Top tipster Andrew Mount kicks off the week with three bets at Galway and Newcastle
PAPAL PARADE – (4.45 Galway, 1pt ew 18/1)
PAPAL PARADE caught the eye at Tipperary on her return from a near-12-month break last time, making ground from off the pace into sixth of 13 over a woefully inadequate 7.5f trip. The track was massively favouring early pace that day and she fared third best of those who were ridden patiently (the closers in third and fifth have both run well since). Her three previous wins came over 1m2f-1m4f, the latest off a mark of 54, and she runs off 49 today.
KIND REVIEW – (5.30 Newcastle, 1pt ew 7/1)
Had I written this column on Sunday afternoon I would have been very tempted to recommend Batchelor Boy, three from three on Tapeta (though all at Wolverhampton). However, he was backed from 8-1 into 3-1 at one stage and I prefer the claims of KIND REVIEW, who clocked a huge speed figure (according to Raceform) when scoring over 6f here last time. That form has been franked by solid efforts from a number of the beaten horses – the third and fourth both finished a close second next time, the fifth was placed from a bad draw and the sixth bolted up over 7f here. Kind Review, who won over a stiff 1m on turf as recently as June, drops to 5f for the first time in his career but given how much he’s improved for the return to sprinting of late he has to be worth chancing.
THE FAST LION – (7.00 Newcastle, 1pt win 5/1)
It’s early days for The Last Lion as a sire but Tapeta might prove to be his surface from the limited evidence (two wins from four runners, +£9.00). However, that’s not the reason for siding with THE FAST LION in this 7f nursery. David O’Meara’s colt looks a likely improver now handicapping in a first-time visor - the yard had a hat-trick of winners in this headgear in the summer at 16-1, 20-1 and 16-1 – and the form of his debut fifth at Newmarket gives him every chance in a weak contest.
Today’s Best Bets
Papal Parade – 1pt each-way - 4.45 Galway (18-1 generally)
Kind Review – 1pt each-way – 5.30 Newcastle (7-1 bet365, though the 13-2 four places with Sky Bet and BetVictor is more attractive)
The Fast Lion – 1pt win – 7.00 Newcastle (5-1 BetVictor, 9-2 generally)
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