Scope of value: Steve Jones’ best horse racing tips for Cheltenham and Doncaster on Saturday
Our man Steve Jones is eyeing four one-way prize caps – two at Cheltenham and two at Doncaster – with both fixtures live on ITV4 this weekend
DIP into a delicious bun at the Simon Claisse Handicap in Cheltenham.
BUN DORAN (1.15) won the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton a few years ago and has fallen to a very attractive weight.
There was a lot to love about his return to action as he was third behind Editeur Du Gite on today’s course and distance last month.
He weighs 10 pounds better with this rival and it’s not hard to imagine Bun Doran taking a big step forward for the race given that trainer Tom George’s horses are in much better shape now.
Have 2 points each way at 11-1.
Later on the Cheltenham card, ANYTHINGFORLOVE (3.35) looked way overpriced in the Close Brothers Mares hurdle.
She’s had a few runs over the fences this season and was moving well when she hit the penultimate at Uttoxeter last month.
The return to hurdles will help Jamie Snowden’s mare. She won three times in five starts last season and secured a Class 2 victory at Sandown.
All of his victories came under grueling conditions, but his siblings – including Gold Cup winner Sizing John – all handled the pitch better. Have 1 pt each way at 16-1 with multiple bookmakers paying in four places.
The Doncaster reunion didn’t exactly attract some outstanding fields, but the Bet365 Summit Juvenile Hurdle does appear to be all about competition.
TOO FRIENDLY (2.40) was rated very well on the flat and is well placed for hurdles.
He continued his victory at Stratford with a smooth success at Newcastle despite shooting a little too hard at the start. The shape of this race looks good and he’s just the type to do even better in a stronger race. Have 2pts to win at 13-2.
There are reasons to face the market leaders in Bet365 Handicap Chase, so it might be worth giving MR MULDOON a try (3.15).
He found 3m2f a bit far in a good run at Haydock last month, so that slightly shorter distance should be ideal.
His trainer Richard Newland is swapping his runner’s usual cheeks for blinders and there’s every chance the new headgear will spur him on. Have 1pt to win at 12-1.