11/2 Hereford Boy handicapped to strike
Course and distance winner Hereford Boy was unlucky not to score when runner-up last time out and makes plenty of appeal at 11/2 to gain compensation in the 2.00 at Lingfield today.
Dean Ivory’s seven-year-old has been a terrific servant over the years, and although he has not managed to get his head in front since January 2010 he is now 2lb below his last winning mark.
He showed that his turn was near at this track last month when going down by just a short-head to Aquilifer and now meets that rival on 2lb better terms.
To my eyes he should have scored that day, as Adam Kirby going going too late and gave him just a hands and heels ride when a smack or two would probably have seen him prevail.
His hold-up style means that luck in running is going to be required from stall 11, but if he gets the breaks there is little doubt that he is handicapped to register and overdue success.
At he looks an each-way steal.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Hereford Boy (11/2 generally available – use BOG firms)
Sovento looks sweet at 7/2
Sovento landed gambles on both his visits to Britain last year and is of major interest at 9/2 in the 3.00 at Lingfield today.
Shaun Harley’s gelding has not shown anything this year in four starts on the turf in his native Ireland, but as a result is very well treated now returned to the artificial surface.
The seven-year-old is 7lb below his last winning mark when only having to ridden out to beat Not In The Clock at Kempton last October and his shrewd connections look to have found him an ideal opportunity to get back in the winners’ enclosure.
They very rarely leave the money behind when the cash is down and they look to have plotted Sovento up to land a punt.
Everything looks in place for a huge run, and it’s no surprise to see money arriving for him early this morning.
At 7/2 he looks the best bet on the card.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 4pts win Sovento (7/2 Boylesports – BOG)
Park looks lovely at 10s
Love In The Park has become dangerously well treated and having shaped as if returning to form last time out looks cracking each-way value at 10/1 in the finale at Lingfield (3.30)
Roy Brotherton’s triple course winner has not scored for just over a year but is now down to a mark of just 47 and 5lb below her last victory at Kempton last November.
That gives the mare a tremendous chance from a handicapping perspective and she really caught the eye last time out at Wolverhampton when staying on strongly from well off the pace to finish a 2 length third to Queenie’s Star.
She was given far too much to do that day and forced to come wide to deliver a challenge, and in the circumstances ran a blinder to get so close.
There is little doubt in my mind that if building on that effort she will take all the beating this afternoon, and with conditions ideal she looks overpriced at 10/1.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Love In The Park (10/1 generally available – use BOG firms)
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