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Daryl Carter’s Best Bets – Friday, 12th May

Top Tipster Daryl Carter gives his picked for an action packed Friday

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Posted: 5.45pm May 11th (Odds correct at time posted)

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1.30 Chester – Revich (1pt win – 6/1 Ladbrokes, 5/1 generally)

My old favourite Boardman is of interest here, having faired well despite the lack of pace in a good race at Haydock last time and with his record at this time of year, he is sure to be popular, and the claim of Sean Kirrane helps strengthen his case. However, he is priced correctly, although the argument for REVICH to be shorter is a good one, and he looks like the value. He has been bogged down the last twice, and while this is soft ground today, Thursday’s times suggest it is drying all the time, and that is a big positive (has run well on soft either way). He was denied a clear run in this race last year at a crucial stage and still managed to finish ahead of Boardman. They are similarly weighted today, and he caught the eye, sticking on strongly at the finish at Newbury last time after uncharacteristically making the running and having been headed. The change of tactics there didn’t help him, and today could be the day he finally puts it all together for a well-deserved success. Ffion’s wins have all come in lesser races than this (class 4), and a draw in stall 12 will be no help. The same applies to Red Mirage in stall ten, who has stamina queries, and a wide draw won’t help matters. Percy’s Lad goes well fresh but has also been hindered by the draw given his front-running racing style but should contribute to a strong pace along with Gweedore in eight, and that can set it up for the selection.

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2.05 Chester – Certain Lad (1pt e/w – 14/1 Bet365/Will Hill, 12/1 generally)

and Pride Of America (1pt win – 6/1 Bet365, 11/2 generally)

This is a fascinating puzzle to solve, and Savy Victory is a deserving favourite on the eye-catching performance at Kempton on seasonal return. Still, he didn’t look at home on the track in the Chester Vase last year, and I am happy to take him on. I am a big fan of Groundbreaker, who is in the tracker, but I am concerned about how free he was last year, and this first run for 237 days on a sharp track could light him up. Baryshnikov has taken longer to come to hand this season but is 3/4 at this venue and 17lbs (inclusive of the jockey claim) better off with Pride Of America when defeating that one at Pontefract last season, and there were positives to take from his run 18 days ago. PRIDE OF AMERICA might be worse off at the weights but is 2/2 following wind surgery and is the sole pace angle in this contest. His run in France over 1m4f was an excellent effort, and he was only caught inside the final 100 yards. The drop back in trip and the return to Chester are both positives and on his day, he is a very smart animal. He gets the vote, but I also want CERTAIN LAD on my side at bigger odds. He looks good value tackling his easiest assignment for some time, and having been stuck out wide in Paris last time I am happy to put a line through that run. He was excellent here in the Group 2 Huxley Stakes at this meeting last term when chasing home Solid Stone in a very fast time figure, and cut in the ground today will only aid his cause. He arguably has the best form in the book, and George Bass’ claim is an added bonus. He was only beaten five lengths in the John Smiths Cup at York last July off 3lbs higher when denied a clear passage continuously, and he had the far shorter-priced Baryshnikov in behind on that occasion. He could surprise a few here.

2.40 Chester – Mujtaba (1pt win – 9/2 Ladbrokes/Coral, 4/1 generally)
MUJTABA wasn’t at his best when last at this venue but may have been the combination of a wind issue and a sounder surface that didn’t see him to the best effect and there is compensation in the price to take a chance. He ended last season with an excellent eased-down victory at Newbury on heavy ground, taking his record with soft in the going description to 2/2. He has a very progressive profile, and that Newbury victory was enough to pull him out of the sales and keep him in the Shadwell colours. The presence of Jim Crowley is a positive, and he has improved since fitted with the tongue tie. With a proven record fresh, he could take a big step forward today. Fox Tales hung off the bend when last at this venue and did the same in February at Lingfield. Poker Face is unexposed but was readily held by Ottoman Fleet at Newmarket; although take that one out of the race, he remains unbeaten. Still, this may not be his track – he looks more like a galloper than a quickener. Royal Champion arrives with a bit to prove under today’s conditions. Royal Champion is a promising horse, but soft ground on seasonal return has to be a worry, while Layfayette is interesting with Colin Keane making the trip across the pond but is exposed enough.

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Daryl Carter’s Best Bets

1.30 Chester – Revich (1pt win – 6/1 Ladbrokes, 5/1 generally)

2.05 Chester – Certain Lad (1pt e/w – 14/1 Bet365/Will Hill, 12/1 generally) and Pride Of America (1pt win – 6/1 Bet365, 11/2 generally)

2.40 Chester – Mujtaba (1pt win – 9/2 Ladbrokes/Coral, 4/1 generally)

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