Top tipster Andrew Mount has been in good form of late and kicks off Royal Ascot week with bets at Carlisle, Lingfield and Nottingham
LANGHOLM – (2.30 Carlisle, 1.5pts win - 4/1)
LANGHOLM peaked at about this time of year in 2019, scoring twice over 1m2f at Beverley in late June/July for Declan Carroll before failing to make it as a hurdler for Jonjo O’Neill. He’s been running well from the front over shorter trips for Michael Dods this year and did much better than his finishing position suggested when mid-division in a 6f handicap at Redcar last time, as his high draw was a massive disadvantage and his amateur rider never attempted to get across to the favoured far side of the track. He still has something to prove as a sprinter but I’d be surprised if he wasn’t given an aggressive ride here and he could get a relatively easy time of things at the head of affairs. The market is headed by 13-race maiden Shackabooah who was probably flattered by his Pontefract second to Mr Wagyu where he had the best of the draw.
ADAAY IN ASIA - (2.45 Lingfield, 1pt win - 4/1)
ADAAY IN ASIA had the worst of the draw in stall 10 of 10 (once adjusted for non-runners) at Kempton last time and ducked out to her left on leaving the stalls. She recovered to finish a respectable fourth and the form has already been well advertised by the third – Oscula. – who has won at Brighton and Epsom since, latterly by three lengths in the Class 2 Woodcote Stakes. She gets 14lb from current favourite Golden Rainbow and looks over-priced at around 4-1.
DRIFTWOOD – (6.20 Nottingham, 1pt each-way - 25/1)
DRIFTWOOD was on the receiving end of one of the strongest draw biases of the season when a 28-length 15th of 16 at Redcar last time and it’s safe to draw a line through that run. She’s an 11-race maiden but her sole course outing saw her finish a close-up 22-1 third on the slowest part of the track and, from a good draw this evening, it’s worth chancing that she’ll handle the quicker going. There’s nothing in her breeding to suggest that fast ground will be a problem and double-figure quotes are an over-reaction to her latest run.
Today’s Best Bets
Langholm – 1.5pts win – 2.30 Carlisle (4-1 generally)
Adaay In Asia – 1pt win – 2.45 Lingfield (4-1 generally)
Drfitwood – 1pt each-way – 6.20 Nottingham (25-1 Betfair, Paddy Power, 22-1 generally)
0.5pt each-way double Langholm/Adaay In Asia (24-1 with most firms)
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