newcastle AWTop tipster Andrew Mount has two picks at Southwell’s evening meeting on Friday

TRUE COMPANION – (4.30 Southwell, 1pt each-way - 14/1)

The British Lion is 0-22 since leaving Mark Johnston but takes a fair chunk out of the market here (4-1 second favourite at the time of writing). I thought he was flattered by his last-time-out course and distance runner-up effort to Momtalik as the wide runners were strongly favoured that day (first three drawn 10, 9 and 8 of 10). The winner and third both disappointed behind Van Dijk next time, finishing third and fourth at 8-11 and 4-1 respectively. Van Dijk, the 3-1 favourite today, was arguably flattered by the pace collapse when breaking his duck at the 21st attempt and there could be value away from the front of the market. The one I like is TRUE COMPANION who caught the eye when a 20-1 sixth over course and distance last time on his first and only start for Roger Fell. Drawn in stall 11 that day, he was switched to race in the ‘swamp’ on the inside rail, doing well to finish so close. He now runs for Lucinda Egerton who is 0-53 with stable switchers (horses she takes over from other yards) at the first time of asking. However, the expected number of winners based on their price was just 0.85 and the latest qualifier ran second at 40-1.

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ACQUISITOR – (6.30 Southwell, 1pt win - 7/1)

This is desperately weak and I’m happy to take a chance on ACQUISITOR in the first-time blinkers. Ali Stronge has gone a long time since her last Flat winner (80 runners over 152 days) but they’ve generally been performing well this year, with six makign the frame in the past fortnight, often at double-figure prices. He has the early speed to get across to the faster centre strip from stall 6 of 8 and the cut back to 5f could help. Progeny of Due Diligence have a 19 from 95 record at the minimum trip (20% strike-rate) for a profit of £20.49 to a £1 level stake at SP>

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Today’s Best Bets

True Companion – 1pt each-way – 4.30 Southwell (14-1 William Hill, four places)

Acquisitor – 1pt win – 6.30 Southwell (7-1 generally)

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