Steven Mullington, the lead horse racing writer on the 888sport blog, has stepped up to challenge bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris in the Flat Season Tipster Challenge at York.
Last week, Harris started the new Flat Season competition, sponsored by Betting Gods, by collecting 29.50 points at Chester, which included winners at 16/1 and 15/2.
Meanwhile, Mullington, who also writes for the online ‘Grand National Guide’ throughout the year, will be hoping to better the 2.00-point return for Alex Donohue from ODDSbible.
bettingexpert: Erik The Red
Was a very unlucky loser in this handicap last seen and should be spot on now after an encouraging seasonal debut.
888sport: Erik The Red
Came third in this race last year when it was sponsored by 888sport, and Kevin Ryan appears to have laid him out for this race yet again. A Newcastle all-weather opening run should have sharpened the five-year-old gelding right up.
bettingexpert: Ninjago (Nap of the Day)
Has been catching the eye in defeat and could be sharpened up by the refitting of blinkers.
888sport: Out Do (Nap of the Day)
David O’Meara and Danny Tudhope are a formidable pairing at this early stage in the season and their Out Do looks very strong in this contest. Listed winners running in handicaps are always of interest and Out Do should be on any shortlist.
Has yet to win in seven runs for O’Meara, but he competed at the top level in sprints last season and should be primed for this return with ideal conditions.
Hopefully Kevin Ryan will be going for a double when it comes to this race and Brando can give him his second winner of the afternoon. A horse on the upgrade, Brando won first time out this season.
bettingexpert: Shutter Speed
Looked a top-class filly at Newbury and the form got a major boost when the third there Enable won at Chester last week.
888sport: Shutter Speed
Very hard to oppose Shutter Speed here and she should give us a good indication to how she may run in the Oaks at Epsom.
Has run well in both handicaps this season and the Palmer stable is now back in the winners.
Ran three races as a two-year-old here, so will be no stranger to the demands of the track. He is very handily weighted and Ryan Moore is a positive jockey booking.
bettingexpert: Rocket Man Dan
Comes from the excellent Dalgleish stable and looked a winner waiting to happen when touched off by Black Orange last time out (winner has since run a blinder in defeat at Chester).
Mrs Angie Bailey appears to like having a runner named after a film star and her £100,000 purchase, Savalas, has every chance of opening his two-year-old account here. Kevin Ryan trains once again.
bettingexpert: Red Rannagh
Well handicapped with bits of form; the booking of Spencer catches the eye after six months on the sidelines.
I will take a punt on the popular Knavesmire runner here. The nine-year-old appears to come alive at this track and if he can put his Ripon run behind him he can be a leading player today.
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