Top tipster Andrew Mount has been in great form recently and he struck again with 12-1 shot Fountain Cross at Haydock on Thursday. He has four more selections on Friday.
HAROME – 12.45 Doncaster
HAROME prefers small fields, winning six of his 25 starts in fields of 11 or less (+£12.75 to £1) but failing to score from 17 starts in larger line-ups. All his wins came when returned to the track between eight and 19 days since his previous run and he ran well from a difficult draw to finish sixth of 12 at Haydock on his comeback just 17 days ago. That was a Class 3 contest and he now drops to Class 4 level for the first time since scoring at Ayr last summer when rated 3lb higher.
FLORENZA – 2.25 Doncaster
Chris Fairhurst has his string in good form and course expert FLORENZA can keep the ball rolling at Doncaster on Friday. The veteran mare has form figures on Town Moor of 4162136117(4-10) for a profit of £20.60 to a £1 level stake at SP. The downside is the lack of a recent outing, as her four course wins have come when returned to the track within three weeks of a previous outing. However, her trainer has had narrow seconds at 22-1 and 7-1 with seasonal debutants this month and she’s worth chancing at the price, especially now that she’s 10lb lower than for last spring’s course and distance success.
BILLHILLY – 4.20 Newmarket
BILLHILLY clocked a fast time when scoring on the all-weather at Lingfield last time and is taken to follow up from just three rivals when she switched to turf for this 1m4f handicap. This is going to get tactical and Charles Bishop is a good jockey to have on your side under such conditions. In the past five years his record in fields of five or fewer runners is 25 winners from 93 rides (26.9% strike-rate) for a profit of £9.61 to a £1 level stake at SP. On last-time out winners only, his figure improve to seven from 16 (43.8%) for a profit of £11.13.
NAPPING – 6.00 Lingfield
The gambled-on NAPPING won comfortably at Windsor on Monday, taking her record in turf handicaps to 141311 (4-6). I try to avoid recommending horses at short prices but I like the presence of the hard-to-win-with Under Curfew, the 3-1 second favourite, who is 0-8 on turf and was unplaced at shortish odds at Chepstow the other day. Napping has won over course and distance and looks the obvious pace angle here.
Today’s Best Bets
Harome – 2pts win – 12.45 Doncaster (7-2 bet365, William Hill)
Florenza – 1pt win – 2.25 Doncaster (7-1 bet365, William Hill)
Billhilly – 1pt win – 4.20 Newmarket (11-4 with William Hill was the only price at the time of writing)
Napping – 2pts win - 6.00 Lingfield (13-8 with William Hill was the only price at the time of writing)
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