Tullamore Dew change in fortunes

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: January 14 2014, 15:36 GMT

Anita Chambers provides a tip for every race on Tuesday and fancies Tullamore Dew to gain a deserved victory.

Tullamore Dew: Fancied to win at Exeter
Tullamore Dew: Fancied to win at Exeter

EXETER: 12.55 Ray Diamond, 1.25 Powerful Action, 2.00 Knight Of Noir, 2.35 Cornish Ice, 3.05 ALLOW DALLOW (NAP), 3.40 Tullamore Dew, 4.10 Catcher Star.

SOUTHWELL: 12.40 Fairy Wing, 1.10 Outlaw Torn, 1.45 Tatting, 2.20 Definite Secret, 2.50 Billowing, 3.25 Beacon Tarn, 3.55 Rancho Montoya.

DOUBLE: Allow Dallow and Beacon Tarn.

Jonjo O'Neill's Allow Dallow has had the misfortune to bump into two above-average recruits so far this season but will surely get off the mark in Exeter's 32Red.com Maiden Hurdle.

A point-to-point winner, his owners parted with 100,000 guineas to get him and would have been delighted with his hurdling debut when second to Philip Hobbs' Royal Regatta at Leicester.

He looked all over the winner next time at Uttoxeter when cruising to the front but was worn down close home.

The heavy ground that day possibly went against him but having won over three miles in point company, there can be few doubts about his stamina.

If Tullamore Dew can reproduce his Wetherby effort against Cloudy Too in what looked a good renewal of the Rowland Meyrick Chase then he should take some beating in the 32RedPoker.com Veterans' Handicap Chase.

The difficulty is that Nick Gifford's chaser has made a career out of running well in races where he looked outclassed and disappointing in contests where, on paper at least, he should be going close to winning.

Dropped 3lb for finishing a 10-length second, the handicapper has at least given him a chance.

Catcher Star left all previous form well behind when winning at Wetherby on Boxing Day and with his confidence riding high, he can strike again in the 32RedBet.com Handicap Hurdle.

Well beaten in all his three outings last term, Catcher Star was a game neck winner of an average event at the Yorkshire venue having evidently improved over the summer.

The handicapper has put him up 5lb for that success but Catcher Star may be good enough to deal with a such a rise.

Beacon Tarn can maintain her 100 per cent record at Southwell in the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.

It is stating the obvious that Southwell lends itself well to track specialists such as Dubai Hills and La Estrella and while Beacon Tarn will have to go some to match their exploits, she is two from two as it stands.

Perhaps crucially they have been the only two wins to date in her career and the daughter of Shamardal just looks a different proposition on the Fibresand.

Eric Alston's charge won off a mark of 53 in November and last time out scored off 62, suggesting the four-year-old has improved a good deal.

She will need to have improved again as the handicapper has put her up 10lb for winning by an eased-down four and a half lengths, but she could just be the type to have done so.

Having cost 80,000 guineas it should be no surprise she is finally fulfilling potential.

John Gosden's Billowing will take all the beating in the 32Red Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Narrowly beaten on her debut at Kempton in October, she returned there in November and was a beaten favourite behind runners from the two individual Godolphin yards.

She looked a doubtful stayer over a mile on that occasion and after showing good early speed it looks a good move from Gosden to drop the filly, who is from the same family as Breeders' Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass, back down to six furlongs.

Chris Dwyer's Tatting remains in good heart and can rattle off a hat-trick in the Ladbrokes Apprentice Handicap.

The five-year-old has shot up the ratings by over 20lb since his winning spree started in September but obviously goes well for the female touch, with Hayley Turner and Shelley Birkett having been in the plate for his last two wins.

Upped 6lb for a win here earlier this month, that might not stop him as while he looks a tricky ride, Birkett seems to gel with him and rides again.