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Dave Nevison's Saturday tips: Look out for promising apprentice at Lingfield if it beats the cold

By Dave Nevison
Fri 2 Mar 2018

By Dave Nevison

Jason Watson looks to be the apprentice find of this winter’s all-weather season and has ridden 10 winners since Nov 13 2017, which is the date that qualifies riders for the last at Lingfield on Saturday.

I can’t really guess whether racing will go ahead at any venues on Saturday but if nothing does hopefully you will still benefit from noting this young rider’s name. He is a seriously promising talent.

5.10 Lingfield - Author’s Dream at a generally available 7-4:

This grey has won his last three, the last two of which were in good but contrasting styles.

He is ideally suited by the two miles and I think he should comfortably hold chief rival Mambo Dancer, who has a 6lbs penalty for winning a very weak race last time at Chelmsford and looked to be struggling against the handicapper on his penultimate start.

2.55 Lingfield - George Dryden each-way at 8-1 with Betfair and Paddy Power:

Jason Watson has been seen to good effect on this exposed type in two rides so far and it certainly seems as though the six-year-old has benefitted from the move to Charlie Wallis.

He will find this competitive but not long ago he was in Group and Listed events and if he is a really happy horse then Saturday’s mark is still lenient on that back form.

He is worth an each-way shot but only if eight runners make it to the starting gates.

7.45 Chelmsford - Rock On Baileys at 13-8 with Bet365 and BetVictor:

If Chelmsford goes ahead then Chris Dwyer’s runner should complete a four-timer under Lewis Edmunds, who has won on the filly the past two times.

The trainer has been perpetually underrated in a long career and this is another horse he has excelled with. Rock On Baileys certainly won with more than 8lbs in hand last time and can win this off the new mark.

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