Top tipster Andrew Mount has three picks for Friday’s racing
CYCLOP - (2.15 Chepstow, 2pts Win - 13/8)
CYCLOP won well over fences at here last time on what was his second start for Tom Symonds and he now has form figures of 1F13321321 (4-10) when racing in Class 3 or lower company during November or December. I thought we’d be looking at offers of around evens now that he bids to take advantage of his lower hurdles mark and I'm happy to back him at around the 6-4 or 13-8 mark.
FAVORITO BUCK’S – (3.15 Ascot, 1pts Win - 7/1)
FAVORITO BUCK’S was pulled up at Fakenham on his reappearance but he’s never shown much on left-handed tracks in Britain, recording form figures of 38P (0-3), with the third place a 24-length defeat when odds-on. He clearly has his quirks but it’s interesting to note that his three chase wins have come after unplaced efforts (including a pulled up) and he looks the type to respond positively to first-time blinkers. He won this race a couple of years ago when the cheekpieces went back on after a long spell without them and Paul Nicholls’ chasers in first-time blinkers, who failed to complete last time, have won eight of their 27 starts this century (29.6% strike-rate) for a profit of £44.63 to a £1 level stake at SP.
WAR HERO – (5.30 Dundalk, 1pt each-way - 11/1)
WAR HERO has given us a few each-way returns this year and will be happier back at this 7f trip after struggling to see out the mile here the last twice. The return of Gavin Ryan in the saddle is another bonus, as is the drop in grade. His full course and distance record stands at 7221512212 (2-10).
Today’s Best Bets
Cyclop – 2pts win – 2.15 Chepstow (13-8 generally)
Favorito Buck’s – 1pt win – 3.15 Ascot (7-1 generally)
War Hero – 1pt each-way – 5.30 Dundalk (11-1 bet365, 10-1 generally)
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