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Orsippus and Fanning the perfect combo

Posted on by Dave Metcalf

Orsippus looks cracking each-way value at 14/1 in the finale at York today (4.45).

Michael Smith’s gelding is a Grade 1 winner over hurdles who arrives here fit from the jumps, and the booking of Joe Fanning really catches the eye.

Fanning has teamed up with Smith just once before, and that resulted in a win.

The trainer is also in decent form having saddled four winners out of his last 10 runners, and the selection showed that he was a useful tool in this type of event when taking advantage of a lenient mark to score over course and distance last October.

Held up that day, the six-year-old made smooth headway two from home before leading inside the last and pulling readily clear to beat Valid Reason by 2 1/4 lengths off a mark of 62.

He then went on to finish a fair 6th of 10 to Gulf Of Naples over 2m at Newmarket, where he finished behind Sohcahtoa and Dark ranger who re-oppose again this afternoon.

However I think that he has every chance of turning the form around with that pair over today’s trip of 2m 2f and although only 1lb better off with Sohcatoa he meets Dark Ranger on 9lb better terms.

Both those rivals also struggle to get their head in front where it matters, whereas the selection has proved himself a battler.

Orsippus has also been very lightly raced on the level in recent times, and I think that he has a bit more to offer at this trip and is capable of being very competitive off a mark of 71.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Orsippus (14/1 bet365, Hills – BOG)

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