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The @racingblogger tests his tipping ‘Power’ at Hereford

Tipster Challenge Hereford
Stephen Power @racingblogger

SBC has called upon the @racingblogger to take the Tipster Challenge at Hereford. Stephen Power has stepped up to the plate to provide his expert tips for today’s seven-race card.

Power will be going up against the seventh placed Timeform and Stephen Harris, the Horse Racing Guru at bettingexpert, who currently sits in 10th place in the table after 12 weeks of action.

So far no-one has got within five points of Alan Alger’s 11.41-point total at Fontwell on October 19. Can Stephen turn on the ‘power’ at Hereford to rival the PR Manager from Betway?

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12:55

bettingexpert: Storm Alert

Hails from a small yard hitting top form and might improve a chunk for his recent seasonal reappearance.

Timeform: That’s Gonna Sting

Failed to follow up his Ludlow success unpenalised at Taunton last month, yet he may well have found that coming too soon, and given more time ahead of this he may well have more to offer.

Racing Blogger: Staunton

Staunton is having only his 3rd run over hurdles in a handicap hurdle. Stepping back up to 3m 1f today should see him improve further and go close in a very tricky opener.

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1:25

bettingexpert: Canoodle

Made a good start to hurdling at Uttoxeter and the winner has franked the form in defeat in better class.

Timeform: Miss Night Owl

Shaped with plenty of promise when 1¼ lengths second to Ruby Yeats on hurdles debut at Southwell last month and is expected to reverse the form with that rival now on revised terms.

Racing Blogger: Canoodle

Canoodle ran a beautiful race on his novice hurdle debut, and should improve a lot for that experience and go close today at Hereford.

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1:55

bettingexpert: Charmix

Shaped well at Bangor last time out behind Potters Legend and will appreciate the drying ground expected here.

Timeform: Nesterenko

Signed off his time with Nicky Henderson with a win over hurdles at Warwick in May and he gets the narrow vote to make a winning chase debut for his new stable.

Racing Blogger: Charmix

The highest rated runner in this race has been disappointing over fences so far. However, his trainer Harry Fry is a master at getting horses to improve. If Charmix improves his jumping, he will go very close.

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2:25

bettingexpert: Yourholidayisover

A smooth traveller who usually fades off the bridle, but might have a fast run race to suit here, and gets lumps of weight off the favourite Working Title.

Timeform: Fieldsofsilk

Made a promising chase debut when third at Carlisle, and can find the required improvement to beat the veteran Working Title, who carries a penalty for his Sedgefield success.

Racing Blogger: Fieldsofsilk

Fieldsofsilk is having only his 2nd run over fences. He’s a very lightly raced five-year-old who can only improve.

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2:55

bettingexpert: Keeper Hill

Impressed when landing hefty cash at Bangor and can defy a penalty in a competitive novice at Hereford.

Timeform: Jameson

Made an encouraging start over hurdles when runner-up at Ffos Las and can go one place better with plenty of improvement forthcoming.

Racing Blogger: Jameson

Jameson from the all-conquering Nicky Henderson yard should pay his way this year over hurdles. A lovely first run finishing 2nd over 2m; the step up to 2m 3f today and the booking of champion Irish jockey Davy Russel should ensure a huge run.

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3:25

bettingexpert: Strong Pursuit

Made all at a brisk pace last time and will take plenty of catching round this sharp track in decent ground.

Timeform: Strong Pursuit

After an impressive success at Wincanton, he can go on improving.

Racing Blogger: Strong Pursuit

Looks a serious horse in this company today. He absolutely destroyed his rivals at Wincanton last time out in serious style. It will be a shock if he is beaten today for Champion jockey Richard Johnson.

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3:55

bettingexpert: Keel Haul

Back hurdling from a fair mark and should go very close with conditions ideal under Richard Johnson.

Timeform: Stage One

Almost certainly ahead of his mark now going handicapping and could strike at the first time of asking here.

Racing Blogger: Bobble Emerald

Bobble Emerald ran a beautiful race at Cheltenham last timeout in a 0-140. He drops down to a 0-120 today and should continue to improve. A horse who had slight niggles last year, he is showing signs of coming back to his best.

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Tipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard

RankTipsterRace WinsPoints
1Alan Alger - Betway311.41
2Phillip Anderson - Before The Off36.17
3Ciaran O'Brien - William Hill35.29
4John Hill - Coral24.25
5Michael Shinners - Sky Bet24.00
6Stuart Tilly - Argyll Entertainment14.00
7Timeform2.083.86
8Trevor Keane - Sportego23.50
9Matthew Hulmes - Betfred23.25
10bettingexpert1.162.47
11Charlie McCann - BetVictor11.75
12John Cruces - Dafabet11.25
13Michael Whittle - Team FA10.91
14Ed Nicholson - Unibet10.73

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