Racing tip of the day
Ben Linfoot heads to Newmarket for his tip of the day with a Robert Cowell-trained runner strongly fancied to prevail.
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ZAIN EMPIRE - 4.55 Newmarket
Sometimes it's a real struggle to find one horse on a given day that I want to back and sometimes there are so many punting opportunities I don't know what to do with myself.
Today falls into the latter category and when that happens I usually put together some sort of life-changing multiple, well, week-changing at least, and there are several horses on my radar that are asking to be backed this afternoon.
As Will Hayler commented in his Notebook update, I was excited to see Grand Proposal and Koala Bear entered up today and both have good chances, especially the former whose form was boosted in some fashion yesterday.
Koala Bear runs at Salisbury where there is another good card and Yuften looks a solid favourite in the feature Sovereign Stakes there after a couple of good runs at the top level.
Over at Leopardstown, too, John Oxx's Eriniya is iikely to shed her maiden tag stepped up to seven after a promising reappearance run at the Curragh 67 days ago.
I'd be happy to label any of the above a 'tip of the day', but that moniker goes to ZAIN EMPIRE in the 32Red.com Handicap at Newmarket as he looks the most solid of the lot.
Robert Cowell's three-year-old Dubawi colt only made his debut at Carlisle in June but it was a winning one with the first two well clear of the rest.
Next time, at Sandown, he ran a good third in a five-runner handicap off a mark of 75 (up just 2lb today) with the winner, Provenance, going in again at Haydock on Saturday off a 6lb higher mark.
The fourth home, Crystal Lake, has won subsequently too and Zain Empire should boost the form further as everything looks in place for a bold bid this afternoon.
I much prefer his form to the all-weather win of Bombardment, and with much more improvement to come from this lightly-raced type, especially over a mile for the first time, he rates a decent bet.