Racing tip of the day
Dave Ord expects John Gosden's hot streak to continue with Irish Tears in the 32Red.com Maiden at Lingfield this afternoon.
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Tip of the Day: Irish Tears 1.30 Lingfield
Two things. Firstly, I don't expect John Gosden to be at Lingfield this afternoon - but secondly, I expect him to be on the scoresheet.
I'm sure the master of Clarehaven is somewhat lukewarm over his recent dazzling run which has seen ten winners plundered this calendar month. After all he's man who dines at the top tables through spring to autumn. But little fish are sweet - and some of the little fish that have tasted success for him of late could develop into horses heading to the likes of Ascot, Goodwood, Newmarket and York when the sun is high in the sky in 2014.
I'm not sure Irish Tears will reach such heights but he looks capable of opening his account in the 32Red.com Maiden at Lingfield today.
True he's now had four chances to do so but sets a decent standard for the others to aim at having been runner-up off a mark of 71 in a Kempton nursery last time.
That showed he's back on song and he looks a decent poke to get the better of warm favourite Fine Vintage here.
True Mark Johnston's charge made a promising start to his career at Wolverhampton last time but he looks more of a long-term project than the selection. If the penny has dropped he will be hard to beat but there were definite signs of greenness at Dunstall Park and the streetwise Irish Tears can take advantage of any inexperience.
It's a quiet way for racing to sign off for the Festive break but hopefully JHM Gosden can help pay for a last-minute gift for your nearest and dearest. Don't forget some local garages are open until midnight on Christmas Eve.