Racing tip of the day
Will Hayler has been waiting patiently since Goodwood for one of his biggest eyecatchers to return to action.
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The long-suffering reader of our occasional live racing blog (hello Mum) will already have an idea as to what might be my tip of the day today - or at least be getting warm.
On the day that Radiator made her racing debut at Glorious Goodwood, there seemed to be a persistent and repeated disadvantage to horses who made their challenge down the centre of the track away from a strip of fresh ground opened up for the first time that day after two previous days of racing on a rain-softened surface.
Amazing Maria, who raced close to the favoured rail throughout, never looked like getting caught as she scooted clear to win the seven-furlong maiden, but the five I took out of the race to follow - having made their challenges furthest away from the strip - were Angleterre (fourth), Radiator (fifth), Regardez (eighth), Tender Emotion (ninth) and Remember (10th).
Admittedly Angleterre was disappointing on her next start when only a fair fifth at Newmarket, but the last two named fillies have both absolutely bolted up since and the winner hardly let the form down either when taking a Group Three on her next start.
Put simply this was a hot race and Radiator showed herself to be a filly of considerable potential when, despite racing green two furlongs out, she kept on well in the closing stages to finish fifth under hands-and-heels riding.
There were sniffs of odds-against around last night, which sadly have evaporated already, but I don't think she's the worst bet ever even at her revised odds. Indeed, it wouldn't surprise me to see her win this and head straight for pattern-race company. She's still in the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket at the end of this month.