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Pious the punt at 12/1

Posted on by Dave Metcalf

The big betting race of the day is the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon (3.30) and Louis The Pious looks to hold outstanding claims at 12/1.

Kevin Ryan’s charge won four races last season over today’s 6f trip, and ran a cracker when finishing third of 9 to Sirius Prospect in a hot little handicap at Ascot.

He was sent off the 5/2 favourite that day and ran on to be beaten just over 2 lengths by Dean Ivory’s useful sort who wen t on to land a hat-trick and beat this uyear’s July Cup winner Mayson in a listed contest at Doncaster off an official rating of 110.

The second home Elusivity is also a decent type who is rated 106 and has run well in Group company this season, and the form has a solid look to it in the context of this contest.

The selection was campaigned over 7f and a mile for his five starts this season, and although he did run well when chasing home Imperial DJay at Chester over 7f all his wins have come over 6f and he ran his best race last time out over it when chasing home Johannes at Goodwood.

The four-year-old travelled really strongly that day and looked the likely winner when taking up the running inside the last only to be collared close home and beaten 1/2 a length.

Although he has been put up 5lb for that effort he looks the type who has more to offer in sprints, and I think he is capable of defying it.

Graham Lee, who rode him at Goodwood, is riding better than ever at present and is back in the saddle this afternoon and everything looks in place for a huge run.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Louis The Pious (12/1 bet365, BetVictor, Hills – BOG)

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