Al three of today's best bets have potentially slipped under the bookies' radar, with a couple of double-figure odds.
Yesterday’s three selections all ran well without winning, though you would have made a nice profit backing Chilworth Icon (third) each-way at the advised 20/1. William Haggas’ Foreign Diplomat looked an unlucky loser at Ripon, having been boxed in with nowhere to go at a vital stage of the race, and he’s one to back next time he runs.
For today’s best bets I’ve tried to find three horses who have perhaps slipped under the bookies’ radar, rather than horses with more obvious chances, starting off with Martin Meade’s LEIGHTERTON, who can be backed at a double-figure price for the extended 1m3f maiden at Lingfield (2.40pm). That’s a bit surprising as he has finished third in both his starts and, while beaten a long way over 1m2f at Newmarket last time, he travelled kindly for much of the way and was rallying inside the final furling. The extra furlong and a bit he has to travel this afternoon should therefore see him in an even better light and he is value against the forecast favourite Justice Belle, who has finished second on her last four starts, the last twice as market leader.
The interesting one in the race is Mythical Moment, who hails from the in-form stable of William Haggas. She showed precious little in two starts last season but the second of those was in the Doncaster maiden won by Star Of Seville, which has produced several winners already this season. The bookies are taking no chances, though, quoting her at just 11/4 and I’d much rather punt the selection.
The remaining two bets are in action north of the border at Hamilton, where the going is “good to soft, soft in places.” That won’t bother the Martin Todhunter-trained ELLA’S DELIGHT one bit as the ground was quite testing when she finished second on her racecourse debut in Ireland and, while she has finished well beaten on all four of her British starts, she is going to be suited by the step back up to today’s 6f (4.30pm), having been outpaced over the minimum the last twice. She’s now 11lb lower than when starting her British career and her stable is going great guns, with the last 11 runners achieving finishing positions of 1572281121. I think you’ll agree there’s more than enough there to warrant a bet at 10/1.
I cottoned on to the excellent track record of Marjorie Fife when putting up one of her runners at the last meeting here. It lost unfortunately, but she can still boast a 25% strike with eight of her 32 runners obliging in the last five seasons for a £1 level-stakes profit of £48.50. She’s worth sticking with then and her SARTORI must have more than a squeak in the 5f handicap (2.30pm). He has been campaigned over 6f mainly and won over that trip at Ripon last July, when making all, but he shows a lot of speed (the word “prominent” features a lot in his form comments) and a stiff 5f on soft ground could be right up his street, especially if the first-time cheek-pieces do their job. What’s more his current rating of 60 is the lowest he’s ever raced off. Let’s have some of the 15/2!