Racing tip of the day
Ian Brindle avoids the crowds at Aintree and heads on to Wolverhampton for his tip of the day.
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BAPAK BANGSAWAN 6.25 Wolverhampton
It's certainly not an easy day to picking out the winners at Aintree with some fiendishly tricky races to pour over so I'm going to swerve the crowds and head to the relative calm of Dunstall Park for an early-evening punt.
The five-furlong "Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap" may carry a relatively modest win prize in comparison to those we'll see on Merseyside this weekend but it could be a race to keep an eye on with regard to future handicaps on the Turf.
Morning paper favourite, We'll Deal Again will set a stiff standard for the rest but he's a horse that has invariably found injury limiting his appearances at the track and that goes some way to explaining why he's struggled to register more than four career victories despite some fine efforts in defeat.
BAPAK BANGSAWAN had proved something of a disappointment in his career so far but the punters smashed his price down to 11/10 ahead of a five-furlong contest here in February and he didn't disappoint.
Granted, it was a much weaker race than tonight's contest but even Kevin Ryan will have been surprised to have seen his charge upped the princely sum of 1lb for those labours.
Desert Strike is better known as a Lingfield specialist though he did win here in March having made all and having won off his mark of 74 in the past, he's no forlorn hope to follow up.
Predictably the bookmakers are scurrying for cover where Ann Stokell runners are concerned and Profile Star is arguably trading a couple of points shorter than his form entitles.
The former David Barron inmate arrives fresh from victory at Lingfield and with William Carson unable to partner him due to suspension, connections have drafted in Luke Morris for the ride.
Of the remainder, Top Boy is starting to look dangerously handicapped at present. Derek Shaw's inmate was given a notional rating in triple figures when contesting Group races as a juvenile and he will arrive off a mark of 73 on this occasion.