Top tipster Andrew Mount has three selections on Friday, two at Lingfield on the all-weather and a Richard Fahey hurdler at Musselburgh
AXEL JACKLIN (12.30 Lingfield)
AXEL JACKLIN took his Lingfield record in blinkers to 11 (2-2) when landing a 7f handicap on December 18, impressive as he raced close to the inside rail from his stall 3 draw on a day the outside of the track was favoured. The horses in stalls 2 and 4 have won since and he can follow up over the same trip and track in the Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap (12.30).
On the Flat, ROYAL COSMIC was always best after a recent outing and I’m hoping that the pattern continues over jumps. When returned to the track 21 days or sooner after her latest outing her record is six wins from 22 starts (27.3% strike-rate) for a profit of £16.88 to a £1 level stake. Her jumping was very poor on her hurdling debut here at Musselburgh in November but she was more fluent when a 14-1 third at Catterick 20 days ago and that run could bring her on again.
MERCERS (2.40 Lingfield)
MERCERS failed to settle when a respectable 14-1 fifth in a 6f handicap at Lingfield on New Year’s Eve and might appreciate the cut back to 5f at the same venue in the Paly 4 To Score At Betway Handicap (2.40). With the ‘dead’ rail conspicuous by its absence at the last couple of meetings here, her stall 2 draw could prove to be an advantage, as could the recent run. When retuned to the track within three weeks of her latest outing her record in Class 6 company reads 34411181413F015 (5-14) for a profit of £50.50 to a £1 level stake at SP.
ANDREW MOUNT’S BEST BETS
Axel Jacklin 1pt win (12.30 Lingfield) 3/1 bet365
Royal Cosmic 0.5pt each-way (2.25 Musselburgh) 5/1 Unibet
Mercers 1pt win (2.40 Lingfield) 8/1 Coral
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