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C4 Racing: Three best bets for your Saturday TV card

| 17.05.2014

With the Dante meeting over for another year the attention of the C4 cameras turns to Newbury and Newmarket and below we have selected our best bets from the Saturday fare. Don’t forget the Scoop 6 is continuing to reach stratospheric proportions with a predicted £10m up for grabs and although we won’t be attempting to solve the puzzle it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.

NAPExpert Fighter – 2:20 Newmarket

Despite some controversy surrounding the appointment of Kieren Fallon as joint stable jockey, Silvestre De Sousa and Saeed bin Suroor have been getting on with business to good effect and they should be celebrating another step in the right direction courtesy of Expert Fighter.

The last four runners for the combination have reaped two winners and a second and their charge for this contest looks set to bolster that form further after proving he stays the trip when finishing second over this distance at Wolverhampton when last seen 203 days ago.

The son of Dubai Destination hasn’t won in his last five starts but has scored three times previously to that with De Sousa on board for his last success.

Next BestWindshear – 3:15 Newbury

The son of Hurricane Run, representing defending champion trainer and jockey Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes, could have easily been placed in the category above and is confidently expected to make it three wins from four.

The selection had four and a half lengths in hand of the re-opposing Collaboration at the end of last month and there is no reason to think those tables will be turned.

The obvious concern is an 11lb rise in the weights after that latest success, however, it was difficult not to be impressed with his application to the task that day and this attitude should help to compensate for the extra burden.

Lively Longshot – Biographer – 2:05 Newbury

A race bursting with quality with most of the field set to be campaigned with bigger prizes in sight later in the season.

The first four in the betting all deserve plenty of respect, not least Battalion who unlike the other main protagonists is certain to be fit having already made his seasonal reappearance when an impressive winner at the end of April.

However, the advice is to take a chance on Biographer whose trainer David Lanigan had entered in Friday’s Yorkshire Cup before deciding this was the better target.

Connections clearly think a lot of the son of Montjeu considering he has been entered in Group company for three of his last four runs and although those assignments haven’t exactly been aced there is reason enough to keep the faith here.

Biographer failed to beat any home on his reappearance, however, the five-year-old’s history suggests he his always better after his first run of the season.

Lanigan’s charge broke his maiden in his second run in 2012 at Doncaster and almost repeated the trick when less than a length away from Caucus in a Listed race at Sandown on his follow-up run last term.

It’s of course not the most sophisticated theory but horses of this profile often maintain patterns of sorts and the price is big enough to make the risk worth it.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Sam Foster