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Scottish-themed pair set to strike.

Byline: Richard Birch TODAY'S BEST BETS

Prince Dundee 4.10 Hexham 1pt win Sauchiehall Street 5.00 Windsor 1pt win SAUCHIEHALL STREET, winner of four all-weather handicaps during his first two campaigns, boasts an official rating of 72 on the sand and 62 on turf.

Since he has raced 17 times overall it would be fair to assume from his record he is infinitely better on the all-weather.

However, delve a little deeper and you'll see that the fouryear-old remains extremely lightly raced on turf with just four appearances under his belt.

What's more, three of those have been on ground officially described as heavy, soft and good to soft, so he is totally unexposed on faster terrain.

Sold out of Sylvester Kirk's stable for PS19,000 in December, it is a reasonable assumption to make that Sauchiehall Street should win a middle-distance handicap or two on turf for Noel Williams this spring.

His all-weather wins have been achieved off marks of 51, 59, 60 and 64 and he ran extremely well on his second start for new connections when a close third off 71 at Lingfield last month.

The winner Sotomayor followed up in cosy fashion on a return visit to the Surrey circuit on Grand National day, while runner-up The Jean Genie has also bolted up by four and a half lengths since.

There was a gap of two and a half lengths from Sauchiehall Street back to the fourth Music Major and the form looks strong by Class 5 Lingfield 0-70 standards.

Sauchiehall Street, named after a main thoroughfare in Glasgow, drops into 0-65 company for Windsor's Class 6 Sky Sports Racing Virgin 535 Handicap (5.00) with standout claims off his 10lb lower turf rating if able to reproduce that form on grass.

Good ground should be perfect for my selection, who is due to be ridden by Adam Kirby for the first time. He holds a significant race-fitness advantage over two of his potentially most troublesome rivals Kirkland Forever and Broad Appeal, who are returning from absences of 179 and 161 days respectively, and looks well worth a bet to take advantage of his attractive turf mark.

It also makes sense to consider the claims of Prince Dundee, who tackles Hexham's Smooth Radio They're Number One Handicap Chase (4.10) on the back of a breakthrough recent course-and distance success.

There is usually at least one Hexham staying chase participant who comes to the fore early in the year and goes on to record multiple course victories through the remainder of the spring/summer.

Chicago Outfit bagged four handicap chases at the track between May and September in 2015, while Hattons Hill struck five times between March and June two years ago.

Both those stayers came alive when adopting front-running or prominent-racing tactics around a stiff, undulating track which doesn't suit every horse and therefore tends to produce more than its share of course specialists.

The lightly raced six-year-old Prince Dundee showed much-improved form for his first experience of Hexham's 3m chase course last month, and also appeared to benefit from the application of firsttime cheekpieces. Always close to the pace, he clearly had the measure of Square Viviani when that rival fell heavily at the last.

A 5lb rise for his five-length defeat of Veauce De Sivola - with the third, Apache Pilot, 18 lengths adrift - appears lenient, particularly when taking into account the fact that Prince Dundee would have won even easier if he hadn't made a mistake at the third-last.

This is a weak race and a mere reproduction of that performance will make Prince Dundee very hard to beat.

When taking into account the likelihood of further progress on just his third start in a staying handicap chase plus the fact he carries just 10st 8lb, his credentials look even more bet-compelling.

What I learned in the last week ... It's a good thing I don't bet in running. If you had asked me for a realistic price about strong stayer So Near So Farhh when clear two furlongs out in Pontefract's 2m2f handicap on Tuesday, I would have said 1.01, but the filly was pipped by Valkenburg.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 15, 2019
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