Racing tip of the day
Ben Linfoot heads to Plumpton and a red-hot trainer/jockey combination for his tip of the day.
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Whether he's a main jockey, a stable jockey or a retained jockey is open to debate in these confusing times.
What we do know is he's a very good jockey, who has ridden plenty of big winners for Paul Nicholls in the past and will probably continue to do so in the future. Maybe even in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
I am, of course, talking about Noel Fehily, who used to be stable jockey to Emma Lavelle. Didn't he? I don't know. Gavin Sheehan, Leighton Aspell and Aidan Coleman have all had more rides for Lavelle than Fehily this season, but perhaps he is still a sort of stable jockey despite his commitments to Charlie Longsdon and elsewhere.
Whatever, the Fehily-Lavelle combination remains a partnership to follow. They have combined 12 times this season, winning five times, a strike-rate of 42 per cent and a £1 level stakes profit of +£22.08.
On top of that, few jockeys ride Plumpton as well as Fehily does. He has 19 winners from 69 rides at the track in the last five years, a strike-rate of 28 per cent and again, blindly backing his mounts at the course would've yielded a profit, if only a small one.
Fehily has one ride for Lavelle today, KIND OF EASY in the Follow Timeform1948 On Twitter Handicap Hurdle and he's worth a bet, especially if you can get anything near a double-figure price.
On his seasonal reappearance he won a handicap chase at Fontwell off a mark of 114 in first-time cheekpieces, in pretty good fashion too.
Up 11lb, he flopped at Exeter next time and found himself back over timber on his latest start when fifth in a novice event at Lingfield.
The good thing is, now he's turned up in a handicap hurdle, he can race off a mark of 114 again. First-time headgear is applied too in the form of blinkers, while the staying trip and soft to heavy ground will hold no fear either.
The track is a bit of an unknown as he was well beaten here on his hurdles debut. But he's gone well at Fontwell - a similarly sharp, left-handed, undulating track - a couple of times, while, as discussed, he couldn't have a better man doing the steering.