Warwick is the venue for Alan Dudman today who goes in search of a double at enhanced odds of 8/1, while it's goals in the Europa League to help the racing-footy wager...
"He has a real natural way of moving with plenty of pace and often is seen travelling well in his races."
Foe can become our friend with win over fences
Friend Or Foe had a busy time of things last term as a hurdler and was a greatly progressive horse despite finishing second on three occasions, but he improved 20lb.
He has a real natural way of moving with plenty of pace and often is seen travelling well in his races, indeed he has three odds-on defeats in-running including a 1.111/9 and a 1.330/100, but there is nothing wrong with his attitude and he was a bit unlucky when he was caught late at Sandown in decent handicap hurdle.
Reaction from last season suggested he was bought from France to be a chaser, and like so many trained by Paul Nicholls, he took to the fences well on his debut to win at Uttoxeter, showing good technique bar an untidy mistake two from out. His jump three out was the best, and got away from his nearest pursuer quickly when hitting the ground. The pace was solid too despite the small field.
He should make it two from two today and seems fairly adaptable with the ground. And he's off 146, hopefully he can follow in the footsteps of our previous Nicholls' selection Mick Pastor who bolted up.
The case can be made for McPherson's Scorpion
Graeme McPherson's Eyeofthescorpion looks to hold a decent claim in the 2m5f handicap hurdle following a hard fought second at Cartmel last time out.
He made a slight jumping error three from home and seemed to be caught a bit flat-footed too, but he did rally to get himself back into contention - although the winner Native Fighter was always travelling better. I am giving him the benefit of the doubt in terms of his attitude even though he is by Scorpion - a who can produce talented, but tricky jumpers, and Eyeofthescorpion did display some fighting spirit winning at Bangor in August.
For good measure the cheekpieces are on today for the first time and he appears to act well on good ground.
Even though he appeared to stay at Cartmel beyond 3m last time, the drop back in distance today will do him no harm.
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Timeform says: "Last year's Cambridgeshire winner Majestic Dawn had to miss this year's renewal because of fast ground, but conditions should be suitable here and he could be hard to catch. He was last seen running a cracker in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock and should find this assignment much easier."
Kev Hatchard says: "The bet that stands out to me is backing Both Teams To Score. Legia put four goals past Slavia Prague across two legs, and they have scored in seven of their last eight competitive home games. Given Leicester's defensive deficiencies, and the absence of Ndidi in midfield, I'll be surprised if the visitors can keep a clean sheet here."
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