Best bets for the horse racing this weekend Saturday 2nd January 2021

I am going up early with the (likely) weekend bets as lets face it we may be in Tier 4 at Triple G Towers but I am going to resemble a bear with a sore head on Friday no matter what!

No Prices are available as I write on New Years Eve so grab the best you can when you can; hopefully they will all be backable and none long odds-on. 

The 2.20 at Lingfield the 6f Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Handicap is an interesting little race. Bravado arrives two from two, likes to lead and will surely attempt to make every yard of this under Joe Fanning. Rohaan arrives with three straight victories in December to his name and is one that likes to be covered up and come late. His last win over track and trip suggested he has plenty to come yet and another big hike in the ratings (73-85) possibly won't stop the gelding yet! I can't get away from the fact that Bravado will probably set this up nicely for the powerful finishing David Evans trained bay. 

Final Voyage won nicely on Boxing day up at Wolverhampton under the lights and goes again over the same track and trip in the 6.10 the 1m½f Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Handicap. The 7lb rise in the ratings might not be enough to stop him just yet and he is worth a look when they chalk-up. The fact Adam Kirby was confirmed to ride nice and early and that the yard had three winners from only and handful of runners over the Festive period are both positives. Mirage Mac had started her career brightly but looks held off a mark of 84. 

Having been very quiet here in the UK over the Festive period the Godolphin machine starts-up for 2021 with one runner on Saturday Bandinelli from the yard of Charlie Appleby at Wolverhampton in the 6.40 the 1m4f Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football Novice Stakes. By Dubawi out of Indian Petal he is well enough related being a brother to G.1 winner including the Northern Dancer Turf and Sheema Classic Old Persian (trained by Appleby). He is also a half-brother to winners Chapelli and Renaissance Queen (also trained by Appleby). He finished down the field in his one race at two over 1m2f at Newcastle in December looking like a little green and, to my eyes, that a proper middle-distance test would help his chances. 

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