Our Punting Pointers team continued their stunning form with a 28/1 winner on Tuesday - Rory Delargy has Wednesday's advice.
1pt win Blaklion in 2.50 Haydock at 5/1 (General)
1pt win Theme Tune in 3.20 Haydock at 12/1 (General)
BLAKLION makes most appeal in a fascinating veterans’ chase, and while he seemed to lose his way for a while, he ran a remarkable race in the Grand National – being the only horse to get involved from well off the pace before that huge effort took its toll from the home turn. He reappeared in a strong race for the track at Bangor last time, and shaped well with the future in mind, and this former RSA (Broadway) Chase winner looks very well treated now, having slipped to a mark of 131.
He had been earmarked for a run in the Becher Chase, but would likely have been out of the weights in that contest, and Dan Skelton will be keen to win here in order to give the 12-y-o a chance of making the cut for the next Grand National, which will require at least one or perhaps two wins to get back up the handicap for the Aintree marathon.
The other runner to catch the eye requires a leap of faith, but Sharp Operator was last seen when placed in the infamous void London National a couple of seasons ago, and the handicapper has given him a big chance based on his absence. He may not be fit, of course, but Sue Smith wouldn’t be bringing him back if she felt he was a lost cause
The finale is another competitive handicap, but a chance is taken on seasonal debutant THEME TUNE who won twice in novice company last term, and did not stay the near-three-mile trip on his handicap debut at Uttoxeter. He is back at an intermediate trip for this return, and remains wholly unexposed in handicap company. Backing Jonjo’s hurdlers after an absence has long been a profitable strategy (£1,226.40 to a tenner over the last couple of decades), while the trainer also does well when fitting cheekpieces to his horses.
In this case the headgear could help Theme Tune to concentrate at his hurdles as he tended to be a bit iffy in the jumping department last term. There is plenty of improvement in the son of Fame And Glory if he can cut out that poor habit, and he appeals as starting on a favourable mark this season.
Published at 1000 GMT on 01/12/21
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