Time to have a punt on Pint

Itstimeforapint could make the most of bottom weight

Lucinda Russell trains the selection.

Itstimeforapint

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Betting Tip: Itstimeforapint @ 22/1 with coral

The only flat action taking place on Saturday is the all-weather meeting at Kempton and, while its not a bad card by any means, I’d much prefer to concentrate on the jumps action at Haydock, with a couple of reasonably valuable handicaps forming the backbone of a seven-race card.

The 888Sport-sponsored 2m6f handicap chase (due off 3.45pm) has attracted a field of 15 and it’s fair to say they can all be given enough a chance of sorts. Bookmakers make Jamie Snowden’s Future Gilded their favourite around the 6/1 mark and he’s very much respected for his in-form yard and off a mark just 2lb higher than for his recent Market Rasen success. Others with more obvious claims are Bob Tucker and Comeonginger, although the ground may be plenty soft enough for him.

The pick, though, goes to bottom-weight ITSTIMEFORAPINT in the hope his jumping holds up. Lucinda Russell’s seven-year-old has not looked a natural over fences it has to be said and unseated at Ayr a couple of starts back. However, he clearly has ability as he showed when winning at Wetherby on his chase debut and when chasing home progressive stayer Jac The Legend at Catterick. He was put in his place by Red Admirable over 3m here last time, finishing 18-lengths adrift in second, but he remains a well treated horse on a mark of 106 and I suspect he has a big pot like this one in him if things go his way. At 22/1, I’m happy to pay to find out, though it could be a from behind-the-sofa job.

Betting Tip: Itstimeforapint @ 22/1 with coral

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