Matt Chapman’s racing tips for ITV’s racing from Newmarket and Cheltenham on Thursday, April 20

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GOOD LAD

Get all the info to bash the bookies as ITV’s Matt Chapman runs you through the cards on Thursday

IT’S fair to say Nell Gwyn day was not one this blog will remember with any joy, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

Finding winners was ridiculously hard.

However, we all re-group and try again Thursday for the Craven meeting live on ITV4.

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The 1.50pm is a handicap over 6f, and there’s no doubt the horse with potential is the Roger Varian-trained VICTORY ANGEL who might well be a much better horse than one rated 81.

He looked good at Doncaster towards the end of last season and should take all the beating.

The 2.25pm is a hard 7f handicap and only seven runners.

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ACCESSION is in a much tougher heat than when hacking up here 12 months ago, but conditions are ideal and obviously the horse goes well at this track for young Charlie Fellowes.

Maybe he can do it again.


A small field at 3.00pm for the Group 3 Abernant Stakes, and on ratings there is only one winner, namely BRANDO for Kevin Ryan.

He’s not always consistent, but he ended last season in tremendous form and should be able to outclass this lot.

Finally at Newmarket it’s the big Classic trial, the Group 3 Craven, at 3.35pm.

Matt Chapman’s TV Tips

  • 1.50 Newmarket – Victory Angel
  • 2.25 Newmarket – Accession
  • 2.40 Cheltenham – Antartica De Thaix
  • 3.00 Newmarket – Brando
  • 3.35 Newmarket – Larchmont Lad

It just might be that Rivet and War Decree do better later in the season, and LARCHMONT LAD might just cause a minor surprise.

Richard Hannon’s runner won a Group 3 at Newmarket over 7f when last seen, but if getting this distance he might just be fitter than some of his rivals.

ITV4 also show the Listed mares’ novices’ handicap chase at Cheltenham at 2.40pm.

British track sprinter Dwain Chambers races a HORSE ahead of Cheltenham

It’s not original, but the in-form ANTARTICA DE THAIX must run another huge race in a bid for a four-timer.

It could be argued she’s not been beating much, but she’s still in form and running well for a top team in champion Paul Nicholls.

He’ll be keen to take this prize with a very small chance of chasing down Nicky Henderson in the trainers’ championship.

So best of luck and I’ll be back at the weekend with all the Scottish National news. You Betcha!

 



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