See the Light at Brighton
Ben Linfoot previews today's action with Ed Dunlop's Light Of Asia getting the Nap vote down at Brighton.
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Today's action and best bets
Leicester and Brighton host today's Flat turf action with eight-race cards at both meetings. The Midlands track is Good, Good to Firm in places with a GoingStick reading of 7.7 taken at 06:30 this morning if those kind of numbers are your thing.
Kicking off the card at Leicester is the Widmerpool Handicap at 14:10 with Authorized filly Special Miss a likely favourite following her two-length win at Sandown on Saturday. If she has the constitution for such a task, she must go close under a 6lb penalty.
At 15:40 there is a decent fillies' nursery featuring five previous winners. With the ground riding fast you would expect David Brown's daughter of War Front, War Alert, to excel. She has run well twice on fast ground at Windsor, winning from a subsequent winner last time. She can benefit most from the after-effects of Hurricane Cristobal. Perhaps Some Show, trained by Henry Candy who has had an excellent run with his juveniles, can give her most to do.
In the closing Six Hills Handicap at 17:40 Top Offer bids to continue his resurgence, if you can call it that, for Peter Crate. The son of Dansili was held in such high regard after a debut win at Newbury for Roger Charlton and Prince Khalid Abdullah that he went straight to the Guineas as a three-year-old. Sent off 14/1, he finished 19 lengths adrift of Camelot and has been on the decline ever since. However, a run of 14 consecutive defeats ended at Lingfield last time when he won a six-furlong handicap from a mark of 62. A wind operation preceded that victory and it was just his third start over six furlongs, a distance he tackles again today from a 5lb higher mark.
At Brighton the ground is Good to Firm, Good in places with just 1-2mm of rain predicted at the coastal track (GoingStick 7.8 at 06:45 this morning).
Richard Hughes and Ryan Moore make the journey down to the south coast for six and seven rides respectively, with the former closing on his rival in the Jockeys' Championship (Moore leads Hughes 125 to 115 at the start of play today.)
As you would expect, both have good books of rides with Moore on 100/30, 2/1, 15/8, 11/8, 100/30, 14/1 and 2/1 chances and Hughes on 13/8, 13/2, 15/2, 3/1, 6/1 and 5/1 shots (prices taken from Sky Bet at 10:00). Plenty of Moore/Hughes multiples look set to be struck up and down the land and their percentages are good at the track, with Hughes having a 32% strike-rate there in the last five years with Moore 37% over the same period.
Hughes' best ride could well be in the first aboard Just Isla for Peter Makin. She's won at the course twice, was second there last month and drops into a Class 6 Selling Handicap.
Meanwhile, Moore's standout opportunity is on LIGHT OF ASIA in the NFU Mutual Brighton & Hove Handicap at 16:00 and he gets the Nap vote. Ed Dunlop's lightly-raced three-year-old has been running consistently well and the application of blinkers and the services of Moore could be the edge he needs. The faster ground is in his favour and he's been running to a level around his mark of 70 unlike most of his rivals.
Today's Sky Bet Specials
If you are inclined to bundle up some of today's well-fancied runners do check out Sky Bet's enhanced accumulators by clicking here. Given Just Isla is fancied at Brighton the 18/1 about her, Fingal's Cave (14.40 Lingfield) and Milgen Bay (14.50 Huntingdon) all winning is worth a second look. Fingal's Cave has developed a case of seconditus but has been found a suitable opportunity in the Gilmorton Maiden Auction Stakes by Mick Channon, while Milgen Bay is another one that can benefit from first-time headgear at Huntingdon.
In the Daily Favourites markets Sky Bet go 5/6 that three or more winning jollies oblige at Brighton which is unsurprising given the quality of riding talent on show. Things looks trickier at Leicester and it's 20/1 that five or more favourites go in there this afternoon.
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