Top tipster Andrew Mount has two selections at double-figure odds for Monday’s racing
OBSESSION FOR GOLD (1.20 Kempton)
There’s very little in the way of early pace in the opening 7f Wise Betting At racingtv.com Handicap (1.20) at Kempton and OBSESSION FOR GOLD (stall 2 of 11) might be able to enjoy the run of things at the head of affairs. The four-year-old arrives here on the back of two disappointing efforts but both came from wide draws – stall 9 of 13 at Wolverhampton (first three drawn 3, 5 and 1) and stall 13 of 14 at Chelmsford (first three drawn 3, 5 and 2). He was only beaten by a neck into second at Wolverhampton three runs back and stays this 7f trip. The market is dominated by Rajman and Bold Decision, 5-2 joint favourites at the time of writing, but both are by Zoffany whose progeny have a modest record here – eight winners from 154 runners (5.2% strike-rate) for a loss of £97.85 to a £1 level stake at SP.
PURE COUNTRY (1.40 Plumpton)
Anthony Honeyball doesn’t have the greatest record when switching a horse from bumpers to hurdles, scoring with just four of the 72 qualifiers since 2010 (5.6% strike-rate) for a loss of £59.12 to a £1 level stake at SP. The expected number of winners based on price was over ten and his record in the past five years is just one from 38. Honeyball’s Kid Commando currently heads the market at around the 1-2 mark for Plumpton’s Strong Flavours Catering Maiden Hurdle (1.40) and is worth taking on at such skinny odds. PURE COUNTRY was well beaten at Ascot on his hurdles debut after a wind operation but that was over an extended 2m5f trip and he could be suited by coming back to two miles. Leighton Aspell is seven from 27 when riding for Noel Williams in non-handicaps (26% strike-rate) for a £9.70 profit to level stakes and plenty of the beaten horses ran well at big odds, including a 22-1 runner-up, 20-1 third and 66-1 fourth.
TODAY’S BEST BETS
Obsession For Gold – 0.5pt each-way – 1.20 Kempton (11-1 William Hill)
Pure Country – 0.5pt each-way – 1.40 Plumpton (25-1 William Hill)