Fran berry with best bets for Leopardstown and Ascot

Fran Berry highlights his best bets

Our man is very sweet on Free Solo at Leopardstown this afternoon and has another bet on that card and a fancy at Ascot too.

Reccomended bets:

2pts win Free Solo in 2.25 Leopardstown at 4/1

1pt e.w Circus Maximus in 3.05 Ascot at 10/1

1pt e.w Avarice in 4.45 Leopardstown at 12/1

It’s an interesting card at Leopardstown today on ground that’s currently yielding to soft.

They raced there on Friday and have moved the track in by six yards for today meaning a low draw in the shorter races will be a huge advantage.

Only nine go to post for the Knockaire Stakes but even so I’m happy to see FREE SOLO drawn in two and expect a very big run. He was a wide-margin winner of a maiden here over a mile and thought good enough to pitch straight into the Irish 2000 Guineas in June.

He didn’t fire that day but since his return in September has run creditably twice. He chased home Aztec Parade and Keats on those occasions, solid form, and he still looked to be learning on the job.

Given the nature of Leopardstown I’d expect the drop back to seven furlongs here to suit and Shane Foley is likely to give him a positive ride from his draw. The ground might not be soft enough for favourite Laughifuwant who is a real mudlark and with question marks over the rest of them, Free Solo looks a bet here.

So does AVARICE in the Retro Drive In Movies At Leopardstown October Handicap.

He wore a hood for the first time when producing an improved performance at Fairyhouse last time, breaking his maiden at the fifth attempt.

It stays on here and Ger Lyons’ charge is more unexposed than most in this, can improve again for the step up to a mile-and-a-half and is a solid each-way selection.

Over at Ascot I can’t let CIRCUS MAXIMUS go unbacked at 10/1 in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Palace Pier has looked outstanding so far but the selection has a wonderful record at Ascot and the make-up of this race will suit him given underfoot conditions. He’ll keep the favourite honest.

I put Keats up at 20/1 for the Balmoral Handicap earlier in the week and think he’s still a bit of value at around 12/1 right now. He’s unexposed, will be suited by this test and looks a colt with a future.

Preview posted 1100 BST on 17/10/202

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