Racing tip of the day
Ian Brindle heads to Kempton for the Tip of the Day and believes that compensation awaits for one runner tonight.
Poyle Thomas 8.20 Kempton Park
If you are a fan of the winter game, there is a veritable feast of action today as the somewhat nonsensical scheduling decision of Worcester and Perth on the same day splits the pool of talent available.
Today’s fare on the Flat doesn’t exactly jump off the page although all good things come to those who wait and the BetBright.com Handicap at Kempton looks to be the highlight.
POYLE THOMAS made the reserve list but sadly missed out upon his chance in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle last Saturday, but he gets the chance for compensation off top-weight this evening.
There’s little doubt that Ralph Beckett’s string are in decent nick at the moment and while the handicapper isn’t making things easy for the son of Rail Link, he seems relatively unexposed, and the fact that Beckett was prepared to take on much stronger opposition speaks volumes.
Though he probably didn’t stay the Cesarewitch trip last season, he showed no frailties on a return to Newmarket last month and I will be hoping that he can build upon that performance here.
Unsurprisingly, there is plenty to like about some of the opposition.
Likely to dispute for favouritism is the Mark Usher-trained Spice Fair. The seven-year-old is in particularly good heart at present and with Ryan Moore retaining the ride on the hat-trick seeker, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him finding plenty of favour in the betting ring.
I’m also somewhat wary of Presto Volante.
From a punting perspective, I’ve tried (and failed) to read Amanda Perrett’s stable for the best part of 20 years and seem no nearer to doing so these days!
The six-year-old was well held on two recent starts at Goodwood but he won by seven lengths on his most recent visit to Kempton Park and he might yet be able to rediscover his form for the switch back to Polytrack.
On a day of so much National Hunt racing, there would be a particular irony were Clerk's Choice to prove good enough. A regular in decent races over hurdles, he is a winner on the Flat having obliged at Lingfield last December.
- Posted at 0930 BST on 02/07/2014.