Ayr 4.05 (Scottish National) tips – Mulholland chaser has a fine chance

Ayr 4.05 (Scottish National) tips – Mulholland chaser has a fine chance

Doing Fine

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Betting Tip: @ Doing Fine @ 12/1 with bet365

Vicente is bidding to become only the fourth horse to win this race three times and, if successful, he’d be the first to do so in consecutive seasons since Couvrefeu won his third back in 1913. Considering he’s just 4lb higher in the weights compared to last year and will be suited by the drying ground, it’s a distinct possibility and he’s a worthy favourite at around the 9/1 mark.

However, there are a couple of rivals much further down the weights that look to have the right credentials, starting with Neil Mulholland’s DOING FINE, a 12/1 shot with bet365.

The sodden ground that has prevailed over the past few months has restricted him to just three outings and we can put a line through those as he prefers it much faster. Instead, we should concentrate on his runs last spring on good ground, which included a victory over 3m5f at Cheltenham and a staying on fifth in the bet365 Gold Cup (3m5f). Those efforts suggest he’s still relatively well handicapped on a mark of 136 and further encouragement can be gleaned from the form of his stable, which has really clicked into top gear of late (5-27 in the last fortnight). With Noel Fehily up top, he simply has to be thereabouts.

For much the same reasons, the other one to back is Nicky Richards’ LOOKING WELL, with 20/1 and five places up for grabs at bet365.

He too has had a light campaign due to the ground, which can’t be said for a lot of these, and staying is definitely his game judging by his most recent efforts. The 3m of last year’s Sky Bet Chase was not far enough for him as he was staying on with a purpose to grab second and he surely would have gone close in the Edinburgh National over 4m1f last time as he was absolutely motoring and a length up when swerving badly and unshipping Ryan Day at the last. While he was harshly put up 5lb for that, I don’t think he’s badly handicapped by any means and he has a lovely racing weight of 10st 5lb, taking Day’s claim into account. As a son of Gold Well, whose offspring appear to like decent ground, he will relish the conditions.

Others worthy of a mention are Vintage Clouds, whose last three efforts suggest he has a big staying handicap on him off his current marking, and Fagan, who represents the Grand National-winning combo of Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell. The former horse is worth a saver at Hills’ 11/1.

SELECTIONS

Doing Fine @ 12/1 bet365
Looking Well @ 20/1 bet365
Vintage Clouds (saver) @ 11/1 Hills

Betting Tip: @ Doing Fine @ 12/1 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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