Top tipster Andrew Mount found winners Bell Heather (11-2) and Motogally (11-8 from 7-4) on Monday and bids to keep the ball rolling with two selections on Tuesday
TUKHOOM – 2.20 Redcar
Low-drawn prominent racers usually enjoy the best of things on the straight course at Redcar and 15 of the 20 handicap winners this year were drawn in stall 6 or lower. We’d have made a small profit by backing all 120 qualifiers blind (+£6.02 to a £1 level stake at SP), improving to +£25.77 for those who led or raced prominently last time and had raced within the past eight weeks. When I first looked at this 7f apprentice handicap for my column in Racing & Football Outlook I was drawn to the claims of Soaring Star. He raced on the slowest part of the track when third at Catterick two runs back, building on that when making all at Ayr last time. However, this race hasn’t been one for 3yos, with the classic generation failing to muster a single win from 24 runners in the past ten years with only six placing. Instead, I’m siding with TUKHOOM despite a slightly higher than ideal draw in stall 7. David O’Meara’s seven-year-old has run below par the last twice but that was over one mile without the headgear. The visor goes back on today and his recent record when switching from no headgear to some form of headgear, or from blinkers/cheekpieces back to the visor, reads 11161 (4-5), improving to 1111 (4-4) on turf only. He’s tactically versatile and has one of the more experienced apprentices on board.
THE ARMED MAN
THE ARMED MAN ran a stinker at Thirsk last time where he perhaps found the ground softer than ideal and can bounce back on the quicker surface today. Well drawn in stall 4 of 16, he’s a dual course and distance winner and will appreciate the drop back down to Class 5 level. His record at this level since the start of the 2017 season reads 1481 (2-4), with the fourth coming in a field of 16 and the only unplaced effort from poor wide draw at Pontefract, a track that doesn’t suit anyway (all his wins have come on straight tracks).
*TODAY'S BEST BETS
Tukhoom – 1.5pts win – 2.20 Redcar (8-1 bet365, 7-1 generally)
The Armed Man – 1pt each-way – Redcar 3.20 (10-1 generally)
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