Art Of War worth a shot at 16/1

Art Of War has dropped a few pounds in the weights and looks worth siding with at 16/1 on his first start for in-form trainer Ed Walker in the 4.40 at Newmarket today.

The gelding has had just five starts, and after shaping with bags or promise when runner-up at this venue on debut for Tom Dascombe back in September 2013 was off the track for 214 days before finishing an excellent third to Sacred Act over 1m at Nottingham on seasonal reappearance last year.

The four-year-old then showed a good attitude to open his account over 1m 1f at Ripon, digging deep to beat Almashooqa by a short-head with the pair pulling 7 lengths clear of the field.

Art Of War then disappointed in the class 2 King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot, and was also well beaten in his final start in a competitive class 3 affair at Goodwood.

However, having been allotted an opening mark of 88 he is now able to race off 85 and that makes him potentially well-treated in my eyes on the pick of his form if the stable switch has freshened him up.

The Walker team have certainly made a good start to the new season, and although Art Of War has a 287 day absence to overcome he did run very well first time up last year after a lengthy break and today’s 1m trip looks ideal.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Art Of War (16/1 Boylesports, Sky Bet – BOG)

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