We have been a bit starved of jumps action since Saturday with just Plumpton yesterday to keep us busy. Today, the rescheduled Punchestown card gives us some good action to enjoy, subject to an 8am inspection being passed.
Flat fans have both Chelmsford and Newcastle to keep themselves entertained. It is those venues that provide the tips for today.
Double Martini Each Way
This one-mile handicap looks a tricky puzzle. That said, the nine runners make it a nice shape for an each-way bet at the Essex venue.
Elusif has been a revelation since joining Phil McEntee, scoring three wins since the start of this month, and now up to a mark of 61. Whilst he is clearly thriving, at some point his winning sequence will cease.
At around evens, I want to look for an each-way option elsewhere in the field. Fieldsman has been very consistent in recent runs for Tony Carroll but the eight-year-old’s mark of 66 isn’t too eye-catching.
The one at a bigger price I want to play each way is Double Martini. A winner off four-pounds lower at Newcastle, his two runs since that have been respectable. Trainer form is no concern and James Sullican should be able to get a good tune out of this four-year-old having his first start at Chelmsford.
Mia Mento Each Way
This 0-85 handicap over the six furlongs is an interesting affair and offers us another each-way play to take on the current favourite at the time of writing, Lady Of Aron.
The four-year-old Mia Mento is having her first start for new trainer Peter Chapple Hyam. A debut winner in Ireland over the distance, her form tailed off for Thomas Mullins before making the move to her new trainer.
The sire Casamento seems to have produced a fair few that go well on the All-Weather, which gives us more hope Mia Mento can rediscover some form at Newcastle today.