Pontefract 2.45 tips – Almodovar can continue Lanigan’s good run

Pontefract 2.45 tips - Almodovar can continue Lanigan's good run

David Lanigan


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Betting Tip: @ SP with bet365

David Lanigan has his team in rude health at the moment and his ALMODOVAR looks something to bet on when he runs in the 1m4f handicap at Pontefract on Sunday (due off 2.45pm).

The Lambourn based handler has not looked back since sending out Interception (who runs later in the 3.45 race) to win the Wokingham at Royal Ascot, with his last runners finishing 122243144710, and his strike rate on turf for this seasonnow stands at a healthy 24%. He doesn’t tend to over-face his horses so the fact the selection has been given a St Leger entry is a measure of his belief in the improving three-year-old.

The son of Sea The Stars has a long way still to go before justifying his entry in the Doncaster Classic, but he is clearly going the right way. After getting off the mark at only the second time of asking over 1m2f at Ayr last month, he had no problem following up off a mark of 80 on his handicap debut at Leicester last time, despite showing signs of greenness.

He will have learned a lot from that and the extra two furlongs of today’s race should be right up his street as he looked stronger at the finish than at any other stage at the Midlands track. What’s more, the handicapper has raised him just 6lb for his three-quarter length success and his new mark of 86 surely underestimates his true ability – a rating in the high 90s should be within his compass this season and he’ll be an even better horse next season.

In any more encouragement for a bet was needed you only need to look at his jockey George Baker’s record when riding the stable runners. Since teaming up with Lanigan in 2014, he’s booted home 20 winners from his 55 rides (36%) for a phenomenal £1 level-stakes profit of £93.68, with this season’s stats standing at a far from shabby 13-30 (43%) for a profit £45.80.

Betting Tip: @ SP with bet365

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