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Racing betting tips: Sunday January 23

1pt win Global Agreement in 4.08 Lingfield at 4/1 (Paddy Power, Betfair, BetFred)


Not a lot jumped off the page when it comes to the ITV4 televised action today, and that includes the two Graded races from Thurles.

However, the lucky last at Lingfield – namely the Winter Million Novices’ Handicap Hurdle - intrigues me as by that time the heavy ground will be cut up pretty badly and the two miles, three furlongs could feel a lot more like a full three for some of these young horses.

The case for new market leader Triple Trade is hard to overlook as the race in which he was third at Sandown last month is strong form in the context of this event, and he definitely stayed on at the one pace to suggest he’ll handle the move up from two miles.

Quite whether he wants a test as severe as this at this stage of his development is open to some question, though, and I have a feeling the same could apply for Shearer, despite the fact he’s already proven over a bit further (good ground when beaten a neck at Wincanton).

The one horse in this line-up who has showed a tremendous attitude lately is Milton Harris’s GLOBAL AGREEMENT.

He’s up in the weights and he’s up in class too but this really could develop more along the lines of a test of character over raw class, and on that score you can’t fault the son of Mayson.

He needed every inch of the two miles when getting up close home under strong driving down by the stands’ rail at Wetherby (heavy) earlier this month, while his previous second to Legal Rights at Fontwell has been franked by the winner going in again since at Hereford.

Gary Moore’s charge is now a stone higher in the ratings and Global Agreement went down just half a length trying to give him 8lb, plus Niall Houlihan’s 3lb claim.

Global Agreement has only gone up a total of 6lb for his last three excellent efforts, which still leaves him 8lb lower than when second to the classy Hudson De Grugy at Sandown last March. He’s got bottom weight today and, in the conditions, looks a cracking bet to take full advantage.

Published at 1100 GMT on 23/01/22


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