Wetherby tips for Friday: Theatre Guide and Milrow among our picks
David Metcalf | 28 October 2016
Theatre Guide odds to upstage Abricot De L’Oasis
Take a punt on Theatre Guide odds to make his class tell and defy top weight to land the Listed feature 2m 3f handicap chase at Wetherby this Friday (15:20).
The Colin Tizzard trained gelding has some very smart form to his name, including when runner-up to Smad Place in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury last season.
Theatre Guide was also far from disgraced when third to the same rival in a Grade 2 contest at Cheltenham before romping to a 10 length success in a hot 15-runner handicap at Kempton.
The nine-year-old also ran well on the final start of the campaign when eighth of 20 to The Young Master at Sandown and returns to action in a far less competitive affair.
Theatre Guide also has a good record fresh, so an absence of 188 days to overcome should not be an issue.
Another plus is Tizzard’s stable is in fine form at present; therefore, side with Theatre Guide ahead of overnight favourite Abricot De L’Oasis.
Milrow bets appealing among Wetherby tips for Friday
Milrow scored in terrific style last time out and looks to hold outstanding claims of following-up in the 2m handicap hurdle (14:45).
The Dr Richard Newland trained juvenile cruised clear to beat King Juieln by 16 lengths at Perth, leaving the impression that there was even better to come.
Milrow has been allotted an opening handicap mark of 123 on the back of that victory and that could well prove to be on the lenient side given his unexposed and progressive profile.
Cliffs Of Dover poised to complete four-timer
Trainer Paul Nicholls has his team in flying form and the thriving Cliffs Of Dover can provide him with another winner in the Listed 2m Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle (15:55).
The three-year-old has won four of his five starts over the obstacles and comes into the contest on the back of a hat-trick of successes in the space of just a week.
Cliffs Of Dover was particularly impressive in the last of those at Cheltenham seven days ago, when powering clear after the last to land a competitive 12-runner handicap by 3 3/4 lengths.
The three-year-old clearly has a tremendous constitution and thrives on his racing and this looks a nice opportunity for him to go in again.
En Joule worth a wager in finale
In the 2m 5f conditional jockeys’ novices handicap hurdle that brings proceedings to a close (17:00), En Joule is a fascinating contender for in-form trainer Neil Mulholland.
The mare has only had five starts and came good on the second of those when making all and staying on strongly to land a 2m bumper at Stratford.
En Joule then disappointed on hurdling debut but has since run well to finish third at Fontwell and caught the eye last time out when a tenderly handled fifth of 12 at Warwick.
The five-year-old looks to have been brought along steadily with handicaps in mind and the step up in trip may also unlock further improvement.
With the yard also unable to do little wrong at present, En Joule looks worth an each-way wager in a wide open contest.
Wetherby tips for Friday
14.10: Clondaw Cracker
14.45: Milrow (NB)
15.20: Theatre Guide (NAP)
15.55: Cliffs Of Dover
16.30: Bennys Well
17.00: En Joule (E/W)