Racing tip of the day
Ian Brindle thinks that Mick Channon's decision to send runners all the way to Pontefract today could be significant.
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Ctappers - 3.40 Pontefract
I'm not sure who originally came up with the maxim of "the bigger the field, the bigger the certainty" but I suspect he probably was a bookmaker taking bets on the Grand National!
Thankfully there aren't 40 runners heading to post for the Jamaican Flight Handicap (1540) at Pontefract but the field of 15 should make for a true-run race where there won't be too many hard-luck stories.
It's credit to the work put in by Norman Gundill that his track are reaping the rewards for their years of investment and with a stayers championship in operation at the track (complete with end-of-season bonuses) - it gives the chance for some of the lesser lights to pick up a pay day.
Fitness is a big advantage and a perusal of the stats shows us that only one of the last 10 winners did so without the benefit of a run on the all-weather or over the sticks.
Four-year-olds attract a valuable 5lb allowance from their rivals at the race conditions and this could be exploited to the full by CTAPPERS.
Mick Channon's charge is far from the most prolific winner but he has plenty going from in this field.
Fit from two recent runs on the all-weather, he won his only previous race on the Flat on an undulating track at Chepstow, and with the ground likely to be riding on the dead side due to all the snow and ice that the area has seen over the last few months, he should be better placed to handle it than most.
Zaplamation would be a live danger having dotted up at Redcar off a mark of 60. Whether he'll be quite so effective with the steadier of an extra 10lb on his back is a different matter.
John Quinn will also be represented by Hidden Justice. A winner of his first two starts over hurdles for the Malton handler, he had bits and pieces of form when trained by Amanda Perrett.
Maid Of Meft won here last season and Paul Midgeley's yard are gradually starting to send out the winners - it wouldn't be the hugest of surprises to see her run well.