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Loader’s Lucky 63 – best bets on Saturday, January 4
A difficult day awaits on Saturday with a lot of competitive racing around, but I’ve managed to pick out six selections and put them into an EW Lucky63. Hopefully, we can start the first Saturday of 2020 with profits.
Capriolette (11.40 Lingfield)
Capriolette was flying home in the closing stages at Lingfield last time out but was hanging in the home straight which probably damaged her chances. To tackle this, Ed Walker is reaching for cheekpieces, which should help her. Luke Morris is also booked and he’s been in a great form this week, landing a treble at the course on Thursday. If the equipment has the desired effect, Capriolette should take all the beating.
Marco Botti has had his string in great shape in recent weeks operating at a 36% strike rate. This three-year-old filly ran against some useful types on debut and she has the assistance of a fillies’ allowance and Stefano Cherchi’s 7lb claim. With a good draw in Stall 4, I expect her to come on and go all the way.
This is my banker bet of the day. The eight-year-old bumped into Lord Du Mensil last time out at Newcastle and he’s subsequently won twice, including the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock. The pair were nine lengths clear that day and his mark of 127 looks fair. He’s already won at Newcastle and he looks to have a good future over staying trips. If he replicates his latest outing, he’s surely got to get his head in front.
This son of Champs Elysees hasn’t been the most straightforward for connections but Clive Cox has seemingly found the key to him at this trip. The four-year-old won nicely at Wolverhampton in a better race on his previous start. If he’s gets a nice pace to aim at, he could put his rivals to bed with his turn of foot.
There’s many old favourites on show in the Veterans Chase at Sandown but I think Shanroe Santos could be overlooked in the markets. The eleven-year-old is now back down to his last winning mark of 132 which came in the Southern National at Fontwell in 2018. In his recent starts he’s been holding his form and he’s a previous course winner at Sandown on testing ground. Furthermore, his trainer Lucy Wadham has been amongst the winners and her runners should be followed when her yard is in form. It could be a gruelling finish up the hill and Shanroe Santos could be the one staying on best.
This ten-year-old has had an odd career, but is very talented on his day. Last time we saw him was one of his better days as he won a decent handicap at Doncaster, while last season he managed to make the frame in the rearranged Betfair Hurdle at Ascot. He’s off a career high mark of 144 but with Ben Jones claiming 5lb, he’s fairly well treated. Also he stays well and can go further than this and if front runners Totterdown and Gunnery go hard, it could set it up for a closer and Blu Cavalier might be on the premises.
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