There are four meetings taking place in Britain on Tuesday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns with his best bets across the cards.
Future Benefits @ 10/3
The Ferry Master @ 7/1
Hystery Bere @ 13/2
Justcallmepete @ 7/2
The Cazoo Handicap Chase (2.05) at Newcastle looks between Court At Slip and Future Benefits.
Provided the ground isn’t too quick, Future Benefits should prove the best of them. The Rebecca Menzies-trained six-year-old won nicely over course and distance on soft conditions in November and ran to a similar level on livelier ground at Market Rasen next time.
He was a beaten evens favourite, but still ran a cracker off 8lb higher than for his win. Future Benefits was well held on good going at Doncaster last time and maybe he didn’t handle the ground.
But it’s equally possible he needed that run as it was his first for more than two months. He certainly travelled well enough before falling in a hole in the straight. He is better than that and there is some frost forecast.
If that gets into the ground then conditions will ride more testing than at Doncaster and Future Benefits can bounce back.
The Cazoo Search Drive Smile Handicap Chase (3.15) at Newcastle is an open race despite the small field, but the return to Newcastle might do the trick for course-and-distance winner The Ferry Master.
Sandy Thomson had a big-race double at Kelso on Saturday and the in-form trainer has refitted the tongue-strap that was left off for The Ferry Master’s last start.
It was no surprise that he was beaten 45 lengths without the aid and headgear (visor) also returns for this race.
He is better judged on his previous third at the same course, Musselburgh, when he held a prominent position for a lot of the race and gave way only over the final few obstacles.
He was beaten just a neck into second off a 9lb higher mark in this race last year and is evidently well-handicapped in his bid to go one better than he was able to 12 months ago.
The Team Forces Handicap Hurdle (3.35) is one of Sandown’s feature races and it rates a good opportunity for Hystery Bere, who looks certain to improve for returning to further.
The Tom Symonds-trained runner is only 3lb higher than for his last success over 2m11/2f at Fontwell in December 2021 and he gave notice he could soon cash in at Cheltenham last time when he made relentless headway up the home straight to finish a never-nearer fifth of 15.
That was probably a stronger race than this one and Hystery Bere looked in desperate need of a stiffer test.
There is every chance he can improve now he tries this 2m4f for a second time. He has been dropped 2lb for that latest defeat and should have plenty more to offer here.
Justcallmepete simply loves Southwell and he looked unfortunate not to add a fifth course win to his CV when rattling home for second behind Zip over course and distance last time.
He is fancied to go one better when he lines up in the feature 7f handicap (7.00) at the track. His last race was run at a slow early pace and Zip was able to dictate the speed.
Justcallmepete was left in an unpromising position but finished well to be never nearer. He would almost certainly have won that race had it been run at a stronger early gallop and has a good chance to go one better this time.
There should be more speed in this contest. Justcallmepete is still relatively unexposed over this 7f trip and is capable of finding the progress required to enhance his already impressive record at this Tapeta all-weather venue.