Top tipster Andrew Mount has four selections at Chester, Chepstow and Lingfield on Friday
BERGERAC – 2.10 Chester
BERGERAC is well drawn in stall 3 of 7 and Kevin Ryan’s colt looks set to appreciate the switch to a left-handed venue for the first time, having edged or hung left in his three previous outings, all on straight tracks. He’s been dropped 1lb for his latest York second and his trainer is seven from 25 in Chester nurseries this century (28% strike-rate) for a profit of £19.00 to a £1 level stake at SP.
GOLD RIBBON – 5.10 Chester
Mark Johnston’s GOLD RIBBON has been up against pace biases in both starts to date, making the running when a 16-1 fourth over 1m4f at Doncaster and again when fifth at Newcastle (1m2f). Raceform awarded her a huge speed figure for her debut effort and she could be hard to catch if making the running here.
YOUNG JOHN – 6.05 Chepstow
YOUNG JOHN had little chance from his high draw at Chelmsford last time, finishing a 50-1 tenth of 11 from stall 11 of 11. He was well beaten but the badly-drawn sixth (stall 9) and 11th (stall 8) both won next time and he could surprise in this 6f handicap if the forecast rain gets into the ground. He’s only 2lb higher than when scoring by four and a half lengths over trip and track on good to soft ground last September.
ALPINE SPRINGS – 6.25 Lingfield
Simply Amazing, currently priced as the 7-2 second favourite, is another Mark Johnston Class 6 nursery runner on turf to take on, as he’s now 2-49 with such runners this century after Better By Far could only finish fifth at Hamilton yesterday. ALPINE SPRINGS clocked a very fast time when runner-up at Yarmouth last time, doing best of the prominent racers, and looks the best alternative.
Today’s Best Bets
Bergerac – 1pt win – 2.10 Chester (7-1 bet365, 6-1 generally)
Gold Ribbon – 2pts win – 5.10 Chester (5-1 generally)
Young John – 1pt win – 6.05 Chepstow (18-1 generally)
Alpine Springs 2pts win – 6.25 Lingfield (9-4 Betfair, Paddy Power)
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