Huntingdon Expert Eye Tips: Four horses to back on Friday January 14

Having a bet on Friday's jumps action at Huntingdon? A read of our expert eye article first might just help you turn a profit.

We've four outright picks and you can scroll down for the reasons behind them, or just click on the horse's names below to go straight to Planet Sport Bet and place you bets.


Ballycorr (13.00 Huntingdon)

Rewired (14.30 Huntingdon)

Holly Hartingo (15.00 Huntingdon)

Mr Gold (16.00 Huntingdon)

Course characteristics

A right-handed, flat, oval circuit of 1m4f with easy bends. It tends to favour horses with speed over stamina, with dour stayers only seen to best advantage under very testing conditions.

Top trainers with runners

Nicky Henderson and Dan Skelton are tied on 24 winners over the past five seasons, with the former boasting the better strike rate of 28% (86 runners).

Henderson has three chances to add to his tally - Barbados Blue (14.00), Parisian Blue (15.00) and Propelled (16.00) - while Skelton relies on Free D'Armes (13.30).

Top jockeys with rides

Nico de Boinville, who is on board all three of Henderson's runners, is the leading jockey here over the same period with his 22 winners (from 80 rides) coming at a very healthy strike rate of 28%.

Course specialist

Lord Sparky has won half of the ten races he has competed in at the track, four of which were over fences (4-6 in that sphere), including on his last visit in December, and that makes him of obvious interest in today's 3m handicap chase (15.30).

13.00 Huntingdon - Ballycorr

Ace Time is chasing a hat-trick in the opening 2m3f handicap hurdle (click for racecard) confined to conditional jockeys after wins at Leicester and Uttoxeter and he should make a bold bid, despite a further 8lb rise.

But the eight-year-old has been beaten on his last three visits to this track and given that his recent improvement has coincided with a drop back to 2m, he might not prove the strongest of stayers in the soft conditions.

We're taking him on with the Henry Oliver-trained Ballycorr, who has given the impression he will suited by at at least this far in three hurdle outings to date, including when rallying into fourth when last seen out at Plumpton in December.

That run qualified him for a handicap mark of 97, which may prove lenient, and the seven-year-old looks something to bet on (to small stakes) now faced with a more realistic task and with talented conditional Kevin Brogan booked to do the pushing.

14.30 Huntingdon - Rewired

The most valuable race on the card, the Chatteris Fen Hurdle over 2m for juveniles, has attracted a field of just six runners and four of those can boast winning form. The best of the quartet could be Gary Moore's Kotmask, a Fontwell winner last time out.

But for the winner we like the look of Dr Richard Newland's Rewired, who came in for support ahead of his hurdles debut at Kempton just after Christmas only to prove no match for easy winner Iceo.

The winner is exciting, though, and Rewired showed enough on that occasion to suggest he's got a future over hurdles and is entitled to have come on plenty for the experience.

In which case this dual winner on the Flat when for David Menuisier won't be far away this afternoon and especially as he has the soft ground he needs to show his best. Sam Twiston-Davies rides.

15.00 Huntingdon - Holly Hartingo

The 2m41/2f mares' novices' hurdle looks a good opportunity for Alastair Ralph's Holly Hartingo to follow up her stable / debut success at Ludlow 23 days ago, when showing a willing attitude to force her head in front close home.

The form of that 15-runner contest looks pretty solid as it has been won by decent mares in the past and it was run in a good time, almost ten seconds faster than the opening handicap on the card.

She cost her current connections £27,000 after finishing second a close-up second in an Irish point last spring, and that could look even more of a bargain after she puts today's seven rivals to the sword.

16.00 Huntingdon - Mr Gold

Donald McCain doesn't have many runners here but when he does make the 138 miles trip from his Cheshire base it pays to take notice, with two of his five runners over the past five seasons ending up in the winners' enclosure.

Donald McCain has an excellent record in bumpers this season

He's represented by Collingham in the day's feature and that horse is not without a chance (we prefer Rewired), but his Mr Gold could go well too in the closing bumper.

None of the seven runners have seen racecourse action and, of his six rivals, the Nicky Henderson-trained newcomer Propelled is sure to be popular.

As always in these type of contests, the market will prove the best guide but the McCain runner is a nicely-bred type, being closely related to Cinders And Ashes, who was a high-class 2m hurdle winner for the same stable.

He will also benefit from the services of in-form conditional Theo Gillard, who claims a handy 5lb off his back, and hails from a stable with a 7-22 (32%) record in bumpers this season, with another six runners filling second spot.

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