Bets Of The Day: Ballyandy's mark too tempting to ignore

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is on the lookout for Betfair Hurdle glory
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is on the lookout for Betfair Hurdle glory

Alan returns for Saturday's Bets Of The Day, and is relying on Betfair Hurdle favourite Ballyandy to make a profit in the big race of the afternoon....

"He won the Tap Tap Boom Bumper on this Newbury card last year in testing conditions, in fact, he travelled very powerfully that day to score by nine lengths."

Back Ballyandy @ 6.05/1 in the 15:35 at Newbury

15:10 Lingfield - Hornby to guide home veteran in feature


This 0-105 handicap could provide a big Saturday win for Rob Hornby, and he rides the wise old Intransigent.

Intransigent is a funny character who reportedly doesn't like going out to Dubai and hasn't got much time for the Tapeta - but apart from that, he has held a rating of 93 and higher since 2012; which is testament to his soundness and quality. In fact his peak rating of 110 in 2015 makes him a well-handicapped horse from his current mark.

Whilst Kempton is his favourite track, and he is pretty much a 7f specialist , the small field here could play to his strengths as he likes to snake up the inside on the rail. A couple of runners in this line-up also prefer to sit handy, and that should help the veteran.

Intransigent has been in some good races during his career, and appeared for Finals Day here in 2015 and 2016, meeting none other than Godolphin's Pretend (a fine horse with a brilliant turn of foot) two season ago.

He is well-treated from his mark, and holds a burst of speed for a tactical race. Whilst he seems happy without the hood - dispensed with from his previous two starts - one of which was behind an improver from the Jeremy Noseda yard. The added bonus of the Hornby claim here is enough to persuade me to back the old boy.


15:35 Newbury - Time to stick with Twister's Ballyandy


If you asked trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies what handicap mark he would have liked for the Betfair Hurdle - he probably wouldn't have been too far away with 135. As a Grade 1 Champion Bumper winner, he could be absolutely thrown in from that rating - and while there are arguments against due to his three runs over hurdles, he is too well-treated to ignore for Saturday's big race.

Ballyandy ran in the Grade 2 Winter Novices' last time out at Sandown, and the contest turned into a bit of a dour test at the end of 2m4f. He was outstayed by Messire Des Obeaux that day, who subsequently landed the Grade 1 Challow at Newbury.

The two efforts behind Moon Racer were messy affairs, and he didn't quite have the turn of foot of David Pipe's runner. But there wasn't an awful lot between the two, and if Moon Racer rocked up in this race from a mark of 135 - he would be shorter than 6/1.

I fondly recall Ballyandy's brother Megastar, and he was suited by more of a trip, which is in the back of my mind. But Twiston-Davies won this race in 2014 with Splash Of Ginge (who shaped like he wanted further). Ballyandy won the Tap Tap Boom Bumper on this Newbury card last year in testing conditions, in fact, he travelled very powerfully that day to score by nine lengths.

For these big handicaps you need something with class and good mark - he has both.

Saturday's Recommended Bets

Back Intransigent 0.5pt @ BSP in the 15:10 at Lingfield
Back Ballyandy 1pt @ 6.05/1 in the 15:35 at Newbury

Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L

This week so far: -1pt

Previous week: -2.5pts

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