Racing tip of the day
Ben Linfoot heads to Stratford and trusts a classy Charles Dickens villain to beat the bookies this afternoon.
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URIAH HEEP - 3.20 Stratford
If you're a horse and you're going to be named after a Charles Dickens character, the chances are you're going to be named after a notorious villain.
Dickens' villains all sound like they might end up running in a two-mile handicap hurdle around Stratford; The Artful Dodger, Fagin, Mr M'Choakumchild and Seth Pecksniff would all have successful careers over timber in my mind.
URIAH HEEP was one such villain in Dickens' mind that schemed to ruin Wickfield in David Copperfield, but he'll become a much more likeable character in my eyes if he can do the business in the 'Pride Of Birmingham Handicap Hurdle' this afternoon.
I think he's a really good bet based on a simple formline that revolves around Focail Maith.
Uriah Heep beat Focail Maith by seven lengths at Stratford last time, receiving 3lb. Main market rival today, Don Padeja, beat Focail Maith by two and three quarter lengths at Stratford last time, receiving 6lb.
The two are very close in the betting today, but in my eyes they should be much further apart. Uriah Heep was a very easy winner in the aforementioned race and a 9lb rise in the weights shouldn't be enough to stop him.
To strengthen his case, the race should also be run to suit. Dovils Date is another pace angle and he could make things difficult for Don Padeja who also likes to have his own way out in front.
Hopefully the two will set things up for the dastardly, scheming Uriah Heep, who can pounce late on under Richard Johnson.