Bets Of The Day: Take Moore's Ar Mest at a big price in Betfair Hurdle

Trainer Gary Moore
Trainer Gary Moore is seeking a fourth victory in the Betfair Hurdle
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Alan Dudman hit the target yesterday with 7.4 winner Tralee Hills at Lingfield. He has two bets for Ascot on Saturday, and both are double figures...

"He seems to finish his races off strongly and a well-run 2m contest will suit. He's got a bit to find but he is improving."

Back Ar Mest @ [19.50] in the 15:20 at Ascot

Art can bounce back from Doncaster run

14:10 Ascot - Back Art Mauresque @ [10.0]

I am prepared to give Art Mauresque another chance after backing him last time out at Doncaster. In truth, he disappointed me a little even though it wasn't a bad performance when finishing fifth. He just didn't really travel as well as he can do and was never really a factor.

The handicapper has dropped him 2lb, with the added bonus too of the 5lb claim from Lorcan Williams.

He has gone well at Ascot before, so a return to the venue could spark him back into life. If he shows the same sort of form which saw him go close in the Sodexo Gold Cup at the track in November behind Traffic Fluide, he'll have a major chance on that run.

Art Mauresque is a sound jumper that usually travels well, hopefully the ground will stay on the drier side. That would really suit.

A big price selection for the big race

15:20 Ascot - Back Ar Mest @ [19.50]

Time for a big price selection in the feature Betfair Hurdle - and we'll have a go at Ar Mest here at a tasty [19.50] in the Win market.

The horse has really found his feet with victories in his last two races. His jumping was a touch scruffy last time at Newbury but he still won with a bit in hand and looked to switch off in the closing stages. The front two were miles clear in that.

I thought he travelled well in the race at Leicester on his previous outing, and his jumping was better on that occasion.

He seems to finish his races off strongly and a well-run 2m contest will suit. He's got a bit to find but he is improving. Good ground seems to suit him a lot more these days, so with a dry forecast, he might just have his conditions.

His trainer Gary Moore has won the race three times since 2007, and he also has Distingo in the field.


Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L

This week so far: +2.70
Previous week: +5.00

2018 P&L: + 44.91

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