Top tipster Andrew Mount has three bets on Saturday, including a 25-1 shot for the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown
JOKE DANCER (1.15 Sandown)
JOKE DANCER didn’t stay 2m4f in Grade 2 company at Haydock last time and ruined his chance by jumping out to his right, not for the first time. He’ll be suited by the drop back to two miles in the Betway Casino Handicap Chase at right-handed Sandown (1.15) and there could be improvement to come now that he races in this direction for the first time. His record over this trip in January or February reads 1111 (4-4).
MONSIEUR LECOQ (3.10 Leopardstown)
MONSIEUR LECOQ has rarely run a bad race since joining Jane Williams, recording form figures of 3U11201342 (3-10), with the ‘duck egg’ excusable as he went round the inside where the ground was slower when tenth of 24 in last season‘s County Hurdle. He’s caught the eye on more than one occasion this season – doing best of the prominent racers when a close-up third in the Greatwood and then being left with too much to do when fourth in a slowly-run International Hurdle. His connections regard him as a genuine Champion Hurdle contender and he’s worth chancing to cause an upset in the PCI Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown (3.10).
ROYAL COSMIC (3.52 Musselburgh)
ROYAL COSMIC was let down by her jumping on her first two starts over hurdles but she improved for those runs to land a two-mile maiden hurdle at Musselburgh last month. A mark of 109 could underestimate her when she makes her jumps handicap debut over the same trip and track in the bet365 Handicap Hurdle on Saturday (3.52). Best after a recent outing, her record when returned to the track within three weeks of her latest run – Flat or jumps – stands at seven wins from 23 starts (30.4% strike-rate) for a profit of £20.88 to a £1 level stake at SP. At Musselburgh only her record after a recent run reads 1111 (4-4).
ANDREW MOUNT'S BEST BETS
Joke Dancer 1.5pts win (1.15 Sandown) 11/2 Paddy Power
Monsieur Lecoq 0.5pt each-way (3.10 Leopardstown) 25/1 Ladbrokes
Royal Cosmic 1.5pts win (3.52 Musselburgh) 4/1 bet365
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