track-bia14s-diary-v2Since the start of 2016, backing hurdlers in a first-time hood in Britain and Ireland would have found only 74 winners from 1342 bets (5.5% strike-rate) for a huge loss of £914.52 to a £1 level stake at SP.

Epatante, only ninth when 15-8 for the Dawn Run at last week’s Cheltenham festival, was the latest high-profile failure and it could pay to oppose Red Mix in the two-mile MansionBet Handicap Hurdle at Huntingdon today (3.40). CAPONE looks the best alternative. The Charlie Mann-trained four-year-old has twice bumped into Triumph Hurdle fifth Quel Destin this term, finishing second at 20-1 to that rival at Haydock last time. He was a Ludlow winner on his penultimate start – his sole British run on a right-handed track – and he looks a potential improver on his handicap debut.

Selection

Capone – Huntingdon 3.40 (2pts win, 6-4 generally)

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