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Dave Nevison's best bets for Friday: Top weight not enough to stop Imperial Aura

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Thu 9 Jan 2020

There are some good horses on show at Huntingdon on Friday, but the fields are small and betting opportunities look fairly thin on the ground.

Hopefully one of these will set us up for the weekend.

12.25 Huntingdon: Imperial Aura

Imperial Aura travelled really well for a long way against the high-class Pym last time and will definitely be suited by the easier track and step back down in distance.

His win at Fakenham was pretty much meaningless given he finished on his own, but he has jumped well on his two starts over fences and looks suited by the larger obstacles compared to his main danger, Westend Story, who has been disappointing so far in chases.

Top weight in this novice handicap might not stop him as 136 looks a decent rating.

1.35 Huntingdon: Robyndzone

This one looks the best bet of the day on Friday in a low-grade race that should provide a reward for some recent consistent runs.

He is a bit slow for hurdling but has decent placed efforts to his name and gave an indication that he might be a better chaser with a good first effort at Taunton last time out.

He probably ran his best race over hurdles on this track and is from a stable in very good form.

3.45 Huntingdon Shah An Shah

Tom Buckley has done this column a favour in a similar event before Christmas and the extra 3lb he can claim here can prove decisive.

He is certainly a promising young rider and is on board one of few horses in this race who look to have any upside here.

Shah An Shah was staying on nicely last time out and runs in his first handicap off a lowly rating of 109, so he should go close.

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