Racing tip of the day

  • By: Ian Brindle
  • Last Updated: February 5 2014, 13:29 GMT

Ian Brindle heads to Lingfield this afternoon and hopes that David Evans can make his journey from Wales worthwhile.

Sean Levey: Carries the hopes of our daily tip
Sean Levey: Carries the hopes of our daily tip

Cabuchon - 1.30 Lingfield

It's great news that the National Hunt cards at Carlisle and Ludlow have been given the go-ahead but as there is an element of guesswork as to how much rain has got into the respective courses, it is with some reluctance that I'll pass and head for another date with the Polytrack.

The Handicap is unlikely to be making too many headlines tomorrow morning but it is nevertheless an intriguing affair to open Lingfield's seven-race card.

Given one or two of the gambles that have gone in over recent weeks, one cannot help but have the attention drawn by Red Skipper at the bottom of the weights.

John O'Shea's inmate has been absent from the Flat for 886 days (though last seen over hurdles some 283 days ago) and the fact that Luke Morris has been booked suggests more than just a whiff of the potential plot about it.

With no victories from 13 starts on an artificial surface, you'd hardly say the same about CABUCHON but I'm hoping that the bookmakers' worry about the potential dark horse can help to push his price out as a consequence.

The seven-year-old has placed in his last two starts. The first of which was behind the extraordinarily well handicapped Eye Of The Tiger, while the other was six days ago behind a progressive type in The Ginger Berry at Kempton.

It's a little mischievous of the handicapper to put him up 2lb for those efforts but I'm hoping that Sean Levey, who is due to serve a whip ban from tomorrow, will be keen to sign off for his enforced holiday with a winner rather than a whimper.

Stag Hill could be a player off top-weight. Bernard Llewellyn's five-year-old won a handicap at Kempton over 1m2f last year, and having ordinarily been ridden by a claiming rider, it looks significant that Tom Queally takes the mount while Louis Steward switches to apparent second string, James Pollard.