Top tipster Andrew Mount has three selections for Friday, two at double-figure odds
Jonjo O’Neill’s SERMANDO has caught the eye on more than one occasion, notably at Exeter on New Year’s Day when a patiently-ridden 14-1 third. I had expected more on his handicap debut and first start following wind surgery at Plumpton latest but he could never get involved behind odds-on favourite Lightly Squeeze. There’s nothing of that calibre in the 2m4f Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (2.00) at Huntingdon today and we might finally get to see the best of him over hurdles now that he steps up in trip.
MERCERS didn’t have a prayer in a 5f handicap here last week after being restrained on leaving the stalls in a race run at a steady pace. I had expected her to be ridden more forcefully that day and I’m going in again now that Grace McEntee is back on board. Mercers has form figures of 16441114813F015 (6-15) when returned to the track within a fortnight of her latest start for a profit of £52.75 to a £1 level stake at SP. Deeds Not Words will be a tough rival to beat but she can be backed at double-figure odds in division two of the 6f Play 4 To Score At Betway Handicap (2.15).
BUSTAAN ran a huge race to finish third in a mile novice contest at Lingfield last time, doing best of those to come from off the pace in a steadily-run event. Last month’s Wolverhampton fourth can also be upgraded as she made the running on the ‘dead’ rail and there should be plenty of improvement to come now that she goes handicapping over a longer trip in the 1m2f Betway Handicap (3.15).
ANDREW MOUNT’S BEST BETS
Sermando 0.5pt each-way (2.00 Huntingdon) 10/1 Coral (4 places)
Mercers 1pt win (2.15 Lingfield) 10/1 Ladbrokes
Bustaan 1.5pts win (3.15 Lingfield) 10/3 bet365
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