Top tipster Andrew Mount struck with Loulin (5-2 from 100-30) from is two picks on Tuesday and has five selections on a busy Wednesday
PENNY MALLOW – (12.55 Warwick, 2pts Win - 5/1)
After her last of five at Fakenham on Valentine’s Day I wrote the following comment about PENNY MALLOW…
“PENNY MALLOW and NIFTY AT FIFTY, the two runners who raced closest to the rail in the Valentine's Day Novices' Handicap Hurdle, were both well beaten. The market is likely to overreact to these performances and they could both offer some value next time.” Racing & Football Outlook.
Nifty At Fifty, who was beaten by over 26 length in fourth that day, ran well at Warwick next time, finishing fifth of 19 after being left with plenty to do and placed in a big field at Chepstow the time after. Penny Mallow is out for the first time since getting bogged down in the 'swamp' that day and is unbeaten in two previous seasonal debuts, landing a Fakenham bumper in 2018/2019 and a Plumpton maiden hurdle last term. She has shown a tendency to jump out to her left on occasions, getting narrowly turned over at right-handed Carlisle on her penultimate start, but has form figures of 17115 (3-5) in today’s direction. She goes over fences for the first time today.
DESTINED TO SHINE – (2.15 Ffos Las, 1pt Win - 10/1)
It’s difficult to win under patient tactics in chase company at Uttoxeter, especially on soft or heavy going, but DESTINED TO SHINE did just that in a 2m handicap chase in February. He was beaten at Stratford next time but that ‘greyhound track’ doesn’t suit his running style and he bounced back post-wind surgery on last month’s reappearance, again at Uttoxeter under patient tactics. He could only finish ninth of 11 at Wetherby last time, despite starting as the 18-5 favourite, but the ground was far too quick for him. He encounters his preferred underfoot conditions today and, since the start of last year, his record immediately following a defeat reads 13411 (3-5).
EXPLOITEUR – (2.50 Ffos Las, 2pt Win - 7/2)
EXPLOITEUR, who had caught the eye in maiden and novice hurdle company, improved for the switch to handicapping at Bangor last time, finding only Mint Condition too good when 12-1 in a field of 13. Patient tactics weren’t ideal that and he raced wider than ideal for much of the race. That was also his first race for ten months and he can go one better this time.
LADY VINETTA – (3.40 Hexham, 1pt Each-Way - 7/1)
LADY VINETTA, who represents in-form Gillian Boanas, has caught the eye from off the pace in novice hurdles here and at Sedgefield and connections must be delighted with an opening mark of 89. She clocked a good time according to Raceform when a 150-1 sixth of 12 on her hurdles debut here last October, going down by 18 lengths and Brian Hughes is on board for the first time.
GREY D’ARS – (8.30 Kempton, 1pt Wach-Way - 6/1)
GREY D’ARS ran a fine race against the pace bias at Haydock on September 25th, holding on for second place under a forcing ride on a day that patient tactics were most effective. He was too keen under restraint when fourth at Wolverhampton next time and, though is yard has gone some time since a winner, recent signs have been more positive with seconds at 20-1 and 11-2 (by a neck) in the past fortnight. He’s yet to win in Britain but has placed in three of his five course outings and clocked a good speed figure for that Wolverhampton effort.
Today’s Best Bets
Penny Mallow – 2pts win – 12.55 Warwick (5-1 generally)
Destined To Shine – 1pt win – 2.15 Ffos Las (10-1 Sky Bet, BetVictor)
Exploiteur – 2pts win – 2.50 Ffos Las (7-2 generally)
Lady Vinetta – 1pt each way– 3.40 Hexham (7-1 generally, though William Hill’s 13-2 five placed makes plenty of appeal)
Grey D’Ars – 1pt each-way – 8.30 Kempton (6-1 generally, most firms paying four places)
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