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Racing betting tips: Saturday January 22

1pt win Mr Muldoon in 1.10 Ascot at 20/1

The SBK Handicap Chase at Ascot (1.10) looks a good race for a bet. The favourite, Cat Tiger, ran well in both the Grand Sefton and then particularly at Doncaster last time, but he has inched back up to 136 for those defeats and he has got the odd mistake in him, as well.

He looks one to take on at 100/30 and most of the rest are on retrieval missions. Cobolobo is interesting off 8lb lower than when second in this race last year, but he’s been desperately disappointing on all four subsequent starts and has been well found in the market.

Last year Cobolobo was second to Dr Richard Newland’s Enqarde and I’m hoping the Worcestershire handler might have the answer to the race again with MR MULDOON, who is risky but worth chancing at 20/1.

He’s risky because he’s been well beaten on his last four starts himself and he was poor in first-time blinkers (retained) at Doncaster last time. However, I’m inclined to think he keeps on being caught out by relative speed tests on quicker than ideal ground which makes him interesting back at a testing track in soft conditions today.

The handicapper has given him a chance, dropping him 9lb in five runs back to his last winning mark of 134 – where he bolted up by 19 lengths at Sedgefield. He’s well at home in testing conditions – he won here at Ascot in heavy in his handicap hurdle days – and that's not the only evidence he likes the track too.

Indeed, he was a good fourth off this mark over this course and distance when 2/1 favourite for a handicap chase only 14 months ago, when he had today’s second favourite Didero Vallis behind him (the selection is off 3lb better terms today).

It’s also interesting to see Cillin Leonard back on board, too, as he’s ridden him only twice before including when winning that Ascot handicap hurdle and his 5lb claim helps him further from a handicapping point of view.

I like how Newland places them at Ascot, particularly at this time of year – he’s got a 23.53% strike-rate at this track in January and February – and he’s had a nice 42-day break since Doncaster which looks a positive for a horse who goes well fresh.

He has the look of an all or nothing bet to me so I’m having a small win-only wager, but, mathematically, if you can bet with Sky Bet, their four places offer in the race is the way to go for each-way bettors.

Published at 1100GMT on 22/01/22

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