Saturday, February 26, 2011

NTD set for three

Nigel Twiston-Davies, who won the race 12 months ago with Razor Royale, is expecting to have three runners in this weekend’s renewal of the valuable Grade 3 Racing Post Chase at Kempton Park, writes Elliot Slater.

Razor Royale will on Saturday bid for a second win in the race in which he got the better of a tremendous dual with the 2009 winner Nacarat by a neck 12 months ago, with the pair clear of their rivals. He went on to run a fine fourth in the Scottish Grand National behind Merigo but this term has failed to shine, running down the field on his return behind Midnight Chase at Cheltenham, before pulling-up when tailed-off in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury a few weeks later. Info on horse racing tips show the nine-year-old is a 16/1chance to win back-to-back renewals of the coveted handicap chase.

Twiston-Davies also plans to saddle Crescent Island and Beat The Boys in the three-mile contest. Crescent Island, third in the 2009 Jewson Novices’ Chase at the 2009 Cheltenham Festival , had been absent since pulling-up in an Aintree handicap chase a month later and was not seen again until reappearing at Wetherby in early February after a 22-month spell on the sidelines. Jumping superbly, he wiped the floor with decent opposition and has subsequently been raised 9lbs for that win. Looking at racing tips, if the ‘bounce’ factor doesn’t come into effect he could be Twiston-Davies‘ best chance in the race and is offered at a tempting 20/1.

Beat The Boys signalled he was on the way back when running very well to be second to the rejuvenated Eric’s Charm at Sandown recently and is arguably well handicapped on the best of his old form. He is generally available at 25/1 in the ante-post market for the race.

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