Today’s top selections from the press and media feature a pair of entries at Plumpton and Naas, plus a runner at Leicester. 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: BOB OLINGER (2:20pm Naas) (5 votes)
Very impressive Henry De Bromhead trained runner, who debuted with a 10 length bumper win in March at Gowran Park. Returned for seasonal debut in November, when second to Cheltenham bumper winner Ferny Hollow on hurdle debut at Gowran, before picking up a first victory over flights, when 14 lengths clear at Navan (2m 4f, soft to heavy). This is a tougher contest, but he is expected to take the spoils here.
(Cambridge Evening News, Luke Tucker. Morning Star, Farringdon. Shropshire Star, Andy Morris. Daily Post, Mercury. East Anglian Daily Times, Dean Kilbryde)
2: CYCLOP (2:30pm Plumpton) (4 Votes)
Secured a double at Chepstow (2m 7f, heavy) in November, justifying favouritism with an 11 length victory, before missing out on a hat-trick at Market Rasen (3m 3f, soft) when just a neck behind Who’s In The Box last time out. He was unlucky with traffic that race and despite rising 5lbs for today’s encounter, he once again looks the leading contender.
(Yorkshire Post, The Duke. The Sun, Templegate. The Guardian. Jersey Evening Post, Rory Paddock)
3: FANFARON DINO (2:40pm Leicester) (3 votes)
Debut second at Ffos Las (1m 7f, heavy) in a bumper back in 2019, but hadn’t been able to repeat that form afterwards, however he has looked a better prospect since seasonal debut at Chepstow (2m, heavy), when fourth in November, before stepping up to take the spoils in his last outing at Uttoxeter (1m 7f, heavy), finishing 3.25 lengths clear of Ragamuffin. Strong favourite and in good shape to bag a double ths afternoon.
(Daily Record, Garry Owen. Weekender, Paul Kealy. Racing TV, The Score)
4: ENERGUMENE (1:20pm Naas) (2 votes)
Willie Mullins’s horse looks to have the makings of a high class chaser. He bagged a bumper at Thurles (2m, yielding) a year ago and followed up with an impressive 19 length win on hurdles debut at Gowran Park (2m, soft to heavy) in March, before taking a break. He returned to action in November, impressing further still, on chase debut at Gowran Park (2m 4f, heavy) once again, this time winning by 18 lengths. Strong favourite, with Captain Guinness the only potential spoiler.
(The Irish Sun. Mirror Online, Melissa Jones)
5: EMBOLE (4:00pm Plumpton) (2 votes)
Spent a large part of last season away and had not raced since September 2019, when returning to action at Fontwell (2m 1f, soft), finishing 3 lengths adrift of favourite Cristal Spirit, who has since gone on to win again. Comes in 2lbs higher and has stong claims here.
(Racing Post, RP Ratings. Racing Post, Spotlight)
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