Racing tip of the day
Our man Will Hayler heads to Haydock for his idea of the day's best bet and fancies Oisin Murphy to strike again.
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2.00 Haydock - Luck Of The Game
It's been quite clear since about last August that Oisin Murphy has the talent to go to the very top and stay there, a notion given extra weight by the rare decision to book the 3lb-claiming-apprentice for leading fancy Hot Streak in tomorrow's Temple Stakes despite the fact that he won't be allowed to draw his allowance.
When an operation of the size of Qatar Racing wants to use a claimer who can't claim instead of one of the dozens of fully-fledged professionals available for the same ride, you know you're talking about a hot property.
As such, Murphy's 3lb allowance is effectively a gift for trainers able to use it at present and that's how I see things when he rides LUCK OF THE GAME at Haydock this afternoon.
In an ideal world, a trainer as canny as David Simcock probably wouldn't be bringing a horse who is quite such a huge, empty shell back to the fray just eight days since his last start, but an 8lb rise for his second place at Newmarket and the opportunity to line up here off his old mark of 71 must simply have proved irresistible.
Today was his last chance to exploit the situation, this being the last day of racing for which the weights were set before official marks were adjusted for last week's races, so he has given Luck Of The Game the maximum possible amount of time between races.
Is it a concern? Of course, it is, but I was nevertheless expecting the American-bred colt to be nearly odds-on for this race, the PHS Group Handicap, and I can't say no to the 13/8 on offer with Sky Bet at the time of writing
He looked to have come on plenty for the experience of his Wolverhampton debut, where he was hopelessly green throughout, when producing a more professional display at Newmarket last time. Watch both videos and make up your own mind. Frankly, if you do, I think - like me - you'll be backing him today. Good luck.