Uttoxeter Expert Eye: Three horses to back on Friday October 29

Uttoxeter's seven-race card comes under the scrutiny of Planet Sport experts, who recommend three horses to back.

Below are our three outright picks and you can scroll down for the reasons why - click on the horse's name to go straight to Planet Sport Bet and place your bets.


Tigerbythetail (1.03 Uttoxeter)

Karakoram (1.38 Uttoxeter)

Minella Drama (2.48 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

Dan Skelton rarely leaves the track empty-handed with his 85 winners over the last five seasons coming at a very healthy strike rate of 28%. He has five chances this afternoon: Jet PLane (1.03), Get A Tonic (2.13), Whenthepennydrops (2.13), Fast Buck (2.48) and Steal My Sunshine (3.58).

Dan Skelton rarely leaves Uttoxeter empty-handed

Top jockeys with rides

Aidan Coleman has booted home 31 winners (from 149 rides, 21%) over the same period and he's jocked up on a couple this afternoon: Tigerbythetail (1.03) and Duke Of Rockingham (4.30).

Paddy Brennan has been the jockey to follow here in the current season with eight winners from just 21 rides (38%). He has three chances to enhance that record further: Nothin To Ask (1.03), Oceans Red (1.368) and Bravethewaves (4.30).

1.03 Uttoxeter - Tigerbythetail

Paul Nicholls' Broken Halo (non-runner) will be popular in the betting for the opening 2m4f novices' hurdle, but he does have a penalty to carry for his Wincanton success (albeit an impressive one) in March and there's some promising types amongst his rivals.

The excellent recent form of the Olly Murphy stable - 5-20 in the last fortnight - points to his two runners, Jetaway Joey and Tigerbythetail, and the latter horse is well worth a check in the market as he's a half-brother to the very smart Roksana and showed promise on his only bumper start.

Strong in the betting on that occasion, he only just failed to reward backers by finishing a short head second to a previous winner, and would surely have got up but for running a bit green off the home turn.

Aidan Coleman, who booted home all five of those recent winners, is on board the selection this afternoon and while the betting suggests he's very much the stable second-string, it wouldn't surprise to see him outrun his odds.

UPDATE: With Broken Halo and another fancied runner, Pipesmoker, being declared non-runners, the betting has changed quite dramatically, with the selection (a 16/1 shot early) leapfrogging his stablemate into favouritism.

1.38 Uttoxeter - Karakoram

Grace Harris' gelding is making a quick reappearance after finishing second in a class 4 handicap hurdle at Ludlow eight days ago and it could pay off in this lower grade contest, with the majority of his 12 rivals struggling for form.

He's due to go up 4lb for future races so is effectively that much well-in here off a mark of 85, which is 23lb than his last winning one, and his conditional rider is easing his burden by a further 7lb.

He's not one to go overboard on as he's never going to be a prolific winner, and Ten Past Midnight, who showed a good attitude to score at Newton Abbot last week and is due to go up 5lb for that effort, looks a worthy favourite.

2.48 Uttoxeter - Minella Drama

Donald McCain can boast a near 1-3 (12-38) strike rate in the last fortnight and Minella Drama, who is surely one of his best prospects for the season, can enhance that record further in this 2m handicap chase.

The six-year-old won three times as a novice hurdler last season but his best effort came in defeat on his final outing at Aintree in April, when chasing home the well touted My Drogo with some decent sorts in behind.

Minella Drama in winning action at Market Rasen

So it'll be disappointing if he can't make a winning start over the bigger obstacles by beating today's four rivals, and he looks the type to run up a sequence against fellow novices in the coming months before landing a nice prize in the spring.

That was all a bonus as he's always looked a chaser in the making and cost his current connections 60,000 after finishing second in a couple of Irish points, including behind subsequent 400,000 purchase Sir Gerhard (now with Willie Mullins).

Of the opposing quartet, Magic Dancer may have been flattered to win so easily at Worcester nine days ago, with most of his rivals failing to get home in the soft conditions, and a bigger threat could come from Dan Skelton's stable debutant, Fast Buck.

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