Racing tip of the day
Ben Linfoot heads to Chepstow for his tip of the day in the County Marquees Handicap Hurdle.
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Fix It Right - 2.30 Chepstow
It's October 1. I kicked my way through autumn leaves, conkers and acorns on the way into work. My local is advertising its new selection of winter ales. There's jump racing at Chepstow. What is there not to love about this world?
Only a winner can make things even better and if your punting has been going all wrong, perhaps Emma Lavelle can FIX IT RIGHT in the 2.30 at the aforementioned Welsh track.
This son of Vinnie Roe wouldn't be the most solid option around the country today. I'll be honest, he's probably not the most solid option in the County Marquees Handicap Hurdle. But he's got potential, especially now tackling three miles for the first time.
It was April 1 when he last ran, and he ran a race full of promise. The better ground at Plumpton may have helped - he'd previously run down the field in three novice races in the winter mud. But just as likely a source for his improvement was the fact it was his first run in a handicap, off a mark of 111.
Cricketers fear such numbers. Something about Nelson. But punters shouldn't be scared as he races off the same mark today. If anything, they should rejoice. It could help him beat his rivals, even Bold Raider who keeps on improving despite the assessors attentions.
JP McManus' number one hope is a possible favourite, but Fix It Right might give him a run for his money in that particular race and the more important one.
He was beaten just under two lengths at Plumpton and would've finished closer but for a mistake at the last. He shapes as though the step up in trip will suit, jockey Gavin Sheehan takes off a further 3lb and the ground at Chepstow is officially Good, which is good.
The icing on the cake is the form of his trainer, which is also good. Lavelle had three winners from just 10 runners in September, including Bouggler in the Listed handicap chase at Market Rasen on Saturday.
Hopefully the Andover handler can begin October like she ended September, with a lovely winner. Fix It Right, it's over to you.