2.45 Uttoxeter Saturday: Mister Coffey at 11/2 & Fuji Flight at 16/1: both EW to 4 places with Bet365
Mister Coffey remains a maiden after 6 races over fences, but I believe that could change here at Uttoxeter. The 8-y-o is relatively unexposed. You’ll note his general consistency from his formline: 1/12/1374/32220-2 One of those seconds last season was in a Sandown Grade 1; the other in a Cheltenham Festival handicap, the Kim Muir.
He ran really well last time on his seasonal debut and this looks a solid chance for him to win. Trainer Henderson has said: “This horse has always wanted to do two things – one was to go three miles and the other was to go left-handed.” He gets both conditions here and seems a solid EW bet to that generous 4 places.
If something springs a surprise, it could be Venetia Williams’ runner (she has two here) Fuji Flight, who looks too big a price at 16/1 EW. His last three races last season saw the best 3 performances of his career on Racing Post Ratings, and he must have been expected to come on again in his seasonal debut at Bangor in November where he was well backed from 10/1 to 5/1. He disappointed there on heavy ground and was pulled up next time in testing ground at Ffos Las. His best performances have been on soft, though he has won on good, and run to form on good to soft – today’s forecast going.
He’s been dropped 4lbs for those runs, and Lucy Turner takes another 5 off. He’s not the most encouraging horse to watch, with his choppy action and occasional penchant for running in snatches, but all in all, at the price, I think and EW bet to 4 places, again with Bet365, is good value.
My usual warning. Anything I put up as a tip here is for ‘fun money’ – stakes you can afford to lose almost without even thinking about it. There’s just as much fun to be had with small stakes.
Post race edit: Mister Coffey was 2nd. Fuji Flight was 3rd at 22/1 sp – Bet365 pays best odds, so that one earned us a profit £17, and the other return was a profit of 50p. Season’s profit so far to £5 stakes is £103.