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Pick of the Pundits: Flame of Hestia to engulf Yarmouth racecourse

| 23.08.2011

It may not have been easy but Galiando rewarded the pundits faith yesterday when winning well in the final race at Windsor, and it’s the final race at Yarmouth that the pundits like today.

Mundana (6/5) in the 18:20 at Yarmouth has six naps today but a lot of her tipsters are in terrible form and punters may want to oppose the favourite at a short price.

Instead we’re concentrating on a later race at Yarmouth, a Class 6 Handicap worth £1,617 to the winner.

Flame of Hestia may only have been napped twice today, but his two napsters are tow of the finest performers in the Racing Post naps challenge.

Both Gary Nutting of the Sunday Mirror and Rob Wright of The Times are returning around £16 for a £1 stake if you follow their naps this season, and the two believe they have found a winner in Flame Of Hestia.

19:50 Yarmouth: Flame Of Hestia – 9/4

It’s not the most classic of renewals at Yarmouth for their final race, and with a field this weak in quality, trainer James Fanshawe has found a perfect race in which to try out Flame Of Hestia over a longer trip.

This 1m3f race is a furlong further than the 1m2f race Flame Of Hestia finished second in on this track at the end of July, but that was a Class 5 handicap and on the basis of that form, Flame Of Hestia should win today.

Flame Of Hesita will be running off of the same mark that handed him top weight in his last race, a race in which he could only manage fourth.

He carries top weight again today but is carrying a lighter weight and his experience of Yarmouth puts him in a strong position.

Jamie Spencer takes the ride and he has a 30 per cent strike rate in the last 14 days, the best strike rate among the jockeys in this field.

Cornish Beau 6/1 is the one to watch and the addition of blinkers may prove to be the answer to trainer Mark H Tompkins finding his first win.

Kieren Fallon takes the ride and there will be an almighty battle between he and Spencer which the latter can just edge.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.