Team FA’s Michael Whittle takes the Tipster Challenge at Ffos Las

Michael WhittleMichael Whittle has become the latest industry expert to take the Tipster Challenge. Whittle, the Product Manager at Team FA, has provided tips for today’s six races at Ffos Las.

Formerly of Betfred, he is now responsible for overseeing all channels and development at Team FA, a company formed after the success of the Footy Accumulators brand which started in 2012.

Whittle will be going up against sixth placed Timeform, and Stephen Harris of bettingexpert, who remains in eighth despite an improved performance at Wetherby last time out.

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1:20

bettingexpert: Lisheen Prince

Shaped well on his seasonal debut at Huntingdon in a strong race won by Apasionado, and he will improve on that now over 4f further.

Timeform: Lisheen Prince

There was plenty to like about his hurdling debut second at Huntingdon earlier this month and he’s taken to go one better now under Richard Johnson.

Team FA: Lisheen Prince

Strong reappearance when second after a long lay off. Should come on for that run now back up in distance, and get the champion jockey off to a good start.

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1:50

bettingexpert: Kelsey

Features on a generous mark and comes here freshened up after a four-month break.

Timeform: Babeny Bridge

Very lightly raced under Rules, but has shaped with promise nonetheless. A runner up in a novice event at Worcester in May.

Team FA: Kelsey

A chance is taken with the well supported Kelsey, who also returns after a lay off. Running off bottom weight, this gelding goes well fresh and would welcome any forecasted dig in the ground.

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2:20

bettingexpert: Call The Cops

Was a classy hurdler, and is sure to be well prepared for this chasing debut.

Timeform: Join The Clan

Shaped encouragingly when second over fences at Fakenham two weeks ago, but ultimately seemed undone by the tactical nature of the race.

Team FA: Join The Clan

Past festival winner, Call The Cops, has to be respected based on his hurdling form. However, JPs other runner made a solid chase debut going down a close 2nd last time out, and can take the spoils here.

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2:50

bettingexpert: Southport

Looks well treated in handicaps and can continue the terrific form of the Twiston-Davies stable.

Timeform: Super Sam

The ‘bounce’ factor is a concern, but he won with plenty in hand after a 23-month absence at Hereford last week, and this lightly-raced 7-y-o will prove hard to beat under a penalty if in the same form.

Team FA: In On The Act

Much of the focus will be on the top two in the market, however the course winner should give them plenty to think about. A staying on third last time out, this gelding looks nicely weighted on its best form and could go close with the promising Conor Orr claiming seven.

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3:20

bettingexpert: Twenty Eight Guns

Improved to win on his latest start and will appreciate the drying ground here.

Timeform: Copper Birch

Produced his best effort for some time when winning at Hereford last week and should make a bold bid for the hat-trick off the same mark.

Team FA: Copper Birch

Bids to land quick-fire hat trick after dominant display last time out. Escapes penalty for that win and will go close off the same mark.

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3:55

bettingexpert: Mulcahys Hill

Comes from a yard with an excellent record in bumpers and seems sure to be fit and readied for this Rules debut.

Timeform: Mulcahys Hill

Warren Greatrex does well in this sphere and Mulcahys Hill, who cost connections £61,000 after winning a point on debut in February, is taken to make a winning start under Rules also.

Team FA: Mulcahys Hill

An interesting bumper to finish the card which can go to the favourite. Unbeaten on his sole start in a point to point, the third has since franked the form suggesting there’s more to come.

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Tipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard

RankTipsterRace WinsPoints
1Alan Alger - Betway311.41
2Phillip Anderson - Before The Off36.17
3Ciaran O'Brien - William Hill35.29
4John Hill - Coral24.25
5Michael Shinners - Sky Bet24.00
6Timeform1.752.97
7Charlie McCann - BetVictor11.75
8bettingexpert0.881.58
9John Cruces - Dafabet11.25
10Ed Nicholson - Unibet10.73

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