Top tipster Andrew Mount has two selections on Sunday, one in the Grade 2 National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell and the other in the finale at Wolverhampton
It’s tempting to conclude that QUEL DESTIN doesn’t stay 2m4f, as he faded into fifth on his only attempt at this trip at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. However, he was ridden patiently that day and seems much better when ridden closer to the pace – he was described as ‘chased leader, led approaching 2 out’ when scoring comfortably at Sandown last time. A small field could also be a key requirement and his record for his current yard in fields of seven or fewer runners now reads 1111151 (6-7). Deep ground suits and he’s drifted to a very backable price in the Grade 2 Stella Artois National Spirit Hurdle over the 2m3f trip at Fontwell (3.20).
[THE DANCING POET]() (5.00 Wolverhampton)
Red Force One, the 7-4 favourite for Wolverhampton’s Follow Us On Facebook At Novibet “Jumpers Bumper” (5.00), could be vulnerable as his sire – Lethal Force – has a poor record with his progeny at this venue, with just five winner from 115 runners (4.35% strike-rate) for a loss of £82.01 to a £1 level stake at SP. It’s also possible that he’ll make the running, rarely ideal over the longer trips on Tapeta. The obvious alternative is THE DANCING POET, who arrived late when scoring over hurdles at Catterick on New Year’s Day, his first run since wind surgery. His sire, Poet’s Voice, gets plenty of winners here and his yard had two winners at the “Jumpers’ Bumper” meeting at Newcastle on Friday.
Today’s Best Bets
Quel Destin – 1pt win – 3.20 Fontwell (4-1 Ladbrokes)
The Dancing Poet – 1pt win – 5.00 Wolverhampton (100-30 William Hill, BetVictor)