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
Valley Of Fire looked a most promising recruit for William Haggas when winning first time out at York but became a frustrating horse to follow, successful just once more before Joining Les Eyre late in 2016.
The selection appeared once in 2017 and after a 626-day break has taken plenty of time to get on the scoreboard again, doing so at Redcar 18 days ago when staying on with purpose over 7f. The victory was no fluke as he’d been running well in defeat and very nearly won at today’s venue a week before, just failing in a tight finish.
Valley of fire has now clearly found his level and, judged on his Redcar victory, should have few problems with this extra furlong. He looks decent value at around 8-1 in a fierce classified stakes.
Roger Varian won this contest two years in a row with Mount Logan and looks to have another live chance with Willie John who is a very lightly-raced two-time winner, including over course and distance.
Quite highly tried since, he has been a little disappointing, particularly at Ascot in the Wolferton Stakes when he had a troubled passage on testing going. He is better on a quicker surface and a repetition of his Goodwood Listed second the run before when bumping into Elarqam reads well in the context of this lesser contest.
Ninjago has settled into a fine patch of form and likes this venue. A course and distance winner in July, he bumped into a well handicapped rival here 13 days go.
The selection went down by just a head and was four lengths clear of the third-placed horse. He should be on the premises again.
TODAY’S BEST BETS
VALLEY OF FIRE (Doncaster, 3.35) 1pt ew
WILLIE JOHN (Doncaster, 4.45) 1pt win
NINJAGO (Carlisle, 3.25) 1pt win