pontefractTop tipster Andrew Mount has four selections at Pontefract, Roscommon and Leicester on a busy Tuesday

ILLUSIONIST – 1.50 Pontefract

ILLUSIONIST ran a cracking race in the 5f handicap at Royal Ascot on his debut for Grant Tuer, finishing a 150-1 sixth of 21 behind Art Power. The form was boosted when the winner followed up in an Irish Group 3 last Saturday and his trainer has a good record at the second time of asking with horses he takes over from other yards. Grant Tuer’s ‘second-time switchers’ who finished in the top six on their stable debuts won six of their 25 starts (24% strike-rate) for a profit of £11.58 to a £1 level stake at SP.

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NATALIE’S JOY – 3.20 Pontefract

NATALIE’S JOY could never get across from stall 12 of 14 at Kempton last time and had to sit and suffer out wide, eventually beating only one home in the Listed contest won by Nazeef (stall 13). The winner followed up at Royal Ascot where she beat 28-1 shot Agincourt by a head, another who was badly drawn in that Kempton race (seventh from stall 14). Natalie’s Joy could get her own way in front in the Listed Pipalong Stakes and is worth chancing at a big price.

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HELIAC – 3.30 Roscommon

HELIAC was a huge eyecatcher at Leopardstown last summer, going down by just half a length in third despite her forcing style being at a huge disadvantage. She’s two from two since that run, including a game Leopardstown success under more patient tactics on her comeback. She can make it five wins from her last six starts when she tackles the 1m4f Listed race at Roscommon.

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ATLANTIC CROSSING – 7.45 Leicester

The in-form yard of Paul and Oliver Cole does well with their younger first-time blinkered runners, with the two and three-year-olds landing 12 of their 45 starts (26.7% strike-rate) since 2012 for a profit of £47.40 to a £1 level stake at SP. ATLANTIC CROSSING qualifies in the 7.45 at Leicester and looks worth a small interest despite finishing last of four at Newmarket on his handicap debut. I’m happy to excuse that effort - he was the 12-1 outsider of four in that 0-85 Class 4 contest and was probably racing on the slowest part of the track. He drops down to 0-75 Class 5 company today.

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Today’s Best Bets

Illusuionist – 1pt win – 1.50 Pontefract (5-1 bet365, William Hill)

Natalie’s Joy – 1pt win - 3.20 Pontefract (18-1 William Hill)

Heliac – 1pt win – 3.30 Roscommon (no prices at the time of writing)

Atlantic Crossing – 1pt win – 7.45 Leicester (no prices at the time of writing)

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