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Top 5 Most Popular Newspaper Tips (8th January)

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Today’s top selections from the press and media feature a trio of entries at Southwell and a single runner at Dundalk and Newcastle. 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: BLUE HERO (4:15pm Southwell) (4 votes)

Six race maiden, who has placed in four of those, including a second on debut for Mick Appleby’s yard, at Wolverhampton six days ago, when a length behind odds on favourite, Final Voyage. Comes in off the same mark, with a rise due and wears cheekpieces for the first time today. Will go close once again and looks capable of finally claiming a victory here.

(Mirror Online, Melissa Jones. Norwich Evening News, Steve Marriott. Racing Post, The Punt. Sheffield Star, Fortunatus)

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2: SNOOKERED (2:10pm Newcastle) (4 Votes)

Without a win since February, when taking the spoils over C&D in a jumpers bumper. Has been there or thereabouts since then, although he could do with a pick me up this afternoon, having placed fifth and eighth in last two starts. Favourite here but has a competitive race here.

(Irish Post, Karl Hedley. Sky Sports Racing, Alex Hammond. Weekender, Paul Kealy. Racing Post, The North)

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3: THRAVE (5:15pm Southwell) (2 votes)

Picked up the victory in a C&D claiming race last month on fibresand debut, which was his second career win and has Frederick Larson onboard once again for this contest, claiming 7lbs. Off the same mark on return to handicapping an Mick Appleby’s runner has scope for further improvement, with th markets offering decent odds on this 6yo.

(Cambridge Evening News, Luke Tucker. Yorkshire Post, The Duke. East Anglian Daily Times, Dean Kilbryde)

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4: KEVIN THE MINION (6:15pm Southwell) (2 votes)

Three runs so far and has progressed in each of those so far. Followed an eighth on debut at Wolverhampton (7f, a/w) in November, with a third at Newcastle (6f, a/w) later that month, before grabbing a second over C&D last month, when 4.5 lengths adrift of odds on favourite, Fighter Pilot. Leading contender in this contest on form and should be in the hunt for the win here.

(Irish Herald, Ian Gaughran. Glasgow Evening Times, Jeffrey Ross)

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5: SCHOLASTIC (6:30pm Dundalk) (2 votes)

Winner at Punchestown (2m, good) back n September, when 6;.5 lengths clear of Jeff Kidder and has placed in three of the last four starts, including his latest over C&D, when 1.75 lengths behind Hannon. 5lbs out of the handicap and has a capable 5lbs claimer onboard. Expected to be in the mix, come the judge.

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

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