Today’s top selections from the press and media, feature a pair of runners at Lingfield, along with entries at Southwell, Ayr and Wolverhampton, plus a new customer sign-up offer at Betway.
1: NO ORDINARY JOE (7:20pm Southwell) (3 votes)
Winner at Sandown (1m 7f, soft) on debut back in November, when 3.5 lengths clear of Flemenstide, before stepping up to Grade 2 level, when fourth in a novice hurdle at Ascot in December. Drops back down to Class 4 level today, while the extended 2m 4f trip should suit. Expected to justify strong odds on status.
(Sky Sports Racing, Alex Hammond. Mirror Online, Melissa Jones. Yorkshire Evening Post, Lee Sobot)
2: REBEL TERRITORY (1:30pm Lingfield) (2 votes)
Two runs so far, finishing eighth on debut at Kempton in March, before improving to a 100/1 third over C&D sixteen days later, when 2.25 lengths adrift of winner, Mohaafeth, who has since gone on to win in listed company at Newmarket. More of that last performance will give Rebel Territory a major chance here, with Beau Jardine the main threat.
(The Times, Rob Wright. Western Morning News, Jeffrey Ross)
3: ENGLISHMAN (2:00pm Lingfield) (2 votes)
Eleven wins in seventy-eight starts for this 11-yo, with the last of those back in June of last year at Newmarket (6f, good). Recent runs have not been great, but a sixth on seasonal / yard debut at Wolverhampton (6f, a/w) a fortnight ago, saw him 4 lengths behind race rival Creek Harbour, with more to come, thanks to the extra fitness,
(The Irish Field, Rory Delargy. Racing and Football Outlook, Andrew Mount)
4: BAFANA BLUE (2:20pm Ayr) (2 votes)
Picked up an eighth win in thirty-nine starts, on his penultimate start at Wetherby (3m, good), when 1.75 lengths clear of Billy Bronco. Step up in class and distance, garnered a third at Perth last time out, albeit 15 lengths adrift of winner, Cyclops. Remains on a good mark today and can build on the last couple of performances.
(Cambridge Evening News, Luke Tucker. Weekender, Paul Kealy)
5: CARPENTIER (6:00pm Wolverhampton) (2 votes)
Four runs with little of note, although all came when big priced, with a tenth last time out at Nottingham (1m, soft). However, this half-brother to listed winner, Ella Diva is expected to kick-on away from that form, with this handicap debut, potentially the starting point. Difficult to know what to expect here, with each-way selections possibly the safer opton.
(Norwich Evening News, Steve Marriott. Racing Post, Newmarket)
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