Trainer form is always important and today's betting advice centres on a couple of runners from red-hot stables.
Tim Easterby has his horses in good form and he could have another winner at Beverley this afternoon with MULTELLIE, who is strongly fancied for the 1m2f handicap (due off 4.25pm).
The son of Multiplex is bred to excel over middle distances so it was to his credit that he managed to make the frame twice from his four starts as a juvenile. Both were with plenty of cut – so he will have no problem with today’s “good to soft” – and he was particularly eye-catching when making his handicap debut over Pontefract’s stiff mile on his final start last season.
Held up in last place, he stayed on strongly once finding a clear run to finish third behind Dark Wave and Cymro, both of whom benefited from being ridden up with the pace and have advertised the form this season. Dark Wave won a Doncaster handicap on his reappearance off a mark of 80, while the 79-rated Cymro floored the odds-on Sir Isaac Newton when winning a Chester maiden last week
On that basis, the selection looks well treated this afternoon on a mark of 62 and, while we’re having to take his fitness for granted first time up, the early betting suggests he’s ready to rock and roll over a trip he should relish and on his favoured ground.
Dan Skelton is a rising star in the training ranks and has started this season as he means to carry on with five winners from 14 runners last week. His NOTNOWSAM contributed to that tally when hacking up over fences at Warwick from four pounds out of the handicap and the four-year-old looks a good bet to follow-up in this evening extended 2m4f handicap hurdle at Southwell (6.55pm). He’s able to run off his proper mark of 108 here and, having escaped a penalty and getting a 5lb age allowance, it’s safe to say he’s a well handicapped horse.
The selection didn’t go on after winning over hurdles at Catterick in December but has clearly thrived for the switch to Skelton, who struck with five of his 19 runners at the track last season. Indeed, he could be a horse to follow in the coming months as he can switch codes and looks pretty versatile in terms of trip. Certainly, the way he was powering home over two miles last time suggests he will have no problem with today’s extra four furlongs and good ground should hold no fears either.