Racing tip of the day
Ben Linfoot is hoping that a William Haggas filly can shine on her handicap debut at Chesptow this afternoon.
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FLIPPANT - 3.55 Chepstow
For seven months a juicy voucher on My Titania for the 1000 Guineas has kept me going. On those short, cold winter days when the demons visited I reached for a real ale and longed for the spring, for the day the classy daughter of Sea The Stars got to strut her stuff on the Rowley Mile.
As other candidates fell by the wayside and the trials failed to provide anything in the way of the spectacular, the money continued to come for MT. Suddenly I couldn't see her out of the frame, and was quietly confident she'd win the thing.
The first news I saw as I awakened from an afternoon slumber yesterday was the stories on twitter that she'd been ruled out of Sunday's showpiece. You can imagine my mood for the rest of the day, and by 9pm I too would've scoped dirty.
But today is a new day and as punters we have to bounce back. And the horse to bounce back with is a filly with a nice pedigree, racing over a mile and trained by a shrewdie.
Okay, the 32Red.com Handicap is not the 1000 Guineas and Chepstow is not Newmarket. I know all this. But FLIPPANT is exciting in her own way for today and for the future.
Her dam Moon Dazzle was also trained by William Haggas and she bloomed as a three-year-old after not running as a juvenile. A maiden winner on debut at Newmarket, she was fourth in Attraction's Coronation Stakes on her next start and was rated 108 in her pomp.
Flippant has some way to go before she reaches such heady heights, after all, she is racing in a handicap today off a mark of 79.
Yet she showed promise in maidens, winning at Haydock over a mile last September before finishing six lengths off winner Wedding Ring in a valuable sales race at Newmarket the following month.
She may have finished 12th that day but it wasn't a bad effort and returned to a mile I hope we'll see the best of her on her seasonal reappearance this afternoon.
Soft ground is an unknown, but being a daughter of Pivotal there is hope it won't be a problem, while the services of 5lb claimer Nathan Alison and Haggas' 38% win strike-rate at the Welsh track over the last five years are positives too.
And after yesterday's blow, I need at least two positives to cancel out such a heartbreaking negative.