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Top 5 Most Popular Newspaper Tips (5th January)

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Today’s top selections from the press and media feature a trio of runners at Lingfield, along with two entries at Wolverhampton. 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

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1: LA TIHATY (1:10pm Lingfield) (6 votes)

Roger Varian’s runner is a first foal from a French middle distance winner and was a little green when finishing second over C&D a fortnight ago, unable to get the run in the closing stages, to eventually be beaten by a length. More expected with that experience under his belt and is expected to battle it out with Melody Of Life for the spoils this lunchtime.

(Daily Post, Mercury. Norwich Evening News, Steve Marriott. The Leader, Arthur Shone. Racing Post, The Punt. Western Morning News, West Tip. sportinglife.com)

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2: LADYWOOD (8;10pm Wolverhampton) (3 Votes)

Struggled somewhat on handicap debut, when eleventh at Newcastle over 7f, but has progressed well since, finishing fourth over C&D in November, before taking the spoils at Chelmsford last month, over 1m 2f, beating a dual fibresand winner in the process. Rise of 6lbs should be handled and clearly has more to come.

(Yorkshire Evening Post, Lee Sobot. Daily Express, The Scout. The Sun, Templegate)

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3: SWISS PRIDE (1:40pm Lingfield) (2 votes)

Two wins and two third place finishes in five C&D runs, but has struggled in handicaps towards the back end of the year, with an eleventh and eighth in the last two starts (both Wolverhampton). Return to a favoured track is a big boost, as is the drop of 3lbs in the weights here. Chances with this handy mark, but needs to show more, after those aforementioned runs recently.

(attheraces.com, Lawrence Taylor. Liverpool Echo, Chris Wright)

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4: PASSIONAL (3:10pm Lingfield) (2 votes)

Comes in as odds on favourite, having secured a double at Wolverhampton on Saturday, when 2.5 lengths clear of Oh So Nice, pulling away in the final furlong, as he continues to impress for Stuart Williams. Carries a 5lbs penalty for that win, but once again Marco Ghiani claims 5lbs to counter that here. Every opportunity on current form and looks the one to beat

(Wolverhampton Express & Star, Andrew Bladen. Racing TV, The Score)

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5: GAVI DI GAVI (4:40pm Wolverhampton) (2 votes)

Last of the two career wins so far came here, over 7f back in July and he was unlucky to miss out on the Polytrack at Lingfield last time out, when beaten by a neck to Black Medick, over the mile trip last month. Rise of a 1lb gives him a strong chance here, but will need to prove his worth over the extended mile here, having been found out before, however Georgia King’s 7lbs claim only adds to his chances.

(Daily Record, Garry Owen. The Sun On Sunday, Sirius)

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