A Sad Week for Racing

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After what has been a sad week for horse racing, Hayley looks ahead to the weekend action.

Jockey Pat Smullen after a winning ride

I, along with the rest of the weighing room, was absolutely gutted to hear the news of Pat Smullen’s passing this week. He was a legend of the weighing room and an incredibly good man. My thoughts go to his family at this very difficult time.

Friday: Kempton

5.10 – Alpine Springs

Apline Springs is a filly with talent. She was a bit too keen at Lingfield on her latest start when the ground was a bit quick for her. I think the return to the all-weather will suit her much more here. Michael’s horses are running well enough and I think she has a decent chance of getting her head in front.

6.10 – Smoke On The Water

Smoke On The Water is very unexposed compared to a few of these. He showed plenty of promise on his handicap debut but probably found the 6 furlongs a bit sharp. The step up to 7 furlongs will really suit him and he could be dangerous off 67.

6.40  – Blue Eagle

I ride another of Charlie Fellowes’ here. Blue Eagle has only had two starts to date. He’s been fairly well beaten on both those starts over 1 mile 2 furlongs, but he steps up in distance today. There are a couple of very useful looking rivals in the shape of Godolphin’s Moving Light and Andrew Balding’s Fiesta De Vega who both won impressively on debut. I think we’ll have our work cut out to challenge them!

7.15  –  Tigerten

In the 2 mile handicap, I ride Tigerten for Joe Tuite. Joe had a nice winner at Chester last weekend. Tigerten has been running really well of late and has gone shooting up in the handicap as a result but I think he looks the type that will keep on improving. He clearly stays very well and this trip will play to his strengths no end. He is getting a fair amount of weight from the older horses here and at this time of year that could be key.

Saturday: Newbury

4.30 – Sir Titan

Sir Titan is a horse I know well. I won on him when he was at Marcus Tregoning’s and have been 3rd on him for Tony Carroll. He’s a smashing horse who rarely runs a bad race. He’s gone up 5lbs for his success at Goodwood but he’s won off 80+ twice before in his career so he shouldn’t be discounted. Newbury is a very fair track and I hope things fall right for him on Saturday.

Hayley Turner is widely regarded as being the most successful female British jockey of all time. In her career to date she has won more than 1,500 flat races and has been awarded an OBE for services to horse racing. Hayley Turner’s tips are worth paying attention to since she has the inside track in the world of horse racing. Hayley brings her unique insights on horse racing exclusively to MansionBet in her weekly blog posts.

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