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Chris Dixon's top tips for Monday: Trust Star to shine dropping in grade

By Chris Dixon@cdixon82
Mon 13 Jan 2020

All-weather action from Southwell and Wolverhampton, alongside jump racing from Lingfield and Punchestown, make up the British and Irish racing program on Monday and I have got selections from each of the British venues. Best of luck.

1.35 Lingfield: Colonel Keating at 4-1 with Bet365

Colonel Keating did not fire at Leicester last time out, but he previously made an encouraging chase debut around this track.

The return to this venue and testing ground both seem in his favour and that performance, alongside the pick of his efforts over hurdles, suggest he is feasibly treated off a rating of 105 in a race that lacks any depth.

1.55 Southwell: Harbour Front at 5-4 generally

Robyn Brisland has his horses in excellent form and can chalk up another winner at his local track in what looks a weak novice stakes.

The standard on form is set by Andrew Balding’s Luck Of Clover who has already been beaten a few times off a mark in the mid 60’s and Harbour Front looks likely to be able to progress beyond that level after an encouraging second start at Newcastle last time.

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The switch to this surface should not be a worry given his sire has a fair record here, and there is a good chance he has already been for a gallop on the surface given his trainer’s proximity to the track.

2.05 Lingfield: Mickey Buckman at a general 6-4

Mickey Buckman caught the eye at Sandown last time out

Mickey Buckman has produced a solid level of form in races that have worked out fairly well so far and a reproduction of those efforts could be enough to break his maiden here.

His best effort yet came on his only start at this trip at Huntingdon and, having looked like a return to this distance would suit when fourth at Sandown in December, he should be difficult to beat.

7.20 Wolverhampton: He’s Our Star at 11-2

He’s Our Star ended up too far back in a messy race at Lingfield last time out but still made some late gains to suggest he is in decent form.

His previous third around here was also a fair effort and he looks like he could soon be ready to take advantage of a falling handicap mark.

The drop in grade to a 0-60, and the application of a visor for the first time, could spark a full revival and he’s worth taking a chance with at a fair price in a weak race.

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