Today’s top selections from the press and media feature a pair of entries at Newcastle and Wetherby, plus a runner at Lingfield. Check these out below and an excellent new customer offer at 888sport. Simply Bet £10 and Claim £30 in Free Bets, plus £10 Casino Bonus
1: ECLAIR D’AINAY (2:05pm Wetherby) (8 votes)
Lightly raced 7yo, who returned from a twenty-two month absence, when fifth at Carlisle (2m 4f, soft) back in October, before stepping up his game with a first win at Chepstow (2m heavy) in November, when 10 lengths clear of second. Has risen a whopping 14lbs for today, but the second and third in that last race have both gone on to win since, suggesting there is more to come form this Dan Skelton runner.
(Racing Post, RP Ratings. Daily Post, Mercury. Norwich Evening News, Steve Marriott. Daily Telegraph, Marlborough. Yorkshire Post, The Duke. Racing Post, Spotlight. Weekender, Paul Kealy. Racing TV, The Score)
2: VENTUROUS (5:00pm Newcastle) (4 Votes)
Three victories in the last four starts including last time out at Wolverhampton (5f, a/w), beating Lord Riddiford by 1.25 lengths in a Class 2 contest. Has previously won over C&D back in November, with jockey that day, Tom Marquand back onboard this afternoon. Royal Birth looks a threat in this contest, but David Barron’s runner has a great chance of adding another victory here.
(Wolverhampton Express & Star, Andrew Bladen. East Anglian Daily Times, Dean Kilbryde. Sunday Mail, Rockavon. The i, Jon Freeman)
3: GAVI DI GAVI (12:40pm Lingfield) (3 votes)
Showing good form in recent runs, with a second last month at Lingfield (1m, a/w), just a neck behind Black Medick, before going one better last time out at Wolverhampton (1m. a/w), finishing 4 lengths clear of Capriolette a week ago. Joint favourite with Apex King with bookmakers, with a straight fight between the two expected.
(Yorkshire Evening Post, Lee Sobot. The Sun On Sunday, Sirius. The Guardian)
4: ROCKSTAR RONNIE (1:30pm Wetherby) (2 votes)
Winner of a maiden point race in Ireland (3m, yielding) by 6 lengths in September, before being snapped up for £78,000 in the November. Dan Skelton looks to have a class horse here, with plenty expected on rules debut, although there are a couple that will keep him honest. 2m 3f trip could be a little on the short side, but still expected to be in the mix.
(Daily Mirror, Newsboy. Sheffield Star, Fortunatus)
5: DIOCLES OF ROME (4:00pm Newcastle) (2 votes)
Up and down from over a twenty-one race career so far, but looks to be on a positive incline of late, finishing second at Kempton (7f a/w) in November, before improving further for the victory at Newcastle (7f. a/w) last month, when 0.75 lengths clear of Magical Wish in a Class 2 contest. Drops back down a level for today’s race and is clear favourite to take the spoils.
(Sky Sports Racing, Alex Hammond. Daily Record, Garry Owen)
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