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
Ramses De Teillee (Cheltenham, 1.50)
RAMSES DE TEILLEE handles heavy ground better than most horses in training and his sole blemish under those conditions in eight starts (21212711) came at the festival in March back in 2018.
However, he is traditionally a better horse in the first half of the season (four wins from 11 starts Oct-Jan as opposed to 0-8 otherwise) so he could be worth forgiving that rare modest effort.
The selection landed a smooth heavy-ground success over hurdles at today’s venue three weeks ago and does look worth supporting to back that up now returned to fences.
We know he is very effective on deep ground with easy victories recorded at Ffos Las and Chepstow, and could be a different proposition today with Tom Scudamore back in the saddle (1152 aboard the selection).
In opposition, the form of Jatiluwih’s Wetherby success has taken a couple of hits since with the runner-up, West Cork and fourth-home Dino Boy well beaten subsequently. However, the five-year-old coped well with very deep ground in his native France and could still be ahead of the handicapper given the emphatic nature of his latest win and is respected.
Above The Rest (Lingfield, 3.15)
Gifted Master, winner of this event two years ago, is likely to make a bold bid to repeat the trick from the front but he caused one or two issues at the start when last seen in a hot 7f handicap and it will be interesting to see if his zest for racing remains.
Looking beyond the expected favourite, ABOVE THE REST was a place behind Gifted Master in that handicap and, although he has an infuriating trait of finishing strongly without winning (as he did in this race 12 months ago), he is narrowly preferred to the likes of Soldier’s Minute.
TODAY’S BEST BETS
RAMSES DE TEILLEE (Cheltenham, 1.50) 1pt win @ 11-4
REMASTERED (Cheltenham, 3.30) 1pt win @ 4-1
ABOVE THE REST (Lingfield, 3.30) 1pt ew @ 7-1
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