Mick ChannonThis column advised backing 40/1 Chelmsford winner Last Date on Thursday and it’s back again as we go on the hunt for big-priced winners and horses who have slipped under the radar. Here are those runners who could outrun their odds in Britain and Ireland today

DUKE OF ALBA (7.30 Southwell)

There is not much more to say about this well-fancied horse other than the fact he represents the combination of trainer John Mackie and jockey Ben Curtis. These two have a 75 per cent strike-rate when teaming up at Southwell and this is the first time Curtis has ridden this horse.


BARBILL (4.55 Ascot)

This horse has been inconsistent this year but has showed signs he retains his ability, notably when fifth of 20 in a hot handicap at Newmarket in July. That gives us cause for optimism as does the fact that trainer Mick Channon has a 27 per cent strike-rate in the last two years with horses running in first-time cheekpieces. Barbill wears that headgear this afternoon.


OUR REWARD (2.25 Fontwell)

This is a strange little stat. Trainer Jamie Snowden has a 21 per cent strike-rate when saddling horses who were non-runners or withdrawn in the last seven days. Our Reward was taken out of an engagement at Southwell on Tuesday because of unsuitable ground and is turned out quickly here


TODAY’S BEST BETS

DUKE OF ALBA (7.30 Southwell)

BARBILL (4.55 Ascot)

OUR REWARD (2.25 Fontwell)