With Sandown abandoned, top tipster Andrew Mount heads to Lingfield's afternoon meeting for two bets on Friday
I’M DIGBY (3.10 Lingifeld)
I’M DIGBY showed promise in all three juvenile outings and is taken to make a winning reappearance/handicap debut in the 7f Ladbrokes “Play 1-2-Free” On Football Handicap at Lingfield (3.10). Now is the time of year to side with fresh horses in three-year-old all-weather handicaps, especially those who have been gelded over the winter like I’m Digby has. Since the start of 2016, had we backed all qualifiers returning from a break of 150 days or longer we would have won 79 of our 570 bets (13.9% strike-rate) and made a profit of £66.46 to a £1 level stake at SP. Those having their first start since being gelded were 26 from 159 (16.4%) for a profit of £47.18. HIs final start last year saw him do best of the closers in a field of 15 at Leicester and the step up to 7f should suit.
CENTURION SONG (3.40 Lingfield)
Brian Meehan does well with his runners on their first start back after gelding, scoring with 16 of the 124 qualifiers since 2009 (12.9% strike-rate) for a profit of £34.08 to a £1 level stake at SP. I very nearly tipped his Palavecino under these conditions last week but I was worried about his front-running style on the round course at Newcastle. The 16-1 shot was allowed to dictate and very nearly held on, going down by half a length to 7-4 favourite Lucky’s Dream, who won again at Chelmsford last night. CENTURION SONG is the latest qualifier and is worth a speculative interest in the 7f Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Novice Stakes (3.40).
ANDREW MOUNT'S BEST BETS
I’m Digby 0.5pt each-way (3.10 Lingfield) 28/1 Paddy Power
Centurion Song 0.5pt win (3.40 Lingfield) 14/1 bet365
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