Racing Thursday offers us jumping at Thurles, Huntingdon Ludlow and Doncaster whilst flat fans will be watching Newcastle and Kempton.
Before we get onto the tips for today, Wednesday saw the Cheltenham Festival build-up arrive at one of the most successful trainers yards. Willie Mullins has provided us with some sensational moments at the biggest meetings. Plans remain fluid for one of the biggest names in the yard, Faugheen, who was last seen winning a grade one at the Dublin Racing Festival and still has the Marsh and the RSA as chase options for March.
The Wallace Line – to win
Whilst this long-distance handicap hurdle wouldn’t be a race of the highest qualit,y it does offer a good puzzle for us to solve. The Wallace Line for Christian Williams runs off a mark of 97 and has the benefit of Jack Tudor claiming five pounds.
His form since joining this yard from Tim Vaughn wouldn’t be of much encouragement but going back over old form off much higher marks, he has run with credit in long-distance hurdles. Today he may just have a chance of bouncing back and looks an each-way bet at the prices.
Rhyme’n Reason – to win
Last seen as one of the final runners for the now-defunct Supreme Racing, Rhyme’n Reason was a good second in a warm bumper back in October. The form of that race has looked pretty good and she arrives in the care of the same trainer Willie Mullins, who is currently operating at around a 20% strike rate.
The six-year-old has an excellent chance of going one better at Thurles today, providing she arrives ready to rumble after a break since her debut.