Fox Norton for the Tingle Creek
Every weekend in this column we try to find a few winners and where possible at a bit of a price but this weekend we have to look at a short one to give us the best chance of filling the coffers ahead of Christmas.
Powerful day in store at Sandown
Robbie Power has been reunited with the British-based Potts horses this afternoon and it would look like a negative result of Sandown’s 8am inspection is the only thing that can stop him of bagging more Grade 1 honours. It looked likely for a long time that the Tingle Creek would have an odds on favourite, earlier in the week we expected it to be Douvan, who’d have bolted up if he ran, but in his absence, Fox Norton rightfully takes over at the head of the betting and even if he is a shorter price than you usually get involved with, take the chance today as you won’t get a return like it for a long time.
It should take about five minutes for you to put on €70 and be handed back €110 or thereabouts
but Fox Norton is as good an odds on shot that runs today and can give Power a first win at his first attempt in the prestigious Tingle Creek.
A winner of Grade 1’s at Aintree and Punchestown last season, as well as a Grade 2 on his comeback last month, Fox Norton will have come on for that Cheltenham effort as all of Tizzard’s tend to do.
Cross card success for Tizzard
It could be a very good afternoon for Colin Tizzard at Sandown with a number of live hopes but he’s not without his chances at Aintree either as the famous Grand National fences are in operation for the Becher Chase and the Grand Sefton.
Blaklion would look an obvious selection for the Becher if able to repeat his effort against Bristol De Mai earlier in the season but he’s short enough in the betting for a spin over these fences,
whereas last year’s Topham Chase winner Ultragold looks over priced at 12/1.
The nine-year-old was a 50/1 winner of the Topham and has done little either side of that memorable victory but Aintree is one of those places where you have to take notice of horses that handle the fences and his price just looks a little big and he’s worth and each way punt.
Veteran to hold off the young guns
There’s some really good racing at Navan this afternoon and Western Goose is one that stood out at a price. The 10-year-old could be vulnerable to some lesser exposed types but Vincent Ward has booked JJ Slevin to take a valuable 3lbs off the mare but if she can repeat her run at Punchestown last time she shouldn’t be such a big price as 16/1 so in an open enough contest is worth taking a chance on.
Western Goose – Navan 1.25 – 16/1
Fox Norton – Sandown 2.55 – 4/7
Ultragold – Aintree 3.10 – 12/1
*Prices correct at time of publication