Bets Of The Day: Unexposed Akhlaaq a big player at a nice price

Jockey Jim Crowley
Jockey Jim Crowley rides Akhlaaq on Tuesday at a decent price

Alan likes the look of an interesting runner who returns to the track at Chelmsford on Tuesday evening. He also has found a selection in the finale at Beverley....

"His horses have come out firing recently, and Burrows is operating at 31% in the last two weeks; bagging five wins from 16 runners."

Back Akhlaaq @ 9.08/1 in the 19:15 at Chelmsford

Caesar to rule on the Westwood

18:00 Beverley - Back John Caesar @ 10.09/1

It's a case of keeping this bet fairly simple. John Caesar won this amateur riders' race last term for Pat Millman with a low draw, and we have exactly the same set of circumstances for the 7yo.

In fact Millman won both divisions of this in 2017, and he gave John Caesar a lovely ride from stall 3 to win 12 months ago. He's drawn in 2 for Tuesday, and the horse is best when sitting up with the pace.

He hasn't been running too badly this season, but his mark has come down to 47, which is 6lb lower than last year's victory.

The veteran also has a good record at the track and acts in soft ground. There is a lot to like about his chances.

Scoop the win with Burrows' in-form team

19:15 Chelmsford - Back Akhlaaq @ 9.08/1

Back in 2016, Akhlaaq lined up in a race against Battaash at Doncaster. Jockey Paul Hanagan chose to ride Akhlaaq on that occasion, which tells you something about how highly he was rated as a juvenile. He held entries at that point in the Mill Reef, Middle Park and Champagne. He appeared in none.

Since then it's been a real stop-start career. More stop.

He makes his comeback on Tuesday after an absence of 465 days with a hood on, and there's every chance he'll turn out to be a much better horse than his mark of 88. He also has a decent draw on the inside in 1.

The other angle here is the form of his trainer Owen Burrows. The yard hardly sent out a runner for a couple of months earlier in the season due to a bug, but his horses have come out firing recently, and Burrows is operating at 31% in the last two weeks; bagging five wins from 16 runners.

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