Racing tip of the day

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: April 12 2013, 16:38 BST

Ian Ogg believes that a double-figure price makes the well-handicapped Cravat worth chancing on his seasonal return for the sportinglife racing team's tip of the day.

Cravat - 3.00 Lingfield

Ed de Giles has saddled seven runners in the past fortnight and they have yielded one winner and three places so it may well be worth giving a chance to Cravat on his seasonal reappearance in the 3.00 at Lingfield.

Formerly with Mark Johnston, he ran 12 times during his juvenile season - winning three times - which he finished with a rating of 91. In light of that, it's perhaps no surprise that he struggled at three and he failed to make the frame in 10 subsequent starts for the Middleham handler although he was by no means disgraced on a couple of occasions.

His final start of 2012 was his first for de Giles, a trainer who has enjoyed plenty of success with similar types in the past, and he shaped reasonably well when finishing in midfield at Epsom.

Racing from 72 that day, the handicapper has dropped him by a further 2lbs to a new career low which enables him to creep into this competitive 0-70 handicap.

Obviously a fair amount has to be taken on trust as not only is this his seasonal debut, it's also his first start on an all-weather surface, but that certainly shouldn't be a concern for a son of Dubai Destination.

His yard is going well, his handicap mark has dropped to a realistic level and a double figure price makes Cravat well worth the risk in the hope that everything comes together at the first time of asking in 2013.