image-left-align denThe title of today's selections article is more a statement of hope than anything else! One bet today at Leicester, along with a 9/1 maiden hurdle bet at Clonmel.

Today’s Selections

CLONMEL

3.45 - Allardyce E/w 9/1, double stakes

LEICESTER

12.40 - Arthington 11/4

Top market prices available at the time of writing, check Racecards for latest

Comments:

Allardyce - Second here at Clonmel in a bumper last time out when giving weight to the odds-on favourite. Before that, this consistent sort clocked a good speed rating when third behind Midnight Stroll at Galway, going off favourite on the day but finding a couple too good. A return to hurdles and that level of form up in trip today would see this 5yo bang on the premises once again and odds of 9/1 are healthy enough to get involved with an each way punt. I also like this fella’s sire Black Sam Bellamy, who’s responsible for 100 visits to the winners enclosure from just over 800 runners to date, producing a big profit to Betfair SP. He’s sired 14 Clonmel runners for what it’s worth. Three of them won (21.5%) - not bad.

Arthington - Surprised to see this 4yo available at 11/4 when he comes into the race boasting quite clearly the best form on offer. It’s true he has to give plenty of weight away here, but was second to a smart horse at Cheltenham last time out, useful conditional Kevin Jones takes 5lb off again and it seems unlikely they will be far away with a clean run around this two mile Leicester track. It never gets terribly soft at Leicester and although unproven, Arthington is also untried on testing ground. He’s by Haafhd, who swooshed up in a heavy ground Champion Stakes once upon a time...so there’s that to cling onto I suppose.

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