Tuesday horse racing tips from Tom Lunn at Pontefract and Ludlow

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Tips for Tuesday Shopping

    2.45: Maxident 15/8 (1pt)
    3:15 p.m.: Clarets Vintage 9/2 each way (1 pt)
    3.45: James’ delight 15/8 (1.5pts)
    2:30 p.m.: Easy Peasy 11/10 (2pts – NAP)
    3:00 p.m.: Tedley (top 3) 10/11 (1.5pts)
    3:30 p.m.: Vallée des Crécerelles 4/1 (1pt)


Maxident beat two rivals on debut by a staggering 50 lengths, clearly thriving on the heavy ground and nailing it all.

Hasn’t been seen to good use since, but has faced some tough horses.

In his second race he crossed Gregory, giving him 6lb and was only six lengths behind the John & Thady Gosden-trained horse, who won the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot this summer.

Maxident reappeared in August to finish third with the five riders massively spread out clear of the top two who were separated by a neck.

Gather Ye Rosebuds was a Group 3 and highly rated runner and also received £5 that day from Maxident.

But up to 1 m6f there was a lot more promise and it is no coincidence that this also happened on soft ground.

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He had no chance on the final day of Ascot in October with a 150/1 in the Group 2 Long Distance Cup, but he fell massively on the trip and had very little exposure, still calling heavily for a revival during seasonal reappearance.

Vintage Clarets

Vintage Clarets is a reliable five year old who can do well after a break.

He finished third behind Aberama Gold at Doncaster in his final race on heavy ground, following a big victory to beat Glorious Angel at Catterick, who re-emerges as a rival today.

He was giving this filly almost a stone on this occasion, so it shouldn’t be a problem to give almost the same today.

She has already had two poorer races in 2024, but should progress better by falling to 5f.

James’ delight

Has good form, particularly against his final run behind Fair Angellica which included the 92 rated horse Witness Stand in second, Mr Baloo in third and Charming Whisper, who was given over a stone, just a head ahead of James’s Delight. .

He is now a gelding and should be hard to stop under Danny Tudhope, with form already smooth, while the others have that as a question mark.

South Shore has shown signs of promise and receives 11lb from the maximum weight, which could be crucial in these conditions.

But it’s hard to come back with confidence, especially if James’s Delight continues on what appears to be a strong note.

Very easy

Easy Peasy beat Dolly Delightful quite comfortably on her hurdles debut at a first competition in January.

The second-placed horse had already put in strong efforts in other early hurdle competitions, notably behind Party Vibes and Pawapuri, each of which has since achieved fairly high marks.

This really puts Easy Peasy’s form first in this novice hurdle and takes the edge off Get Sky High, who hasn’t been seen for 504 days.

While Twyford’s Diamond is also in contention in the market, she has also been quite far from the leaders in her first four hurdle races.

It was a very easy win for Easy Peasy in what was her first race over hurdles and she looks to have a lot of potential in this area, especially against these rivals.


6/1 seems a big price for Tedley, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.

He has shown promise in defeat over hurdles this season and already has seven races in this discipline.

It will have been frustrating if you continued to back him after an excellent run at Ffos Las in December, coming second behind Tedtwo, who then ran well thereafter.

But Tedley had two other improved first contests during the trip and just couldn’t manage to win the other one at Ffos Las behind Willsburg.

Dropped to 1m7f and finally managed to take off on his eighth run under the rules.

Then I quickly returned to action at Sandown in a novice level 3, which was probably a step too far, but the return to class seems to fit, even against some of these unexposed rivals.

At 50/1 he never really had a chance against highly rated hurdlers and interestingly enough he lost 1lb to go into his first handicap and first race at 2m5f.

Coming back to win is risky, although there is a big prize to be had as a top 3 place with just seven runners and the market wide open, around 13/10 in the top three.

Kestrel Valley

This is a really interesting Class 3 chase race in which five riders are all shouting to win by glancing at the names.

Jacamar, however, has been on a long losing streak and is making her first start for new coach Harriet Dickin, and is difficult to back despite dropping in weight following a losing streak.

One True King was announced at 17/2 here just 12 days ago and it held on valiantly to win comfortably in the end, but it was over 2 million.

He does well at 3m but that’s ideal with a 5lb increase, coming back quickly, at a distance he hasn’t won at since March 2022.

Georges Saint is a progressive who still has potential at least, but who is making his first pass above 3m and is not easy to back down with this question mark either. Even though he should be up there at the finish.

From now on, Jet Plane seduces with the construction site and the jockey in the shape of Skelton. He won at 22/1 last time out, although he appears to have improved considerably after a poor run of form.

This win was also over 2m4f in a Class 3 at Sandown and he has not performed well over course and distance previously, making Kestrel Valley even easier to back at a good price of 4/1.

He’s one of two horses sent by Nigel Twiston-Davies and the usual riders ride on both, so there’s not much to read between the lines.

But this horse performed well in listed company two starts ago at Exeter, placing just a length behind Malina Girl, rated at 146, but also ahead of favorite Galia Des Liteaux.

She was then sent to the Grade 2 Mares’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, but can be forgiven for placing eighth at 100/1, falling back to a seemingly less preferable 2m4f.

This mare is in great form here winning her only two races including a 20 length victory in January over 3m1f.

Running Tips from Tom Lunn Profit + Loss

  • October-Present: +134.85pts
  • Total from July 2023: +208.22pts

All ratings correct at time of writing

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