Top tipster Andrew Mount was among the winners again on Thursday and has three bets on Friday
KINGSTON KURRAJONG – 2.55 Sandown
Mon Choix is trading at around evens for this mile handicap after his wide-margin Windsor win on Monday. He’s well in under a penalty but it’s possible that he was a shade flattered by racing prominently on the ‘golden highway’ that day and his cramped odds have created each-way value elsewhere in the race. The one I like most is top weight KINGSTON KURRAJONG, whose best form is when arriving late off a strong pace in big fields. The late/wide route has often been the key to races on the round course at Sandown this summer and he has his ideal conditions today.
ROSADORA - 4.35 Sandown
Ralph Beckett has a good recent record with his handicappers in first-time blinkers, scoring with 17 of the 64 qualifiers since 2016 (26.6% strike-rate) for a profit of £88.48 to a £1 level stake at SP. His latest such runner, Mephisto, was an 11-1 winner at Sandown (awarded the race in the stewards’ room) and I’m taking the chance that ROSADORA can follow suit. She’s a quirky filly, twice refusing to enter the stalls this summer before getting loose and unseating on the way to the start at Newmarket last time. The blinkers could make things worse but she’s talented when putting it all in and her two runs in Class 4 company since her racecourse debut resulted in a Lingfield (AW) win and a narrow second at Doncaster. She's an all or nothing type of bet, hence the win only approach.
CELTIC ARTISAN - 6.50 Wolverhampton
CELTIC ARTISAN ran a really good race at Pontefract on his latest Flat outing, doing best of the prominent racers in a 14-1 fifth of 12. Eighth-placed Zihaam, second best of those to race up with the pace, won his next two starts and Celtic Artisan can be forgiven his subsequent Southwell defeat when ridden with restraint and probably unsuited by the return to hurdles. That took his career turf score (Flat and jumps combined) to just two wins from 40 starts, compared to eight wins from 39 on the all-weather. Five of those wins came at Wolverhampton in Class 6 company and he encounters his optimum conditions tonight.
Today’s Best Bets
Kingston Kurrajong – 1pt each-way – 2.55 Sandown (9-1 generally)
Rosadora – 1pt win – 4.35 Sandown (22-1 bet365)
Celtic Artisan – 1pt each-way – 6.50 Wolverhampton (14-1 Betfair, Paddy Power, both paying four places)
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