Racing tip of the day
Still walking on air after his trip to Cartmel, Will Hayler provides the sportinglife.com racing team's tip of the day.
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One of my remaining racing ambitions was fulfilled when I finally [part-] owned a winner at wonderful Cartmel. What a thrill to watch Goldan Jess win in front of 20,000-plus exuberant racegoers.
New Bidder - 3.05 Ripon
For those who haven't been to Cartmel for one of their Bank Holiday fixtures, you have missed truly one of the most amazing experiences available to any British racegoer.
In the midst of the enormous funfair in the middle of the course, you really could forget you were on a racecourse were it not for the sound of a commentary battling with the noise of the bumper cars and the occasional gaggle of bookmakers or randomly-located Tote shed.
We collected a sticky toffee pudding as our winner's prize, but could also have gone home - had I brought enough cash - with a haunch of venison, a selection of cheeses, freshly-baked breads and locally-brewed ales, handmade jewellery, a wide selection of kids' and adults' football kits and enough toys to keep Father Christmas in stock for years.
Away from my personal nirvana, the heroes yesterday included Soul Magic, who become the joint-most-successful horse in the history of Cartmel when winning his seventh race at the track (no mean feat considering the sparse fixture list) and Osteopathic Remedy, who won the Ripon Rowels Handicap for an amazing fourth time.
In the same colours, The Osteopath (can you guess what his owner does for a living?) bids to complete a Ripon double in the Attheraces.com Exclusive William Buick Blog Handicap this aftermoon, but I could see Sardanapalus giving him something to think about if he fancies it today. This quirky customer almost refused to race two starts ago but shaped much better last time and it's just possible that the re-application of blinkers could spark him back up again.
But my tip of the day comes earlier on the card in the shape of New Bidder. Trainer Jedd O'Keeffe has endured lean pickings this season (a polite of saying he can't buy a winner), but this progressive colt looks the type to keep improving and paying his way.
He shaped well at York in a hot maiden won by Gimcrack winner Astaire on his second start and the form of his latest Pontefract success has also been boosted with runner-up Captain Midnight a tidy winner since off a mark of 75, making New Bidder's 79 look all the more acceptable.