Expert eye: Betting pointers for racing at Uttoxeter on July 14

Punters can have the pick of six British cards on Wednesday July 14, but it's the sole jumps meeting at Uttoxeter that comes under Planet Sport's scrutiny today.

An eight-race jumps card beginning at 1:20 (1:55, 2:30, 3:05, 3:40, 4:15, 4:50, 5:20) - click here for full racecard and odds with Planet Sport Bet.

Course characteristics: Left-handed with some undulations. Circuit 1m3f.

(All odds correct at time of article publication)

Favourite to swerve

Ginger Du Val (1:20): The five-year-old has yet to get off the mark in five runs over hurdles, having shown promise in French bumpers, but he ran well enough last time out at Worcester to catch the attention of punters.

He won't get many better opportunities to break his duck for sure as this is a very moderate contest, but jumping is a concern. He looked likely to prevail on his most recent start, despite some erratic jumping, and an awkward leap at the last consigned him to second spot.

There's others to fancy here.


Capricia (2.30): Uninspiring form figures and only eighth place last time out, but the six-year-old was returning after a break and should strip fitter this afternoon.

A switch to fences for the first time could also bring about some improvement, as he's bred for the job and has been over shorter trips than ideal over hurdles. His half-brother Shantou Bob was best at around today's trip of 3m.

You can get odds of around 9/1 with Planet Sport Bet here

Unlucky loser

Bempton Cliffs (5.20): Might have taken advantage of a slipping mark in a meeting here on June 27 as he was still in with every chance when making a mistake at the last, having to settle for fourth and finishing a little over five lengths behind the winner.

Dropped a further 1lb since (now 15lb lower than his peak), the relatively lightly-raced six-year-old looks up to winning a small race like this one.

You can get odds of around 12/1 with Planet Sport Bet here

Form warning

Terrafirma Lady (3.05):  The lightly-raced mare is sitting at he bottom of the weights and looks to be one of the form horses, having finished runner-up on her most recent outing.

However, that was a very steadily run race against just three rivals and her previous form is nothing to get excited about.

Lively longshot

Vinnie The Hoodie (3.40): Not without a chance if reasonably straight after his four month lay-off, having already won over track and trip off just a 3lb lower mark last September.

He has failed to trouble the judge in three subsequent starts, albeit one of those came in Listed company when trained by Oliver Sherwood.

Now making his debut for Devon-based Gail Haywood and with a new rider in David Noonan up, he could run better than his odds suggest.

You can get odds of around 14/1 with Planet Sport Bet here

Furthest travelled

Several of today's runners have made the trip up from the west country, including the aforementioned Vinnie The Hoodie and Alramz (4.15), who is Sue Gardner's only runner at the track.

He will be a popular choice having won at Newton Abbot last time out and run well in races here the twice previously. He does have an 8lb weight rise to contend with, though.

Hot trainer

Martin Keighley has his string in good heart judged by his three winners from eight runners in the last 14 days - he also had a second and third in that run.

He has booked Sean Bowen (5-17, 25 per cent strike rate over the last five seasons) for the stable as his sole representative at the track on Capricia.

Hot jockey

Harry Skelton rarely leaves the track without a winner and punters backing his rides (over the last five seasons) blind would have made a very tasty profit of £78.10 - his strike rate during that time was an impressive 36 per cent.

His sole booked ride at the 48-hour stage is hot favourite Percy's Word (1.55), saddled by his brother Dan, the trainer with the most winners at Uttoxeter.

The seven-year-old gelding was rated as high as 91 on the Flat and has been knocking on the door over hurdles, including when runner-up at Southwell when last seen out in June.

This looks a good opening for him.

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