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Horse racing tips: Four horses to look out for on Saturday

By Danny Archer@dannyarchertv
Thu 13 Jan 2022

Raceday's Danny Archer reveals his best bets for the racing action live on Racing TV this Saturday.

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There’s plenty of racing action to look forward to on Saturday, with a number of feature races – including the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton and the Classic Chase at Warwick – to look forward to, live on Racing TV, and I am hoping the four below will all go close. Best of luck!

INDIGO BREEZE

Trainer: Gordon Elliott.

Race: Easter Festival 16-18 April Hurdle (12.50pm, Fairyhouse)

Gordon Elliott had Indigo Breeze and the exciting Three Stripe Life both among the five-day confirmations for this event, but has instead decided to rely on the unexposed Indigo Breeze, which could be telling.

The six-year-old won a bumper on debut for Elliott in 2020 before finishing second, and then eighth, in two maiden hurdles at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown.

However, the son of Martaline looked a rejuvenated character when making a successful seasonal debut at Gowran Park. Despite taking a keen hold, he stayed on to good effect, and ultimately won readily.

The form has taken a few knocks since, which is a slight concern, but he remains throughly unexposed and is taken to see off likely market-rival Daly Tiger.

BRAVE SEASCA

Trainer: Venetia Williams.

Race: Alder Demain & Akers PMS Oxford Edward Courage Cup Handicap Chase (1.18pm, Warwick)

Venetia Williams and her team can simply do no wrong at present. Currently operating at a 22 per cent strike-rate this season, Williams has already saddled 28 winners and she could enjoy more success at Warwick with the ultra-progressive Brave Seasca.

A winner over hurdles last season, the seven-year-old has taken his form to a new level over fences following a sub-par effort on his debut over the larger obstacles at Chepstow in November.

Since then, Brave Seasca bolted up by ten lengths at Warwick in December, with the second, Tokay Dokey, coming out and winning since, before cruising to victory in stylish fashion at Ascot before Christmas.

Given he already boasts victories over course and distance, a 9lb rise to a mark of 137 still looks workable. With ground conditions in his favour, he makes plenty of appeal in this event.

THREEEUNDERTHRUFIVE

Trainer: Paul Nicholls.

Race: Wigley Group Hampton Novices' Chase (1.50pm, Warwick)

It’s tough to oppose Threeunderthrufive in this race. Nicholls has won this contest twice in the past nine years, including in 2021 with Next Destination.

Already successful at Exeter and Cheltenham over fences, the seven-year-old produced another smart effort to win a Grade Two event at Doncaster in December, despite making a couple of novicey mistakes.

He is clearly a work in progress, but he should have too many gears for his rivals, which include Doyen Breed who needs to build on a second-placed effort at Kelso last month.

HAAFAPIECE

Trainer: Pam Sly.

Race: Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Handicap Hurdle (2.47pm, Wetherby)

Pam Sly is best known for saddling Speciosa to Classic glory in the 2006 1000 Guineas, but she has readied a nice team of horses for the Jumps this term, highlighted by six winners from 36 runners so far this season.

Sly also has a fine record at Wetherby with 18 winners at the track over the years and she could taste more success with the progressive Haafapiece.

He made a winning return to action at Wetherby in October when keeping on strongly under a fine ride by Jack Andrews to score by a length and a quarter.

Raised 5lb for that success, the nine-year-old travelled strongly into contention and looked the likely winner at the second-last before just being tapped for toe having made a mistake at the last.

Only beaten a length and a half, that performance suggested that there is still more to come from Haafapiece, and he looks a leading player for this assignment at 6-1 with Boylesports.

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