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Haydock best bets: Secret Trix and Martha Brae can defy odds in wide open handicap hurdle

There’s plenty in with a shout of landing this handicap hurdle final, and Tipstrr’s each-way specialists have had a field day picking out their best value outsiders.

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With barely four betting points covering the seven market leaders, this stayers’ contest appears to be something of a pin-stickers’ paradise, with Doughmore Boy looking almost reluctant as the early 5/1 favourite.

Further down the betting, Shoeshine Boy looks useful under bottom weight after converting a handful of near misses into recent back-to-back wins at Ayr and Kelso, while improving Tanganyika looks sure to perform well for the Ventia Williams/Charlie Deutsch partnership.

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Just about getting our final nod, however, is Olly Murphy’s seven-year-old Secret Trix who has not finished outside the frame in a 15-month run of form that has produced figures of 13311122.

He returns from a winter break since finishing runner-up at Aintree in November, but has proven capable when fresh in the past, winning on both of his previous reappearances from extended lay-offs, and regular rider Sean Bowen can be hopeful of another good response here.

Best bet: Secret Trix each-way in the 14:40 at Haydock

Anyone looking for a real outsider to finish among the four available each-way places could do worse than put a cautious punt on Martha Brae, who is one of just two runners from the red-hot yard of Dan Skelton to have made the trip to Haydock.

A winner at Kempton over Christmas, this capable mare has been shaping up for more success, and was notably at her best when the weather and ground improved last spring, when she bookended an impressive win at Hereford with close-up seconds at Market Rasen and Warwick.

Seven-pound claimer Heidi Palin eases the burden on Martha Brae’s nine-year-old legs, and she might just get a good run for her money from this proven stayer.

Next best each-way punt: Martha Brae each-way in the 14:40 at Haydock

Tip advised by Underdog Racing Tips on Tipstrr

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