Paddy Power is the next pretender to the Tipster Challenge throne. The Director of Communications for his namesake company has provided expert picks for the six-race card at Ludlow Racecourse.
A graduate from Dublin University, Power has worked in all facets of the Ireland-based business, including risk control, operations and marketing.
He will be going up against Stephen Harris of bettingexpert and the horse racing specialists from Timeform, who sit next to each other on the latest table, just 0.63 points apart.
bettingexpert: Oxwich Bay
Shaped well when third on his hurdling debut behind Robinshill and should have learnt plenty from the experience.
Timeform: Ballymountain Boy
Paid a hefty compliment to the exciting Neon Wolf and showed a willing attitude in the process when opening his account in a bumper at Huntingdon on Boxing Day.
Paddy Power: Minella For Me
Looks to have plenty of potential.
bettingexpert: Twirling Magnet
Has caught the eye twice this winter, travelling longest on the bridle before fading, and could go well here at a speed track with a good 7lb claimer up.
Timeform: Azert De Coeur
Reportedly bled last time out, so is worth another chance after his impressive reappearance win at Chepstow.
Paddy Power: Azert De Coeur
Bled last time, but worth chancing again.
bettingexpert: Albertos Dream
Comes from the Symonds yard which is going well, and he has been given a chance by the handicapper after struggling in deep ground of late.
Timeform: Greyed A
Has made a solid start in handicaps and is probably the one to beat if his stamina holds up in trip.
Paddy Power: Greyed A
A justifiable favourite; the new trip looks suitable.
bettingexpert: Un Prophete
Has ideal conditions to cruise round on the bridle and can continue the resurgence of the Venetia Williams yard.
Timeform: Big Windmill
This doesn’t look a deep handicap chase, so the point-winner is selected to make a winning start over fences now handicapping having shown ability in novice hurdles.
Paddy Power: Big Windmill
First handicap chase, and could be well treated.
bettingexpert: Star Rider
Might improve for handicaps and a stiffer test of stamina from a lenient looking opening mark (certainly on his useful flat form).
Timeform: Tara Mist
This sort of trip appears to be Tara Mist’s optimum, and dropped in class, she could well be the answer.
Paddy Power: Tara Mist
Hasn’t run for ages but goes well fresh.
bettingexpert: Daisy De Sivola
After being put into a deep race behind Evening Hush on her UK debut, she could do a lot better here now with Nick Williams back in the winners after a disappointing few months.
Still there pitching when falling at the last at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day, and in the hope that she’s over that, is expected to gain compensation.
Paddy Power: Iconic Sky
Couldn’t have been much more impressive last time.
Where will Paddy Power enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard?
|1||Alan Alger - Betway||3||11.41|
|2||Phillip Anderson - Before The Off||3||6.17|
|3||Ciaran O'Brien - William Hill||3||5.29|
|4||Ben Cleminson - Square in the Air||1||4.50|
|5||John Hill - Coral||2||4.25|
|6||Alex Donohue - Ladbrokes||2||4.11|
|7||Michael Shinners - Sky Bet||2||4.00|
|8||Stuart Tilly - Argyll Entertainment||1||4.00|
|9||Trevor Keane - Sportego||2||3.50|
|10||Matthew Hulmes - Betfred||2||3.25|
|13||Charlie McCann - BetVictor||1||1.75|
|14||Stephen Power - @racingblogger||2||1.69|
|15||John Cruces - Dafabet||1||1.25|
|16||Michael Whittle - Team FA||1||0.91|
|17||Ed Nicholson - Unibet||1||0.73|