Top tipster Sam Turner is a regular on Racing TV and a proponent of speed figures and sectional timing. Here are his best bets for the day’s action.
GALA BALL has yet to win following a substantial absence but his Newbury record reads 122221, so he could be worth risking under favoured conditions on his return.
Ground should be no issue for the selection who is extremely effective on a soft surface (1112312) and there is a chance there could be more to come from a horse tackling fences for just the eighth time.
There is little doubt Kalashnikov will prove a major threat and he should build on that initial outing at Aintree behind Forest Bihan. This looks a good race for him with conditions to suit and he is feared
Paisley Park, currently well ahead of the remainder in the staying hurdle ranks, is the obvious starting point here given he has won his last five races and wound up last season with success in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival.
He is going to be extremely tough to beat, but is tackling horses in the shape of The Worlds End and UNOWHATIMEANHARRY who have already had an outing this season and may enjoy a fitness edge this afternoon.
The former won a Wetherby staying hurdle on his comeback, making all to beat veteran hurdler Unowhatimeanharry by five lengths and many will question how the last named can turn around the form. However, he is reported to have needed that run and his track record reads 1121 so he could be some value to win an interesting renewal
From the sublime to the ridiculous for tip three with a 0-55 selling handicap at Southwell the port of call. ELYSEE STAR is the final selection as she will never enjoy a better opportunity to get off the mark, especially as this event represents a 15th attempt at losing the maiden tag.
However, she boasts three of the top four figures on the list for this basement affair and a repeat of either of her last two starts would be good enough.
TODAY’S BEST BETS
Gala Ball (Newbury, 1.50) 1pt ew @ 7-1
Unowhatimeanharry (Newbury, 3.00) 1pt win @ 15-2
Elysee Star (Southwell, 1.30) 1pt win @ 4-1