I tipped Minella Daddy among today’s TV tips and with the main danger Gold Present now a non runner, I’m happy to make him a recommended bet (see here for explanation)
Sean Bowen rides Minella Daddy for his father. He’s won at Ascot and achieved his best Racing Post Rating here when 2nd to Regal Encore in December 2016. His next outing was in a hot Kauto Star Chase at Kempton where he went off the same price as Might Bite (who fell in the lead at the last). Minella Daddy was pulled up that day and I’m assuming the reason for the non-complete was what kept him out for 13 months.
He reappeared here at Ascot last month, leading and looking in good heart until tiring badly and finishing a long way behind Acting Lass. Still, I thought he showed enough that day to merit close consideration for this. Prior to that PU last season, his form figures were 22112. He lined up at Kempton on a rating of 145 and here he is, just one run later, off 8lbs less. I think the handicapper has blundered and Minella Daddy looks the value bet of the day and I recommend that you back him.
Minella Daddy 7/1 NAP
Enjoy the racing and don’t bet more than you can afford to lose with a smile.
Post race update: Guitar Pete went off at 7/2 but unseated at the 10th while still travelling sweetly. I’ve seen some criticism of his jumping, and he is no Altior, but it’s sound enough and he can recoup losses next time when, hopefully, the ground is better.
Working to £1 stakes, we are £1 down on “recommended” bets for 2018
The improving Guitar Pete is due to run at Ascot on Saturday in the Bet365 Handicap Chase (3pm).
He was fortunate last time at Cheltenham, well adrift of Starchitect when that clear leader sadly broke down fatally. But Guitar Pete has found his feet after joining Nicky Richards last spring from Sandra Hughes and is beginning to build a progressive profile.
I’d fear Robinshill more than Acting Lass, though Robinshill can take big chances with his jumping at times and has a tendency to jump left.
I think Guitar Pete could be as short as 4/1 on Saturday. Normally, at this stage of the week I’d wait and see but his trainer has said he goes here (that can never be relied 100%, but Richards is usually straightforward) and I’d sooner take a small risk to get the 6/1. Although the horse has not won in Britain going right-handed, he has won twice that way in Ireland. This will be his first appearance at Ascot.
I recommend a win bet at 6/1 which is currently available with Coral and Betvictor.