Monday Nap: 50/1 shot can give bookies Stick…

It was great watching yesterday’s nap Quiz Master land our 5/1 selection, a win which rarely looked in doubt.

The threat of the “Beast from the East” leaves jump racing certainly in doubt, so we’ll turn to the all-weather.  Our general caution with tipping at Wolves puts Lingfield front and centre.

We think it’s time for some wild speculation.  The 7f handicap (1425), has a firm favourite in recent winner Darkest Light.  He made all that day under master pacemaker Joe Fanning, a tactic that works well at Chelmsford.  This course is tougher for pacesetters and without Fanning he may be a little short in the market.

Ertidaad may be better over further and this shapes as though it’s open to a surprise.

Step forward Blackthorn Stick.  He has some fair form at this course albeit over a year old.

He was off the course for the best part of 8 months before debuting for his new yard a couple of weeks ago at Wolves.  He showed up fairly well that day to this distance but then faded over the additional 2f.

Trainer Forsey has literally a handful of horses at his Somerset yard, we always like horses on 2nd and 3rd runs off a break from small yards as it is so hard for them to get race fit at home.

Jockey Eddie Greatex is riding with great confidence, with 7 wins from 22 rides in the last fortnight.

It’s certainly speculative, but at monster odds he could bring some fun to a mundane Monday.

Recommendation:  Blackthorn Stick, (1425 Lingfield), 0.5pts each way, 50/1 Paddy Power 

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