July 2 Racing Tips: Noonday Gun could shoot into a place at Sandown

Planet Sport tipster Luke Elder is back to give you a helping hand in finding some value from races at Sandown, Beverley and Wexford on Friday, July 2.

Get your weekend off to the perfect start by finding some winners from Luke's selections below.

There's a big price runner at Sandown and two shorter selections that might just tickle your fancy.

Here's a quick look at today's selections, for full details watch Luke's short video or read on below.

Short odd fancies:

Top Moon (7.45 Wexford)

Forus (8.25 Beverley)

Longer odds (10/1 and above):

Noonday Gun (4.40 Sandown)

4.40 Sandown - Noonday Gun

Elder says: "Well there's a very good two-day card at Sandown, with the Eclipse being the feature race of their two days, but [they've] also got a good card on the Friday.

"We're going to focus on the 4.40 - stayers in action here over a mile and six furlongs.

"There's a fair few horses that come into the race in a decent bit of form; Classic Lord being the main one - did manage to win a couple of outings ago, a good second at Chester last time around, but [was] maybe a tad unfortunate, is probably better than that bare result.

"But, we're going to side with one at a bit of a bigger price. Noonday Gun is bred to be a lot better than this; he's by Dubawi, out of the Guineas winner in Sky Lantern, and is running over trips of a mile-six or so.

"That would lead you to believe that Noonday Gun has been a bit disappointing in his career so far, however, [his] last two runs haven't been too bad.

"I know last time around [he] did finish fifth of five at Doncaster, but he tried to make the running on that occasion, he went way too hard from the front, and Doncaster even at the best of times is not a track that you want to be making the running on that round course.

"He faded away as I say to be last of the five, but all the other four have come out and run well. None of them have won, but they've all run well on their subsequent starts.

"He was third, as well, at York the time before, so I do think that sort of form is alright.

"I think Noonday Gun could be worth maybe an each way shout in this race.

"Classic Lord, yes is the one to beat, but Noonday Gun will be the selection."

7.45 Wexford - Top Moon

Elder says: "Well, a rare visit over to Ireland now, with the 7.45 at Wexford.

"Potentially, a pointer towards the Galway Plate in a few weeks time.

"Plenty of these will be aimed towards that contest you would think, The West's Awake being one of them - has run well in that contest in the past, and did win a win-and-you're-in - last time around - Galway Plate trial.

"So, we'll be seeing The West's Awake there, but surely we'll be seeing a few others of these as well.

"Top Moon is likely to be one of them. I think he'll be the selection for today as well.

"Trip wise he's been all over the place recently; over two miles at Punchestown last time around behind Sully D'Oc AA, that wasn't actually a bad run considering that's far too sharp of a test for him, and then it was the other way the time before in the Irish National when getting pulled up.

"Around 2m 4f, up to three miles is probably about his ideal trip, he proved that earlier on in the season when finishing second at Thurles.

"Ran a good race, as well, at Leopardstown over the Christmas period; was second on that occasion behind A Wave Of The Sea, but was staying on pretty well and to good effect late on in the day.

"So, this trip I think's going to be perfect, the mark is about ok as well and I do think the Galway Plate could be within reach on his next start, albeit that'll be a far stiffer contest.

"And also, I think that Massey's Wood could return to form stepped back up in trip. Another one who ran over two miles last time, that's just too short for Massey's Wood, and a step back up in trip will be on his side.

"I think he'll run ok, but I think Top Moon will be the selection, hopefully he can run well going onto Galway."

8.25 Beverley - Forus

Elder says: "It's going to be a long day for the selections.

"The final and third selection runs over at Beverley in the 8.25, the penultimate race on their card.

"A horse who represents a yard that are in-form, Grant Tuer, about a month ago could do no wrong. There's still a few winners coming from the team as well, and Forus has been one of the success stories of that yard this season.

"Second last time around at Newcastle; [he] did miss the break on that occasion. He is better than that, as well, and really just bumped into one.

"The winner was a fairly wide margin victor on that day, and even if Forus had jumped well I don't think he'd have been catching him, but did make some good late gains into second place and did of course manage to win a couple of outings ago.

"That was when sitting a touch handier, and was a little bit closer onto the pace over at Wolverhampton, so I do think Forus is better than we've seen in recent times.

"I hope there's a bit more wriggle room in the handicap mark. Either way, Oli Stammers does take a further five pounds off.

"Violette Szabo could run ok as well, a few better runs as of late, but there are few in this race that can boast that sort of resumé.

"But, I do think that Forus has got a bit more to come, and hopefully Forus can continue that improvement for the in-form Grant Tuer yard."

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