Friday Betting Tips: 01/01/2021


Here are tomorrow’s four selections.

AJAX TAVERN (12.45 Musselburgh, 0.5pts each-way @18/1) The market leader, Fiveandtwenty, was impressive when scoring over course-and-distance on hurdles debut and will clearly take some beating but there are a couple of dangers lurking in the race including an interesting participant at around 12/1. I have a sneaky incline that hurdling debutant AJAX TAVERN will run a big race for the Scudamore combination. A decent performer on the flat, this three-year-old was actually rated higher than the favourite in that sphere and was last seen running well to finish third at Chelmsford. If he can translate that level of form to hurdling, he’d surely have an excellent each-way chance and appeals most at the prices given connections send him a long way to contest this event, which is certainly interesting to note. NAVAJO PASS (13.20 Musselburgh, 0.5pts each-way @9/1) NAVAJO PASS takes another significant drop down in grade and this level should help him come back to the form that saw him finish fourth in last year’s Triumph Hurdle. He was a Grade-Two winner last term and although he’s yet to make an impact this season, he’s shaped better than the distance has suggested each time. Aspire Tower, who was just in front of him in the Triumph, advertised the form by running well over the weekend in Graded company and, with further progress on the cards from a mark of 142 that seems generous, Donald McCain’s five-year-old gets the each-way nod under the promising Theo Gillard. RETURN TICKET (15.05 Musselburgh, 0.5pts each-way @15/2) This looks competitive but the one who makes plenty of appeal is RETURN TICKET. The improving eight-year-old has now won two of his last three starts over fences and bolted up on his run since wind surgery last month over two-miles, winning by six-lengths. He’s yet to prove he stays this far, though connections feel he’ll benefit from the step up to two-miles, four-furlongs and the way he went through his latest race suggests he’s capable of defying his 7Ib higher mark. WHISKEY LULLABY (15.35 Musselburgh, 1pt win @5/2) WHISKEY LULLABY has been turned over at short odds in a couple of runs over hurdles but appeals as the type to make her mark in handicap’s and, with cheek-pieces applied and more improvement to come, this six-year-old expensive purchase should be capable of surpassing her opening handicap mark of 111.

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