Punters hoping Amigo can be their friend
Sky Bet's Andrew Wootton brings us the latest gambles from the firm's trading room.
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Amigo has been very well supported on his third start for David Pipe since being bought out of France last summer. On those two starts so far he has finished a good third in a fiercely competitive Sandown handicap before winning in good style at Chepstow last time out. The handicapper has raised him just 6lb for that effort and he could well be the punters' pal today if he continues his progress under ideal conditions.
Venetia Williams' string have been in fine form all year so it's no surprise to see Tango De Juilley backed in this competitive handicap hurdle. Yet to be seen so far this season, this five-year-old was beginning to make a smart impression in some good juvenile hurdles last year but hasn't been seen since last January. The bare form of those races suggest that a handicap mark of 134 could be lenient and it would be no surprise if he is ready first time out.
After having three runs in novice chases, Matt Sheppard's Achimota tackles handicap company for the first time today off a mark of just 122. In those previous starts over the larger obstacles he has run some good races in defeat, especially last time when finding Module, who is fancied for the Jewson at Cheltenham, too good. He certainly ranks as unexposed and, in receipt of weight from all bar one rival, must hold a solid chance.
Knock A Hand has been the each-way choice of the punters this morning in a race that has seen little support for the market principals. Richard Lee's eight-year-old looked a smart novice hurdler last year when notching a four-timer but has found life difficult since, including an unsuccessful stint over fences. He drops to a handicap mark of 135, just 1lb higher than when last successful, and the application of first-time blinkers could re-ignite the fire in him.