Racing tip of the day
The state of the Polytrack at Wolverhampton may be causing concerns, but Living The Life seems happy enough on the surface.
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Living The Life - 19.55 Wolverhampton
Jockeys and trainers are reportedly up in arms about the condition of the patched-up Polytrack surface at Wolverhampton at present, but they don't seem to be voting in numbers judging by the decent turn-out for the meeting at Dunstall Park this evening.
One rider I chatted with earlier this week said it appeared to him that the surface had been repaired using rubber from a different source and the result was a surface that was certainly inconsistent, if not slightly dangerous.
Clerk of the course Fergus Cameron, who is one of the finest men in the business, says that work will be done to mix in the new material more thoroughly and I do expect things to improve over the weeks ahead.
But in the meantime at least we know that Living The Life doesn't mind bouncing his way down the track as he won for all but the last stride when in action at the course six days ago.
Poor apprentice John Lawson did little wrong, but for taking one or two too many glances over his shoulder as the pack closed down on him from the home turn and they were nabbed right at the finish by the fast-closing Greensward and a determined Shane Kelly.
Living The Life has a wider draw to contend with here and it's also possible that the effect of the blinkers that have transformed his form will start to wear off at some stage - they have a habit of doing so.
But while Living The Life is in the kind of form she has shown in her last couple of starts, and with Jamie Spencer booked as a replacement rider this evening, anything at odds-against about her taking the Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap looks a fair bet to me.