Sam Turner's Best Bets BlogAUSTRIAN SCHOOL (Chester, 3.35) flew round Musselburgh three weeks ago to kick off his season in style following a string of near misses in warm company last year.

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The four-year-old won his first two races in 2018, starting at Chelmsford and then here a year ago over an extended mile and a half. Up in class after, including at Listed level, he hit the crossbar on several occasions and looked unfortunate not to add to his tally. However, he made a big leap forward at Musselburgh proving he has the ability to shine in hot handicaps and, well drawn with three of the best four figures in today’s valuable stayers’ contest, can follow up.

Cleonte rates the major threat on the figures following his Ascot Group 3 run in a very strong time and looks worth a saver.

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Austrian School 2pt win @ 3-1

Cleonte 1/2pt ew @ 6-1

BAHAMA MOON (Chester, 4.40) clocked a very fast time when winning here for David Barron in a former life and now returns after a lame effort over hurdles two months ago following wind surgery.

The selection is 0-9 over the sticks but is a four-time Flat winner and at his best when the going becomes testing. He scored here on heavy ground in 2017 and with further showers forecast for the Roodee, could get his optimum slow conditions.

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COEUR DE LION (Chester, 5.15) was second in this last year, beaten just a neck as he desperately tried to overhaul the winner.

He may have just needed the run after a 181-day break when posting an excellent effort on the ratings at Newbury in soft ground on his comeback and should now be spot on. Any further rain will not harm his chances this afternoon.

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Coeur De Lion 1pt win @ 7-2


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