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
Garth Rockett doesn’t win too often but looked to be peaking again here last Wednesday when posting an eye-catching performance.
It was certainly an eventful run as the five-year-old was poorly away, then made up ground only to head into trouble 2f out before nipping through a tight gap and finishing fast but too late off the slow pace.
He will need to be quicker away tonight on this drop back in distance but granted he isn’t left with too much to do, should have a decent pace to aim at and has speed figures to make him tantalising at around 5-1.
There should be plenty of opposition in the finale at the east Midlands venue but that will not concern Deinonychus, who had a 14-runner field strung out over course and distance a week ago.
It will be tough going come the last but the three-time track winner (twice on heavy ground) handled the mud with ease in that much better £15,500 contest and can shrug off a penalty before his new rating kicks in.
Talented hurdler Chica Buena is interesting in the Newcastle opener but is untested on this surface (did run once at Dundalk on Polytrack) and is passed over with Wadacre Galoubet standing out at a nice price.
The very lightly-raced gelding ran his best race to date on Wolverhampton’s Tapeta surface a month ago when mugged by a 66-1 shot. He didn’t seem to stay when tried over further on his handicap bow at Chelmsford last time and now returns to a mile and a half, back on Tapeta. He looks a typical Mark Johnston three-year-old improver.
TODAY’S BEST BETS
GARTH ROCKETT (Kempton, 8.10) 1/2pt ew @ 9-4
DEINONYCHUS (Nottingham, 5.00) 2pt win @ 11-4
WADACRE GALOUBET (Newcastle, 5.25) 1/2pt ew @ 10-1
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