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Horse Racing betting tips: First Flow & Javert Allen feature on Sunday's best bets

It is the feature day of Huntingdon's season on Sunday, headlined by the historic Grade 2 Peterborough Chase. Keith Melrose from the Racing Post provides his best bets on the card.

Keith Melrose's tips:

1.55 Huntingdon - First Flow @ 4/1
2.25 Huntingdon - Javert Allen @ 5/2
3.25 Huntingdon - Anglers Crag @ 9/2

1.55 Huntingdon - First Flow @ 4/1

The Peterborough Chase does not hold the significance it once did. In the days before the revival of the Lancashire Chase in particular, you would regularly get Gold Cup horses in the race. Even recently, it served as a last-minute qualifier for the King George.

Instead, assuming Edwardstone takes his place in the Tingle Creek and does not run here, we are left with a field made up mostly of handicappers. Janidil is an exception to that, although there are doubts about whether he retains all of his form and the fitting of a tongue tie does not help his case.

Instead, First Flow can add to his 2021 success in the race. The ground this year is likely to be right up his street, having been deep when he won his Grade 1 in the same year's Clarence House Chase at Ascot.

You might call First Flow a handicapper, as that was the grade he ran in last time. His performance that day, in beating all but Boothill off a mark of 158, tells us he retains Grade 2-level ability even as his 12th birthday approaches. 

His lack of recent success means he carries no penalty here, so a repeat of his Ascot run might be good enough.

Keith Melrose's tip:

First Flow @ 4/1 - 1pt win

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2.25 Huntingdon - Javert Allen @ 5/2

A young French import, given three runs over hurdles before being targeted at a valuable handicap that few others will have thought of? This sounds like the Williams yard of old, when Nick and Jane picked up some of the biggest handicaps around. 

Javert Allen has a way to go before he reaches the level of Tea For Two or Agrapart, but he looks extremely interesting here from a mark of 116.

The four-year-old started his career at around this time last year, winning easily at Bangor. That was a weak race and he met with defeat next time, albeit behind a horse in Spirit D'Aunou who is now rated 129 by the BHA.

On his reappearance at Ludlow in October, Javert Allen was second again. This time, he was beaten just a length by Moveit Like Minnie, with 15 lengths back to the rest. The winner has since gone in off his revised mark, so it is fair to say Javert Allen bumped into one there.

Returning to soft ground will be no problem for Javert Allen. Even putting his own form in the mud to one side, half-brother Gladiateur Allen handled deep ground well. Hopefully his connections' ambitious campaigning will be rewarded.

Keith Melrose's tip:

Javert Allen @ 5/2 - 1pt win

3.25 Huntingdon - Anglers Crag @ 9/2

It all started so well for Anglers Crag, who won his sole point-to-point and a bumper before chasing home Sir Gerhard in that sphere. He never really got going for David Pipe, but there were sprinklings of promise and new trainer Brian Ellison has pitched him in low for his first start for the yard.

At Exeter on New Year's Day, Anglers Crag was keeping on for minor money in a 0-120 before falling three out. He again struggled to build on that, but his mark has slipped from 115 down to 106. He is chucked in if able to take any step back towards his best in this 0-110.

It remains to be seen if Anglers Crag can be transformed by Ellison. Even on what he has shown in recent times, his good record fresh suggests he can strike at the first time of asking and he has the right conditions to do just that.

Keith Melrose's tip:

Anglers Crag @ 9/2 - 1pt win

Keith Melrose's tips:

1.55 Huntingdon - First Flow @ 4/1
2.25 Huntingdon - Javert Allen @ 5/2
3.25 Huntingdon - Anglers Crag @ 9/2

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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