McCainOur top tipster has a huge number of stats at his disposal and has highlighted the horses it should pay to follow in Britain today.

ALMOST GOLD (2.00 Exeter)

ALMOST GOLD ran a fine race against the pace bias at Huntingdon last time, going down by just under two lengths in second place and doing best of those to come from off the pace. That reappearance effort might also have been needed and he won second time out last season. He can go one better in the 3m RGB Building Supplies Handicap Chase at Exeter (2.00).

Get 7/1 @ bet365

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CHTI BALKO (2.55 Bangor)

Donald McCain is the trainer to follow in handicap hurdles at Bangor, with 40 winners from 193 runners since 2011 (20.7% strike-rate) for a profit of £93.58 to a £1 level stake at SP. The strike-rate increases to 32.6% for those who had run in the past four weeks, boosting the profit to £119.33. At the five-day stage, McCain had four entries in the Class 2 Alex Timpson Handicap Hurdle (2.55) but relies solely on CHTI BALKO and the hint should be taken. He shaped well in a ten-length fifth on last month’s comeback at Ffos Las – it was also his first run after a wind operation – and the switch to this sharper track will suit.

Get 4/1 @ bet365

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CAPARD KING (3.20 Ayr)

CAPARD KING was pulled up at Perth 201 days ago on his latest outing but jumped persistently out to his right and will be happier at left-handed Ayr in the 3m Book Now For The Ayrshire Wedding Show Handicap Chase (3.20). That was only his third run for Sandy Thomson and he looks very well handicapped on the form he showed for Jonjo O'Neill a few years ago. As mentioned in a recent video for GG, Sandy Thomson does really well when the mud is flying and we can back him in the peak winter period and make a profit. He ended a quiet spell with a winner at Kelso last Saturday and, since 2013, had we backed all his runners from November to February we would have landed 54 of our 277 bets (19.5% strike-rate) and made a massive profit of £180.39 to a £1 level stake at SP.

Get 7/1 @ Betfred

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TODAY’S BEST BETS

Almost Gold – 2.00 Exeter (1pt win each-way, 7-1 William Hill, four places)

Chti Balko – 2.55 Bangor (2pts wins, 4-1 William Hill)

Capard King – 3.20 Ayr (1pt win, 9-1 generally)

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