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Horse Racing Tips Today: Nap of the Day


David Ord has a bet for every meeting in the UK on Saturday with the Sporting Life Nap running on Champions Day at Ascot.


Saturday Nap of the Day


MAGICAL MORNING - 4.30 Ascot (NAP)

We wanted a big price selection for QIPCO British Champions Day and MAGICAL MORNING very much fits the bill in the Balmoral Handicap.

He's capable of throwing in the odd stinker, as he did in the Cambridgeshire last time, but has also looked capable of picking up a good prize like this along the way. He has a big say in this on his second in the Clipper Logistics Handicap at the York Ebor Meeting and Jamie Spencer is an intriguing booking.

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MARTELLO SKY – 2.10 Market Rasen

A prolific winner in her first season over hurdles the handicapper has given MARTELLO SKY a chance with an opening mark of 132 and she can take advantage by landing this.

Lucy Wadham’s charge was stepped up to this trip for her final start at Cheltenham and duly landed a Listed contest in good style. Her only defeat over timber can when eighth in the Dawn Run at the Festival and she can make a winning return at the main expense of Winged Isle.

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SHARK TWO ONE – 2.30 Catterick

He’s started to slip down the handicap and into a 0-85 for the first time SHARK TWO ONE looks a bet in the Happy Birthday Ken Sutcliffe Handicap.

He’s been freshened up after seemingly finding the race coming too quickly at Ascot last time. He’d previously finished third in a Class 2 at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, beaten only two lengths. This is a big drop in class, he’s three pounds lower than at the Sussex track and proven with cut in the ground.

He’ll need to be away sharply from the draw but the course looks likely to suit and the son of Adaay can get back on track with a bold show.


PALACE PIER – 3.10 Ascot

It’s the mile clash of the season and PALACE PIER can see off the young pretender Baaeed in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

John Gosden’s colt was surprisingly beaten in this race last year but heads here fresh this time around after an unbeaten campaign. He posted a Timeform Timefigure of 138 when winning the Lockinge and registered routine successes in the Queen Anne and the Prix Jacques Le Marois afterwards.

He’s fine on the ground, proven at the track and sets a very high standard for the admittedly promising young pretender to aim at.

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FAIRLAWN FLYER – 3.25 Ffos Las

An eight-pounds rise for a win at Perth last time is unlikely to stop FAIRLAWN FLYER from following up in division two of the David Lloyd Celebrating 75 Years Handicap Hurdle.

Peter Bowen’s charge showed improved form at the Scottish track and impressed with the turn of foot that took him clear of his rivals. If in the same form he’ll be very hard to beat.


NIGHTFLY – 3.30 Stratford

Charlie Longsdon’s team are running hot at the moment and NIGHTFLY can make a winning return for the yard in the Paul Sheldon 75th Birthday Celebration Handicap Chase.

The ten-year-old took advantage of her falling handicap mark when winning here in March and while six pounds higher, is still nine below her last winning mark. With the stable firing on all cylinders she looks the one in an intriguing race.


BEARWITH – 5.30 Wolverhampton

His best run came on his only start at this track to runs ago and BEARWITH is fancied to go close in division two of the Cazoo Handicap.

Brian Meehan’s three-year-old bumped into a well-handicapped and thriving rival when chasing Meadram home here and is now a pound lower. He’s subsequent run, third at Bath, was solid, but having taken to an artificial surface on his only run so far, he looks handicapped to strike.

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October winners:

  • Breezy Storm 6/5
  • Pallas Dancer 5/2 (NAP)
  • Sir Rodneyredblood 8/1
  • Majahl 15/8
  • Nuts Well 5/1
  • Hurry Up Hedley 10/3
  • Saffron Beach 5/1 (NAP)
  • Geonice 15/2

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