Ralph Beckett has a fine record when fitting his all-weather handicappers with first-time blinkers and had we backed them blind since 2010 we would have won seven of our 24 bets (29.2% strike-rate) and made a profit of £32.00 to a £1 level stake at SP (+£39.44 at Betfair SP).
Since the end of December 2016, his record under these conditions is 1311121121 (7-10) and DIOCLES OF ROME (stall 8 of 13) can contribute in the London Mile Qualifier at Kempton tonight (6.55). He was a close-up fourth from the front at Newbury last time, despite hanging to his right on that left-handed track and should be suited by Kempton.
I’m also going to save on the Sylvester Kirk-trained DANCE ME (stall 7). She was well beaten over 1m2f at Nottingham last time but will appreciate the drop back to 1m. She has key to win but has form figures of 34232 (0-5) over 7f-1m in Britain and is one of only two pace angles in this race.
MONTAGUE (stall 2 of 9) is 0-9 on turf but has rarely encountered the required sharp track. He was second by a neck at Musselburgh in Class 3 company when last facing these conditions and cam be backed in the Class 5 Lookers Volkswagen Handicap at Catterick (3.40). He’s well drawn for a front-runner and clocked a good speed figure when runner-up at Carlisle four days ago, despite not enjoying the stiff uphill finish.
Montague – Catterick 3.40 (2pts win, 7-4 generally)
Diocles Of Rome – Kempton 6.55 (4pts win, 9-4 William Hill, Paddy Power)
Dance Me – Kempton 6.55 (0.5pts each-way, 12-1 generally)
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