Simon Holt has four Saturday selections at Musselburgh and Sandown including a Christian Williams-trained horse at the Esher track.
Racing betting tips: Saturday February 5
1pt win Cool Mix in 2.05 Musselburgh at 10/3 (bet365)
1pt win Socialist Agenda in 2.40 Musselburgh at 7/1 (BetVictor, Coral)
1pt win Beauport in 2.55 Sandown at 13/2 (General)
1pt win Five Star Getaway in 3.30 Sandown at 4/1 (General)
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Finding value on Saturday looks a challenge and, even in the most competitive race of the day – the Virgin Bet Heroes Handicap Hurdle at Sandown – my fancy BEAUPORT has not exactly been missed by the layers.
However, it does look as if the step up to nearly three miles is going to really suit this promising six-year-old who finished powerfully to win the EBF Final on the course over nearly two-and-a-half miles last March.
This season, Beauport has run two very solid races over the same trip, just failing to hold the progressive Jesuitique (now 10lb worse off) on his reappearance in November before staying on strongly to be beaten just a half length by Dashel Drasher at Newbury where the admirable winner was running off a very lenient mark compared to his chase rating.
While there are many chances in this race, Beauport appeals as one who could find a good deal of improvement at the new trip and, in addition, his course form is persuasive.
later on, FIVE STAR GETAWAY also boasts Sandown winning form having bolted up here last March, and can continue his ascent up the ratings in the Virgin Bet Masters Handicap Chase.
The Christian Williams-trained gelding won for the fourth time over fences (from seven outings) at Kempton (3m) over Christmas and his defeat of Fortescue there was boosted when the latter ran an excellent third behind Royale Pagaille in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock next time.
Five Star Getaway has already gone up 40lb since his first chase success at Wincanton (on good ground) but there could still be more to come.
Meanwhile, at Musselburgh, SOCIALIST AGENDA can take advantage of a light weight – indeed getting weight all round – in the bet365 Scottish County Handicap Hurdle.
Adam Wedge’s mount won all three of his bumpers and was not at all disgraced when 16-1 and fourth in a decent novice hurdle at Cheltenham in December (runner-up Jpr One successful since) before having to work quite hard to justify odds-on favoritism on New Year’s Day at Catterick.
However, that latest effort came on soft ground whereas Socialist Agenda had only run on good going previously. Despite winning, he was actually dropped 2lb by the handicapper but will be much better suited by the likely conditions in Scotland and, still relatively unexposed, can confirm that early potential under just 10st5lb.
Earlier, COOL-MIX is back to his last winning mark in the bet365 Auld Yin Conditional Jockeys’ Veterans’ Handicap Chase.
The ten-year-old, who finished fifth in the Scottish Grand National in the spring, is effective at a range of distances and took some notable scalps early last season when beating Sky Pirate and Storm Control at Wetherby.
Consistent since but without another victory, Cool Mix has run creditably on all three starts this season off higher marks, including when third behind Kalooki and Cat Tiger (winner since) at Doncaster last time, and last January finished third on this course (2m4f) behind the well-handicapped Romain De Senam and Schiehallion Munro.
This is the grey’s first excursion into the veteran arena and the level of competitiveness looks less than many races he has been contesting.
Published at 1530 GMT on 04/02/22
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