April 1 Racing Tips: Riggs to make a fool out of Uttoxeter rivals

Racing at Uttoxeter, Wetherby, Chelmsford and Ffos Las gives Planet Sport's tipsters plenty to choose from on Thursday April 1.

Perhaps your luck might change on April Fools' Day. We have a list of some strong fancies that could make it a day to remember.


The smart money is on Riggs in the opening Subscribe To attheraces On Youtube Novices' Hurdle at Uttoxeter (1.00).

The six-year-old claimed a victory on his last visit to this course back in November, and has placed in his last three outings.

His last trip in mid-March, where he finished runner-up in the EBF Final at Sandown, reads particularly well in the context of a minor race such as this.

A victory here will certainly boost Harry Skelton's title challenge.

Other fancies at Uttoxeter include: 1.30 Hurricane Ali, 2.05 Oski, 2.40 Chinwag, 3.10 Animal, 3.40 Boughtbeforelunch, 4.15 Chase The Wind, 4.45 Get A Tonic.


All eyes turn to the racingtv.com Handicap Chase at Wetherby (3.50) to see if Sigurd can land his fourth victory since late December.

Over Christmas and the New Year, the nine-year-old won by 11 and 39 lengths in the space of a week at Catterick.

He was pulled up on his next couple of appearances at Carlisle and Sedgefield in February, but returned to winning ways over this course and distance on his latest outing.

A further 9lb hike makes the trip tougher, but with title-chasing Brian Hughes in the saddle, he will be tough to beat.

Eden Collonges will be hoping to secure back-to-back victories in the 100% RacingTV Profits Back To Racing Handicap Hurdle (4.22).

The Lucarno gelding had been largely disappointing before his triumph in Kelso a week-and-a-half ago.

However, with the talented Joe Williamson again on board, Eden Collonges could have what it takes.

Other chances at Wetherby include: 1.15 Fete Champetre, 1.45 Mizen Master, 2.15 Buck's Bin's, 2.50 Stop The World, 3.20 One Fine Man.

Ffos Las

Over in Wales, Volcano is the one to watch in Canter Carpet West Wales National Handicap Chase (4.37) at Ffos Las.

With four wins in nine outings, the grey has been in excellent form for Sheila Lewis this season.

He proved that a near two stones rise in in the weights since October, made little difference in a comfortable victory at Warwick in mid-March - so a further 7lb hike shouldn't be a problem.

Keep an eye on the following at Ffos Las: 1.55 Steady Away, 2.25 Up For Parol, 3.00 Rosmuc Relay, 3.30 Anax, 4.07 Not Sure, 5.10 At First Glance, 5.42 Do It For Thy Sen.


The most interesting race, on the flat at Chelmsford, is the Woodford Reserve Cardinal Conditions Stakes (5.50).

The one-mile contest is officially part of the "European Road to the Kentucky Derby", meaning the winner will pick up points that could potentially earn a shot at the Churchill Downs showpiece on May 1.

Amongst some interesting prospects on show the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Duty Of Care could be the most appealing Kentucky Derby contender.

Duty Of Care finished third on his debut in early December at Kempton, before scoring his first victory just before Christmas at Newcastle.

Others to watch at Chelmsford include: 4.50 Eaglesglen, 5.20 Catch My Breath, 6.20 Hunters Step, 6.50 Smokey, 7.20 Brute Force, 7.50 Marta Boy.

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