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Dave Nevison's top tips for Tuesday: Keep faith in powers of Stone Mason

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Tue 22 Sep 2020

Top tipster Dave Nevison has three fancies for the meeting at Beverley on Tuesday. It's one of three meetings live on Racing TV.

2.05 Beverley: Markazi

Has worked his way down to the grade in which he was last successful and with the headgear back on - both visor and tongue-tie this time - he might be able to enjoy a class advantage over his rivals.

He was upped to 10f last time and predictably did not stay, but showed enough to suggest that back at his correct distance he can still go close.

He doesn’t have to lead to be at his best but with only the rapidly declining Taverner likely to challenge him early I suspect he will go from the front and hopefully stay there.

He has run a couple of good races in 0-95 company already this season and his yard remain in good form.

3.50 Beverley: Stone Mason

This horse has gone off favourite in three of its five outings since he was bought by the shrewd Horsewatchers and has not yet paid out.

Clearly the Dixon brothers (Racing Tv regulars Chris and Martin) thought there was mileage in a handicap mark of 68 that he ran off for Roger Charlton but that has proved wide of the mark so far.

However, his latest run certainly suggested all was not lost and that the corner maybe being turned. Strictly on the book, he cannot beat William Alexander at the weights, as he is actually worse off for getting beat 2½ lengths by him.

The winner got a very good ride that day, though, and Stone Mason was in front too soon. I don’t think that was a true reflection of their respective form. Obviously connections agree and feel that it is worth having another crack at the winner, who should be a much shorter this time. In turn, that should mean a bit of value for once in Stone Mason’s price.

4.55 Beverley: Contrast

This horse is not rising back up the weights as quickly on turf as he is on the all-weather and probably still has plenty of upside in him given he was in the mid-90s before joining Mick Easterby.

He dropped down the weights like a stone throughout most of last season until hitting 59 at Yarmouth and scoring as favourite in a 0-60 grade handicap. He followed up off higher on the all-weather and last time was just beaten off 67 at Newcastle.

He ran well over Tuesday’s course and distance the last time he went on turf and will get a race run to suit him here. The grade, 0-65, is no issue for him and I believe he can confirm himself back on a roll.

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