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DAILY LUCKY 15: Friday’s Tips | York & Aintree

Your best bets for today’s meetings at York and Aintree

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2DAF1X4 Versatility ridden by jockey Nico de Boinville wins the Shukers Landrover Handicap Race at Ludlow Racecourse, Ludlow.

Following a further two wins on yesterday’s bet, our team is operating at £35.16 of profit for the week in Daily Lucky 15’s ahead of today’s cards at York and Aintree.

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Friday’s feature race cards include action at Aintree and York
York
Santiago (3:10pm) [Dom’s Pick] & Farhan (4:50pm) [Reece’s Pick]

Aidan O’Brien has enjoyed an array of English scalps recently and perhaps Santiago will improve for his run at Navan last time out.

The Authorized colt landed a Royal Ascot and Irish Derby double last season before a creditable third behind Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup.

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He wasn’t beaten far in the St Leger and despite being turned over at short-odds last time, he is sure to come on for that, looking just about well in at the weights with Sir Ron Priestly receiving 3lbs.

Farhan was denied by a nose at Salisbury on his pipe-opener run earlier this month and remains off an unchanged mark, so looks sure to have a say here under Ryan Moore.

A step up in trip may bring more improvement for this consistent sort and he looks sure to have a say in the curtain-closer for the Dante Festival.

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Aintree
Captain Tom Cat (5:50pm) [Dom’s Pick] & Versatility (7:00pm) [Reece’s Pick]

Dr. Richard Newland’s Captain Tom Cat landed a hat-trick last season over hurdles but given his size and scope, there has always been a belief that he’ll improve for a fence.

He tackles more seasoned rivals on his debut as a chaser but top pilot Sam Twiston-Davies is back in the saddle and the ground looks to be in his favour, albeit any rain between now and the off would be a concern.

Captain Tom Cat and jockey Cillin Leonard lead over the last fence on the way to winning the squareintheair.com Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Captain Tom Cat makes his first appearance over fences at Aintree on Friday afternoon

Two-and-a-half miles looks about his optimum trip and he can reward his handler with victory here.

Later in the card, we’re siding with Versatility to do the job under Nico de Boinville on his course debut.

The son of Yeats had the race at his mercy at Kempton last time out, stumbling on landing at the final fence when well clear and looks sure to play a part off the same mark here.

He’s usually a tough one to way up but on the evidence of his Sunbury-on-Thames effort, he may still be well handicapped off 127.

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