Top tipster Andrew Mount has three picks for Thursday's racing, two of them at double-figure prices
STONEBRIGG LEGEND (3.40 Huntingdon)
First the bad news - STONEBRIGG LEGEND has been a beaten favourite in five of his last six starts. However, he is consistent and ran an excellent race against the pace bias when third at Fakenham last time. They won’t off far too hard that day, with the winner, runner-up and fourth all described as ‘held up in rear’ in the early stages. Stonebrigg Legend was clear best of the prominent racers and can be backed at an each-way price in the 3m1f Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Hurdle (3.40).
ATHOLLBLAIR BOY ran a solid race in a 6f Newcastle handicap on his return from a three-month break last time, keeping on into an 8-1 fourth. He would probably have been placed had he switched stands’ side, rather than towards the centre, to challenge. He’s a dual turf winner but has a superior strike-rate on the all-weather, with form figures at Newcastle in Class 4 or lower company of 23441321210313334 (4-17), improving to 113133 (3-6) when returned to the track within a fortnight.
CRASH HELMET was only tenth of 12 when 50-1 for a 6f Newcastle handicap on his latest outing but that run was better than it looked. He was ridden patiently in a race run to suit those who were up with the pace throughout, with the winner making all and runner-up described as ‘close up’. Gunmaker, best of the hold-up horses in third, was just pipped on his next start and the fifth home Puchita, also ridden patiently, ran another respectable race against a similar pace bias next time. His sire, Helmet, does well with his progeny at this venue, scoring with 15 of the 126 qualifiers (11.9% strike-rate) for a profit of £17.80 to a £1 level stake at SP. The step up to 1m could suit and the handicapper was generous in dropping him 5lb for that latest effort. Stall 2 isn’t always ideal over this trip and track but he has pace either side of him and could go well at juicy odds.
Today’s Best Bets
Stonebrigg Legend – 1pt each-way – 3.40 Huntingdon (11-1 generally)
Athollblair Boy – 1pt win - 7.00 Newcastle (11-4 bet365)
Crash Helmet – 1pt each-way – 8.00 Newcastle (22-1 William Hill, BetVictor)