True Thailand Classic 2015 Tips: Each-way selections for the Black Mountain test

Alex Noren was last seen finishing runner-up in Dubai

Each-way tipster extraordinaire Dan Geraghty served up a spectacular 66/1 winner last week to boost the column into profit for the year - here are our five to follow in Thailand 

"I ultimately want my money carried by the favourite, Alex Noren. His short price won't be for everyone but the Swede ticks so many boxes (runner-up last time out in a much better field, very strong course ties and excellent form in Asia) and has the perfect opportunity to get back in the winners' circle following his long absence with a wrist injury that nearly ended his career."

Dan Geraghty: Back Alex Noren @ 13.012/1


*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Alex Noren @ 13.012/1

I have debated my selection long and hard this week, I very much like the chances of last weeks victor Anirban Lahiri and nearly picked his fellow Indian Gaganjeet Bhullar to follow him in at a nice price, both have top fives at Black Mountain to their name. However, whichever way I look at it, I ultimately want my money carried by the favourite, Alex Noren. His short price won't be for everyone but the Swede ticks so many boxes (runner-up last time out in a much better field, very strong course ties and excellent form in Asia) and has the perfect opportunity to get back in the winners' circle following his long absence with a wrist injury that nearly ended his career.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Andrew Dodt @ 101.0100/1

In a weak field, these odds stand out as inexplicably huge. Andrew Dodt has won a co-sanctioned event before at the 2010 Avantha Masters, and won on the Australasian Tour only six months ago. More recently, he was second in the competitive Kings Cup on his last outing in this country and also finished on top-15 both previous attempts at Black Mountain. Moreover, as a big-hitting Asian Tour regular, he ticks the same boxes as past winners here.


Joe Dyer: Back Gaganjeet Bhullar @ 126.0125/1

An Indian golfer topped the field last week and I'm taking a speculative punt on a follow-up victory for one of Anirban Lahiri's fellow countrymen at a massive price this week. Gaganjeet Bhullar (126.0125/1 to back) has saved his European Tour best for co-sanctioned events, finishing runner-up at the Avantha Masters in 2013, and he's clearly a better golfer playing in Asia. We aren't entirely sure about the ideal skills this week but length off the tee is thought to be advantageous and Bhullar has plenty of that, averaging just under 300 yards off the tee. Alongside a fifth in 2009 he finished 10th on this course in the Thailand Golf Championship just before Christmas, when he ranked seventh in the putting stats, so can perform on the track. Hopefully Lahiri's win can inspire my man to a top-five finish at least.


Steven Rawlings: Back Prayad Marksaeng @ 67.066/1

With the exception of Johan Edfors, who helped rebuild the course, few, if any, will know this week's layout better than Hua Hin resident, Prayad Marksaeng, who won here on the Asian Tour last year. Marksaeng was also second here in 2009 in the Black Mountain Masters and he finished eighth in the second and final edition of that event 12 months later. The Thai veteran's record in his homeland is simply incredible. Since 1996 he's played there 47 times and he's finished inside the top-10 on 27 occasions - winning five events. And that's just official events - he won twice there last year on the All Thailand Golf Tour and did so again just 10 days ago when he took the relatively prestigious Singha Masters.


Mike Norman: Back Paul Peterson @ 67.066/1

A tremendous pick from Dan last week and I can certainly see Anirban Lahiri going well again in this much weaker contest at a venue where he has played well previously. But instead I'm taking a real shot in the dark, though at the same price as last week's winner, Paul Peterson isn't exactly a complete rag. In fact Peterson is hopefully the latest young American golfer to successfully try his hand abroad - it didn't do Peter Uihlein or Brooks Koepka any harm did it? - except this one plies his trade on the Asian Tour rather than starting life on the Challenge Tour like his compatriots did. Last season Peterson made 16 starts in Asia and finished inside the top 10 50% of the time, and inside the top four on five occasions - very impressive indeed. And this very talented left-hander has started this season in similar fashion, finishing fifth - alongside Lee Westwood - at last week's Malaysian Open. This week's field is considerably weaker and I expect a bold showing from this young American.


2015 P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

Year to date P/L: +£208.75

- Anirban Lahiri @ 66/1 - WON (Dan)
- Stephen Gallacher @ 25/1 - PLACE (Steve)

*Total P/L for 2014: +£251.75

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