Racing tip of the day

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: January 21 2014, 14:32 GMT

After much prevarication our sportinglife racing team have sided with a short-priced favourite at Wetherby for their tip of the day.

Tiqris (r): Can get his head in front today
Tiqris (r): Can get his head in front today

Tiqris - 2.30 Wetherby

It's comforting to see that Landenstown Star has been withdrawn from the Handicap Hurdle, thus reducing the field to 15 runners and the number of places for each-way terms to three, as it confirms that the world is still turning on its axis and everything continues, pretty much, as normal.

Rocky Stone looks a potential improver stepping up in trip on his handicap debut as does Midnight Request in the finale at Leicester and both horses currently head the betting for their respective heats.

At the Yorkshire venue, I did wonder whether One In A Row might make some appeal also moving up in trip on just his third start for Alan Swinbank with Richard Johnson a rare booking for the yard but the reduced terms and a price that's shorter than I'd care to take a chance at are sufficient to put me off.

Southwell stage a really good card today with the feature being the 0-100 Compare Bookmakers At Handicap over five furlongs.

Last year's winner (Woolfall Sovereign) lines up as does the third (Even Stevens) and there's plenty of collateral form in the race that's every bit as competitive as you'd hope for.

I did wonder about a speculative nod towards Whaileyy as there are aspects of his pedigree which suggest that he will act on Fibresand and he may have needed the run at Lingfield. Half an hour earlier Ruzeiz is a fascinating recruit for Peter Hedger who has run just two horses at Southwell in five years and they have finished first and second.

To put either runner up would be pure speculation and the claims of Dermatologiste in the penultimate race at Wetherby are slightly more solid. Caroline Bailey's string are over a virus and firing on all cylinders so it would come as no surprise to see a big run from this well handicapped course and distance winner who can be backed at a double figure price.

It won't be to everyone's tastes I know but I can't see a great deal wrong with the odds against about Tiqris in the novices' hurdle.

He showed a decent level of form in bumpers and again in two starts over hurdles this season, latterly finishing a close third to Josses Hill and smart Flat horse Communicator at Newbury.

That form sets a clear standard and his experience can give him the edge over the promising Stonebrook who helps make the market along with the penalised Secrete Stream.

Donald McCain's runner finished closer to Josses Hill in a Punchestown bumper won by Faugheen than Tiqris managed in Berkshire but the six-year-old may well need a stiffer test than this in order to come into his own.

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