There’s an eight-race bumper card at Sedgefield Friday afternoon, and our in-house tipster Steve Chambers has picked his three best bets on the card…
Brian Ellison’s SON OF THE SOMME formed with real promise as he finished second at Doncaster on his handicap debut, and the seven-year-old can kick off that fine run and claim victory in Friday afternoon’s 13:20 in Sedgefield. He got a 6lb increase for that performance from Doncaster which is a bit heavy but he still seems to have the potential to hit a 95 score and he held up remarkably well on Town Moor on his first start of the season, he can do better here.
There is a huge competitive handicap hurdle at 13:50 and several contenders have found it difficult to get their heads forward in recent times, but one that has recently tasted and can follow the win is the Keith Dalgleish’s THREE CASTLES, which looks like a solid bet on Friday afternoon. Zoffany’s son, a multiple winner at the Flat, made three attempts to claim his first hurdle win, but he was an eye-catching three-length winner at Musselburgh last time, and he pretended there was more to come . With a rise of 6 pounds for that run, Dalgleish’s load can still do the business of 97, and he’s the one coming back in a trappy heat.
Another in-form artist is the Sam Thomas-trained GALILEO SILVER, who has racked up a string of wins this season, and can duly land the hat-trick in the 14:20 at Sedgefield. A runaway winner of 16 lengths at Huntingdon on Boxing Day, the seven-year-old has gained a remarkable 9 pounds for his recent Christmas success, but he still potentially looks ahead to a figure of 124, and he can brave the top weight in the contest of Today. The King Of May and Road Warrior are notable opponents, but it is Galileo Silver that can strike gold.