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Tuesday’s Racing Tip: Very First Blade looks sharp each-way value at 8/1

Lewis Jones is betting at his favourite track today and has his eyes on a tasty bit of each-way value around the 8/1 mark….

Regular followers of this column will remember a horse called All Right Now with fond memories following him doing the business for us when five point each way stakes were down at Southwell earlier in the season.

Well, he returns to the Fibresand today and although the temptation is there to follow him again having only been raised 4lbs for that win, the head must rule the heart in these situations. In fact, it’s the horse that almost denied us the whopping return last time out behind All Right Now that I feel is the bet today.

Very First Blade only went down by a nose to All Right Now that wonderful day, where Graham Lee was in inspired form on the winner. In my eyes it was the strength of the jockeys that day that won All Right Now the race and the jockey bookings are significant today but are firmly in the favour of Very First Blade.

Silvestre De Sousa has been booked to ride the selection by trainer Michael Mullineaux and he is a potent force on the Fibresand as he is all power in a finish. Horses need pushing on quite a way out at Southwell on the surface and De Sousa’s strength is a key attribute, which bodes well for the chances of Very First Blade, who has only been raised 3lbs for that narrow defeat to All Right Now.

His profile at Southwell is one that suggests he should be able to win, or at least go close, off this kind of mark. He won off 49 in a decent race over six furlongs last summer and is generally a model of consistency when racing on the Fibresand.

Very First Blade (8/1) with BetVictor at Southwell 3.00 (3pts EW)

The draw is far from ideal today as he has got stall nine but De Sousa is experienced enough around the track to know that utilising his early speed will be crucial.

He can be relied on to get him up front early.

Odds of 8/1 in a race that doesn’t have much strong Fibresand form at the head of the market looks very juicy from an each way perspective. Get on with three point each way stakes.

Profit and Loss Record Staked: 74pts Returned: 181.66pts P/L: +107.88pts

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