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BOOM THE GROOM (1.52 Brighton, 1pt win, 6/1)

This is a tricky opening contest, but it may pay to take a chance on BOOM THE GROOM, who has built up a good record here at Brighton with form figures of 2 and 2 and on both occasions, has been beaten less than 2l.

His latest effort on his penultimate start was worth upgrading given he had plenty of competition for the lead and was forced wide around the bend, but he stuck to the task well in the closing stages, and that form line puts him in with a good shout in this contest. His latest run at Bath may have come too soon, just eight days later, albeit it was a hot Class 3 contest in which he had little chance. He is weighted to go well and looks a favourable price with a soft lead likely.


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LEROY LEROY (2.45 Bath, 1pt win, 6/1)

Anmaat has been frustrating, and Western Alliance has been hit hard for this handicap debut with an opening mark of 92, so it may be worth siding with bottom weight LEROY LEROY.

He caught the eye running on at Epsom last time off a slow gallop, so can have that effort upgraded, and he is sure to get a stronger pace in this contest. He is well-handicapped on his old form and shaped as though he was about to run into form last time, so effectively 5lbs lower here with Rhys Clutterbuck back on claiming, he gets the vote.


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MERCURIUS POWER (4.10 Brighton, 1pt win, 11/2)

It's a good contest this, but more open than the market suggests, so it's worth siding with two. MERCURIUS POWER looks a typical improver for the yard who showed a good attitude to beat today's favourite last time.

He wore down the long time leader but did the best of those from off the pace and is one of few in here that will stay further, so the stronger the pace, the better. He is entitled to improve for that effort, given it was his first run for 163 days and first after a gelding operation, so there could be plenty more to come off a 3lbs higher mark.


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ZWELELA (4.10 Brighton, 1pt each-way, 12/1)

The other is ZWELELA, who looks overpriced on the back of her improved effort at Goodwood last time behind a fellow improver. Her best efforts have come with cut in the ground, so any rain will play to her strengths, but her latest effort was a big jump forward despite being keen early on, and she has shown an abundance of promise previously, so it could be that this time of the year is the time to catch her.


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KEEP IT BRIEF (8.00 Kempton, 1pt win, 12/1)

KEEP IT BRIEF showed promise early on for Richard Hannon but failed to deliver, and, interestingly, the only times he has fulfilled that promise has been with two emphatic wins here at Kempton on the all-weather.

His latest form hasn't really worked out, but the performance is backed up by the clock, and a 7lb rise looks lenient. He has been underestimated in the market back at this venue, for which he is a completely different horse, so he is worth chancing.


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Daryl Carter’s Best Bets

BOOM THE GROOM (1.52 Brighton, 1pt win, 6/1)

LEROY LEROY (2.45 Bath, 1pt win, 6/1)

MERCURIUS POWER (4.10 Brighton, 1pt win, 11/2)

ZWELELA (4.10 Brighton, 1pt each-way, 12/1)

KEEP IT BRIEF (8.00 Kempton, 1pt win, 12/1)


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