Thursday selections: best bets from our team of experts
Marronnier (3.20 Sandown)
Showed improved form to win over course and distance in a traditionally good race last time out, when the first three finished clear. Looks well treated off a 4lb higher mark with runner-up Dreamweaver having franked the form last weekend.
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Simon Crisford's chestnut was in need of the run on his return at Windsor recently but has since impressed on the watered gallop.
Had her reappearancethird boosted by fourth-home Tatweej winning since. Didn't look like winning last time but that was her first run since mid-April and this half-sister to Royal Hunt Cup winner Afaak should improve.
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A hat-trick looks on the cards for the Gordon Elliott-trained five-year-old, who steps up to 3m following wins in a maiden and novice hurdles. Davy Russell's mount is well-in at the weights.
Earned career-best figures when winning over course and distance this month and the runner-up has scored since to boost the form.
Recent runner-up efforts suggest this step up in trip will suit and looks to be on a feasible mark.
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Fantom Force(6.30 Newbury)
Has shown good early speed in his races, suggesting the return to 6f will suit. He's bumped into a couple of decent types the last twice and can go close for Richard Hannon, who has won this race twice in the last three years.
Must-have stat of the day
Since April 2018, when Ed Walker and Andrea Atzeni combine their form figures are 12111796112112 (57 per cent, +£37.22 to £1 level stakes). They team up onState Of Affair in the 2.50 at Sandown.
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