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We look to continue our good run with our Premier League selections and, complete with the odds from your club’s betting service, take a glance at the big matches at both ends of the Premier League this weekend…


There was a time when Sunderland (5.00) were a good bet to beat Manchester United. Between 1938 and 1953, they played 15 times and the Black Cats won 11 of them.

Sunderland v Newcastle United - Barclays Premier League

On target: Jermain Defoe

Times change, money is the great God and United, like a lot of clubs, have deeper pockets to take chances on what they consider to be better players.

As such, Manchester United (1.75) have won 21 of the last 28 meetings, with Sunderland winning three of the last 29.

United missed a golden opportunity to keep on the coat-tails of the top four, allowing a lead to slip in the dying seconds at Chelsea on Sunday, a draw which leaves them six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

Louis van Gaal remains under pressure and looks certain to be axed should United finish outside the top four, which is starting to look a real possibility.

Sunderland are in the midst of a run of difficult fixtures, but they showed plenty of character to come back from 2-0 at Anfield to secure a point, with Jermain Defoe netting the all-important second. However, with Newcastle and Swansea both gaining much-needed points, Sam Allardyce’s side are still four points adrift of safety.

Sunderland, who have who one of the last 14 meetings at the Stadium of Light, have tough clashes upcoming: West Ham (A), Crystal Palace (H), Southampton (A) and Everton (H) before their Tyne-Wear derby at Newcastle and if they need to get anything from their last two games of the season – Chelsea (H) and Watford (A) – they will be long odds-on to go down.

One or other has failed to score in 10 of the last 14 meetings and we see Sunderland, who have been held scoreless at home five times this season, being frustrated again. [SM]




Stoke (3.80) are on a poor run. Three successive 3-0 losses and a loss to Liverpool (on penalties) in the League Cup semi-final has arguably seen confidence ebb from Mark Hughes’s side. They have managed one win in the last six league games and have slipped to 11th place in the table.

Gianelli Imbula

Gianelli Imbula: Cut little ice

Bournemouth (2.05) have been largely solid recently. Though their lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal on Sunday, it was only their third league defeat in their last 13 (and their second loss to the Gunners in that span).

They sit five points off the relegation zone in 15th place and have a better goal difference than four of the five clubs below them, so we feel they will be safe.

This is not the most attractive fixture of the weekend but the historic trends in this particular fixture have been kind: Stoke have won all five meetings at home, but have failed to win any of their four fixtures away, with Bournemouth winning three of them (including the last two).

The Cherries have been better away from home than they have on their own patch, as they have only won three times in 12 attempts, losing five times. In contrast, Stoke’s four win and four draws in 13 road games puts them in the top half of the ‘away’ form table.

Stoke’s problems up front have been giving cause for concern and the arrival of club record signing Gianelli Imbula did little to lift them when Everton tonked them, ending a miserable week, one in which they exited both cups and were rinsed by Manchester United.

The Potters’ season is in danger of fizzling out and we see Bournemouth getting at least a point. [SM]




Crystal Palace (2.20) have dropped into the bottom half of the table after failing to win in any of their last eight league games. The Eagles’ 1-1 draw with Swansea bought an end to their run of five straight league defeats and Alan Pardew will see this one as a real chance for his side to record their first league win since mid-December.


Scott Dann: Among the goals

Watford (3.40) are also on the slide after winning just once in their last eight league tries. In truth, the Hornets were lucky to only lose by a single goal at White Hart Lane last weekend, with Tottenham dominating possession and all the other key stats.

Scott Dann has been in the goals lately. The sturdy defender is a real threat from set-pieces and has netted in each of his last two league appearances.

Despite being among the best-performing central defenders in the Premier League over the past two seasons, Dann is still yet to make a senior England appearance – something that baffles Palace fans and neutrals around the country.

Goals have been a huge issue for both of these sides lately. Watford and Palace have shared just seven goals between them in their last six Premier League outings.

It is also worth noting that the reverse fixture back in September ended in a 1-0 win for Alan Pardew’s men.

With all that in mind, everything points to a low-scoring encounter here. [CC]




Roberto Martinez made the headlines last week, after his silky dance moves at a Jason Derulo concert were filmed and posted online.


Romelu Lukaku: Respected by Baggies

However, neither he, nor his side were in the mood for clowning around when they arrived at the Britannia Stadium a few days later. Everton (1.57) were magnificent against Stoke last weekend, recording their second 3-0 win in three days.

West Brom (6.00) have slipped to 14th place in the league and are really struggling for form. The Baggies haven’t won in any of their last five league games and looked far from threatening in their 1-0 loss at Newcastle last time out.

West Brom fans will be well aware of the threat posed by Romelu Lukaku after the powerful Belgian striker spent the entire 2013/14 campaign on loan at the Hawthorns.

In truth, that spell was a huge success. A 19-year-old Lukaku scored 17 league goals in 35 games, guiding West Brom to an astonishing eighth place at the end of the season – something that Baggies fan’s aren’t likely to forget in a hurry.

West Brom are lacking fire-power. Saido Berahino looks to have burned his bridges after various misdemeanours, so despite being clearly the best striker at the club, he is rarely getting a look-in at the moment.

However, his fellow strikers are far from prolific. Victor Anichebe, Rickie Lambert and Salomon Rondon have shared just five league goals between them all season, something that will need to change if West Brom are going to remain in the Premier League.

Everton haven’t lost to West Brom in any of the last six meetings, with the Baggies’ last win coming back in 2012.

We are confidently going for a home win here. [CC]




Norwich (2.50) are in a real trouble after their loss away at bottom club Aston Villa last time out. The Canaries have now lost their last six league games, conceding a staggering 18 goals during that period.


Classy: Dimitri Payet

West Ham (2.88) will be disappointed after their loss at St Mary’s last weekend. Slaven Bilic will feel that his side should have come away from Southampton with at least a point, particularly after Victor Wanyama was dismissed with over half an hour still remaining.

As mentioned, Norwich are really struggling defensively. Alex Neil’s men have a wretched defensive record so far this season, conceding 48 times in just 25 league games.

While this is partially down to the distinct lack of pace within their back four, it is also down to the lack of cover provided by their midfield. In truth, there isn’t really a natural holding midfielder in the entire Canaries’ squad, and that shows – particularly against the bigger teams in the league. Alex Tettey is often employed in the role.

However, the Norwegian international is more of a ‘box-to-box’ midfielder and his lack of discipline and positional sense often leads to the Norwich back four becoming exposed.

Dimitri Payet has been West Ham’s best player this season.  Since his arrival at Upton Park from Marseille in the summer, the attacking midfielder has become a firm favourite with the Hammers’ faithful. Payet has added a much-needed touch of class and finesse to the West Ham midfield, providing a wonderful contrast to the industrial approach offered by the likes of Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate.

In truth, we don’t see the home side getting all three points and are more than happy to oppose them here. [CC]




Swansea (3.10) gained a point at home to Crystal Palace last weekend, taking their unbeaten run to four league games since the arrival of manager Francesco Guidolin.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Gylfi Sigurdsson: Dead-ball specialist

However, the Swans are far from safe and their run-in is horrendous. They currently sit four points above the drop zone, although their goals difference is better than the four teams currently below them. Their next two games after this are at Tottenham and Arsenal, before a couple of relegation six-pointers against Norwich (H) and Bournemouth (A).

Southampton (2.38) looked very ordinary against West Ham last weekend, despite winning 1-0 and battling hard with 10 men for much of the second half. They are, however, now unbeaten in their last five league games, having won four of them, and holding all five opponents goalless.

A large reason for the Saints’ rock-like defensive displays has been down to goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who has kept five clean sheets in a row since coming back from injury. His clean-sheet percentage is the best of any keeper with 30 or more Premier League appearances (51.4%), with 18 clean sheets from his 35 games.

Swansea have had a decent return from Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has netted five goals in his last six league appearances and his accuracy from free-kicks is a weapon that Forster will doubtless be aware of.

The Swans have netted 58% of their goals in the first half of games this season, the highest in the top flight.

Southampton have got at least a point on each of their last three trips to Swansea and we feel they may be able to do so again. [SM]




Newcastle (7.00) may still be in big trouble, despite coming into this after winning back-to-back home games for the first time since December 2014.


Threat: Diego Costa

Though climbing out of the relegation zone, the big plus for boss Steve McClaren was seeing his side end a run of nine Premier League games without keeping a clean sheet in a 10 victory over fellow relegation strugglers West Brom.

Just as pleasing was the fact that they attempted more shots against the Baggies (19) than they did in their previous two Premier League games combined (18).

Chelsea (1.44) held Manchester United with a late Diego Costa goal rescuing a point at Stamford Bridge last Sunday. They are still only seven points above the relegation zone and a massive 17 points adrift of the top four. Mired in mid-table mediocrity, their season hinges on an FA Cup campaign and the Champions League.

Chelsea should be too good for a Newcastle side that has won just two of their last 24 trips to the Bridge. But with a Champions League clash with PSG upcoming in midweek, the selection comes with a ‘bettor beware’ asterisk. Just how focussed with the Blues be? [SM]




These two sides are both coming into this one after impressive away victories.

Leicester (4.50) surprised everyone with a remarkable 3-1 victory against title rivals Manchester City at the Etihad, while Arsenal (1.75) managed to overcome a potential banana skin with a 2-0 win against Bournemouth.


Hector Bellerin: Speed Merchant

It has been quite a year for Hector Bellerin. The young Spaniard broke into the Arsenal first team last season, and has since gone onto make the right full-back spot his own ever since – dislodging Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers in the process.

Bellerin is going to be hugely important for the Gunners during Sunday’s early clash. Defensively, the youngster will have to focus on keeping either Riyad Mahrez or Marc Albrighton quiet in the final third, however, he will also be instructed to capitalize on both men’s lack of defensive focus.

While Mahrez and Albrighton are among the quickest wingers in the league, neither are a match for Bellerin when it comes to acceleration.

Robert Huth is in a rich vein of form. The imposing German has been wonderful defensively this season, but lately, he has made headlines at the other end of the field. Huth got a brace at The Etihad last weekend and also grabbed a crucial winner at White Hart Lane a month ago.

This one is vital for both. However, there is no doubt that Arsene Wenger’s side need a win far more than the current league leaders, who would most definitely settle for a point.

Arsenal have won the last two meetings between the sides and haven’t lost to Leicester since the year 2000.

With that in mind, we are going for a home win. [CC]




Following their midweek FA Cup exploits at West Ham and given they are so far off the pace in the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp may well not pick his strongest starting 11 for the trip to rock-bottom Aston Villa (4.50).

Daniel Sturridge

Major boost: Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool’s (1.83) recent return must be cause for concern. Going into their Fourth Round replay, they had not claimed a win in their last four games and only victories over Exeter and Norwich to cheer in their previous nine outings.

While Daniel Sturridge’s latest return from a long-term injury is a massive boost to Klopp, Joe Allen and Dejan Lovren have been added to the injury list after limping off in the disappointing 2-2 home draw with Sunderland last weekend.

Villa defeated Norwich 2-0 at home last week (as predicted) and they have won two of their three home games in 2016 so far – they won just three of 19 at Villa Park in the Premier League throughout 2015.

But despite the win, the Villains look doomed, as they are eight points adrift of safety and their tally of 20 goals in 25 games is simply a ratio that is unsustainable to remain in the top flight.

Liverpool have lost just once in their last 17 trips to Villa Park and look a fair price to come away with the points again. [SM]




Manchester City (2.05) will still be reeling after losing at home to title rivals Leicester last weekend. The 3-1 defeat leaves Manuel Pellegrini’s men six points behind the league leaders, with only 13 games to play – making this one a must-win game.


Sergio Aguero: Predator

Tottenham (3.60) are in remarkable form. Mauricio Pochetinno’s side beat Watford by a single goal last weekend and have now won their last six games in all competitions.

The result at the Etihad last weekend may have shocked many. However, nobody would have been surprised to see who got on the scoresheet for the home side. Despite missing a big part of the season, Sergio Aguero now has 14 league goals to his name.

The Argentinian also has a wonderful record against Sunday’s opponents – scoring a staggering 10 goals against Tottenham since arriving in England just five years ago.

Tottenham surprised everyone when these two sides met earlier in the season. Despite going behind early in the game, the North Londoners rallied remarkably and came away 4-1 winners.

That said, Manchester City have a dominant home record over Sunday’s opponents – to say the very least. Tottenham have lost their last five trips to the Etihad, conceding a staggering 16 goals in the process.

Taking all the stats into consideration, we fancy a high scoring affair in Manchester on Sunday afternoon. [CC]



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Racing Lucky 15 – Tuesday’s top selections

We are seeking a hat-trick with our nap selections after our top picks went in on Sunday and Monday. Your club’s new betting service comes complete with an extensive suite of horseracing markets and every day we will be providing you with a preview of the day’s racing and offer what our experts feel will be the value bets of the day. Here is Tuesday’s Lucky 15…

Market rasen

POINT THE WAY (Market Rasen 3.05) does not have many miles on the clock, but has already turned into a money-spinner for connections, having landed three of his five career starts. Having won a bumper at Hexham in October, he took to hurdling with aplomb, landing a 2m4f novices’ event at Sedgefield on Boxing Day and followed up at Catterick in a similar event last time. Brian Ellison’s inmate made all on both occasions and latterly under a penalty. A hat-trick is on the cards with 5lb claimer Megan Carberry in the plate for today’s extended 2m4f novices’ hurdle.

DARK LOVER (Market Rasen 4.40) was a 148-rated hurdler who won one of his six starts over fences when with Paul Nicholls two season ago. He popped up in a hunters’ chase at Taunton last month and won with ease, having not been seen since April 2014 following a tendon injury. The 11-year-old, trained by the very shrewd Jamie Snowden, looked far too classy for his rivals that day and looks a decent recruit to this sphere. He can take another step in a similar event today.

BUTTERCUP (Market Rasen 2.30) produced a fair performance on her first British start for Venetia Williams when a close-up third of seven to Savingforvegas at Warwick over 2mf5 last month. She showed plenty of ability without winning in France and her astute trainer appears to have found her an ideal opportunity in this extended 2m maiden hurdle. The drop in trip look ideal and she would be a confident selection.

WITH HINDSIGHT (Southwell 2.45) was not beaten a long way when chasing home Edgar at this track last week and drops back 2f to 1m4f for a competitive little handicap for the class. Steve Gollings picked up a couple of handicaps at the backend on 2015 with this consistent sort, who has won off a mark 3lb higher than his current official rating of 70. He is by no means a certainty and we are unsure that this drop back in trip will suit (his last three wins have come over 1m6f) and he gives the impression that a bit further might be up his street in future.


MARKET RASEN: 2.00 Wolfcatcher, 2.30 Buttercup, 3.05 POINT THE WAY (NAP), 3.35 Polarbrook, 4.10 Azert De Coeur, 4.40 Dark Lover (nb)

SEDGEFIELD: 1.50 Yes I Did, 2.20 Louloumills, 2.55 My Friend George, 3.25 Storm Alert, 4.00 Roxyfet, 4.30 Fiddler’s Flight

SOUTHWELL: 2.10 Clock On Tom, 2.45 With Hindsight, 3.15 White Bullet, 3.50 Showtime Star, 4.20 Never Say, 4.50 Comparinka

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Racing Lucky 15 – Monday’s top selections

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AW racing

VENT NIVERNAIS (Fakenham 1.45) has spent plenty of time over fences, but was sent hurdling here last time and it looked as though it sweetened the James Evans-trained seven-year-old up. Though he was beaten just over three lengths, he did not quite get home over the 2m4f. He drops back to 2m today and into maiden handicap company. Both are reasons why he should run well and hopefully get off the mark.

ALANJOU (Fakenham 2.50) was well beaten as a 50/1 chance on his season return at Ascot for new trainer Henry Tett, having joined the Lambourn yard from Jamie Snowdon. The six-year-old won a 3m Class 3 handicap chase at Fakenham off a mark of 111 last January, but has had just two runs since. Now off a mark of 115, he has a little to prove against a couple of in-form rivals, but is expected to go well.

PADDYS MOTOBIKE (Wolverhampton 2.40) justified favouritism at this track last time over 1m4f in a decent Class 3 handicap, having created a favourable impression when finishing a close-up third over 1m 5½f at Chalmsford to Luv U Whatever. David Evans’ runner was ridden by 5lb claimer Jo Gordon both times and while up 5lb and up in class today the 2m trip should not be too much of a problem.

LADY CLITICO (Musselburgh 3.30) was a decent second to Temp Mac at Perth in a 2m novices’ hurdle at Perth in September (off a mark of 113) and would have gone close but for making a mistake at the last. She has had a couple of runs on the AW since falling in her subsequent hurdles race at Sedgefield in September and should not lack for fitness as she reverts back to the other code, particularly off a more realistic mark of 105.


FAKENHAM: 1.45 VENT NIVERNAIS (NAP), 2.20 Hollies Pearl, 2.50 Alanjou (nb), 3.20 Kayfton Pete, 3.50 Entry To Evrywhere, Navanman

MUSSELBURGH: 1.00 Sweet Holly, 1.30 More Madness, 2.00 Carthage, 2.30 Asuncion, 3.00 Almost Gemini, 3.30 Lady Clitico, 4.00 Atomix

WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.10 Astra Hall, 2.40 Paddys Motobike, 3.10 Appeared, 3.40 Mindurownbusiness, 4.10 Binky Blue, 4.40 Crazy Chic, 5.10 Quantum Dot

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Racing Lucky 15 – Sunday’s top selections

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musselburgh racecourse

O O SEVEN (Musselburgh 3.30) is a smart novice chaser, one of several in Nicky Henderson’s powerful yard. He jumped a little bit ponderously at times in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle and eventually met is match in the shape of Yorkhill, giving the impression he would be happier over further than the 2m he got there. He faces three rivals in the 2m7f Albert Bartlett Scottish Trial Novices Hurdle and if he gets this extended trip, plenty of options will open up for connections.

THE GREY TAYLOR (Musselburgh 1.30) made all the running on his second start over fences in a Beginners’ Chase at Carlisle to win comprehensively in October. Brain Ellison’s six-year-old made his handicap debut off a mark of 136 at Doncaster last month and again attempted to make all and was not beaten far by the more experienced Baltimore Rock. He runs off the same mark this afternoon and holds a leading chance in the loftily-named 2m Scottish Champion Chase Handicap.

BIFF JOHNSON (Chelmsford 2.10) shoulders a penalty for winning a similar C&D 1m2f handicap on Thursday, when making his debut for the Keith Dalgleish yard. Running off a mark of 67, he appeared quite well treated on some of his old form and so it proved. The addition of first-time cheekpieces appeared to work the oracle and he won with plenty to spare. The extra weight is unlikely to anchor him.

TOWN’S HISTORY (Chelmsford 4.40) has twice been sent off as an odds-on favourite for a couple of ordinary maidens and has twice been beaten. Godolphin’s runner was very green, tardily away and keen early over an extended mile at Wolverhampton in early December, but created a favourable impression. Unsurprisingly sent off at a restrictive price for his second start over 7f here on Tuesday, he was again slow into his stride and keen. While he hit the front, he did not quite see the trip out as well as the Mariee and drops back to 6f today. That should be enough to see him get off the mark


CHELMSFORD: 2.10 Biff Johnson, 2.40 Brother Tiger, 3.10 Gracious John, 3.40 Gentlemen, 4.10 Ice Royal, 4.40 Town’s History

MUSSELBURGH: 1.30 Always Resolute, 1.30 The Grey Taylor (nb), 2.00 Tommy Silver, 2.30 Ittirad, 3.00 Days Of Heaven, 3.30 O O SEVEN (NAP), 4.00 Nowurhurlin, 4.30 Warriors Tale

NAAS: 1.50 King Of Aragon, 2.20 I’m All You Need, 2.50 Call It Magic, 3.20 Rollin Rocket, 3.50 Never Enough Time, 4.20 Black Ice, 4.50 Cape City Boy

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Racing Lucky 15 – Saturday’s top selections

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BITOFAPUZZLE (Wetherby 2.45) can take the Grade 2 Towton Novices’ Chase en route to a crack at either the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle or the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The Harry Fry-trained mare won four times last season from six starts, signing off by landing the Grade 1 Mares’ Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse. She has the size and scope to be a top novice chaser, and won with ease on her chasing bow at Exeter. She was going well up front and travelling much better than her competitors when she blundered and unshipped her rider at the third last in Grade 2 company at Thurles last month. A clear round should see her go close.

MISS GILER (Lingfield 4.05) has started to look exposed and expensive, having had 13 runs without a win for John Gosden. The four-year-old High Chaparral filly would appear to hold a decent chance of getting off the mark back in maiden company this afternoon, however. She was beaten a neck over C&D last month and the form of that particular maiden looks fairly solid, as the winner was a narrow second at Wolverhampton earlier this week. This also looks a weak race for the class.

TOMBSTONE (Leopardstown 1.55) was a little keen to get on with things but was ultimately very unlucky not to have overhauled the more experienced Long dog in the Grade 1 Champions Novice Hurdle here in December. He did not have a lot of room turning for home and kept on stoutly when extracted from a pocket. On the book, he has perhaps a little to find with Bellshill, yet Gordon Elliott’s six-year-old looks an exciting prospect and he should continue to make rapid improvement.

SEVEN KINGDOMS (Sandown 12.40) looked impressive when scoring in a 2m juvenile hurdle on his British debut and is taken to upset likely favourite Fingertips in the opening 2m juvenile hurdle. He was a 1m4f Flat winner on his French debut last summer and while he still looked a bit raw and his Triumph Hurdle credentials ambitious, David Dennis’s runner will certainly have improved for the experience and should strip fitter.


LEOPARDSTOWN: 12.55 Ivanovich Gorbatov, 1.25 The Living Beauty, 1.55 Tombstone, 2.30 Outlander, 3.05 Improver, 3.40 Gilgamboa, 4.15 Two Rockers, 4.45 Polymath

SANDOWN PARK: 12.40 Seven Kingdoms, 1.15 Peace And Co, 1.50 Chris Pea Green, 2.25 Tea For Two, 3.00 Anteros, 3.30 Knock House, 4.05 Tara Bridge

FFOS LAS: 1.30 Mystical Knight, 2.05 Kayf Moss, 2.20 Semper Invicta, 3.15 Minella On Line, 3.50 Global Thrill, 4.25 Awaywiththegreys, 4.55 Druid’s Folly

WETHERBY: 1.00 Secret Door, 1.35 Friendly Royal, 2.10 Bronco Billy, 2.45 BITOFAPUZZLE (NAP), 3.20 Sir Vinski, 3.55 Big Fella Thanks, 4.30 Spirit Of Kayf

LINGFIELD PARK: 1.10 Etaad, 1.45 My Call, 2.20 Desert Command, 2.55 Lamar, 3.30 Certificate, 4.05 Miss Giler (nb), 4.35 Megara

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Racing Lucky 15 – Friday’s top selections

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Lingfield Races

MOORLANDS MIST (Chepstow 4.20) has not won for two years, but has twice gone close in decent handicap hurdles on his last two starts, being touched off here on both occasions. Up 6lb for a 3/4l defeat in December, he was short-headed by Awaywiththegreys early last month but today goes chasing, where he is rated 11lb lower. He still has something to prove in this sphere, having been unplace in all three previous tries over fences, but he is in form, something he was not the last time he went chasing.

MAJESTIC MYLES (Lingfield 2.35) should be head and shoulders above his six rivals in the 7f claimer if official ratings hold true. Richard Fahey’s eight-year-old was not beaten far by Yeeoow over 1f shorter here last time and his previous three victories have all come at today’s trip, the last coming off a mark of 85 at Ayr in a Class 3 handicap in October. This does not look a strong event and should provide a nice confidence boost.

LORD HUNTINGDON (Lingfield 3.05) was upped to today’s 1m2f trip on his handicap debut last time and was easy to back. He was a little unruly at the start and ran a little freely, which would not have helped him get home. Prior to that, he had looked steadily progressive over 1m and given his rivals’ lack of experience, Andrew Balding’s runner has a fair opportunity to get off the mark at the fifth time of asking, providing he settles better.

HARLEY REBEL (Chepstow 3.50) is due to rise 8lb in the weights following her decent second to Debdebdeb at Kempton last week (heavy), but runs off the same mark of 117 for this extended 2m3f trip, which she tackles for the first time. She won a juvenile hurdle at Fontwell by nine lengths on her penultimate start and should be able to continue her progression with another victory today.


CATTERICK: 1.20 Our Thomas, 1.50 Oscar O’scar, 2.25 Treliver Manor, 2.55 Iron Butterfly, 3.25 Pretty Miss Mahler, 4.00 Rakitman, 4.30 Mazovian

CHEPSTOW: 1.40 Nansaroy, 2.10 Oscar Sunset, 2.45 Mister Kalanisi, 3.15 Darkestbeforedawn, 3.50 Harley Rebel (nb), 4.20 MOORLANDS MIST (NAP), 4.50 Desert Retreat

LINGFIELD: 2.00 Skidby Mill, 2.35 Majestic Myles, 3.05 Lord Huntingdon, 3.40 Take The Helm, 4.10 Justice Lady, 4.40 Lucky Dottie

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.15 Rich Again, 5.45 Sylvette, 6.15 Field Of Dream, 6.45 Coillte Caiilin, 7.15 Dangerous Thought, 7.45 Giovanni Di Bicci

DUNDALK: 5.30 Split The Atom, 6.00 Mr Right, 6.30 Love In the Sun, 7.00 Dottie Lottie, 7.30 Spruce Meadows, 8.00 Alnahar, 8.30 Marise, 9.00 Canon Law

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Racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’s top selections

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GINO TRAIL (Wincanton 2.00) makes is belated handicap debut for the in-form David Brdgewater stable having run the useful Garde La Victoire to 5¼l at Ludlow when easy to back in a 2m novice chase (heavy). That was his first run for a year. Prior to that, the lightly-raced nine-year-old was a decent seven-length winner of a novice hurdle at Towcester. He takes on three rivals in a 2m Limited Handicap Chase today and should strip fitter.

SEMRA (Chelmsford City 7.10) pulled a little way clear of a well-backed winner on her debut in a 6f maiden at Wolverhampton. She was easy to back in that 10-runner event but travelled well throughout but just did not have the pace to go with Cocoa Beach, who was subsequently sent off favourite for 7f AW handicap at Lingfield (beaten third). Semra hails from the Marco Botti stable that has saddled three winners from its last seven runners and she would have a fair chance in a 6f maiden fillies’ event, although she may be better over further in time.

BILLY’S HOPE (Clonmel 1.55) won a bumper and has subsequently been placed in two maiden hurdles for Jessie Harrington. It could be a case of third-time-lucky for the five-year-old mare today, as there appears to be plenty of dead wood in the 16-runner field. The form of her Listed bumper third at in November stacks up, as both the second and fourth have subsequently won maiden hurdles.

GIOVANNI DI BICCI (Chelmsford 5.10) landed something of a late gamble when scoring in a first-time hood at Kempton last week following an eight-month absence, the fitting of a hood and the re-application of a tongue tie appearing to galvanise the former Lady Cecil inmate. Having had a wind operation – which was not public knowledge beforehand – he is now with Jim Boyle. The four-year-old had been showing plenty of ability at home but needed a breathing operation as he had been cutting out in his races. Though last week was the well-executed plan in a weak, he may be able to defy a penalty.


SOUTHWELL: 1.50 Blue Bounty, 2.20 A Little Bit Dusty, 2.50 Clockmaker, 3.25 Play Nicely, 4.00 St Patrick’s Day, 4.35 Llewellyn

TOWCESTER: 1.10 Monty’s Revenge, 1.40 Graceful Legend, 2.10 Basford Ben, 2.40 Suit Yourself, 3.15 Georgieshore, 3.50 Olympian Boy, 4.25 Boudry

WINCANTON: 1.30 Brise Vendeenne, 2.00 GINO TRAIL (NAP), 2.30 Crin Au Vent, 3.05 Dolores Delightful, 3.40 Quite By Chance, 4.15 Otto The Great, 4.50 Chalonnial

CHELMSFORD CITY: 5.10 Giovanni Di Bicci, 5.40 Ifan, 6.10 Saved My Bacon, 6.40 Scarlet Minstrel, 7.10 Semra (nb), 7.40 Compton Prince, 8.10 Silver Springs

CLONMEL: 1.25 Railway Rule, 1.55 Billy’s Hope, 2.25 Last Encounter, 2.55 Accordion Twilight, 3.30 Bright New Dawn, 4.05 Westerner Point, 4.40 Gullivar

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