Racing tip of the day
Will Hayler looks to Mr Bossy Boots to set the record straight at Wolverhampton this evening after a recent flop.
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Ralph Beckett is still 'between' stable jockeys after the departure of Jim Crowley - and the fact that Crowley hasn't come near another of the trainer's horses since he left the role increasingly suggests that the separation may not have been quite as mutually acceptable as has been painted.
Silvestre De Sousa has been the principal beneficiary of the vacancy so far, although his commitments to Godolphin mean he'd be most unlikely to accept a role on a more formal basis.
However, in my opinion despite a few lumps and bumps in his riding career since making the move to Newmarket, de Sousa remains among the best half-dozen riders in Brtiain and his booking for Mr Bossy Boots is evidently no bad thing.
Mr Bossy Boots returned from six months on the sidelines at Newmarket last month, but whatever the problem that had kept him off the track during that period it wasn't thought a major concern to punters as he was set off at 5/1 to win a competitive handicap against proven performers.
Ultimately his lack of peak fitness told and the Teofilo colt weakened out of contention quickly in the final stages, but with that run under his belt better can surely be expected in this evening's Neal Wood Fifth Anniversary Memorial Handicap.
He certainly looks to be realistically handicapped off a mark of 77 given that the horse he beat narrowly on his debut, Voyageofdiscovery, scored off 76 afterwards and was a good third off 80 in a hot handicap at Kempton last night.