Top tipster Andrew Mount starts the week with three big-priced selections at Lingfield and Ayr. Check them out and GET £30 IN FREE BETS
DISTINGO (1.45 Lingfield, 1pt each-way 20/1)
DISTINGO finished a respectable seventh in a big-field handicap hurdle at Kempton last time (needless to say I’d backed him each-way six places) and his patient style could be an asset here.
11-4 favourite Supakalanistic tends to go from the front, tactics that saw him record a 3m Kempton win in November when Distingo was an eyecatcher from off the pace in a close-up fourth. If the track is riding like it was on Saturday, then he could struggle to make all and I’d rather be with a closer at much bigger odds.
SAY THE WORD (2.50 Lingfield, 1pt each-way 20/1)
SAY THE WORD went into the tracker when a 35-length seven of 11 at Wetherby in October as he raced in the ‘swamp’ on the inside rail. I bet him at Southwell next time where he was again seventh, though only beaten about nine lengths in first-time cheekpieces.
It’s possible that he needed a run to get used to the headgear and I’m always prepared to forgive a modest effort over those fixed brush-style Southwell hurdles. He was a respectable fifth from off the pace at Market Rasen last time, form that was boosted when the fourth – Getaway North - won on Saturday.
He has three All-weather Flat runs earlier in his career, finishing runner-up at Wolverhampton, Chelmsford and Southwell, suggesting he’ll handle the track today. A patient ride, like he was given last time, will be just the ticket as the inside rail was dead as a dodo here on Saturday, putting prominent racers at a massive disadvantage.
WIND OF HOPE (3.35 Ayr, 1pt each-way 11/1)
WIND OF HOPE runs best after a recent outing (within 28 day of his previous one), recording form figures under these conditions of 382454422103 (1-12), improving to 3852213 (1-7) on flat tracks.
He was beaten by almost 40 lengths when a 28-1 third of 16 in a 3m conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle at Wetherby just over three weeks ago but they went too fast for the conditions that day and he was the only finisher who raced up with the pace (all the other prominent racers were pulled up).
He won over this trip on soft ground last March on his most recent course visit and is 1lb lower today. He looks the sole pace angle today and makes each-way appeal.
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DISTINGO (1.45 Lingfield, 1pt each-way 20/1 William Hill)
SAY THE WORD (2.50 Lingfield, 1pt each-way 20/1 in a place, 16-1 generally)
WIND OF HOPE (3.35 Ayr, 1pt each-way 11/1 William Hill, though Sky Bet’s 10-1 (four places) is more appealing)
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