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Andre Fabre’s Fintry our NAP of the day ahead of Saturday’s racing

| 29.08.2014

With the season perhaps beginning to wind down, things look to be taking shape as we head towards the big end-of-campaign meetings such as the St Leger, Champions Day and the Arc meeting.

Nevertheless, finding winners this weekend looks as tricky as ever. But you can place a bet with the added incentive if you can pick out a victor or two.

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Here’s who we have picked out to do the business.

NAP – Sandown 15:15 – Fintry

With Andre Fabre boasting a 60% strike rate when bringing his three-year-olds across from France in the last five years, it could pay to take note of this Godolphin-owned filly.

Only subsequent French 1000 Guineas runner up Veda has got the better of her to date in a four race career, form that stacks up pretty well.

A comfortable winner of a Group 2 at Chantilly last time out, she has missed the last 90 days through illness, and Fabre has stressed that she will come on for the run at the Esher track.

Nevertheless, on official ratings she has a clear 4lbs in hand over her nearest challenger, and Maxime Guyon’s mount could be a class above her competitors here.

She will need to win this if she is to have a chance in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day in October, for which she has an entry.

NB – Beverley 14:25 – Kingsgate Native

This grand old sprinter could be set to make his way into the winner’s enclosure for the first time since May last year.

Likely favourite Pearl Secret is feared, dropping back from Group 1 company, but with that filly appreciating a bit of cut in the ground, the Good to Firm surface predicted in Yorkshire is sure to benefit the 2007 Nunthorpe Stakes winner.

You can put a line through his last run in which he finished eighth in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, where trainer Robert Cowell said the track didn’t suit him.

The handler went on to say “he’s been running well all year and if they go quickly at Beverley, they should come back to him”.

At the prices there are plenty of far worse bets that this reliable nine-year-old.

Lucky Longshot – Sandown 14:05 – Eccleston

As one of only two three-year-olds in this field, there is fair reason to think Eccleston could be ahead of the handicapper in terms of his mark.

Since switching to David O’Meara’s yard, he has finished first, third and second, before finding 6f at York a bit too far to show his best.

That one win this year came over course and distance, which as it happens, was when the ground was soft. With others preferring a sounder surface, there can be no doubts about easing turf for the son of Acclamation.

He is 7lbs higher in the weights than for that win, but with this contest being a weaker race, and more improvement not out of the realms of possibility, a chance can be taken with the colt.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.