You may recognise him from the live racing channels on TV, where he’s represented us the length and breadth of the country at the best tracks in the sport. BetVictor brand ambassador and horse racing expert Sam Boswell is here to lend you his insight for a variety of upcoming meetings, and deliver a selection of his best tips, in his own exclusive column.
Thursday hosts action over the Jumps at Musselburgh, Ludlow, Taunton, and Clonmel, while the Tapeta at Newcastle is in use for an all-weather card.
Yesterday, Cheltenham hosted its annual weights lunch for the handicaps at the Festival. Plenty of trainers were present to see what their respective horses had been given. With so many horses entered in multiple races, it does make the handicap picture challenging.
One that is already worth noting is Relegate for the Pertemps. She caught the eye when qualifying recently and has been the subject of a bit of support in recent days. Off a mark of 137 for the race in two weeks’ time, she may look very well treated by the English handicapper. You can see all our non-runner no bet Festival ante post markets here.
Arthurian Fame to win
With much of the UK jumps action subject to inspections, it is Clonmel that the tips for today focus on. They open with a maiden hurdle which the market suggests is between just Joseph O’Brien and Willie Mullins.
Whilst Mullins has just two in the race, it is his debutant Marajan that seems most likely to upset the favourite. Seen just once previously in France, connections have been patient given that run was some time ago – for all, he could be one to watch.
The favourite looks a more solid betting proposition. A fair flat horse, Arthurian Fame should be up to winning a race of this nature. His two hurdle starts to date have been fair runs in better company; the run over Christmas when fourth, the seventh from that race Whatsnottoknow has since scored at Thurles. At a shade under even money, it will be Arthurian Flame to back in the opener here.
Aherlow to win
Seven runners go to post for the rated novice chase and in the conditions, BetVictor ambassador Rachael Blackmore can notch another winner.
Aherlow bounced back last time out with a second-place finish at Down Royal. Whilst he was never going to trouble Jurby the winner, it was pleasing to see him put the sub-par run at Fairyhouse behind him where he was pulled up having never travelled and made a significant error.
This smaller field race should suit and he gets the benefit of cheekpieces. At around 3/1, he looks a good shout to get his head in-front later today.