Sam Turner builds towards the weekend with bets across three Friday cards.
Lucky Lover Boy (Newcastle, 2.07)
LUCKY BOY LOVER landed a hat-trick of hurdle wins last spring but lost his way badly until a return to form on the level here last week.
The five-year-old had been off the track since looking a very reluctant contestant in a decent Huntingdon contest last November but, with enthusiasm rekindled, came with a well-timed charge to win in style back on the Flat. It was his first visit to Newcastle and he took to the Tapeta surface with no problem at all.
Flat-bred and a costly yearling, Lucky Lover Boy is proven under the conditions and could well outclass the field in this “jumpers’ bumper”.
Emmas Joy (Warwick, 3.00)
EMMAS JOY ran with credit in the mares’ bumper at the Aintree festival last year and has taken to jumping really well with two wins from five starts, the latest at Wetherby three weeks ago - a particularly fine run.
The mare won as she liked in a decent time and had the luxury of easing down with the field stretched across the West Yorkshire countryside. She now moves back up in class to have another try in a Grade 2 and is expected to perform better than she did at Sandown in December when she probably wasn’t quite ready.
Fuente (Lingfield, 3.30)
FUENTE had been threatening to win again on the all-weather since before Christmas and it came together here over 6f last time.
The selection did well to get on top in the end having been forced to race wide but recovered and was running on with late pace. Raised just 3lb for the half-length victory, he now tries 7f again and if in the same mood, has a big shout.
SAM TURNER'S TOP TIPS
Lucky Lover Boy 1pt win (2.07 Newcastle) 13/8 bet365
Emmas Joy 1pt win (3.00 Warwick) 13/2 Coral
Fuente 2pt win (3.30 Lingfield) 9/4 Betfred
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