Top tipster Andrew Mount tackles sprint handicaps at Catterick and Lingfield and has come up with three bets
ZUMURUD - (3.25 Catterick, 2pts win - 9/2)
Veterans’ handicaps on the Flat are pretty rare but, kike with veterans’ chases, it’s the younger horses who fare best. Six is the minimum age for these races and we only have one qualifier – ZUMURUD. He could never get involved at Redcar on his debut for in-form Mark Walford last time, finishing a 16-1 sixth of 13 from a tricky draw in stall 8 (winner and runner-up drawn 2 and 1) and the form has already been boosted by the fourth. It looks significant that his latest win for Rebecca Bastiman came over course and distance (off a 6lb higher mark than today’s) and the cheekpieces go on for the first time. Hopefully, the headgear will see him ridden more prominently than at Redcar and backing horses on their second start for Walford after they left another yard would have found nine winners from 65 bets (13.9% strike-rate) for a profit of £19.25 to a £1 level stake at SP.
CAPPANANTY CON - (6.40 Lingfield, 1pt win - 15/2)
CAPPAANTY CON, who is often ridden patiently, paid for sitting too close to the strong early pace when well supported at Bath last time and had to settle for sixth of the 16 runners. He came out second best of those who raced up with the pace and will be much happier back on Polytrack (eight of his nine career wins have come on synthetics). When racing over tonight’s course and distance, after a recent outing (within three weeks of his previous one), his record becomes 421211 (3-6), with the first runner-up effort by a neck at 20-1 on last summer’s stable debut and the other by a short head at 9-2 to Swiss Pride.
SWISS PRIDE - (6:40pm Lingfield, 1pt win - 3/1)
I also want to side with aforementioned SWISS PRIDE, whose course record reads 1231633121 (4-10), improving to 12133121 (4-8) in Class 5 or lower company. His stall 6 draw should help him avoid the inside rail and he’s a ‘triple top’ on Raceform’s speed figures (his last three figures have bettered anything his rivals have achieved in their last three runs).
Today’s Best Bets
Zumurud – 2pts win – 3.25 Catterick (9-2 generally)
Cappananty Con – 1pt win – 6.40 Lingfield (15-2 in a place, 7-1 generally)
Swiss Pride – 1pt win – 6.40 Lingfield (3-1 generally)
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