TIGHT CALL THE RIGHT CALL THIS WEEKEND!

STUART MARTIN

BY STUART MARTIN

This Saturday’s main action takes place at Kempton and Warwick, with ITV4 covering races at both meetings.

There are quite a few Cheltenham clues on view, with the Grade 2 Ballymore Leamington Novices Hurdle 2:25 Warwick having thrown up subsequent festival winners in The New One and Willougby Court. This is a disappointing turn out with only six going to post and with only seven runners in the other Grade 2 Novice Chase, neither look decent betting mediums.

Nicky Henderson has ruffled a few feathers this week with the non-participation of Altior in the 2:05 Kempton leaving ante-post punters with a sour taste in their mouths. Once again the race doesn’t appeal for betting purposes.

The one race that does stand out for a wager is the 2:40 Lanzarote Hurdle.

The favourite Notre Pari will take a deal of beating, but at the current odds on offer of around 10/1 I really like Tight Call.

The Tim Vaughan trained gelding has had a wind operation since his encouraging return to action at market Rasen behind Honest Vic and Skandiburg.

Those two have done wonders for the form since with Honest Vic winning a £13,000 handicap at Kempton off a 6lb higher mark and Skandiburg winning at Aintree off 4lb higher and then also at Cheltenham.

The selection had a couple of excellent runs last year, falling at the last when fourth behind Brio Conti (Coral Cup 4th), Ballyandy and Malaya off of a handicap mark 3lb higher than today. If the wind op and first time tongue work the oracle, he could be excellent value at the prices.

Recommendation: 1PT E/W Tight Call

                                  0.5PT Echiquier

The other selection I like the look of is Echiquier. If you forgive his last run, the previous two races were excellent form. Fifth to Thyme Hill( subsequent G2+G1 winner) beaten nine lengths at Chepstow for example. At the forecast price of 14/1 it’s worth a bet.

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