Horse racing Lucky 15 – Wednesday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

ICE COOL CHAMPS (Hereford 2.30) had a previous winner in behind when a well-backed runner-up to Marten on his bumper debut at Warwick on New Year’s Eve and may be able to go one better now upped in trip. That run, against some well-regarded types from a couple of in-form stables, was over 2m. Out of an unraced half-sister to high-class stayer Shotgun Willy and Welsh National winner Mini Sensation, he is bred for further and gets an extra 3½f for his first try over hurdles in a maiden. Heavy ground may well suit this Philip Hobbs-trained six-year-old who is sure to go on to better things after this.

SOME ARE LUCKY (Leicester 3.40) may or may not be aptly-named, depending on whether you punting glass is half full or half empty. Tom George’s six-year-old has been placed in his last six races, but has only managed to win one of those – a 2m4½f maiden hurdle at Southwell last March. Twice runner-up over trips just short of 3m at Uttoxeter and Chepstow in the autumn, he made his chasing debut on New Year’s Eve at Newbury in a decent novices’ event and was involved in a three-way finish with Belami Des Pictons and Aurillac, coming off worse with that duo. He could not quite hold on, having made the running and this former pointer should do better in handicaps. His mark of 132 is a fair one and in what looks a fascinating novices’ limited handicap, he should be in the mix.

AMERICAN PATROL (Kempton Park 2.20) has to overcome a penalty to land the 1m handicap, but regular readers to this column will know that our admiration for jockey Adam Kirby knows no limits and his partnership with the Neil Mulholland-trained three-year-old means we have confidence that if good enough, he will be thereabouts when it matters. He has had only five lifetime starts and while no world-beater, he caught the eye at Chelmsford on his handicap debut before justifying favouritism at Wolverhampton last time. It did look a very weak race but he scored easily and should get this extra furlong without too much trouble.

MEHDI (Newcastle 6.30) also has one of the best on board. It will be worth following Paul Hanagan this year. He is back in the north after what he will probably consider to be a relatively modest association with Sheikh Hamdan’s horses, and while his usual affable and chipper self last year, inwardly the former champion jockey will have been questioning what more he could have done to make a difference. In truth, he never had the firepower. A confident Hanagan is almost unbeatable. We have no doubt he will soon be making headlines again – he is far too good to be out of the spotlight for long. That aside, he will need plenty of guile to get this one’s nose in front. Mehdi is on a losing run of 35 but has been finally dropping in the weights and there were signs in defeat at Wolverhampton last time that he could be on the verge of ending that barren run. It may happen in the 7f classified stakes.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

HEREFORD: 1.30 Miracle Cure, 2.00 Dig Deeper, 2.30 ICE COOL CHAMPS (NAP), 3.00 Colin’s Brother, 3.30 Goodtoknow, 4.00 Stone, 4.30 Runasimi River

KEMPTON PARK: 2.20 American Patrol, 2.50 Drumochter, 3.20 Envisaging, 3.50 East Coast Lady, 4.20 Pearl Spectre, 4.50 Alcatraz, 5.20 Thomas Blossom

LEICESTER: 2.10 Sonny The One, 2.40 Dusty Raven, 3.10 Allee Bleue, 3.40 Some Are Lucky (nb), 4.10 Full Irish, 4.40 Moscow Me

NEWCASTLE: 4.25 Go George Go, 5.00 Bloomin Lovely, 5.30 Royal Celebration, 6.00 Tailor’s Row, 6.30 Mehdi, 7.00 Art Obsession

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Tuesday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British and Irish meetings on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

FUTURE GILDED (Wetherby 3.30) would appear to hold a fair chance of following up his Catterick success when he lines up against seven rivals in the 2m3f handicap chase. Jamie Snowdon has always thought a bit of the eight-year-old who had been off with leg trouble before being well backed for his Doncaster return last month after a 615-day lay-off. That run proved short-lived as he fell at the first. However, he is best judged on his last run earlier this month when, despite clouting the fifth last, he showed guts aplenty to fend of Nefyn Bay on only his seventh career start. He remains unexposed and having had three weeks off, any ‘bounce’ factor should be negated.

MUSTN’T GRUMBLE (Southwell 2.10) is on a losing streak of 26 and has thus been given a chance of breaking that run by the handicapper. The Davis Loughnane-trained four-year-old has twice gone close on is last two starts here, going down by three-quarters of a length to Essenaitch over 7f and then by half a length to Big Amigo over 6f. He was equipped with a hood for the first time in the latter run and was a little keen early, so deserved credit for keeping with the winner. The hood is on again today for another 6f handicap and while the assessor has put him up 2lb to a mark of 57 following those two near misses, his turn should come again soon, possibly today.

L’INGANNO FELICE (Southwell 3.40) was well backed before a return to form at Newcastle in November and after going close twice, he was given a month off, which seemed to work the oracle. For the seven-year-old reversed form with a previous course and distance winner when scoring at Newcastle and followed up here under a penalty, by seven lengths a couple of weeks ago. That came over 1m4f and he looked as though he would stay further. He likes this track (form-figures of 221),  Ian Jardine’s runner is sure to be popular despite moving up another 7lb to a mark of 83 for a similar race.

REGAL GAIT (Wetherby 1.30) won a 1m5f Chelmsford handicap on his debut for Harry Whittington in October and while beaten a long way, he was still a fair second n his Market Rasen hurdling debut in December. Pitched into better company for his next run at Newbury, he showed up well for a long way before fading in a 2m½f juvenile hurdle won by Final Choice. While he may be better over t further than the 2m he gets today in a juvenile maiden hurdle, this race is a definite drop in class and Jeremiah McGrath’s mount should go well.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

LEICESTER (inspection 8am): 1.20 Sister Sibyl, 1.50 Global Dream, 2.20 Tagrita, 2.50 Global Stage, 3.20 A Hare Breath, 3.50 Miss Benefitz, 4.20 Sudden Wish

SOUTHWELL: 1.40 Come On Percy, 2.10 Mustn’t Grumble, 2.40 Archie Stevens, 3.10 Encore d’Or, 3.40 L’inganno Felice, 4.10 Samphire Coast

WETHERBY: 1.30 Regal Gait, 2.00 Feeltherhythm, 2.30 Oscar O’scar, 3.00 Grand Enterprise, 3.30 Future Gilded, 4.00 Cousin Oscar

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Our NAP and Next-Best selections both won on Wednesday, so take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

CAPRICE D’ANGLAIS (Leicester 12.35) may be able to land a hat-trick, having justified favouritism in two handicap chases at Hereford and Huntingdon. Having stepped up to 2m½f, he defied a penalty in fine style to land a weaker race last time and looked in control before his main rival fell two out. That win came off a mark of 93 and he now has to face a 12lb hike if he is to land the extended 1m7½f handicap chase, where the front-runner should not have too much competition up front.

GIVEAWAY GLANCE (Catterick 12.50) produced a much more promising effort than she had on her first try over hurdles when smoothly landing a 2m½f maiden at Doncaster last month. Rated 79 on the level, Alan King appears to have unlocked her talent and the stiffer test than she got at Ludlow did not hurt. The four-year-old lines up against six rivals in the 1m7 ½ f fillies’ juvenile hurdle appearing to hold a solid chance of doubling up.

SHAN DUN NA NGALL (Chelmsford City 7.30) notched a three-timer in low-grade staying handicaps before being over-turned as favourite off a 4lb higher mark at Wolverhampton at the back end of last month. Since joining Amy Murphy, the six-year-old has shown plenty of consistency but appeared to find things happening a little too quickly for him when dropped in trip to 1m6f last time. Back up to 2m on a track that should suit and off the same mark at 56, he holds a fair chance of striking again in a competitive handicap for the grade.

SEPTEMBER ISSUE (Newcastle 2.00) bounced back to form when chasing home Dutch Golden Age in a decent 6f all-weather handicap at Kempton last week, having had a month off. Gay Kelleway equipped the four-year-old with cheekpieces for the first time since he won over 5f here in June and it appeared to work the oracle. However, while that particular set of equipment is dispensed with today for the 5f handicap, the shrewd handler employs a first-time visor and the hope this change of headgear will see him hold his form and go one better.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

CATTERICK: 12.50 Giveaway Glance, 1.20 Impulsive Star, 1.50 Fair Loch, 2.20 High Bridge, 2.50 Jac The Legend, 3.20 Forty Crown, 3.50 William Of Orange

LEICESTER: 12.35 Caprice D’anglais, 1.05 Un Prophete, 1.35 Paddocks Lounge, 2.10 Go West Young Man, 2.40 Tommy The Rascal, 3.10 Midnight Jade, 3.40 Dawn Missile

NEWCASTLE: 2.00 September Issue, 2.30 Summer Collection, 3.00 Isharah, 3.30 Masterpaver, 4.00 Dance Dan Dan, 4.30 Realize, 5.00 Gracious John

CHELMSFORD CITY: 5.50 Garter, 6.25 Tailor’s Row, 7.00 Ravenhoe, 7.30 Shan Dun Na Ngall, 8.00 Rosie Crowe, 8.30 Gettin’ Lucky

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Wednesday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

After Tuesday’s winning NAP selection, take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Wednesday, December 28, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

ROYAL VILLAGE (Leicester 2.35) can follow up his Southwell bumper success when making is hurdling debut in a 2m4½f novices’ race. This half-brother to the smart Village Vic fell on his only point-to-point in Ireland before making his rules debut for Philip Hobbs and he impressed with his attitude, battling to beat a well-regarded Dan Skelton inmate and scoring by a couple of lengths. The way he kept responding to the urgings of Richard Johnson can only bode well and he looked a jumper in the making. This appears to be a gentle introduction, despite taking on 15 rivals.

FATTSOTA (Catterick 11.55) held his own in pattern company on the Flat and won six times on the level in total. The eight-year-old, who stayed 1m4f in decent company, made a belated hurdling debut at Southwell last month, chasing home a decent sort in Sumkindofking, despite not getting a clear run between three and two out in a 1m7½f maiden hurdle. Trainer David O’Meara has found a similar race and he should give in-form Brian Hughes a good spin as he takes on nine rivals.

SIDEWINDER (Lingfield Park 12.45) has been consistent in five starts for Tom Dascombe since making his debut in April, despite not getting his head in front over sprint distances. The Majestic Missile two-year-old has not been seen out since august when beaten half a length by Ocean Air in a 7f Leicester maiden, having previously been fourth of six over 6f in heavy ground at Haydock. The 7f trip, which he tried for the first time, appeared to suit him and of those with experience in the nine-strong field for this 7f maiden, few look to be able to match his ability.

ASUNCION (Catterick 1.05) is never the easiest to predict, so therefore may be a bit of value follow up her 2m3f Market Rasen handicap chase off a 3lb higher mark as she takes on 11 rivals over a similar trip. She ran from 5lb out of the handicap last time and looked well beaten in third at the last fence, only to fly past a couple of rivals to score decisively. Going left-handed won’t be an issue for the Rebecca Menzies-trained six-year-old and Jamie Hamilton’s 3lb claim is useful.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

CATTERICK: 11.55 Fattsota (nb), 12.30 Lake Chapala, 1.05 Asuncion, 1.35 Idder, 2.10 Nine Altars, 2.45 Western Jo, 3.20 Turtle Cask

LEICESTER: 12.55 Little Pop, 1.25 Rathealy, 2.00 Crickel Wood, 2.35 ROYAL VILLAGE (NAP), 3.10 Master Dee, 3.40 Favorite Girl

LINGFIELD PARK: 11.40 Gaelic Silver, 12.10 Polar Kite, 12.45 Sidewinder, 1.15 Re Run, 1.45 Alfredo, 2.20 Galinthias, 2.55 Sun Angel, 3.30 Gung Ho Jack

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FESTIVE BETTING GUIDE: FIVE PREMIER LEAGUE TIPS

The festive feast of football is almost upon us and to celebrate, our tipsters have analysed the big Premier League action – providing you with a few top tips along the way.

Remember, we will be posting our New Year’s preview next Thursday – so keep your eyes peeled!

As always, be sure to share your opinions with us over on the @MyClubBetting twitter page…

WATFORD v CRYSTAL PALACE

Boxing Day – 12:30

Walter Mazzari has done a fine job since taking over at Watford in the summer.

The former Inter and Napoli boss has guided the Hornets to 12th place in the Premier League after taking 21 points from their 17 games so far.

Despite their below par 2016/17 campaign, Crystal Palace haven’t actually performed too badly on the road so far. In fact, the South Londoners are ranked in 11th when it comes to Premier League away form, avoiding defeat in 50% of their games when playing away from Selhurst Park this season.

The Eagles have been dominant in recent meetings with Watford, losing just two of the last 12 games between the sides.

Palace have been particularly impressive in away clashes against Watford. The South Londoners have managed two wins from their last three trips to Vicarage Road and haven’t lost at Watford since 2009.

This will alarm Watford fans, who have already seen their side drop points in four of their eight home games this season.

Taking all of the above into consideration, the hosts’ price looks way too short for us and we are more than happy to lay them here.

BEST BET: DOUBLE CHANCE – PALACE OR DRAW @ 1/2

LEICESTER v EVERTON

Boxing Day – 15:00

Leicester enjoyed themselves in last season’s two league games against Everton. The Foxes won both fixtures, scoring six times along the way – including braces from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in the respective home and away games.

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It is fair to say that Ronald Koeman and Claudio Ranieri are both feeling the pressure at present.

Despite a great start to this season, Koeman has seen his Everton side fall to mid-table mediocrity after a run of just two wins in their last 12 league games.

Things have been even worse for Ranieri and Leicester. The Champions sit just three places and three points above the relegation zone – losing eight of their 17 league games this season.

To say that recent meetings between Leicester and Everton have been exciting would be an understatement.

The sides have shared a whopping 17 goals in their last four meetings, with all of those games ending with at least four goals and with both sides scoring.

Leicester and Everton have also been amongst the goals in the Premier League so far this season – netting on 44 occasions between them during the campaign.

We are going for a high scoring draw at the King Power.

BEST BET: OVER 2.5 GOALS @ 10/11

HULL v MAN CITY

Boxing Day – 17:15

Despite wins against Leicester and Swansea in the opening two games of the season, Hull’s season has quickly faltered and they now sit bottom of the Premier League table.

Free-scoring Manchester City currently occupy third place in the league after their comeback victory against Arsenal last weekend, however their leaky defence is a real cause for concern.

Pep Guardiola’s side have conceded 20 league goal this season and have only managed three clean sheets from their 17 ties.

Man City have won four of their last five clashes against Hull, scoring 13 goals in the process. However, it is also worth noting that Hull have failed to score in only two of those games.

Hull have won just one home game this season and failed to keep a clean sheet at the KCOM Stadium.

However, home goals haven’t been an issue for the Tigers of late. In fact, Hull have netted on six occasions during their last three home games.

Although Man City have won three of their last four away games, they have only managed to keep a single clean sheet – conceding at Crystal Palace, Burnley and Leicester along the way.

However, it is worth noting that City have managed to score 10 goals during that period.

We see Man City winning this one with relative ease, but we don’t fancy them to keep a clean sheet.

BEST BET: MAN CITY WIN & BTTS @ 15/8

LIVERPOOL V STOKE

Tuesday – 17:15

Liverpool have had a fine campaign so far, and will be coming into this game with an abundance of confidence after a late Sadio Mane goal winner in the Merseyside derby a week ago. That victory lifted the Reds to second in the league – they now find themselves just six points behind leaders Chelsea.

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Things weren’t so rosy for Stoke in the last round of fixtures. The Potters surrendered a two-goal lead to ten man Leicester, eventually drawing the game 2-2 at the Britannia Stadium.

Liverpool are yet to lose at Anfield this season – winning five times and drawing twice. That said, the Reds have only played home games against two sides who currently occupy places in the top half of the table.

Jürgen Klopp’s men have failed to score in just one of their eight home Premier League games in the league this season, however, they have only managed to keep two clean sheets during that time.

Coincidently, Stoke have failed to score in just one of their last six Premier League away matches and have managed to net at both the Emirates and Old Trafford this season.

While they’ve had no trouble scoring on the road, the Potters have conceded in six of their eight away league games this season.

In the last five league clashes between Liverpool and Stoke, both teams have managed to net on three occasions with 22 goals being scoring in total.

We see both sides finding the net on Tuesday.

BEST BET: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE @ 10/11

SOUTHAMPTON v TOTTENHAM

Wednesday – 19:45

Many people worried about Southampton’s Premier League safety when Claude Puel took over at the club in the summer.

The former Monaco and Lyon manager was fairly unknown on these shores when he arrived in June and had to deal with losing key players such as Graziano Pelle, Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama almost immediately after taking the hot seat.

However, the Frenchman has settled wonderfully. Southampton sit seventh in the Premier League and will also be competing in January’s League Cup semi-finals.

Tottenham are having another decent campaign and find themselves in fifth place after back-to-back Premier League wins over Hull and Burnley in recent weeks.

That said, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have tasted defeat in each of their last two away league games. However, it is worth noting that those losses were against Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.

While Southampton got the better of Spurs in their last meeting, it is the North Londoners who have dominated recent games between the two sides.

Spurs have won six of their last eight games against Southampton and haven’t tasted defeat at St Mary’s since 2005.

We see Spurs getting the better of Southampton again on Wednesday night.

BEST BET: TOTTENHAM TO WIN @ 8/5

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WEEKEND BETTING GUIDE: OUR TOP TIPS

Looking forward to Anthony Joshua’s title defence on Saturday night and Man United v Tottenham on Sunday?

Find out below our tips for them as we analyse this weekend’s sporting action.  

As always, be sure to share your opinions with us over on the @MyClubBetting twitter page!

LEICESTER v MAN CITY

Saturday – 17:30

After a remarkable season last year, Leicester have struggled in the league so far. The Foxes have failed to win a game in their last five, although they have only failed to score in 2 of their 7 home games this season.

Man City have had a better time, having only lost once away from home this season, scoring 17 goals in the process.

Although both sides have been able to find the net, they have struggled to keep clean sheets.

Leicester have conceded 4 goals in their last 3 home games, whilst Man City haven’t kept a clean sheet since October, conceding 6 goals in their last 4 games.

Even though Man City will be without Aguero after his red card against Chelsea last weekend, we still see them getting back to winning ways, although they may have to wait a bit longer for a clean sheet.

BEST BET: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE @ 4/6

JOSHUA v MOLINA

Saturday – 22:00

Anthony Joshua’s professional career has been faultless so far. The Olympic gold medallist has taken the heavyweight division by storm, winning all 17 of his professional bouts by knockout or technical knockout.

The 27-year-old became world champion in just his 16th professional bout, defeating Charles Martin at the O2 in April. He then made a successful first defence against Dominic Breazeale at the same venue just ten weeks later.

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That said, Eric Molina will provide him with his biggest test so far.

The big Texan has won 26 of his 28 professional bouts and is coming-off an impressive victory against Thomas Adamek seven months ago.

Deontay Wilder has been compared to Anthony Joshua on numerous occasions. Fans of the Englishman will be pleased to hear that Wilder took just nine rounds to stop Molina in April of last year.

No fight involving Anthony Joshua has ever gone past the seventh round and we see his punch power being far too much for Molina at the 02 on Saturday night.

We are convinced that Joshua will stop Molina in the first half of the fight.

BEST BET: JOSHUA TO WIN IN ROUND 3 @ 17/4

MAN UNITED v TOTTENHAM

Sunday – 14:15

Both sides go into the game following mid-week European games. Man United’s last 2 home games that have followed their Europa League game has ended in a draw, both finishing 1-1. Tottenham have drawn 2 of their last 3 Premier League games that have followed their mid-week Champions League fixture.

The Red Devils let another lead slip late on at the weekend and have now dropped seven points as a result of goals conceded in the last 10 minutes in the league this season.

Spurs are unbeaten at home, winning five and drawing twice. However, although only losing once away from home, they have only managed to win twice in seven games.

Man United and Tottenham have both drawn six times this season, with United drawing their last four home games and three of Spurs’ draws coming in their last four away games.

We see another draw this weekend.

BEST BET: THE DRAW @ 23/10

LIVERPOOL v WEST HAM

Sunday – 16:30

Liverpool will not need reminding of their meetings against West Ham last season. The Hammers were unbeaten against Liverpool last season, winning three times and drawing once.

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However, this season hasn’t gone to plan for West Ham and they find themselves one point above the relegation zone with their only away win coming against Crystal Palace.

Although the Hammers have struggled to win games, they have only not scored once away from home this season – scoring at Chelsea, Man City, Tottenham and Man United. However, they have conceded 15 times in their 7 away games so far.

Before losing at Bournemouth on Sunday, Liverpool were in good form having been on an 11 game unbeaten run and they are currently unbeaten at home having scored 19 goals. However, they have only managed to keep a clean sheet at Anfield twice this season.

We see Liverpool winning this convincingly.

BEST BET: OVER 2.5 GOALS @ 4/9

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Wednesday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

All four selections on the suggested Lucky 15 won on Tuesday, netting a cool £155.19 to a £1 stake unit.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

GENEROUS HELPINGS (Leicester 2.25) was in command when left clear three out in a 3m1f handicap hurdle at Huntingdon in late October. Though winning by 24 lengths, it was no fluke. The Gary Moore-trained seven-year-old had shown improvement previously when two-lengths third of 11 to subsequent scorer Looksnowtlikebrian at Fontwell and the runner-up, Earls Fort, has since rattled up a hat-trick. The handicapper took a dim view of the selection’s sole win and has hiked him 12lb, so he will have plenty on his plate giving away 7lb and more to his seven rivals in the 2m4½f conditional jockeys’ novices’ hurdle, but 8lb claimer William Clarke gets on well with him and the partnership should give another good account.

CLAN LEGEND (Hexham 12.45) was successful in four of his five outings on soft/heavy ground last term until he found a class jump and another 7lb rise for a course and distance win beyond him when pulled up in a 2m soft-ground handicap hurdle at Ayr in April. In truth, he may have just been over the top after a long season, but more likely he found the drying ground against him that day. Nick Alexander, whose string is in fine fettle, starts the six-year-old’s chasing career off in an extended 1m7½f handicap off a mark of 118, but crucially, the expected heavy ground will be very much in his favour.

LANDMEAFORTUNE (Hexham 1.15) is a maiden in six point-to-points and 10 races under Rules, so the Martin Todhunter-trained seven-year-old is not going to be on everyone’s betting radar as he lines up against nine rivals for an extended 3m handicap chase, his second try over fences. While he was beaten 24 lengths at Ayr in a novices’ handicap chase on his first start for over seven months in soft ground, the winner, Titian Boy, followed up on Monday in a handicap chase. Down 2lb for that first outing of the season and in a slightly weaker race, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that he will break his duck.

THE SALMON MAN (Lingfield Park 2.05) has also had more than a few chances to get off the mark, so connections of the Brendan Powell-trained four-year-old will hope that he can go one better than when short-headed at Kempton Park in a better 1m2f handicap last time. He looked to have every move covered before Solveig’s Song swept past near the line, so may have been a shade unlucky. He drops into maiden company this afternoon, over the same trip that he clearly enjoys, and given his rating of 73, unless one of the more unexposed of the five rivals finds improvement, then the selection should take the beating.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

HEXHAM: 12.15 Great Tempo, 12.45 Clan Legend (nb), 1.15 Landmeafortune, 1.45 Floramoss, 2.15 Just Georgie, 2.45 Turtle Cask, 3.15 Miss Conway

LEICESTER: 12.55 Foundation Man, 1.25 Abricot De L’oasis, 1.55 Unify, 2.25 GENEROUS HELPINGS (NAP), 2.55 Destiny’s Gold, 3.25 Prince Khurram

LINGFIELD PARK: 12.05 Carolinae, 12.35 Greyfroiarschorista, 1.05 Kirtling, 1.35 Take Two, 2.05 The Salmon Man, 2.35 He’s No Saint, 3.05 Estibdaad, 3.35 Bloodsweatandtears

KEMPTON PARK: 3.45 Medahim, 4.15 Things Happen, 4.45 Footman, 5.15 Intermodal, 5.45 Gamrah, 6.15 Rebel State, 6.45 Alcatraz, 7.15 Timekeeping

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