Racing tip of the day
Don Pooleoni can this afternoon atone for his latest defeat at Southwell, according to our racing tipster Ian Ogg.
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Don Pooleoni - 2.20 Southwell
Noel Fehily enjoyed an excellent weekend with a treble at Ascot on Saturday and you should be set for a decent afternoon at Southwell.
Charlie Longsdon appears to have found the perfect opportunity for Long Lunch to get back on track after his fall in a Grade Two Hurdle at Ascot, a race in which Longsdon had a pretty decent record, while Glowinginthedark could shake up favourite Seedling in the 3.25.
There's no doubt that the form of his latest run at Towcester was disappointing but his penultimate third behind Oscar Fortune and subsequent Grade Two winner Deputy Dan gives him leading claims in this maiden hurdle.
Neither of those two runners gets the nod for the tip of the day, however, with that dubious honour going to Don Pooleoni in the 2.20.
Trained by Harry Fry, two miles in soft ground around a sharp circuit look ideal for this nine-year-old and those are the conditions that he is faced with this afternoon.
They were also the prevailing conditions at Warwick 11 days ago when he was sent off a well supported favourite only to unseat his 10lb claimer at the fourth. Venetia Williams trained the winner of that race and saddles the main rival this afternoon but Santo Thomas has had a couple of chances under similar conditions and has come up short so looks worth taking on.
Don Pooleoni certainly isn't a world beater but he is relatively unexposed and looks capable of making further progress for a yard he only joined in the spring. The form of his fourth at Warwick, where he didn't appear to last home, worked out well enough for the level with the winner following up at Newbury while he beat all bar a progressive rival at Taunton prior to that.
There's very little depth to this afternoon's heat and the 9/4 makes plenty of appeal.