Horse Racing Tips of the Day - Friday January 9



Nicky Henderson's Josses Hill is the star on show at Doncaster with the 2m novices' chase (1.00pm) seemingly at his mercy.

The seven-year-old was the leading novice hurdler in Britain last season and was well backed to make a winning debut over fences at Ascot last month, only to come up short against the very smart Ptit Zig, who has since franked the form by winning a Grade 2 at Cheltenham. There is nothing of that calibre in today's field and it will be a surprise if he's beaten again over fences, which is of course reflected in his odds of just 1/2.

I can hardly put him up as a tip at that price and suggest you have a few quid instead on Michael Appleby's DEWALA, who looks to have a decent chance in the 2m3f mares' handicap hurdle (3.15pm) at an attractive 13/2. She's yet to break her duck in six starts over hurdles but she's gone close, finishing second three times, and she's interesting here getting weight from all bar one of her rivals. She stays further than this so I'd expect Richard Johnson, who is an eye-catching booking, to give her a positive ride from the front. She could well make all.

Over to Huntingdon now and ITS A STING is my idea of the best bet on the card in the "national hunt" maiden hurdle (1.20pm). Oliver Sherwood's six-year-old ran his best race yet over hurdles last time out, when chasing home Paul Nicholls' smart Arpege D'Alene at Ascot, and this looks much easier. Interestingly, Sherwood made him his 'trainer's pick' in a recent Stable interview and while he's going to be a better chaser one day, it will be disappointing if he can't win a race or two over hurdles. Vayland, who was noted travelling well when falling three out in a fair Newbury novice on his debut for David Pipe, is feared most.

Elsewhere on the card, PRESENTING LISA is fancied to make a winning hurdles debut in the mares' maiden (2.30pm). An Irish point winner, she showed a good attitude when winning a Towcester bumper by ten lengths on her first start for Alan King and she's reportedly been schooling well at home. She's up against a couple of promising sorts in Miss Estela and Hel Tara, and that should ensure she's a backable price.

There's a couple of all-weather weather cards but the only runner that really takes my eye is CHAUVELIN, who is open to more improvement than most his rivals in the closing 1m4f apprentice handicap (3.55pm). Roger Charlton' charge has just had five starts and was noted staying on best of all for third over course and distance a week ago. As a son of Derby winner Sir Percy, stamina is his forte and with confirmed front-runner Rowan Ridge set to tow the field along, he can put that to good use under his 5lb claiming rider.

I hope some of you took my advice and backed Wayward Frolic in yesterday's seller at Leicester? He was 10/1 in the morning in a place before being punted into 7/2 and winning by 54 lengths no less. Easy money!

SELECTIONS

Huntingdon 1.20, Its a Sting @ best morning-line price
Huntingdon 2.30, Presenting Lisa @ best morning-line price
Doncaster 3.15, Dewala @ 13/2 Paddy Power
Lingfield 3.55, Chauvelin @ 3/1 Paddy Power