Andrew Mount bids to beat the Monday morning blues with two selections in Britain and Ireland
EAGLE ROQUE (1.55 Naas)
Paul Nolan has a solid record with horses returning from a break, with those missing for 150 days or longer since their latest outing winning 15 of their 155 starts in the past five years (13% strike-rate) for a profit of £99.88 to a £1 level stake at SP. In the dame period those aged five or younger won nine of their 39 starts (23.1%) for a huge profit of £ 142.88. EAGLE ROQUE is a 12-race maiden but he enjoys soft or heavy conditions, has gone well when fresh in the past and he acquitted himself well against some higher-rated rivals when sixth at Wexford in April on his latest outing. He can get off the mark when he contests the 2m3f Lawlor’s Of Naas Feature Sponsor On January 5th Handicap Hurdle (1.55).
THOR DE CERISY [(2.35 Ffos Las)]()
THOR DE CERISY faced some stiff tasks last season after landing a bumper at this venue on his debut, though still managed to a beat a few home when 100-1 for the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham festival. He won easily from the front at Newcastle on his latest outing and now has form figures of 121 (2-3) when racing below Listed level. The sole defeat came at Uttoxeter behind the highly regarded Prudhomme and he can continue his progression by landing the Coast To Coast Caravans Handicap Hurdle (2.35).
TODAY’S BEST BETS
Eagle Roque – 1pt each-way – 1.55 Naas (12-1 generally, some firms paying five places)
Thor De Cerisy – 1pt win – 2.35 Ffos Las (5-2 Sky Bet, BetVictor)