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Thankfully, a couple of bookies were offering three places on the opener at Lingfield as that meant no money was lost on Walk In The Wild, who was severely outpaced on the drop back to 2m. The removal of the fences down the back straight didn't help, as it made it more of a speed test, and you saw that his stamina was kicking in towards the end as he rallied to get third. Still a poor effort, but no money lost.

Exeter 3:40 – Mr Vargo 11/2 (0.5pt EW, PaddyPower) Might be worth waiting till the morning for BOG as he is drifting

It seems a bit odd to have the Devonshire National just one day before the Eider Chase at Newcastle as I'm sure a couple of horses entered in the Newcastle race would've liked to have run in both of these, and Sidi Ismael has been entered in both, but I think he'll take his chance in this race. I've gone for a very unexposed and lightly raced horse for his age, and I'm hoping the step up to 3m 6f will see him flourish.

Mr Vargo is my selection for this race and he is trained by Mark Bradstock who has a very limited amount of horses over rules these days, and hasn't had a winner over jumps in 400+ days, but that doesn't mean he doesn't know how to train horses. Mark was the trainer of the great Coneygree who won the Gold Cup as a novice chaser quite a few years ago, so he knows what time of day it is, and I highly respect his decision with this horse to put him up to the marathon trip on just his second run over fences. He made a satisfactory return to racing on his chase debut, when he was quietly fancied on boxing day at Wincanton which saw him finish 3rd. He looked in need of the run but jumped nicely for a novice chaser and it left them with something to build on. The form looks solid enough for him to get involved in a race of this nature. The winner was running off a dangerous handicap mark with a 5lb claimer on board and the runner-up has won a race since.

The trip should be within reach, based on how he was running on testing ground as a hurdler a couple of years ago. He won a maiden handicap at Haydock on testing ground, beating Iniss Orr who has since proven himself as a thorough stayer by winning the Edinburgh National at Musselburgh a couple of weeks ago. Mr Vargo showed great determination that day and that characteristic alone is going to make him a big player for this race as he is a trier, and he's going to need to be a battler on today's ground.

The jockey booking of Ben Jones is a positive one. Ben has been riding out of his skin recently, and that has been joined by Ben Pauling who has been in tremendous form. Ben is riding with supreme confidence and I think he'll get a great tune out of Mr Vargo.

Meydan 3:50 – Sean 9/1 (0.5pt EW, PaddyPower 4pl)

Running over 9f is a bit of a rarity, but it should be perfect for Sean.

He finds 8f a bit too sharp for him and finds 10f a bit too far, so this is the sweet spot for Jamie Osbourne's runner, and this race looks to be the perfect place for him. He has been gifted a nice draw in stall 4, which should allow him to get a good position and not too far away from the pace.

Sean was 2nd in a Group 3 over 10f at this track last time out. He was carrying a 2lb penalty on that occasion, which was obviously not a help, and he was only headed in the final strides, so as I mentioned at the start, today's trip which 1f less should give him every chance of running a massive race if he gets a clear run through, which can often be difficult around this tight track.

Jamie Osbourne's horses have been running well at Meydan over the winter, and if they haven't been winning, they've been running extremely well in defeat. Obviously, in races like this, Charlie Appleby, William Buick and Godolphin are going to be difficult to beat as they are farming the winners over there at Meydan, but Buick's horse was a beaten favourite in this race last year and he is carrying a penalty, so Sean seemed the best bet in this race.

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Horse Racing Tips
Mr Vargo
Exeter - 3:40 pm

11/2 @ PaddyPower

Sean
- 3:50 pm

9/1 @ PaddyPower

11 Comments
  1. dazzman1979 2 months ago

    Sean the sheep

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  2. hibee1 2 months ago

    Bernie The Bear 4.50 Lingfield 6/4 top 2 finish. 4/1 win

    Quick share of my bet today as have the morning off, hopefully a few helpful pointers/ reminders for everyone.

    Almost 900 mile round trip for this one today. Extremely rare for Linda Peratt to send runners to Lingfield.
    This one only joined the stage at turn of the year. He’s had 4 runs so far for them. Some really nice form lines to take from them. Beaten twice by Bonito Cavalo, and that horse has franked the form by going in again to land a 5 timer. His last run ( over today’s trip) , finishing 4th, beaten just over a length by Pallas Lord, has also had that form franked with that one going in again on Tuesday.
    Bernie The Bear runs off 53 today, dropped 1 lb, only 1 lb higher than his last winning mark in December ( over 7f) so he is being given every chance today.
    He’s a really consistent horse rarely out of the first 3 or 4.
    Yard has an excellent strike rate with their older horses on the AW, 21% strike rate over the last 5 seasons. Showing a £55 level stakes profit.
    The joint owner, Paul Corrigan, does incredibly well with his older horses on the AW. A massive 35% strike rate with 6 from 17 and a £37 level stakes profit.
    Reckon this one goes really close today. No way the yard are travelling from East Kilbride for nothing.
    Can see them holding him up today to try nick it on the line. I’ve backed him top 2 finish just incase he’s a bit late. Have a smaller percentage on the win at 4/1 also.

    Waiting on prices for Tommys Charm for tomorrow. I’ll be too busy to get back on here but worth checking out. Have to take the yards hurdlers very seriously with a crazy 40% strike rate this season. Expecting somewhere around 10/1 so it could be a very nice bet.

    Hope everyone is well and best of luck with your own bets

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  3. azzthewigan 2 months ago

    calisco 11.40 ew France well done all winners yesterday

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  4. azzthewigan 2 months ago

    korral 12.05 France

  5. azzthewigan 2 months ago

    top of the bill 1.30 nap

  6. Rizzel Tips 2 months ago

    Early selection for Saturday…

    Southwell 5:05 – Palace Boy 11/4 (2pt, WilliamHill). Going up as I think the price will go quickly once the other bookies price it up.

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  7. azzthewigan 2 months ago

    track and trace 3.40 nb

  8. azzthewigan 2 months ago

    sir titan 4.50 ew well done all winners today

  9. Marty67 2 months ago

    Bernie The Bear absolutely dreadful.

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  10. recoba 2 months ago

    🇺🇸
    Trixie and few side bets for US of A…

    Fair Grounds -Race 6…Mahoreeb 6/4
    Combo forecast No: = 2- 3- 6 Skybet boost
    Santa Anita -Race 8…Eltonsingsanother 11/2 ***+ Top 3 finish EVS Skybet
    Combo forecast NO: = 4 -1- 8 *
    Oaklawn Park -Race 7…Jackman 6/4 **** Skybet

    GL and well done winners today a good few 👍 ✅

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  11. dazzman1979 2 months ago

    😂

    2

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