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Andrew Mount’s Best Bets – Saturday, 16th September

Expert tipster Andrew Mount gives a super seven selections for Saturday’s superb racing, starting off with a strong 2pt win tip at Bath.

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2.15 Bath – BLUE COLLAR (2pt win – 11/4 generally)

BLUE COLLAR was only 12th of 20 on his nursery debut at York last month but that was in the hot 7f contest won by Gushing Gold, who ran second at 11-1 in a Listed race at Doncaster yesterday (Friday). That form has received several other boosts, notably from 25-1 third Inishfallen, just touched off by Aablan in the Group 3 Solario Stakes on his next outing. The fourth won next time and the fifth, Soldier’s Gold, finished a solid 14-1 fourth of 17 to Room Service when we bet the pair at Doncaster on Thursday. Blue Collar was asked to come from off the pace at York in a race dominated by prominent types and the step up in trip to a stiff mile should suit.

Loud Hire Nursery Handicap

2.25 Doncaster – CALL ME GINGER (1pt E/W – 8/1 generally), CHIPSTEAD (0.5pt E/W – 11/1 William Hill, 10/1 generally), THE BIG BOARD (0.5pt E/W – 25/1 generally) + LIVE IN THE MOMENT (0.5pt E/W – 16/1 generally)

I’m going full maverick in the Portland and recommending that we back four runners each-way to take advantage of the extra places on offer with several firms (Sky Bet are seven places). This is an approach I regularly adopt with my own punting but usually shy away from for the purposes of this column. 

Previous form in this 5f143y handicap has often been a good pointer to success – Kevin Ryan’s Halmahera won this three times on the spin (2002-2004), Steps was runner-up in 2013 before going one better in the 2015 and A Momentofmadness, the 2018 winner, may have been unlucky not to double up 12 months later, as he bumped into future Group 1 winner Oxted, going down by just half a length.

CALL ME GINGER and Chipstead finished one-two last year and I want to be with the pair again. CALL ME GINGER (stall 4) is another has a strong seasonal pattern to his form, recording form figures in September of 12061127211 (5-11). He’s done well to win from off the pace at Chester and Ascot the last twice (at Ascot, the runner-up, third and fourth were up with the pace throughout) and he’s going to be hard to kick out of the frame.

Roger Teal’s CHIPSTEAD scored on fast ground at York back in May but has always seemed best in late summer/early autumn, recording form figures in handicaps from August to October of 11121114 (6-8). Stall 1 isn’t ideal but he should still be thereabouts.

Surprisingly for a 22-runner handicap, there aren’t many pace angles. One of them is Richard Hannon’s THE BIG BOARD, who can be forgiven here modest effort in the 6f ‘Lochsong’ Fillies’ Handicap at Salisbury a last time, a race in which her trainer has a poor record. We bet her at York the time before where she was a 25-1 fourth of 17 to Summerghand and I’m still kicking myself for backing her win only. The return to a slightly short trip won’t harm her chances and, if the stands’ side route is favoured, she could prove hard to pass from stall 21 of 22. Her two previous runs here have produced a 5f win and a three-length third over 6f when weakening in the last half furlong.

LIVE IN THE MOMENT looks the pace angle down the centre from stall 10 and bounced back to form with an all-the-way 6f success at Goodwood 11 days ago, his first win for current trainer Alice Haynes. He ran second in a 5f Listed race at this meeting in 2001, finding only Khaadem too good, and his only other course outing resulted in a short-head second over 6f back in the spring.

Betfred Portland (Heritage Handicap)

2.40 Chester – INNSE GALL (1.5pt E/W – 16/1 William Hill, 12/1 generally)

INNSE GALL, my Weekend Watch nap, has shortened up since we recorded the video/podcast on Thursday afternoon but there’s still enough juice in the price to recommended him as a bet. It’s a time of year thing where Iain Jardine’s five-year-old is concerned – he has form figures in August/September of 1312313134318 (5-13), with excuses for the sole out-of-the-frame effort. Small fields suit (ten run) and he looks a solid each-way play.

Camden Hells Handicap

6.00 Musselburgh – MUNTADAB (1pt win – 18/1 generally)

MUNTADAB ran yesterday (Friday, September 15th), finishing a modest fifth at Chester in an amateur riders’ handicap. However, Tim Easterby’s front-runner went off way too fast and the race was set up for his stablemates Give It Some Teddy (‘dwelt start, raced in last and detached’) and Ugo Gregory (‘towards rear of midfield’) who fought out the finish. Muntadab has a tough draw in stall 9 but he looks the sole pace angle and might be able to get across and lead. The 24-hour break is unlikely to be an issue – his latest win came over course and distance last October on the back of a three-day break and he also won after a seven-day break here in June 2021.

Travis Perkins Handicap

Andrew Mount’s Best Bets

2.15 Bath – BLUE COLLAR (2pt win – 11/4 generally)

2.25 Doncaster – CALL ME GINGER (1pt E/W – 8/1 generally), CHIPSTEAD (0.5pt E/W – 11/1 William Hill, 10/1 generally), THE BIG BOARD (0.5pt E/W – 25/1 generally) + LIVE IN THE MOMENT (0.5pt E/W – 16/1 generally)

2.40 Chester – INNSE GALL (1.5pt E/W – 16/1 William Hill, 12/1 generally)

6.00 Musselburgh – MUNTADAB (1pt win – 18/1 generally)

Our tip
Place bet
Blue Collar Blue Collar
Call Me Ginger Call Me Ginger
Chipstead Chipstead
The Big Board The Big Board
Live In The Moment Live In The Moment
Innse Gall Innse Gall
Muntadab Muntadab

Andrew Mount’s tip for Saturday 16th September 2023.

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