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Friday’s Racing Tip: The Young Master to come of age at Sedgefield


The rain may have abandoned today’s card at Huntingdon, but that hasn’t dampened Lewis Jones’ spirits as he goes in search of a bet at Sedgefield, which is the only National Hunt meeting to survive the recent wet spell….

The Young Master went into many people’s notebook’s when he duly dotted up at Fakenham on New Year’s Day and trainer Neil Mulholland hasn’t wasted anytime in sending his stable star out again on the hunt for prize money as he looks the good thing of the day in the Horse Racing Free Bets At Handicap Hurdle (Sedgefield 2:40).

The selection is certainly a fellow going the right way both on the flat and over the sticks. He looks a potential talent over the staying distances judging by the way he performed at Fakenham.

Under talented conditional Conor Shoemark, who has been riding winners for the Colin Tizzard and Fergal O’Brien yard in recent weeks, The Young Master was streets ahead of his mark last time out, powering clear under a motionless jockey by 34 lengths in what was supposed to be a very competitive handicap.

The five-year-old had beaten the in-form Brass Monkey at Fontwell in November and was in the process of running a big race when falling at Exeter next time.

However, confidence boosted by a hard fought win on the all-weather at Southwell 19 days previously, he took another step forward here and looks a horse to follow across both spheres.

With three to jump it was clear that Shoemark was going better than any of his rivals and when he pressed go on the horse, he simply took off and kept finding more as the line approached even if the young jockey tried to slow him up in order to save his handicap mark.

He is due to go up 12lbs for that easy success but Mulholland is a shrewd cookie in quickly turning out his recent winners to make a few quid and the horse only has to carry a 7lbs penalty for that last victory, which puts him at least 5lbs well in.

The selection would have been of interest to us even with a his new mark, so the fact that he lines up still ahead of the assessor in a weak race makes him a maximum bet for today.

Five point win stakes. Don’t hold back, this one is a near cert.

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