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.
DEFI DU SEUIL bucked the trend of recent Triumph Hurdle winners by enhancing his reputation in a successful first season over fences, culminating in a stylish Cheltenham festival success in the JLT Chase.
The selection conquered the mighty Lostintranslation that day with a degree of comfort and the form could barely have worked out any better with JLT refugees Kildisart, Vinndication, Real Steel, Capeland, Pravalaguna and Voix Du Reve all winning subsequently.
There was plenty to admire in Defi Du Seuil’s Cheltenham comeback where he readily accounted for the admirable Politologue in the Shloer Chase with a ready turn of foot from the final fence to record a career-best display.
Given that Politologue had previously won on every other completed seasonal comeback, there is no reason to believe Defi Du Seuil beat a half-fit rival and it is perhaps worth recalling the former pushed Altior all the way in an epic Champion Chase last March.
SMARTY WILD has won his last four hurdle races going right-handed and served notice he looks a handicapper to keep onside last time at Exeter.
The handicapper wasn’t too harsh considering he recorded an emphatic two-length victory that day and he should go well off his new mark providing his rider doesn't allow the front-runners too much rope as it looked difficult to make ground on the hurdles track yesterday.
ONE FOR ARTHUR, winner of the 2017 Grand National, could roll back the years with a heart-warming success in the Beecher Chase following an encouraging Kelso comeback effort.
This race has been the long-term plan for the 2017 National winner and he should give a good account of himself at the expense of last year’s winner National fourth WALK IN THE MILL who is also worth playing despite a subdued comeback at Ascot.
SAM TURNER’S BEST BETS
Defi Du Seuil 2pts (3:00 Sandown) 13-8 Betfred
Smarty Wild 1pt (2:25 Sandown) 6-1 Coral
One For Arthur 1/2pts ew (1:30 Aintree) 8-1 BetVictor
Walk In The Mill 1/2pt ew (1.30 Aintree) 9-1 William Hill
Defi Du Seuil is one of your daily double tips for Saturday.
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