ALL ABOUT ALFIE did really well to run fourth of the 18 runners at Clonmel last time as he stuck to the inside rail where the ground rode much slower. The first three home all challenged towards the outer and the veteran can be backed in the 2m3f Lawlor’s Of Naas Feature Sponsor on January 6th Handicap Hurdle today (1.05).
He has a modest strike-rate over hurdles but Skybet are offering six places (as long as 18 or more runners go to post) and I can’t resist supporting him each-way on those terms.
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LUV U WHATEVER has a solid record in small fields and will appreciate the drop back down to Class 5 level when he contests the 1m4f Betway Boost Handicap at Southwell (1.00). HIs full course record in single-figure line-ups (i.e. in fields of nine or fewer runners) stands at 11211622111322316 (8-17) and backing him blind under these conditions would have returned a profit of £18.25 to a £1 level stake at SP. He was short-headed at Haydock in August when last competing at this level and is 5lb lower here.
Stall five of 14 was no help to AMAZING GRAZING (be careful not to back Always Amazing in the same race as I just did!) when he was fourth in a 5f Southwell handicap back in April (first three drawn 14, 13 and eight). He went on to win comfortably at Hamilton the following month and the badly drawn fifth scored three times on turf over the summer to give the form a further boost. Rebecca Bastiman’s four-year-old would have needed his two runs back from a break this winter and, on recent evidence, is well drawn in stall 11 of 14 for his Fibresand return in the 5f #betyourway At Betway Handicap (2.00).
Luv U Whatever – Southwell 1.00 (2pts win, 5-2 best with marathonbet, 9-4 Bet365)
All About Alfie – Naas 1.05 (1pt each-way, 8-1 Skybet, one-fifth the odds six places. If you don’t have access to Skybet use Paddy Power, 9-1 five places)
Amazing Grazing – Southwell 2.00 (1pt each-way, 33-1 marathonbet, 28-1 generally)
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