Former Richard Fahey horse, Dakar Run, tipped to carry Tony McCoy to victory

Dakar Run, a useful bumper horse last season for Malton’s Richard Fahey, can carry the legendary Tony McCoy into the winners’ enclosure at Sedgefield this afternoon.

Now trained by Jonjo O’Neill and owned by JP McManus, after changing hands in the spring, Dakar Run looks to have been found a good opportunity in the No Deposit Free Bets With Maiden Hurdle.

Placed in both his starts over hurdles this term, the four-year-old was beaten by only a length by Purple Bay at Stratford on his latest start.

Dakar Run steps up in trip this afternoon and this dual-bumper winner, should be hard to beat.

Magic Present, trained by Malcolm Jefferson for owner-breeder Peter Nelson, could be the one to chase him home.

He is a brother to According To Pete, a high-class chaser, who tragically suffered fatal injuries in last year’s Grand National when he was brought down at Bechers Brook on the second circuit when travelling like a fresh horse.

McCoy can also win the closing National Hunt Flat race on Fly Home Harry.

Successful on his debut at Ayr last month, Fly Home Harry looks a decent prospect and trainer Alan Swinbank’s booking of McCoy looks significant.

Brian Hughes, rider of Magic Present, can make his mark on the card aboard Trust Thomas in the Compare Bookmakers With Handicap Hurdle.

Trained by Ann Hamilton and in the frame in all his three starts this season, the five-year-old was beaten by less than a length by Civil Unrest at Kelso last month. He looks capable of going one better and is awarded the nap vote.

Lambourn trainer Jamie Snowden has his horses in excellent form and Reves D’amour looks set to add to the stable’s tally of winners in the opening Horse Racing Free Bets With Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Hurdle.

Winner of a bumper at Towcester on her debut under rules, Reves D’amour has since finished second in both her outings over hurdles at the same course.

She can resume winning ways in the capable hands of Gavin Sheehan.

Donald McCain looks to hold the key to the Get Bookmakers With Novices’ Chase with Bit Of A Jig.

A respectable second at Newcastle three weeks ago, Bit Of A Jig now steps up from two-and-a-half miles to three miles and three furlongs. He will be a tough nut to crack.

On the Flat at Wolverhampton, Geoff Oldroyd, who trains at Brawby, near Malton, can win the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap with Reggie Bond.

The three-year-old failed by a short head to win on this course last month. Compensation should be forthcoming for Robert Winston’s mount.

Norton trainer Brian Ellison can win the opening Coral ‘Hands And Heels’ Apprentice Series Handicap with Silly Billy.

The five-year-old, a previous course winner, bounded home in decisive style in a claiming race at Southwell recently.

He can follow up under Jordan Vaughan.

Also worth noting are the Mick Easterby-trained Singzak (3.40), who looks to be running into form, and the consistent Conversational (4.10).

Racing selections

Sedgefield today
12.30 Reves D’amour, 1.00 Dakar Run, 1.30 Bit Of A Jig, 2.00 Trust Thomas (NAP), 2.30 Sohcahtoa, 3.00 Pistol Basc, 3.30 Fly Home Harry.

Wolverhampton today
2.10 Silly Billy, 2.40 Howz The Family, 3.10 Nissaki Kasta, 3.40 Singzak, 4.10 Conversational, 4.40 Eco Warrior, 5.10 Reggie Bond.

Today’s other meeting: Southwell.

Tomorrow’s meetings: Catterick, Kempton, Lingfield and Ludlow.


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