Updated 8:51, 9:17, 9:40 - all selections online
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PETTOCHSIDE opened up at some ridiculous prices yesterday evening, but he still looks value to repeat his runaway win of last year in the veterans’ sprint at Goodwood (4.55), when he was sent off at 7-4.
He has always gone well here – his form figures reads 28112132 – and on rain-softened ground he demolished his rivals in this race last year. He’s 10lb higher here, but he seems better than ever since more forcing tactics were employed.
He has shaped as if retaining all his ability this season, and ran really well in a competitive 20-runner handicap at Ascot last time, still right in contention for a place a furlong out in a race dominated by a horse that landed a gamble.
Although this is nominally the same grade, it looks to have much less depth, as you’d expect of a veterans’ race. The showers this morning will have helped Pettochside’s cause and everything looks in place for a big run.
In the extended 7f handicap at Chester (3.05) FUWAIRT will need things to drop right from another unhelpful draw, but he ran so well over today’s course and distance last time that he looks worth chancing at the prices.
Drawn in stall 13 that day, John Egan was forced to make his challenge three wide from some way out, and in the circumstances he did well to hit the front entering the straight before fading into fourth.
He’ll need luck in running and a good ride here, but Egan usually rides Chester very well and Fuwairt ran well enough last time to suggest he can be a big player here if enjoying a better track position than last time.
ENERGIA FOX has given the impression that she’s right back in form on her last two starts after a spell in the doldrums, and although the usual provisos about luck in running apply at Chester, she looks the one to beat in the 1m2f handicap (3.40).
She was one of three that pulled clear over this course and distance last time, and the two that beat her both hugged the inside rail throughout. Energia Fox might have just needed that run, and although track position will again count for plenty she looks capable of going close off the same mark.
Hugh's Best Bets (scale 1-5 points):
1pt win FUWAIRT (16-1 general, 14-1 bet365)
1pt win ENERGIA FOX (9-2 general)
1pt win PETTOCHSIDE (5-1 William Hill, 9-2 Paddy Power, Betfair Sportsbook, Betfred, BetVictor, 4-1 general)
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Hugh recorded a +281pts profit for 2016 with a return on investment of 1.44, his highest ROI ever. You can view his monthly figures by clicking the links below:
2016 results ROI 1.44 +281pts
2015 results ROI 1.34 +207pts
2014 results ROI 1.32 +199.79pts
2013 results ROI 1.32 +210pts
2012 results ROI 1.31 +222.65pts
2011 results ROI 1.28 +302.64 pts
2010 results ROI 1.23 +324.79 pts
2009 results ROI 1.26 +500.36 pts