Value Bet strikes again!

  • Last Updated: December 7 2013, 16:20 GMT

Our Value Bet columnist Ben Linfoot did it again on Saturday - nailing a 20/1 winner at Aintree.

Chance Du Roy pulls away from Baby Run to win at Sandown
Chance Du Roy pulls away from Baby Run to win at Sandown

Our expert put up Chance Du Roy at 20/1 in his preview on Friday and the horse duly delivered 24 hours later, having been backed in to an official starting price of 12/1.

And if that wasn't enough, Linfoot's other pick, Baby Run, finished runner-up. The tote Exacta - a pool bet where punters must select first two home - paid a dividend of £271.10.

It took Value Bet's profits for 2013 up to a magnificent 135.5 points.

Our man wrote:

"With 24 runners (I can't remember a more competitive Becher) I want another one onside and the one that appeals the most is Philip Hobbs' CHANCE DU ROY at 20s.

He looks a very well-handicapped horse given he's dropped 15lb to 135 in his last four races and though there is a reason for that, his spin around these fences in the Topham two starts ago wasn't too bad (ninth of 29).

That suggests that these fences can reignite his spark now he has dropped to his lowest mark since he won at Chepstow in January 2011 and this is a track he likes given he was runner-up to Always Waining in the 2012 Topham (off 148).

His last win came at Haydock in March of last year off a rating of 143, so he clearly has a very good chance at the weights.

The major question mark with him is the trip given the only time he's raced over three miles was when he flopped at Cheltenham on his last start in April.

However, I'm inclined to think that Prestbury Park is just not his track and the trip could actually help him when looking at how outpaced he has been in recent outings."

Spot-on advice, we're sure you'll agree.

Other winners to come from the column this year include:

York Glory at 18/1 in the Wokingham Stakes
Sky Lantern at 12/1 in the 1000 Guineas
Levitate at 40/1 in the Lincoln

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Make sure you check out the column (usually published on a Friday), the next edition of which will be published this coming week for Cheltenham's International meeting.