Racing tip of the day
Our Will Hayler has a hunch at Ffos Las and is prepared to take a chance upon a horse who might look badly-handicapped.
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3.30 Ffos Las - Take The Mick
Off a mark 15lb higher than for his latest victory and with two defeats to his name since that win, Take The Mick might not be the most obvious selection at Ffos Las this afternoon.
But although the usual Venetia Williams policy of striking while the iron is hot often pays dividends for her charges, it didn't seem to suit Take The Mick when he was thrown back into the arena twice within seven days after his Ludlow victory last month.
Considering the aggressive way he was stalked all the way from the front, he did remarkably well to hold on for as long as he did when second at Towcester next time out and winner Nail'M franked that performance by scoring again subsequently.
Connections were unable to resist the opportunity to run again off an unchanged handicap mark three days later at Bangor, but those Towcester exertions surely told as he was beaten from two out having again bowled along happily in front for much of the contest.
Now returned with a month's absence to refresh him, I can see his enhanced handicap mark putting plenty of potential backers off, but it's not enough to deter me. Of his rivals, Our Island has come down plenty in the weights but still doesn't seem to find winning easy, Raduis Bleu looks held on more than formline and the admirable, wonderful Victory Gunnner is... well... 16.
So with a visor tried for the first time, it's Royal Riviera who might just be the greatest danger to the selection and I'll be having a small saver on him just in case the headgear sets him alight.