Today's Horse Racing Tips: Power to take a big step forward on handicap debut

Silvestre De Sousa
Jockey Silvestre De Sousa rides Liberty Power on Sunday

Alan Dudman had a big price runner-up in the Ayr Gold Cup yesterday that was beaten at 30/1001.31 in-running. He's signing off for the week with two final bets at Hamilton on Sunday...

"He's one of the three-year-olds in the line-up and is the big player here from a handicap debut mark of 65."

Back Liberty Power @ 7/24.50 in the 16:40 at Hamilton

Lydiate looks a live contender with front-running duties

14:05 Hamilton - Back Lydiate Lady @ 7/18.0

Spanish City almost got there for the column at a big price, and it was through gritted teeth when I viewed his in-play low of 30/1001.31. It was a cracking effort, though, and I hope he gets his much-deserved win before the season's out. He stays on the list after yesterday.

Onwards and upwards to Sunday we go.

The Hamilton card throws up some fairly low-grade racing for the afternoon, but there could be an opportunity for Lydiate Lady to return to form at a decent price of 7/18.0.

With a lack of winning form amongst her rivals, I am hoping the selection can replicate her effort over course and distance in July - when she finished second to a stronger stayer but raced with plenty of enthusiasm.

She held onto her position near-side in that, and from her draw in nine for Sunday, I expect a repeat of the tactics from jockey Gemma Tutty. She's also dropping down in class slightly from 0-65. Although to a 0-60, it's a very slight one.

She is fairly adaptable with the going with form on both good and heavy and from a mark of 59, I'm expecting a decent effort and can easily put a line through her run on the fibresand last time at Southwell.

Liberty to show the power to win on handicap debut

16:40 Hamilton - Back Liberty Power @ 7/24.5

The 16:40 1m1f handicap presents a tricky poser. Ghayyar could be thrown in on his old form with his rating of 61, but he hasn't won for a while. Whilst Edgar Allan Poe is dropping in class for a yard hitting form - but he wants soft conditions in my opinion.

Preference is with the unexposed Tim Easterby runner Liberty Power. Back him at 7/24.50.

He's one of the three-year-olds in the line-up and is the big player here from a handicap debut mark of 65. The first-time tongue-tie should also help.

The market hasn't warmed to him in his three starts to date and he was a huge price last time out at Wolverhampton. He was awkward at the start and failed to get away cleanly in a race wrapped up by a subsequent winner off a mark of 90, so there is certainly something to work with.

Ghayyar should be considered in the Place market with nine runners, but I'll stick with potential over exposed form.

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Alan Dudman's P&L

2020 Overall: -11.21

This week
Staked: 9.50
Returned: 11.50

2019: +3.25
2018: +44.91
2017: +5.49
2016: +16.38

*All bets to a 0.5pt stake unless stated otherwise

2020 Festival Bets Of Day (Ascot & Cheltenham): +17.60 (1pt stake)
2020 Irish Racing Tips: +34.20 (1pt stake)

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