Talking Horses: Eclair Surf a tasty proposition in eider hunting | Horse Racing Tips
HHistory of Fashion, the only Irish-trained rider in a field of 17 for the Eider Chase at Newcastle on Saturday, is the favorite in early betting and Ireland’s strength deep over the jumps at the moment means that many punters will find Pat Fahy’s gelding irresistible.
Bare form on his handicap winning debut at Down Royal in January gives him plenty to find in such a competitive race, and while he has scored with something to spare, the move to a marathon is another unknown.
Lightning Surf (3.15), on the other hand, is also unexposed but certain to relish this test, after a clear victory over three miles and five furlongs at Warwick last month. At around 7-1, he looks a better bet than the favorite to extend his winning streak.
Kempton 1.15 Patroclus was stopped on his hunting debut in December but improved dramatically on his second try on the fences, battling from the last to edge out a more experienced opponent in the final strides. This form gives him an obvious chance at around 4-1 and there should be even better to come.
Lingfield 1h30 Tone The Barone beat angel exalted by almost two lengths in a useful handicap from Wolverhampton in December, but this Listed event is at equal weight and an 8lb swing should be enough for Karl Burke’s gelding to turn the tide.
Kempton 1.50 knight salute has done little harm in his four starts to date and beat Porticello, a two-time winner since including a Grade One, at Doncaster in December.
Lingfield 2.05 Lord North, winner of the Dubai Turf last year in Meydan, hasn’t raced since it was discovered he had blood in one nostril after the race. He does have a lot in hand in this area on the ratings though, and he’s gone well fresh in the past.
Kempton 2.25 Pic D’Orhy was well below form in a first year as Millers Bank failed to complete its last two outings, so the constant Minelle Drama looks like the best option here at around 5-2.
Kempton 3.00 No risk has made rapid progress in his three hurdle starts this season and made short work of five rivals in a handicap at Wincanton last time out. This track and trip should be fine as he attempts to progress again in Graded’s company.
Kempton 3.37 our power hasn’t completed this trip yet, but has every chance of getting it and he’s beaten an upcoming winner in two of his last three starts. The form of the two wins was confirmed by the clock and he looks far too big at around 16-1 to take the step up to three miles in his stride.