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Dave Nevison's Tuesday tips: Sheepscar Lad has plenty in his favour

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Mon 6 Jul 2020

Racing TV's betting expert has three fancies for the racing action at Pontefract, one of four meetings live on the channel on Tuesday.

12.45 Pontefract: Sudona at a general 100-30

I have backed this mare twice already this season, and twice she has come up against well-handicapped horses and been beaten into second on both occasions.

She has gone up in the weights just a pound and can make it third time lucky here. I thought she faced an impossible task against Solo Saxophone last time out but she was also hindered by a slow pace in that race.

She has a lot in her favour this time despite, dropping back in trip, as she is well drawn plus will appreciate the stiff track. Crucially, it looks pretty certain there will plenty of pace on here and that will suit Sudona perfectly.

3.20 Pontefract: Salayel at 9-2 with Bet365

This filly is ultra-consistent and ran an absolute blinder in the Silver Hunt Cup last time out, a race which is already working out well.

I think the step up to Listed company, especially against fillies only, is definitely justifiable on that performance, plus several other efforts, and a stiff mile is ideal.

I was with the well-backed Scentasia at Kempton on her debut and was seriously disappointed with her effort there, but given her yard and the fact she is already a two-time Listed winner, she could easily bounce back.

However, she will be shortish odds again and I am happy to side with the consistent Salayel.

4.30 Pontefract: Sheepscar Lad at 5-1 with Bet365

Tipping a horse who has not won for two years is probably a dubious strategy, but there are so many positives, and this six-year-old is my bet of the day.

He is from a stable who have had a few winners and several seconds since the resumption of racing and he ran a very promising race on his reappearance when fourth at Doncaster.

I am not reading too much into him meeting trouble in running there as that is an occupational habit with sprinters who like to be held up, and he was only beaten just over a length at the line.

That run was the first since a wind operation and it certainly didn’t look to have done him any harm.

Tom Eaves takes over in the saddle on Tuesday and he was successful on him the last, and only time, he has ridden Sheepscar Lad, who has a good draw here.

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