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
COMMODORE has very few miles on the clock considering he soon turns eight and is unbeaten in two starts since wind surgery.
That operation took place over 15 months ago, so his trips to the racecourse have been limited to say the least. However, despite his potential frailties he is a horse that clearly goes well fresh and that ability will be paramount today as he returns to action after another 249-day break. The absence was no hindrance last December as he made all, jumped like a stag and cruised to victory at Warwick and did the same again at Sandown next time in a better contest after a two-month layoff.
This is another step up in class for the seven-year-old and the handicapper has had a say, but Commodore rates a classy contender and is expected to try and make all again from a yard that has won this four times in the past 10 years, including with Yala Enki in 2018.
This contest doesn’t appear great for the money and looks a top opportunity for NORDIC COMBINED to get off the mark over hurdles.
The three-time, mud-loving flat winner was quite highly tried last season without shining but looked in better order on his seasonal bow in a Listed handicap at Sandown 11 days ago. Only beaten three lengths, the first-time tongue-tie seemed to help although he did tire at the business end of the warm contest.
Nordic Combined should strip fitter now and the going will hold no fears for him off 1lb higher in this lesser affair.
Tom Lacey won this last year and returns with another strong candidate in the shape of POLYDORA.
The selection had been running with credit in some decent races last season but came up short in a Grade 3 at the Aintree festival. His one chase victory was recorded in similar company on soft ground and Polydora is a horse that runs well when fresh.
TODAY’S BEST BETS
COMMODORE (Bangor, 1.50) 1pt win @ 15-8
NORDIC COMBINED (Exeter, 3.40) 2pt win @ 6-4
POLYDORA (Ayr, 3.20) 1pt win @ 15-8
Polydora is part of your daily double for Wednesday.
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