Snap up decent price on versatile Banditry
16:05 York - Back Banditry @ 11.010/1
The Ian Williams-trained Banditry is a bit of a favourite of mine, although two seconds in Bets Of The Day over the jumps still remain fresh in the memory. That's all in the past now, and the tremendously versatile six-year-old is worth backing at odds of around 11.010/1 on Friday.
This looks a quality handicap, but Banditry enjoyed a fine 2017 Flat season in decent races. He won at Newmarket on the July course last term from 90, and he landed that with a bit in hand.
Last time he ran at HQ over a trip slightly shorter than today's, and for a first run of the season and six months off, I thought he shaped very well from off the pace.
He's a confirmed hold-up performer that likes genuine good ground. I am hoping he goes well at a double-figure price over a more suitable trip.
Appleby to continue hot streak with Night Story
16:45 Newbury - Back Night Story @ 8.07/1
It's not often you get the chance to back a Charlie Appleby unexposed handicapper at the 7/1 price which was available on the Sportsbook last night, but that's exactly what I am going to do for this three-year-old 0-85.
With three quick spins on the all-weather over middle-distances, Night Story switches to turf for the first time and will suit a more galloping test that Newbury will serve up. Running over 1m4f at Lingfield is not quite the same tempo, and this horse looks as though he stays well.
He was turned over last time, but he's well-handicapped on his debut run. In that, he finished second behind Nordic Lights - who was well-backed in yesterday's Dante. He ran creditably in the race, but that makes Night Story a play from a mark of 83.
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