Stuart Redding’s TV Tenner Saturday tips – Saturday 18th March

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Cheltenham is done and dusted for another year but there’s no time to rest on our laurels with ITV moving on to Uttoxeter and Kempton this weekend. 

PULLING STUMPS can make a successful start to his handicap career in the first televised race from Uttoxeter. He has made steady progress in hurdles so far and stayed on strongly to open his account when stepped up to 3m at Ludlow in February. He has a fair mark to exploit now that he moves into a handicap.

French import FUJI FLIGHT has taken a while to find his form for new connections but he has come good this winter, winning at Hereford and Newbury in the last few weeks. He only got on top in the final stages of his latest outing and this stiffer track can help him overcome a 5lb higher mark. 

TEESCOMPONENTSYESS is an interesting Irish-trained contender in the 2m4f handicap hurdle. He didn’t enjoy a spin over fences at Clonmel in February but ran much better when cheekpieces were added for a Fairyhouse hurdle nine days later, going down by just over two lengths. That form would give him a big chance in this company.  

I can see the bulk of the £150,000 prize-money on offer in the Midlands Grand National going back to Ireland too with HEWICKthe pick of a strong raiding team. The seven-year-old won three times during a successful summer campaign in 2021, including a 3m5f handicap chase at Sedgefield in October where he easily defied top weight. He has a good record fresh and has more to offer in these extreme tests. 

ITV are showing four races from Kempton, starting with a 3m handicap chase in which I like the look of CERTAINLY RED. He hasn’t jumped well enough in two chases so far but showed that he has the ability to figure in this sort of company last time out, where he was only beaten eight lengths despite making a serious blunder two from home. 

It’s possible to make a case for most of the six runners in the novices’ handicap chase but SEBASTOPOL is the most appealing. He fell with the race at his mercy here in November and has been given plenty of time off since a flop on Boxing Day. Connections add a new visor for this comeback and his trainer Tom Lacey has been in great form recently.

The 2m5f handicap hurdle is really competitive but JAY JAY REILLY looks sure to be involved in the finish. He landed a 2m novice here in November and took his form to a new high when reappearing from a break at Doncaster in January, beating Inishbiggle by fifteen lengths. That rival has won since and Dan Skelton’s gelding has more to offer over this new trip. 

MANOFTHEMOUNTAIN is an interesting contender in the 2m4½f handicap chase. He produced a couple of fair efforts in defeat before Christmas, most recently finishing eighth at Cheltenham in November where he was only seen off in the closing stages. He was runner-up in the corresponding event twelve months ago and it looks as though connections have been targeting this race for a while. 

Bets

1.30 Kempton: Certainly Red 50p win

1.50 Uttoxeter: Pulling Stumps 50p win

2.05 Kempton: Sebastopol £1 win

2.25 Uttoxeter: Fuji Flight £1 win

2.40 Kempton: Jay Jay Reilly 50p each-way

3.00 Uttoxeter: Teescomponentsyess £1 each-way

3.15 Kempton: Manofthemountain £1 each-way

3.35 Uttoxeter: Hewick £1 each-way

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