Top Tipster and Broadcaster, Ed ‘Longshot Ted’ Quigley has been banging in the winners, and shares his best bets for the weekend’s action with a cracking card at Newbury on Saturday taking centre stage…
Ted’s bets for Saturday, Feb 10:
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- Newbury 1.30 – On The Blindside each way – bet with bet365
- Newbury 2.05 – Protektorat – bet with BetUK
- Newbury 3.15 – L’Eau Du Sud each way – bet with BetMGM
Newbury 1.30 – On The Blindside each way
ON THE BLIND SIDE is now 12 years of age, but cannot be ruled out from an each-way perspective, in a race that will have a major emphasis on stamina. The quirky veteran blows hot and cold, but is a class act when he puts his mind to it, as he showed when winning at 50/1 at this venue last March. It is worth noting that he has now slipped back to a mark of 137 – the same as when causing that shock, so it wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world if he were to bring his A-game to the table here.
You can forgive his below par run at Plumpton last time out, as it was a track that wouldn’t have suited him, and it is likely he will get his favoured testing underfoot conditions here which will really play to his strengths. With some classy form at the track and when the mud is flying, I see him as an each-way play and he can ruffle the feathers of the younger horses.
Newbury 2.05 – Protektorat
Which Shishkin will we get today? Obviously he is the class act in this field, but comes with risks attached, as when you break it down, he has only managed two wins in the last two years so is far from bombproof. At the prices, I will be happy to take him on with proven mudlark PROTEKTORAT in what could be a tactical affair.
This could be a big afternoon for the Harry and Dan Skelton team, and their 9-year-old former Grade 1 winner looks to have serious claims of getting back in the winners enclosure. Flat tracks and on deep ground are his bag, and I think this 2m7f trip could be absolutely perfect for him. It wouldn’t surprise me if Harry Skelton kicked on early and made this a proper test and tried to expose any weakness in Shishkin – as I can’t imagine that the Seven Barrows runner will be fully revved up for this encounter.
Newbury 3.15 – L’Eau Du Sud each way
By Dan Skelton’s own admission, L’EAU DU SUD hasn’t been the easiest to train, but is very lightly raced, and judged on his form in France, will have no issue with handling very soft underfoot conditions. He was weak in the market and failed to fire in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham back in November, but it transpired subsequently that he was suffering with stomach ulcers, and he was pulled-up.
The Skelton team have a habit of plundering these big Handicap Hurdles, and this race could shape up perfectly for the 6-year-old who showed plenty of promise last season, including when third in the Morebattle at Kelso. He’s dropped down to a mark of 129 here, and this thoroughly unexposed individual has to be taken seriously off that rating with underfoot conditions to suit. Check the each-way concessions available as if he produces his best form he has to get in the shake-up here at an attractive price.
Ted’s Bets for Sunday, Feb 11,
Exeter 2.05 – Tahmuras
Harry Cobden is unstoppable at the moment, and he partners Grade 1 winning Novice Hurdler TAHMURAS who should have everything in his favour as he looks to follow up his most recent success at Aintree from over the Christmas period. The Paul Nicholls trained representative had shown terrific form in his early days, but it was all in danger of petering out after a lacklustre Chase debut at Chepstow last November.
However, the combination of cheekpieces, testing ground and a step up in trip appeared to do the trick as he romped home at Liverpool, looking to have plenty of his old zest back. I expect a positive ride from Cobden here as I don’t think he will be found wanting for stamina, and he looks capable of winning again in a hot little heat.
Exeter 3.05 – Favour And Fortune
Fun Fun Fun adds a fascinating angle to this race, but I like the claims of the Alan King trained FAVOUR AND FORTUNE who had done very little wrong over Hurdles so far, and is the one I would like to side with here for the Alan King team. The 6-year-old ws good enough to run in the Champion Bumper, and has bolted up on his first two starts over Hurdles, before going on to finish second to Jango Baie in Grade 1 company at Aintree.
He is a strong traveller who has no problem with the ground and it wouldn’t shock me if he landed this en route to a crack at the Supreme Novices Hurdle as a lively outsider. Tom Cannon takes the ride and the combination gets the nod from me in this fascinating encounter.
Don’t forget Ed will be back on Tuesday as he continues his hunt for more winners…
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