Welcome to January Jumps Raceday!
We enjoyed a superb day of racing for Sussex National Day which I hope was enjoyed by you all from afar. It was a day that would have been ripe for a crowd with some fantastic finishes and poignant stories on course – a Zoe Davison double was perfectly timed and a lovely send off. She was a fantastic lady and trainer and will be missed by so many people far and wide.
The Sussex National was won by Seaston Spirit from the Oliver Sherwood yard was victorious under a lovely timed ride by Aidan Coleman, but it was a great race with the first 6 home covered by 5 3/4 lengths. Lets hope tomorrow can offer some similarly competitive action for everyone to enjoy in lockdown.
The Tote have kindly put together a few tips for the first few races, as well as a Placepot perm if you were interested. Otherwise, you can just tune in and enjoy the action on Sky Sports Racing (Channel 415) and watch the action unfold with Luke Harvey from the comfort of your own homes.
13:00 – Make My Day
This is an exciting five-year-old. Rated 84 for John Gosden, he was swapped out to Ralph Beckett’s yard. A couple of wins later he was up at 94. Purchased by Gary Moore in October for £75,000 Make My Day is now owned by Steven Packham who also owns Goshen and 2021 Triumph hope Fifty Ball. Goshen won his first two races over hurdles by a combined total of 30L, and Fifty Ball has won his most recent two appearances by 13½L. Make My Day starts his career for the yard and his owners today and this is bound to be another exciting one.
14:30 – Weststreet
Now 11 years-old, Weststreet has the opportunity to get back into top gear with his mark having dropped significantly. This time last year he was taking on Christmas In April who was very respectable in the Welsh National. He last won at a mark of 119, and he is now down at 115 with Harrison Beswick claiming 5lbs. He has won or placed in 14 of his 26 races under rules showing just how consistent he is.
15:00 – Pride Of Pemberley
Pride Of Pemberley comes from the Dunger yard where he has been improving at a rate of knots. He started with an RPR of 78 first time out this season, and with steady increments, he has climbed to an RPR of 117 when winning last time out at Fakenham. Any sort of repeat performance should be enough to get him in with a chance here and he does look to be taking on a field of considerably less quality. A 7lb penalty will be a tough one to overcome in this mud but we aren’t putting it past him.
15:30 – High Up In The Air
High Up In The Air hasn’t looked back since sent chasing so is confidently expected to complete a quick hat-trick in a race where many have little to recommend them. He is the star quality in the race by 15lbs and also faces a penalty which can be easily overcome with Niall Houlihan claiming 7lbs. Eurkash is the biggest threat as he has been improving but this should be just a touch too much to ask.
Suggested Tote Placepot:
Race 1 – (6) Make My Day
Race 2 – (6) Natural History
Race 3 – (6) Mont Segur
Race 4 – (4) Weststreet / (7) Alberto’s Dream
Race 5 – (4) Pride of Pemberley/ (5) The March is On
Race 6 – (1) High Up In the Air
Suggested Placepot perm 1x1x1x2x2x1 = 4 bets @ £1 per bet = £4.00 total stake
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This article was originally published on Tote.co.uk