Racing tip of the day
Dave Ord hopes Jedd O'Keeffe's good run of form can continue when New Bidder lines up in the nursery at York this afternoon.
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New Bidder - 2.00 York
It's time to declare an interest here. I'm a long-term owner at the Jedd O'Keeffe yard. As a member of the Fatalists Syndicate I've ridden the wave through Madam Fatale (retired winless, rated 35), Lady Misha (won before we owned her, developed leg, retired winless), Aquarian Dancer (retired winless, rated 40, despite signs of promise at back-end of two-year-old career/early three year-old campaign).
Then came Lady Kildare. She too looks to be heading to retirement but with three victories in the red, white and blue to her name. No wonder photos of that magical Redcar May afternoon in 2011 adorn so many walls in Ord houses. The girl has done us proud.
So has Jedd. The failure of the previous trio was no reflection on his merits as a trainer, more the fact that at least two of them had the atheltic prowess of some of their bearded, rotund owners. But give him the ammunition and he can more than do the job.
And in New Bidder he has a horse to go to war with. The son of Auction House shaped with notable promise in maidens at Pontefract and York before opening his account with the minimum of fuss at the former track.
He then went to Ripon, a course that not every horse takes to, for his nursery debut and ran a very solid race behind Khalice, giving the distinct impression he's crying out for a step up to seven furlongs.
He gets that in the Judith Marshall Memorial Nursery and makes plenty of each-way appeal at around the 9/1 mark.
Remember and Zeshov represent powerful teams and are unexposed so clearly have to be repsected but this is factored into their respective prices and the handicapper has hardly erred on the side of caution with their opening marks.
They could still leave those ratings behind but a bigger threat for me is top weight Bow Creek who is starting to get on a roll for the Johnston team and, like New Bidder, has run well at this track before.
But after a season that looked destined to be filed away in the "to forget" folder, the O'Keeffe team are gathering momentum for the autumn.
Royal Banker gave them their second win of the season at Newcastle on Thursday, half-an-hour later Sketch Map shaped as though he may have been a third but for a tardy start in division two of the same juvenile maiden.
The next runner Dream Ally duly hit the mark at Wolverhampton last night and New Bidder looks sure to run a huge race for the Highbeck team at 1400 this afternoon. Here's hoping the roll continues to Wolverhampton on Friday and Lady Kildare's next potential appearance.
Don't worry though I'm on holiday, she won't be the tip of the day...