Uttoxeter Expert Eye: Three handicappers to back on Friday December 31

We're hoping to see out 2021 in some style by putting up three handicappers to back at the Midlands track, all at good prices.

If you're happy to take our advice you can go straight to Planet Sport Bet to place your bets by clicking on the horse's names below, otherwise scroll down for the reasons behind our selections as well as some useful info.


One Fer Mamma (13.30 Uttoxeter)

Tap Tap Boom (14.05 Uttoxeter)

Brooksway Fair (15.07 Uttoxeter)

Course characteristics

Left-handed with some undulations. Circuit 1m3f. Relatively sharp in nature but testing conditions in winter place an emphasis on stamina. Suits horses who can travel on the bridle and, on better ground at least, it often pays to race prominently.

Top trainers with runners

Olly Murphy has sent out 25 winners (119 runners, 21%) over the last five seasons, just two more than Fergal O'Brien, and he has two representatives this afternoon: Bubbles Of Gold (14.05) and Graces Order (14.37).

O'Brien is leading the way in the current season with nine winners (42 runners, 21%) and he's here with one horse - Manofthepeople in the maiden hurdle (12.22).

Top jockeys with rides

Sam Twiston-Davies has booted home 34 winners at the track over the last five seasons (7-48 this season) and he will get the leg up on a couple this afternoon: Jazz King (12.22) and Branson Missouri (12.55).

Sam Twiston-Davies has a good record at Uttoxeter

13.30 Uttoxeter - One Fer Mamma

This 3m handicap chase can go the way of Stan Sheppard's five-year-old, who ran an encouraging third on his first try over fences at Ffos Las 15 days ago.

Previously he'd gone down fighting over hurdles off a 1lb lower mark and he has looked much improved since being stepped up to staying distances, which is no great surprise since he started off in an Irish point.

Off his current chase mark of 100 and with the possibility that first-time cheek-pieces might eek out some further improvement, he should go close for a stable that has struck with its last two runners.

Light Flicker, who was back on his A-game after a couple of disappointing runs when winning at Market Rasen earlier this month, is feared most.

14.05 Uttoxeter - Tap Tap Boom

Just the seven runners for this 2m4f handicap hurdle and it looks a good opportunity for Tap Tap Boom to get off the mark in Britain, having won seven times (five on the Flat, two over hurdles) in France.

The seven-year-old has run well on all three starts since joining Alastair Ralph and his most recent third at Hereford was surely needed given he'd been off the track for 391 days previously.

The handicapper has kindly dropped him 2lb since then and he's now 7lb lower than when finishing fourth in a handicap hurdle at this track on his British debut.

He'll also carry 10lb less than his allotted weight of 11st 11lb thanks to the claim of his talented conditional rider Jay Tidball, who is 3-20 this season and booted home a well-backed winner for the same stable nine days ago.

Of his six rivals, No Word Of A Lie looks a worthy favourite after scooting home in a Sedgefield novice last time out and with the promise of more to come. The selection looks better value, though.

15.07 Uttoxeter - Brooksway Fair

It was hard not to be taken by the performance of Evan Williams' five-year-old in winning over fences at Ffos Las in November, when he was value for more than his short head margin of victory.

Given a very confident waiting ride by Adam Wedge (back on board), he was produced late on to lead on the line, albeit perhaps not finding as much as expected, and his connections can't quibble with a subsequent 8lb rise.

He's switching back to hurdles for this 3m handicap but ran well enough in this sphere when fifth at this track on his seasonal debut, off the same mark as today's and giving the impression the outing was needed, and he looks the type to keep defying the handicapper.

Jungle Prose has bumped into a couple of well-treated rivals on his last two outings at Plumpton and should again go well, while a market move for handicap debutant Lazy Sunday might prove significant.

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