Value Bets – Thursday August 15th

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James Boyle
Published: August 15, 2019
Having developed an interest in racing whilst in college some years ago, James has worked in many areas of the industry, including a stint hiding his face on radio! From 2008 until 2017, he ran a successful tipping service and has had shares in numerous horses including the wonderful Fast Shot. Unsurprisingly given some of the horses he has bought shares in, his punting passions lie in sprint handicaps on both the turf and All-Weather surfaces!

Racing tipster James Boyle has picked out two selections for Thursday’s card at Yarmouth.

Some disappointing efforts on Saturday, although I’d still retain hope that Young Fire will be winning for David O’Meara before long and finishing in mid-div, only beaten four-lengths, was far from disgraceful. Contrive was a speculative play in the hope of an upset but she couldn’t get involved and will do better back in handicap company, whilst Came From The Dark halved in price to 5/2 favourite before bombing out completely. I felt the ride he got was completely wrong and cover was required to help him settle, but they went down the prominent route and it didn’t work. Better can be expected next time out.

6:55pm Yarmouth – Ifton – 1pt win @ 10/1

Ruth Carr usually finds the key to her new recruits from other yards and IFTON may be ready strike now that he’s stepped up to a mile for the first time following nine career runs over a furlong shorter. The 3-year-old son of Iffraaj is yet to win a race but appears to be edging towards finding his true level having finished third on two of his last three starts, coming home nicely from the rear on both occasions.

The form of his Haydock third last month reads particularly well with the front two both winning a pair of handicaps since then and if it wasn’t for some misfortune mid-race, he would have ended up in second position. His latest run at Epsom has also been boosted and with Jamie Spencer booked to ride for the first time (also first ride for the yard), he’s a very interesting contender in a 0-60 handicap.

8:00pm Yarmouth – Bernie’s Boy – 1pt win @ 16/1

Cent Flying is understandably fancied when you consider that he’s 5lbs well-in under a penalty for last week’s win at Brighton. However, he has never won off a mark this high before and for all that it was an impressive win from a visual perspective, there wasn’t much to be excited about in behind. Up in grade and on a more conventional track, it’s worth taking him on and BERNIE’S BOY seems overpriced to me.

His most recent three runs have been far from promising but connections put him away after he came home towards the rear of the field at Wolverhampton in April and a subsequent wind operation could help to spark him back to life. If it does, he’s unquestionably well-treated off 68 having scored from 79 last June and that came on the back of an 11 week break, so going well fresh shouldn’t be an issue.

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