Alan King has won the Dovecote four times before and Helnwein showed enough in a Listed event at Sandown in December to suggest he can take this step up in class in his stride.

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