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Horse Racing Tips: Nap of the Day

Ben Linfoot has the best bets for Wednesday's meetings with his Nap selection in action at Lingfield.

Wednesday selections

SILASTAR – 1.30 Lingfield (NAP)

Gary Moore’s horses are in terrific form in both codes and SILASTAR looks a good bet in the Betway Handicap over 10 furlongs at Lingfield on Wednesday.

Formerly trained in France, he ran his best race for his new stable in what I suspect was a pretty good handicap at Chelmsford last time out, where he was a close-up fifth over a mile.

The second home, Thapa Vc, has already come out and won at Wolverhampton and better is expected now this son of Sea The Stars steps back up in trip – especially seeing as he’s dropped 2lb and falls into a Class 6 from a Class 5.

This is his Lingfield debut, but Sea The Stars progeny have an excellent record on the polytrack so he’s worth chancing to strike under Shane Kelly.

SHARP RESPONSE – 1.40 Catterick

Better ground could help Sue Smith’s SHARP RESPONSE bounce back to form in the Conditional Jockeys’ Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Catterick.

The 11-year-old has been pulled up on his last two starts following a long-time off on more testing conditions, but the son of Oscar was always much better with some ‘good’ in the ground description as form figures of his last six starts on such a surface testify (1-1-8-1-6-2).

He has dropped 16lb in three runs since he last ran on his preferred conditions – the two-year-absence obviously also helping on that score - but he could be a major threat here off 122 over a course and distance he’s won over.

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Dan Skelton’s KNICKERBOCKERGLORY can land an intriguing Watch On Racing TV Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at Wincanton.

The six-year-old benefitted from nearly two months off and a switch in tactics last time out where he made all to impressively win by 15 lengths at Taunton.

This Betfair Hurdle entry looks highly unlikely to get in that race after being allotted an opening mark of 122, but that’s a rating that gives him a fine chance here.

He looks to have some gears and his speed can help him see off Aucunrisque who is the danger after his Plumpton form was advertised by the runner-up Mark Of Gold.

LAST MISSION – 6.00 Kempton

LAST MISSION looks to be improving with racing for James Evans and he looks primed to go very well in the mile handicap at Kempton (6.00).

The four-year-old put in his best effort yet for his new yard at Southwell last time, especially as he had to be ridden into a midfield position from his wide draw and the manoeuvre lit him up a bit.

Despite this he ran well, beaten only a length and a quarter in third, and from a better draw at Kempton (stall 5) off the same mark of 61 he’s of major interest.

January winners:

  • Fontaine Collonges 5/2 (NAP)
  • Kihavah 9/2 (NAP)
  • Bold Endeavour 3/1
  • Art Of Diplomacy 10/11
  • Sydney Street 6/4 (NAP)
  • No Flies On Me 6/5 (NAP)
  • Destin D'Ajonc 9/4 (NAP)
  • Race Card 4/1
  • Star Shield 3/1
  • Famous Star 5/2
  • Goodtimes Badtimes 6/4
  • King Of The South 7/2
  • Amour De Nuit 6/4
  • Barden Bella 11/8

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