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.
DANCING SHADOW has nearly been around the west country track more times than the racecourse ambulance and this race represents a good opportunity for Vic Dartnell's staying handicapper to register a second career win at today's venue.
The selection boasts the top three Exeter figures on the sheet and warmed up for this afternoon's test with another creditable performance on Haldon Hill a month ago.
He was allowed to bowl along at the head of affairs that day, but was overhauled in the straight by the well-handicapped Orchardstown Cross and the form has taken a boost since courtesy of fourth-home Perfect Candidate obliging at Haydock subsequently in a decent event.
Hopefully, he can gain compensation this afternoon over a trip which should suit.
Following an absence of 569 days, the comeback effort of CANELO promised plenty for the future.
It was understandable that the son of Mahler was a little ring rusty on his comeback at today's venue, especially as it was his first glimpse of a fence in public when trying to mix it with the well-backed Champagne Court. That was the second time the six-year-old had run at the Esher track, the first resulted in a solid effort in the EBF Final 20 months ago and, if he can translate his highly useful hurdling form to fences, he should be capable of making an impact here.
Sent off an unconsidered 33-1 chance on his rules debut at Lingfield, UP THE STRAIGHT made a mockery of the pre-race market with one of the most convincing hurdling debuts seen so far this season.
Some were quick to label the success a fluke - as is often the case when an outsider runs riot - however the time suggested the victory was as convincing as the manner of the performance suggested and, with Richard Rowe's stable already providing a 16-1 winner for this column this week, I need no encouragement to side with his talented five-year-old.
SAM TURNER’S BEST BETS
Dancing Shadow 1pt e/w (3.05 Exeter) 9/2 Coral
Canelo 1pt win (1.55 Sandown) 10/3 Unibet
Up The Straight 1/2pt e/w (2.25 Sandown) 9/1 bet365
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