Bets Of The Day: Djarkevi the pick from low mark at Stratford

Jumping finish at fences
Djarkevi makes his chasing debut at Stratford under Brian Hughes

Sunday's action comes under the microscope for Alan Dudman, and he is hoping for a winner with his two selections at Redcar and Stratford...

"This will be his second start since the wind op and the booking of Brian Hughes can only be viewed as a positive. As does the sound surface."

Back Djarkevi @ 6.05/1 in the 17:05 at Stratford

Runner can be the diamond in the rough

15:10 Redcar - Back Diamond Runner @ 13.012/1

Whilst this contest is unlikely to feature in the DVD "101 Great Races", we have the chance to back a fairly solid performer at a very low level at big odds.

Diamond Runner runs here from 49, which tells you all you need to know. But he's a horse who often travels very nicely through his races and won a couple of times last term (including at Redcar).

The visor replaces the blinkers today, and that's an angle I like. His trainer Lawrence Mullaney is also in a bit of form.

He is a big price and acts on good to firm and good to soft. He also has five In-Play defeats at odds-on next to his name - so I do expect him to travel well.

Switch to fences and new trip ideal for Longsdon's rookie

17:05 Stratford - Back Djarkevi @ 6.05/1

Charlie Longsdon's Djarkevi makes his chase debut in what looks a winnable race - and he can go well from a pretty low mark.

His best effort by some way came at Ludlow over 2m as a novice hurdler. He tried to make a race of it against a useful Paul Nicholls' horse, but there was no shame in defeat in going down by five lengths.

The trip looked a bit sharp for him on that occasion, and he should be happier over 2m4f today - especially at the slower chasing tempo.

This will be his second start since the wind op and the booking of Brian Hughes can only be viewed as a positive. As does the sound surface.

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