Dave Nevison's Saturday racing tips: Gold can recover his shine

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Fri 8 Jan 2021 tipster Dave Nevison takes aim at an exciting Saturday with his bets from Wincanton and Kempton, including a selection in the 20-runner Ladbrokes Lazarote Hurdle. Enjoy all the action live on Racing TV!

1.30 Wincanton: Just So Cool (at a general 8-1)

Another horse to win at the first time of asking after making the switch from David Dennis to Tom Symonds, he was well-backed in victory last time but gave his supporters some anxious moments after not having the best of runs and making a mistake at the last.

He should have won decisively but has only been raised 3lbs for that. This is much more competitive, but he can go again over the same trip - and I will definitely be on if he has to wait for Hereford on Tuesday.

2.35 Wincanton: Two For Gold (at 13-2 with Bet365)

Fancied for the Ladbrokes Trophy, he seemed to find the most competitive staying handicap of the season too daunting a task having been forced into errors at a searching pace and then giving up the ghost in the home straight.

He definitely gets three miles, but it’s interesting he’s dropping back to two-and-a-half miles now and especially since he’s likely to get the lead here. Evander is the other front runner, but while useful is still a novice. He might find that it’s Two For Gold putting him under pressure here.

Kim Bailey’s eight-year-old was not 100% for his reappearance over this distance with Newbury in mind, but he still ran his best race over fences and I feel there is more to come. I will back him in either of his engagements - my angle is he can bounce back in a lesser race and, if he wins either event, might still make up into an outsider for something like the Ryanair.

3.35 Kempton: Amour De Nuit (at 14-1)

He might not be the most sexy selection in this year’s cracking renewal of the Lanzarote but I will be disappointed if he does not manage to land an each-way extra place bet.

He never quite made the expected grade over fences, but came back from an absence with a really good win over hurdles and followed that with an excellent second behind an improver at Newbury.

He is 5lb higher than when he won at Plumpton but Paul Nicholls has negated that with claiming jockey Kevin Brogan and he is the solid contender that several lightly-raced types have to beat.

3.57 Kempton: Malaya (at 11-2 with William Hill)

She may not be the most consistent or indeed hearty of mares but she is a talent and, having watched Kevin Brogan, I feel he could absolutely be the right jockey for her.

Brogan has been spotted sitting extremely quiet on several of his mounts carrying big weights and they move into contention with seemingly minimal effort and that style might be perfect for Malaya, who is prone to give up if asked too soon to get involved.

A former Imperial Cup winner, she showed on her return that her current mark is perfectly fine for her to win from and this is a less competitive race than she contested at Ascot last time when disappointing. The 7lb claim will not be around much longer, that’s for sure.

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