Bets Of The Day: Be Bold can take advantage of drop in class

Jockey Luke Morris rides Be Bold at Southwell on Sunday
Jockey Luke Morris rides Be Bold at Southwell on Sunday
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Alan Dudman is back for Sunday's racing, and heads to the sand at Southwell in search of a big price winner....

"He stays 7f, but I think his best trip is 6f. Last time out at Ayr he didn't see out the 1m distance in deep ground, so we can put a line through that."

Back Be Bold @ 11/2 Sportsbook price in the 16:10 at Southwell

15:05 Southwell - Spectre looks pearl of a bet at huge price

This is the race of the day on the Fibresand, and it looks wide open. I toyed with the idea of putting the outsider Magnus Maximus up at 28/1 on the Sportsbook - he has an outside chance, and he's running off a winnable mark considering he's been in some deep races this season.

He's a front-runner too, drawn in 8.

But I do like Pearl Spectre despite a most uncharitable draw in 11 for another horse that likes to kick on.

He featured in a decent handicap last time at Chelmsford, and today's jockey Nicola Currie did the right thing there in taking up a forward position from a wide draw. The six-year-old paid for those efforts late on, but that was a good race.

Dropped another 3lb, he is up to this class, as he scored in a 0-105 in March, and is simply a much better all-weather horse.

As a son of Street Cry, it's no surprise he handles this surface, and has form up to 1m here. Currie has a poser from a wide draw for a front-runner, but he might bounce out early and grab the rail. He can slow it down and kick again, he has done that before.


16:10 Southwell - Bastiman's Bold worth a look on the sand

The Rebecca Bastiman team had a nice winner at Redcar on Friday, and I am hoping the yard can strike again with Be Bold.

There are plenty of positives - as he looks seriously well handicapped from a mark of 54 for today. That is low, considering he was running at Newcastle in March from a rating of 69.

He had the speed to win at Catterick over 6f (today's trip) in the summer, and he won that quite easily from 60. This represents a drop in class, and he races today from a 4lb lower mark for the switch to the all-weather. I do like top weights down in grade.

Be Bold stays 7f, but I think his best trip is 6f. Last time out at Ayr he didn't see out the 1m distance in deep ground, so we can put a line through that.

With cheekpieces off, hopefully he can perform better than his previous try at the track now he has Luke Morris on board.


Sunday's Recommended Bets
Back Pearl Spectre 0.5pt @ 14/1 Sportsbook price in the 15:05 at Southwell
Back Be Bold 0.5pt @ 11/2 Sportsbook price in the 16:10 at Southwell

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