Racing tip of the day
Our man Will Hayler is ready to give Secret Missile another chance to deliver around Lingfield this afternoon.
These are tough times for Willie Muir, one of the nicest men in racing.
On a losing run despite his team clearly still remaining in fair form, stable flagbearers such Stepper Point, Big Baz and Black Schnapps have all run well within the last couple of weeks, but none have managed to get their heads in front.
On top of this, at the weekend Muir had to endure watching Purr Along, the filly he continually flagged up as being the best he had trained last season only for her to repeatedly fail to deliver on every start, bolt up in a Group Three at the Curragh on her debut for new trainer Johnny Murtagh.
Trainers don't like to talk about such things, but it must be incredibly dis-spiriting when it happens, and if anybody needs a winner now it's Mr Muir.
So let's hope Secret Missile gets the breaks at Lingfield today because he's a double-figure price, for whom excuses can definitely be found for his three defeats this season.
Pushing him up 1lb in the weights for his latest third at Brighton seems a bit mean, but he should appreciate the fast pace this race should be run at (with a number of possible frontrunners in the line-up) and that may well help to negate his wide draw in stall nine.
I'm not convinced the application of blinkers made much of a difference last time, but they didn't do any harm either, and likewise although I'm not convinced that five furlongs suits better than six, today's was the course and distance over which Secret Missile lost his maiden tag, so it's not as if he can't deliver under these conditions.
One of these days they'll go fast enough for Secret Missile's late kick to prove fully effective and if he can turn for home no worse than fifth than sixth, I'd be hopeful for at least an each-way pick-up.