Racing tip of the day
Our man Will Hayler previews the afternoon action and fancies Welease Bwian to enjoy the run of the race at Kempton.
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As if I hadn't lost enough money at Cheltenham last week (judging by the reams of self-congratulation on Twitter, I was the only person not to win enough money to buy a boat), things got even worse yesterday when the admirable Baby Shine came down when in front over the final fence at Limerick yesterday.
How disappointing that the connections of a horse adventurous enough to try and snaffle some of the generous prize money on offer in Ireland were rewarded only with a slice of cruel luck as she'd jumped well up to that last obstacle.
It continues to baffle why so few British yards are prepared to look at a cross-channel trip - even today the difference in prize money on offer at Wexford and Down Royal compared to Southwell is painfully stark.
Back to the task of steadying my personal ship with a winner though and I'm concentrating upon the card at Kempton (although jumps fans will want to have a look at the Down Royal action, where Bog Warrior and Seabass take on Tonder D'Oudaires in an interesting conditions chase).
The consistent Arashi should go well again in the Download The BetVictor App Now Handicap at 4.50, while Barnet Fair is fascinating on his first start for an Epsom stable well capable of getting one ready after a break half an hour earlier, particularly with Oisin Murphy an eyecatching booking in the saddle.
But it's the quirky Welease Bwian I fancy most in the opening TurfTV Handicap, despite a mildly disappointing effort last time out at Lingfield.
A strong traveller with a habit of stopping if hitting the front too soon, he isn't the easiest ride because he doesn't have an electric turn of foot either, but I feel this small field should suit him better than on his last run when he got too far back.
Even more importantly, the presence of out-and-out pacesetters Island Legend and Seamster will surely set the contest up for a closer, negating the slight disavantage of his draw widest of all in stall seven.
Adam Beschizza gave this horse a very good ride to win at Lingfield in January and knows when the time is right to press the button.
Secret Millionaire, another horse whose jockey booking (Richard Hughes) sounds an alarm and another horse who will appreciate an end-to-end gallop, looks the danger.