Racing tip of the day

  • By: Ben Linfoot
  • Last Updated: August 7 2014, 16:05 BST

Ben Linfoot fancies a course specialist to bounce back to winning form in the Zip Goes A Million Handicap at Haydock.

Danny Tudhope: Will ride Bop It in the Reg Bond colours
Danny Tudhope: Will ride Bop It in the Reg Bond colours

BOP IT - 4.10 Haydock

David O'Meara's BOP IT has got himself nicely handicapped just in time for his return to Haydock and is well worth a bet in the Zip Goes A Million Handicap at Haydock this afternoon.

In four runs at Haydock Bop It has finished first twice and third on the other two occasions and in seven runs since his last run here, when he won, he's dropped back down to a mark 1lb below that winning rating.

This afternoon he runs off 80, and on his four previous runs here he's run off 78 (won), 80, 78 and 81 (won), so history shows he's run a good race every time he has competed at the track from similar marks.

Last time he ran over five furlongs in cheekpieces at Catterick, but the distance isn't ideal and the headgear was ineffective. Today, he's back over six, his optimum trip, and the pieces have been left at home.

The ground is perfect for him, David O'Meara remains in good form and he's up against a bunch of rivals that don't appeal like he does from a handicapping perspective.

Compton Park, Duke Cosimo, Constantine and Ambitious Boy are all running off career high marks while Corporal Maddax, Rasaman and Go Go Green have very little to recommend them on recent evidence.

The three-year-old Supersta also looks vulnerable back in handicap company and that just leaves Arctic Feeling. Richard Fahey's horse is the main threat, but carries 6lb more here than his York win last time and he's struggled to land a blow off this sort of mark on several occasions.

All in all, the 7/2 available about Bop It looks a decent bit of business and is worth taking.