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Dave Nevison's top tips for Wednesday: Pride "my bet of the week" at Hamilton

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Wed 24 Jun 2020

Haydock and Hamilton are two of four meetings that will be shown live on Racing TV on Wednesday and I have three fancies across both venues. I particualrly like the chances of one in the 1.50pm at Hamilton - best of luck!

1.50 Hamilton: Pavers Pride at 15-8 with Bet365

Watch a replay of Pavers Pride's run at Beverley last time out

Readers with a bit of a memory will recall we did a few quid last year on this horse, but I am very hopeful we should get at least some of it back on Wednesday.

Pavers Pride has been well handicapped for a while and has proved very frustrating for his backers.

His former trainer, Noel Wilson, had such a tough time last year and has left the training ranks and this horse was one of a few who were not on their game all season.

A wind op looked initially as though it might have worked but the promise wasn’t fulfilled. However, on his reappearance this season, it definitely looked as though he was going to pick up again for his new trainer, Paul Midgely.

Not many horses go off favourite when drawn 12 of 12 at Beverley and even less of them nearly win, but Pavers Pride had a real good go and only got beat by another very well handicapped horse in Burtonwood.

He was a consistent and regular racer when he was in good form in 2018 and I don’t think returning to the track seven days later will be an issue. In fact, with sprinters I prefer it.

I suspect this one will be my bet of the week and he looks like one to go in strong on.

3.10 Haydock: Lacan at a general 4-5

I have a self-contrived theory that moderate horses can rattle up three wins in very quick succession but can be opposed to make it four.

I was strongly with Lacan when covering Saturday’s Kempton card and he bolted up, and I am happy to spin up some of the winnings at shortish odds here.

I am mindful of his seemingly abysmal record on turf but looking back far enough, he ran a few half-decent races in several grades higher than this, so I will take the chance with De Sousa booked.

4.10 Haydock: Ulshaw Bridge at 7-1 with SkyBet and William Hill

A couple of poor runs at the end of last season mean that this five-year-old is able to begin this season in 0-85 company which is the lowest level he has ever raced in.

On his first four runs last season in much stronger company, I would have him winning a race like this all day long, especially as he has run decent races on his seasonal debut on both the last two seasons.

The stable is in very good form after the extended break and, even though there are several interesting rivals, Ulshow Bridge looks poised to run well at a course he has gone well at in the past.

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