We are back, and ready to give you a regular and consistent profit. Stick with SBO Racing for some value bets, and hopefully plenty of winners! Our first bet of the day comes from Lingfield in the opening contest, the 1 mile 3 year old maiden contest on the polytrack surface. There are a number of lightly raced, well-bred types who should improve on their existing runs, and at the price, we fancy the Chris Wall trained Entangling to offer some betting value. A beaten favourite last time out, the son of Fastnet Rock travelled well last time out at Kempton over the mile, but found himself on heels and lacked the turn of foot to quicken and reach the principles. With a more aggressive ride, he should have been closer, and jockey Ted Durcan would be well advised to get the horse handy from a favourable draw in stall 5.
Entangling had clearly been showing something at home before his debut, as he started at odds of +400 for a run over 1 mile at Kempton. That day the horse showed his inexperience, starting slowly and running green, before the penny dropped and he stayed on strongly in the closing stages. Was noted as a potential improver by the Racing Post and went off the market leader over the same course and distance next time out. Improved on the bare form of his initial effort but met trouble in running and still looked a little green when coming off the bridle. Should know more again and is likely to improve with racing.
Chris Wall rarely leaves the money behind twice and his horses who started as favourite on their previous run and were beaten, are profitable next time out, with a record of 95/407 (23%) for £133 LSP. There are admittedly some promising runners in opposition, with other horses having stronger bare form, but with a clear run last time out, Wall’s charge would have gone very close to scoring, and as such he is fancied as an each way bet at a juicy +1100 with Coral, Ladbrokes and William Hill.
Richard Fahey is relishing the chance to train more regally bred, Godolphin owned runners, and he has done a great job with Brian The Snail so far. The 3 year old son of Zebedee is two from two and returns to this Class 3, 6 furlong handicap as the market leader. Although he returns from a 168 day break, there should be no issue with fitness coming from the Fahey yard, and the exciting colt could have the potential to make up into a pattern performer this season. At odds of +150 with Coral, Paddy Power and William Hill he gets the nod from our team.
Brian The Snail actually started his career at Pontefract’s track, winning a 5 furlong maiden last September. There was significant market support for the Fahey runner, and he delivered in fine style, getting the hang of things in the latter stages of the race before pulling away from his 10 rivals. Followed that victory up with a facile success in a small field at Catterick, showing his speed and blitzing his rivals by 7 lengths. That earned the son of Zebedee an RPR of 95, which is identical to his official rating, so he just manages to sneak into a Class 3 contest.
Fahey has an excellent record with his handicappers who have been off the track for 8+ weeks and are returning March-May; 103/712 (14%), for £92 LSP and Brian The Snail should be ready to go. He has stall 1 and should utilise his early speed to gain an advantageous position. The bookmakers have the contest down as a two horse race, with gelded runner Battered installed as a close second favourite. That runner receives a lot of weight off our selection, but lacks the potential and is passed over.
Entangling – Each Way
Lingfield, 14:00 BST
Brian the Snail – To win
Pontefract, 15:10 BST
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