Pick of the Pundits – The best bets from today’s press

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When there’s a unanimous verdict from the racing press it is worth taking note, and Kitty Wells in the 3.20 at Haydock is the most popular horse of the day.

The Racing Post’s leading tipper, Gary Nutting of the Sunday Mirror is one of nine racing pundits who have napped the Luca Cumani four-year-old, and seeing as Nutting is providing a return of £27.58 to the £1 stake this month, he’s worth listening to.

Along with the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Guardian, Weekender, Daily Record, Oldham Evening Chronicle, Daily Post, The Scotsman and the Yorkshire Post, Nutting believes the four-year-old will handle the step-up in class today.

Many believe Kitty Wells didn’t get the clear run needed to win her last start at Haydock three weeks ago and there are plenty willing to back the Cumani filly to go one better today.

Kitty Wells is currently 7/4 to win today and won her final start of last season before finishing second at Haydock, but while the filly is well-weighted in the race, she is up 5lb from her last run and a huge 17lb from her win at Haydock.

Under the guidance of Cumani and the whip of Keiren Fallon, it’s highly likely that Kitty Wells will improve today – something she must do in order to win – but Line Duty looks the better bet at 6/1 despite his 6lb rise following his win at York last time out.

6.45 Kempton: Main Focus – 6/4

The Star’s Peter Thickett kept up his incredible run of form yesterday with Set Me Free making it six winning naps in a row, and Thickett is today napping Main Focus.

There’s a lot to learn about many of the horses in this two-year-old maiden stakes but Main Focus, who tried her luck in a class four race last time out, has two races under his belt and the John Gosden/William Buick combination can use that experience to take victory today.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.