Michael Whittle is back for a second go at the Tipster Challenge in Bath. Whittle has been the Sports Acquisition Executive at Betfred since 2013, having started out as a Digital Marketing Assistant after graduating from the University of Salford with a BSc in Business Studies with Marketing Management.
He will be looking to improve upon a record of two wins and 7.50 points from Week 14. As ever, our Guest will be up against Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Guru at bettingexpert, Timeform and SBC News, who closed the gap on the leading ‘Guest’ team with five winners at Catterick last week.
See below for all of the tips for today’s races at Bath, and the latest Tipster Challenge leaderboard after 25 weeks of Horse Racing. You can also keep up to date with the action via @SBCGAMINGNEWS:
SBC News: Masterson
His sole success came at Bath and over this distance. Boosted by booking of De Sousa.
Has been running creditably in slightly better races and can take this slight drop in class in his stride.
Timeform: Monday Club
Narrowly failed to shed the maiden tag when runner-up over C&D 2 weeks ago, and with that going down as a career-best effort, he gets the nod to go one place better. Masterson will be at home on the forecast ground and is feared, along with Lady Blanco.
Betfred: Monday Club
Beat a few of these on previous start, and when finishing a very close 2nd (nose) over course and distance a fortnight ago. Up slightly in the weights, but another bold show can be expected.
SBC News: Dawn Horizons
Handicap debut today, but picked up a comprehensive win on just her second start at Doncaster last month.
bettingexpert: Steppe Daughter
Looked to be coming to the boil until finishing fifth last time, but this looks a shade easier and her record at this track inspires confidence of a bold show.
Timeform: Dawn Horizons
Looked one to keep on the right side of when running out a comfortable winner at Doncaster last month, and with better to come now handicapping, she earns the vote. Cartier is fancied to get back on track following a break and is feared most, ahead of course winner Steppe Daughter.
Betfred: Dawn Horizons
Broke her maiden tag after just two runs and now makes handicap debut against generally an exposed field. Should prove too classy.
SBC News: Verne Castle
Has shown decent form of late, and went extremely close over course and distance just last week.
Has cut no ice on soft ground this season, but now has a fast surface, stall one and SDS in the plate from an attractive handicap mark.
Timeform: Pine Ridge
Was too keen for her own good in a small field here last time, but has been cut a bit of slack by the handicapper since and might be worth siding with to notch a second C&D success. Verne Castle was a close fourth here last time, and is likely to contend again.
Betfred: Pink Martini
Moderate 4th over the minimum trip at Chester a fortnight ago. Runs of a lower mark today, and at the prices, could run another big race in what looks a very open affair.
SBC News: Barroche
Won here with plenty to spare in late May, and backed it up with a solid display at Royal Ascot.
Ran well at Royal Ascot and looked a very useful prospect when winning a hot race round here previously.
Had a couple of these rivals in behind her when showing good speed for a long way in the Queen Mary. The Charles Hills trained Coral Sea should be suited by the drop to the minimum trip after travelling strongly for a long way on her debut, and could be the one to challenge Clive Cox’s filly.
Betfred: Coral Sea
Barroche could prove difficult to beat if running to the same level of form as when 6th to American Superstar, Lady Aurelia. That said, a chance is taken with Coral Sea, a smart filly in her own right, who will massively appreciate the drop back in trip after a big run on debut.
SBC News: Jonnie Skull
Finished in the top five on his last four outings, and will attract some backing at around 5/1.
Had little chance in deep ground last time, but had been running well previously and this looks a poor race.
Has reached the frame on a few occasions this year, including over C&D, and this could be her day having been dropped a further 2lb by the handicapper. Jonnie Skull has been thereabouts on most of his recent starts, while Just Isla is potentially well treated and could enter the reckoning.
Betfred: Jonnie Skull
Relatively consistent type who, unlike many in the race, knows how to win. Drops down in class and ought to go close once again.
SBC News: Lutine Charlie
Returns to a course where he has enjoyed great success. Taken to bounce back from disappointing 9th place finish at Brighton a fortnight ago.
bettingexpert: Lutine Charlie
Looked a shade unlucky when touched off at Brighton one run back, and ought to go close here with conditions to suit under top weight.
Timeform: The Greedy Boy
Showed ability on his return in a Newbury handicap and can strike for the Channon/De Sousa combination. Wassail is bred to be a lot better than she’s shown to date and could easily improve now handicapping, while Lutine Charlie struggles for consistency but is more than capable at this level.
Betfred: The Greedy Boy
Solid run on seasonal reappearance, staying on for fourth in a competitive handicap at Newbury. This isn’t a strong race and De Sousa booking has to be a big positive.
SBC News: Carcharias
A winner at Chepstow last week and with De Sousa on board. Could easily defy a 6lb penalty.
Won a competitive race at Chepstow last week on fast ground, and looks to have been found a great opening to follow up.
Below the mark she was successful off over C&D last autumn and looks ready to resume winning ways after finishing runner-up off 2lb higher at Lingfield last week. Captain Ryan’s track record entitles him to plenty of respect, while Carcharias should figure under a penalty for last week’s 7f Chepstow win.
Hard to look past the favourite, who has solid course and distance form in the book. Favourable draw in 1 and should take some beating with the jockey also taking 3lb off.
SBC News: Bernisdale
Another facing a 6lb penalty today, but likely that won’t be enough to prevent a 4th consecutive win.
bettingexpert: Lucky Diva
Has been running herself fit this season, and now looks on a fair mark back at a track where she usually runs well.
Back to form with a vengeance of late and this looks a good chance for John Flint’s mare to notch a fourth win of the summer. Lucky Diva reached the frame in this race off a higher mark 12 months ago, and may provide the main opposition after shaping a bit better than the result at Lingfield last time.
Betfred: Lucky Diva
Placed in this race last year off a higher mark and recent runs would suggest a return to some level of form. Already a course winner, Lucky Diva will relish the ground and could surprise a few.
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