Sam Turner's Best Bets BlogKEYSER SOZE (Lingfield, nap, 2.10) is a hard horse to beat on the all-weather and arrives at Lingfield on Friday off the back of a fine course and distance victory.

Quite highly-tried without success on turf last season including in a couple of big Ascot handicaps, the selection had his sights lowered and made it a career 2-3 on the an artificial surface when an impressive scorer here last month. That result was well orchestrated by connections who expected a big performance with the gelding going left-handed and he duly repaid the faith with ease.

Keyser Soze does move back up in class today but this contest doesn’t even come close to comparison with the likes of Ascot’s Royal Hunt Cup and he is fancied with conditions to suit.

Keyser Soze 2pts win @13/8

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Plenty of questions to be answered in the ‘lucky last’ at Dunstall Park but SIR OTTOMAN (Wolverhampton, nb, 7.45) has another race in him judged on the last two runs. Not beaten far when well backed at Newcastle over tonight’s distance just before Christmas, he ran well here nine days ago in better contest over a trip too far.

Sir Ottoman now drops back to his comfort zone and is nicely handicapped.

Sir Ottoman 1pt win @8/1

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In the opener at the twilight meeting it would be no big surprise to see LORD MURPHY (Wolverhampton, 4.10) bounce back on his return to the West Midlands.

Mark Loughnane’s six-year-old doesn’t win too often but all three victories have been recorded here and he has minor honours in nine other visits. Back after a well deserved near two-month break, Lord Murphy looks decent each-way value at around 6/1.

Lord Murphy 0.5pt ew @7/1

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