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Epsom Downs – 9th September: DOM’S NAP + NB | Thursday’s 2 Best Bets

The two horses you need to follow at Epsom Downs on Thursday afternoon



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A rematch between Simon Hodgson’s charge and Valentino Dancer as National Hunt pilots get their opportunity at the home of the Derby.

The pair are now on level weights, however, and perhaps the course-and-distance experience of the son of Mount Nelson will prove pivotal here.


He registered a hat-trick of wins earlier this season and was perhaps overextended by the longer trip at Salisbury, but bounced right back to form with his Newbury effort last time out and the visor is fitted once again.

NB: TOP CLASS ANGEL | 3:55pm Unique Pursuit Handicap

Although bookmakers will be keeping Curtiz a short-price favourite and not taking any chances with Hughie Morrison’s gelding, it could be worth taking him on at the value here.

He carries a 5lb penalty and is chasing a hat-trick so merits respect, but Andrea Atzeni’s mount got a nice form boost from his Chepstow second last time out when the winner went in again at Kempton off a mark of 74.

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Can Top Class Angel register a third career success when she runs at Epsom Downs on Thursday?

The selection wasn’t that far behind her in South Wales so could still be handicapped well enough to win this, and finished a fine second over course-and-distance back in July.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.