Betting news and tips: Trackman is back with the latest paddock talk and has some bets for Ascot and Haydock

Betting news and tips: Trackman is back with the latest paddock talk and has some bets for Ascot and Haydock

THEY breed them tough down in Sussex.

Storm Ciara brought the country to a standstill, but Plumpton’s plucky team battened down the hatches and managed to host a decent card on Monday.

The ground there looked like a treacle tart and you needed a calendar to time the races. But that didn’t stop Hawthorn Cottage putting in a Braveheart performance to pinch a handicap hurdle.

And there was an emotional postscript to the result. Winning jockey Lucy Barry returned in floods of tears and dedicated the race to her close friend, former jockey James Banks who died last week.

Meanwhile, winning trainer Amy Murphy issued a bulletin on stable star Kalashnikov who burst a blood vessel at Newbury last weekend.

The best vets in the business are giving the horse an MOT before Amy and her crew decide whether to get him revved-up for Aintree or draw stumps for the season.

Whatever happens he’ll skip the Festival. That’s also true of Flinteur Sacre who dotted-up in a bumper for Nicky Henderson the other day.

Hendo reckons this fella has got more fizz than a well-shaken bottle of Moet and could do without a visit to Cheltenham at this stage of his development.

Aintree’s a different kettle of fish though and he might be hard to stop in the bumper there.

We had some unfathomable results on the all-weather at Kempton Park where a wholesale gamble on Oliver Sherwood’s Paseo (10-1 to 100-30) went west.

One regular was perplexed by the money for this one and asked a pal why it was being bet.

“Well, it’s got decent form over hurdles”, his mate explained.

“What’s it going to do then, jump the starting stalls!” came the bold retort.

Daniel Muscutt isn’t a regular headline grabber. But he deserves a mention in dispatches after giving Johnny Reb a top-notch front-running ride to pinch a race on this card.

Dashing Danny nicked a few lengths before the other jocks wiped the sleep from their eyes and had enough left in the locker to hang on by a couple of pixels.

Talking of jockeys, reigning champ Oisin Murphy is jetting back from a lucrative stint in Japan and has a couple of rides booked at Kempton on Sunday.

Mighty Murph was different gravy last summer and will be standing toe-to-toe with human dynamo Silvestre de Sousa in a battle for the jockeys’ title this year.

That scrap makes the Fury v Wilder rematch look like a game of tiddlywinks and it’s a coin toss who will be holding the belts come the autumn.


There are some cracking characters on the racecourse. Top of the charts is a fella who moonlights as a milkman, hence the nickname `Gold-top’.

Now, Gold-top loves a punt but wouldn’t exactly have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the game.

This is a bloke who went to Salisbury expecting to see all-weather racing and thinks A P McCoy earnt his money making crisps.

Anyway, Gold-top posted a new personal worst after Jamie Moore booted one home over jumps the other day.

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REFLEKTOR (3.10, Lingfield) was a proper eye-catcher last time and is weighted to win. Tom Dascombe’s front-runner should bully this small field and will be hard to peg back.

Our man backed the winner, waited for Jamie to jump off and then shouted “Well done Ryan!”

Today, course specialist EL GHAZWANI has a cracking chance in the Betway Handicap (3.45) at Lingfield.

Hugo Palmer’s winning machine has only been beaten once in six starts at Lingers and will get plenty of assistance from Andrea Atzeni.

Meanwhile, front-running THE WORLDS END can run his rivals ragged in Haydock’s Unibet Rendlesham Hurdle (2.05).

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