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Dave Nevison's top tips for Thursday: Penalty not enough to stop Burton

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Thu 25 Jun 2020

There is racing action again at Haydock on Thursday where Dave Nevison has two selections, plus our top tipster also has a selection at Leicester.

3.45 Haydock: Sootability at 5-2 with Bet365

Sootability was narrowly beaten at Redcar last time out

This mare signalled her turn was very near last time out when she ran really well in a 0-90 handicap, finishing runner-up to a horse that was dropping down to that level and is clearly much better than anything Sootabiity will have to face on Thursday.

Conditions will be pretty similar on Thursday and although her last win came off a much lower rating, she has shown in all her recent efforts that she can definitely handle 0-75 company.

She has never won over this trip, but I have no doubts she gets it perfectly well and a flat track like Haydock suits.

4.15 Haydock: Oceanus at 11-1 with Paddy Power and Betfair

Dianne Sayer has run only a handful of horses since the resumption of racing, but they have generally run well, and I think Oceanus could go well at a price here.

He lost his form for Julia Feilden on the flat when last seen but gradually improved over hurdles for Dianne Sayer and won last time out in convincing style.

He has won off 61 on the flat in the past and is down to 52 here, so is definitely well enough handicapped.

The stable run the useful Jackhammer against my first selection, so maybe that one will give a further pointer to the well-being of the yard's runners.

I think Oceanus is definitely capable of hitting the frame in a low-grade, albeit competitive, handicap.

4.55 Leicester: Burtonwood at a general 5-2

His trainer is in good form and this horse returned with a smooth victory at Beverley in a competitive sprint.

He beat Paver’s Pride in that race who I believe is still a well handicapped horse, despite being a well backed runner-up at Hamilton on Wednesday, so I am taking a positive view of the form and believe a 4lb penalty will not stop Burtonwood.

Leicester is a similar track to Beverley and will suit him well plus he is versatile ground-wise.

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