Racing tip of the day

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: March 20 2014, 13:57 GMT

Our sportinglife.com racing team hope the drying ground at Chepstow will bring about a change in fortune for the tip of the day.

Wayne Hutchinson and Alan King team up with Taffy Dare
Wayne Hutchinson and Alan King team up with Taffy Dare

Taffy Dare - 2.00 Chepstow

The drama never seems to stop at the moment.

The dust has barely settled on the Cheltenham Festival and all the excitement that brought when we had yesterday's gamble which saw several of the horses withdrawn and the gamble itself losing its lustre after the fatal fall of Red Art and the injury sustained by Martin Harley.

Today, I'd settle for a mundane day's action with nothing especially untoward occurring. We could hope for a big price winner or two, though, and two of the last 10 winners of the opener at Chepstow have been returned at 66/1 and 200/1.

I don't think I've ever come close to backing a horse at the latter price, let along backing a winner, and I'm not going to start today.

The opening mares' hurdle revolves around Churchtown Love who is the clear form pick but has to prove her ability on a faster surface.

Her principal market rival is Makadamia whose yard are enjoying a terrific spell and who needs to bounce back from two pretty moderate runs in bumpers after shaping well on her racecourse bow.

Already you sense, this is not a race with huge strength in depth despite the 16 runner field and it's worth taking a chance with Taffy Dare now that the ground has dried out.

The daughter of Court Cave would certainly be an appropriately named winner given Chepstow's proximity to the River Taff but the thinking does go a little further than that.

Alan King is finishing the season well after his mid-term travails and his five-year-old has one piece of form in the book that suggests she could be a player this afternoon.

Coincidentally, that third behind the useful Fabrika (runs in the first at Ludlow by the way) is the only time that she has encountered a decent racing surface in her career to date.

She had some fair fillies and mares behind her on that occasion with Lady Charisma, Benefique Royal and Woodland Walk all going on to win races, albeit at a modest level.

In his stable tour, King commented that she had always shown him plenty but that they had had several small issues with her.

The top price is 25/1 at the moment but it wouldn't surprise to see longer odds available and, in the hope that she's had a clear run in the lead up to this race, she's worth a nominal each-way interest to reward connections' patience.

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