Racing tip of the day
Ian Ogg wants to have two of the field onside in the feature Boyne Cup at Ludlow this afternoon.
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Pickamus & Talkonthestreet - 2.10 Ludlow
There's a prize of over £12k to the winner of the Boyne Cup and the track has been rewarded with a competitive field of nine for the feature handicap.
Leading course trainer Evan Williams - who will fancy his chances of collecting with King Massini earlier on the card - has won two of the five renewals and relies on Midlands National third One In A Milan who has warmed up for this with a couple of spins over hurdles.
Faultless Feelings is a course winner who faces a far easier task than on his last assignment while Union Jack D'Ycy makes his British bow for an in-form trainer with a better than one in five strike rate with chasers at this venue.
Decent yardsticks Cootehill and Raduis Bleu could make their way around the track blindfolded while Charingworth may well have been revitalised by a chance of surroundings and represents the yard that won this last year.
For all that, I think that the market has it just about right with Talkonthestreet and Pickamus among those vying for favouritism and I think it's worth backing the pair against the field.
Both runners hail from yards in exceptional form and both can be forgiven underwhelming performances on their reappearances. The 10 year old Pickamus has been dropped by 3lbs for finishing in midfield at Cheltenham in a warm heat won, for the third successive season, by Balthazar King.
That was his first start since the spring of 2012 so he was entitled to need the outing and should have set him up nicely for his tilt at this prize and this course winner has conditions to suit.
Like One In A Milan, Talkonthestreet reverts to chasing after a pipe opener over hurdles and it's not unreasonable to expect the unexposed six year old to leave the form of that modest run behind.
He failed to live up to early expectations over hurdles but the winning pointer could well come into his own in this sphere and he looks to be on an attractive handicap mark which is some 19lbs below his peak rating over timber.
He's on that lowly perch for a reason after twice returning a beaten favourite in three chase starts but, with his yard enjoying a fine spell of form and conditions to suit, he may well be able to halt the decline and take advantage on his handicap debut.