Johnston runner is poles apart from his rivals

Johnston runner is poles apart from his rivals

Mark Johnston

Polarisation

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Betting Tip: @ 7/4 with bet365

Around 15 minutes later, Mark Johnston’s POLARISATION will almost certainly go off favourite for the 1m5f handicap at Hamilton (due off 3.45pm) and, while we’re being asked to take just 7/4, he still looks something to bet on. The three-year-old showed the benefit of stepping up to this sort of trip at Haydock on soft ground two starts back, a career-best effort, and he was far from disgraced when sixth in a better contest at Ascot run over two furlongs less last time out.

Back up in trip and dropped in grade for this afternoon’s race, he must take all the beating and especially as gets a handy weight-for-age allowance from his five rivals. Johnston is particularly adept at finding winning opportunities for his three-year-old stayers and they are invariably tough customers who can more than hold their own against older, more experienced horses. The selection appears to be in that mould and, with no doubts about him handling the prevailing cut in the ground, he’s a strong fancy to add to Johnston’s record of three wins in this race in the last six renewals.

Betting Tip: @ 7/4 with bet365

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