Tip Of The Day: Wrong is right
Like Shaw Taylor, our Will Hayler will be keeping 'em peeled for some interesting horses at today's three jumps British meetings.
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Going Wrong 14.05 Market Rasen
There are days when the racing lacks a glamour fixture and simply does little to grab the attention of the racing fan and punter. And then there are days like today. For although there is no star equine names in action at any of today's three jumping cards at Chepstow, Market Rasen and Wincanton, there are a host of interesting horses set to be in action and almost every race is worth monitoring with the future in mind.
Smart mare Tante Sissi makes her chasing debut at Wincanton, where expensively-bought point-to-point winners representing the Nicholls and Pipe powerhouses tackle each other in the staying novice hurdle and a £12,000 prize pot has drawn a smart field for the two-and-a-half mile handicap hurdle.
At Chepstow, the eye is taken by Mansonien L'As, who makes his first for Donald McCain having left the recently-relocated Ferdy Murphy, but the market reflects the fact that improvement could well be forthcoming for the change of scenery.
The opening contest at Market Rasen throws together half a dozen and more really interesting prospects, some of whom will only be worth backing when in handicap company (Lakefield Rebel), when gaining more experience (Danby's Legend) or when against their own sex (Bonnet's Vino), but all of which have already done enough to strongly suggest that they are worth keeping an eye on.
Present View is rated a winner waiting to happen by our columnist Brendan Powell and he's definitely worth a look in the handicap chase at 1330, while local trainer Steve Gollings runs not one but two interesting prospects in the closing bumper.
However it's another ex-Ferdy Murphy horse who will be carrying my cash at Market Rasen today as Going Wrong makes his first start for Dan Skelton.
He hasn't been seen over hurdles for a long time, but although he won a couple of novice chases at Sedgefield two seasons ago, he never really looked a natural as a steeplechaser, blundering his chance away when upped in grade afterwards.
Going Wrong is not an easy horse to weigh up, but he comes back over hurdles off a mark 5lb lower than when last seen over fences and if you go back far enough through the formbook there's certainly enough evidence to suggest 125 is a fair rating - for example, his defeat of Wymott at Carlisle in November 2009. Just three months later, Wymott was rated 148 after winning a Grade Two novice at Haydock.
Skelton has made a solid start to his first few months as a a trainer and it's interesting to see him fit a tongue-strap to the horse for this opening gambit. Perhaps he has inkling of his own as to why Going Wrong struggled so badly in the four starts he managed during his his final season for Murphy.
At around the 6/1 mark, I'm prepared to give it a whirl and find out if the lad's cracked it.