Racing tip of the day

  • Last Updated: September 9 2013, 14:07 BST

George Primarolo thinks John Ferguson has found the perfect opportunity for Moon Trip to get off the mark at Huntingdon this afternoon.

John Ferguson (right): Trains Moon Trip
John Ferguson (right): Trains Moon Trip

Moon Trip - 2.10 Huntingdon

Despite being beaten around 50 lengths on his hurdling debut at Market Rasen, it's very tempting to give Moon Trip another chance over timber at the current odds at Huntingdon this afternoon.

A useful stayer on the flat for Mark Johnston, Moon Trip was rated in the 80s in his pomp on the level and looked to be a decent recruit to the jumping game ahead of his debut just over a month ago.

However, the son of Cape Cross got very warm and edgy beforehand but traveled with some purpose and steadily worked his way into the race at Market Rasen before emptying alarmingly between the third-last and penultimate flight of hurdles.

If the occasion doesn't get the better of him again, he can perform much better this time around. His trainer has a very good record at his local track and has won with five of the fifteen runners he has had over hurdles. He's also got a 30% strike rate so far this season with his hurdlers so there's every reason for thinking that Moon Trip can prove to be a lot better than he has shown so far.

Ferguson has worked wonders with several ex-Darley cast-offs over the past couple of seasons but it often takes them a run or two to get used to the jumping game. Don't forget, it took Sea Lord three attempts to get off the mark over timber but he hasn't looked back since.

His main rival in the TAM Asset Management Novices' Hurdle will be the odds-on favourite Koultas King but he's not bomb proof by any means and looked a frustrating sort before finally getting off the mark last time out. I certainly wouldn't want to be lumping on at those sort of odds and Moon Trip looks a very tempting bet to improve a bundle on his first run over timber.