Mor Perth joy for Elliott

An Capall Mor can strike on first run for Elliott

An Capall Mor

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Betting Tip: An Capall Mor @ 13/2 with williamhill

The new flat season is proving an absolute minefield for punters with some results bordering on unfathomable. The form will settle down soon I hope but, until then, I’m giving it a swerve and sticking to the jumps.

Besides, there’s plenty to look forward to under that code including Saturday’s bet365 Gold Cup meeting at Sandown, although the day will be tinged with sadness as it also marks the end of an era (AP’s retirement in case you’ve been living on Pluto), and then there’s next week’s Punchestown Festival – I just hope it doesn’t turn into a Willie Mullins monopoly. And nearer to home, today sees the start of the three-day Perth Festival, where Gordon Elliott can be relied upon for winners – he’s won with 36 of the last 100 runners he’s sent to the Scottish track.

The 3m handicap hurdle for amateur riders (4.40pm) is the toughest race of the day judging by the betting with bookmakers going 6/1 the field. Elliott’s AN CAPALL MOR is disputing favouritism and while he’s been off the track for 180 days, you can be sure he’s been primed to run a big race, having been switched to his current stable since his last run. He’d lost his way a bit since winning at Uttoxeter last September and the handicapper has kindly dropped him a few pounds as a result. Rated as high as 120 not so long ago, he lines up today off just 90, which is the same as his last winning mark, and the ground is spot on for him.

Betting Tip: An Capall Mor @ 13/2 with williamhill

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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