John Hill, PR Manager at Coral, has accepted the Tipster Challenge at Fakenham this week. He becomes the fourth industry guest to provide tips, following on from Ed Nicholson of Unibet, Michael Shinners of Sky Bet and Alan Alger of Betway, the current leader of the competition.
Hill, who will be looking to beat the 11.41 points collected by Alger last week at Fontwell, has been in his current role with Coral since March 2014, and represents the company across a wide range of media outlets, including talkSPORT and At the Races. Previously, he spent almost three years as a Sports Broadcaster on Betfred TV.
He will also be going up against Timeform and Stephen Harris, the Horse Racing Guru at bettingexpert. Our regular tipsters currently sit 3rd and 4th on the leaderboard, with point averages of 2.58 and 1.33 respectively. The leaderboard can be sorted by both points won and number of races won.
bettingexpert: The Blue Bomber
Made a good start over hurdles at Hereford, and can make all the running here, with decent ground at Fakenham and the sharp track helpful.
Timeform: Bach De Clermont
Failed to meet expectations on hurdles bow (having changed hands for a tidy sum following a point win) a fortnight ago, but there’s a good chance that he’ll prove a different proposition this time.
Coral: Bach De Clermont
This horse needed the run on his latest start following a lengthy lay-off. I expect him to be fully fit today so we should see the best of him.
bettingexpert: Lee Side Lady
Has a cracking record at this venue, and has been found a very weak race here with the stable in terrific form.
Timeform: Fine Resolve
Has been in good form on the flat of late and looks on a handy mark back over jumps, so is marginally preferred to progressive-mare Lee Side Lady.
Coral: Fine Resolve
Alexandra Dunn’s horse has been winning races on the flat recently. He’s back to a mark over hurdles which he has won at before. He looks to be the best alternative to the short-price favourite.
bettingexpert: Giveaway Glance
Can make a winning debut over hurdles against a rival at the head of the market who did not achieve much when winning first time up.
Timeform: Giveaway Glance
Represents a yard in good order and who took this race at Fakenham 12 months ago, and she could well be worth chancing to make a winning hurdling debut without the benefit of market clues.
Coral: Fool To Cry
Made a winning start at Ludlow just three weeks ago. Although that form that not been followed up, she is likely to come on from that start and Neil Mulholland’s yard looks to have started the new national hunt season strongly.
Has an outstanding chance if he can get back to the form of his Sedgefield second, and perhaps front running around here on decent ground will revive his fortunes.
Timeform: Salto Chisco
Made a promising start to life with Harry Whittington when third at Huntingdon 3 weeks ago, and has been found a race lacking depth at Fakenham.
Coral: Crafty Roberto
Although this horse is still a maiden over fences, it is only a matter of time before he breaks his duck. He runs well fresh so his best chance is early in the season. This looks a weak race, so there is every chance he could find the winner’s enclosure today.
bettingexpert: What A Game
Has had seven weeks off after a busy period, and will love this sharp CD with Brian Hughes an expert at coaxing him into things.
Timeform: Definitly Grey
Capitalised on a grade drop, and showed improved form to open his account at Southwell recently. A 6lb higher mark ought not prove too prohibitive and he gets the nod to follow up.
Coral: Definitly Grey
The tongue-tie seemed to do the trip for this horse on his latest start at Southwell where he scored over 2m 4f. He’s upped in trip today, which could see further improvement and allow him to defy his 6lb penalty.
Should be spot on now after two starts this season, and can make the most of a slight drop in class.
Ran poorly on his chase bow after 4 months off at Perth five weeks ago, but he was progressive over hurdles and is worth another chance in this sphere.
Coral: Queen Spud
This horse is likely to give you a few scares along the way, as he is prone to a few jumping errors, just like the one which cost him the race at Southwell two starts back off this mark.
bettingexpert: Instant Replay
Open to improvement on debut for the in-form Ellison stable.
Timeform: The Caller
Has more to offer after his promising start at Newton Abbot, and can open his account with more use made of him here.
Coral: Instant Replay
Brian Ellison’s yard is in good form of late. This horse has scored in an Irish point, and hopefully he can transfer that form to rules action in this bumper.
Tipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard
|1||Alan Alger - Betway||3||11.41|
|2||Michael Shinners - Sky Bet||2||4.00|
|5||Ed Nicholson - Unibet||1||0.73|