RacingTips.com tipster Brian Healy has compiled his best tips for the seven races to be shown on Channel 4 this afternoon...
On a cracking Saturday, Nick Luck and the Channel 4 Racing team will be bringing seven races from the meetings at Doncaster and Cheltenham onto TV screens around the country.
Channel 4 will be covering Doncaster’s 2.05pm, 2.40pm, and 3.15pm races along with the 1.50pm, 2.25pm, 3.00pm and 3.35pm races from Cheltenham.
This looks an ideal opportunity for DOUBLE ROSS (3/1) to make it a hat-trick of wins here following wins in the Stewart Family Gold Cup in December, and then again on New Year’s Day when landing the Fairlawne Handicap Chase.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ runner has the beating of the often strong-travelling Cedre Blue from the second of those wins, although the latter is weighted now to reverse the form but often consents not to win races by downing tools and finding nil when put under pressure from the saddle and he perhaps isn’t one to trust implicitly.
Cockney Sparrow looks sure to give a good account of herself following her great run in the Fighting Fifth when second behind My Tent Or Yours, but it would come as a massive surprise if ANNIE POWER wasn’t capable of making it ten wins in a row.
Willie Mullins’ mare has carried all before her to date, including twice accounting for the smart Zarkander, and drops back to the minimum distance today.
She shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the drop to two miles and should win this in good style. At long odds-on though, she makes no appeal as a betting proposition.
In a wide open Argento Chase, Paul Nicholls’ ROCKY CREEK (13/8) can build on his excellent second on his seasonal debut in the Hennessy to land this contest.
That Hennessy win came on unsuitably faster ground, and the softer surface at Cheltenham will be more up his alley. He receives weight from the fancied Harry Topper, and that may be enough to see him take this and turn the tables on Kim Bailey’s horse who had previously beaten him at Exeter.
URBAN HYMN ran out a facile winner of a five-runner Haydock event back in December on only his third start under rules.
The second horse home that day is a useful sort, but had no answer to Malcolm Jefferson’s charge and Urban Hymn made all to score easily by twenty lengths that could easily have been double that.
He look s a really exciting horse, and now stepped up in trip he can continue his sharp rise towards the top.
RED SHERLOCK (7/4) comes here defending an unbeaten record and hasn’t been fully extended in three starts this season and looks on an upward curve.
Although there are plenty of dangers around in the shape of Willie Mullins’ Rathvinden (faller last time) and Warren Greatrex’ Madness Light, the David Pipe runner is clearly a useful sort and should go well.
The competitive Skybet Chase can go the way of Donald McCain’s KRUZHLININ (9/1) who has won well on both his previous runs having taken time to find his feet over fences.
With the McCain yard in decent form of late, Kruzhlinin looks an improving type and will handle the ground and trip. There may be more to come from him, and with favourites having a poor record in the race, he’s taken to get the better of Unioniste.
All eyes will be on the returning Big Buck’s and whether he retains all his old ability as an 11-year-old following more than one year off the track.
Gallops reports suggest he does, and providing he’s fit enough to do himself justice he’ll prove almost impossible to beat.
However, more in hope should Big Buck’s fails to fire (remember Sprinter Sacre!) then BOSTON BOB (4/1) is a viable alternative to pick up the pieces.