Tip of the day: Haa-rd to beat
Ben Linfoot thinks Haajes is the best bet of the day when he takes his chance at Pontefract this afternoon.
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When I realised I'd forgotten my laptop this morning I was stood at the train station contemplating what might win at Pontefract this afternoon.
I'd merrily skipped down to the platform wondering what equine hero would be carrying my cash today when the realisation hit that I'd left home without something.
It wasn't my tin of mints or my wallet or my train pass or my phone or my chorizo salad, but something important had been left behind. And then I saw a man with a laptop bag and realised I'd broken my own course record beause I was one HP EliteBook light.
At least returning home averted a flooding disaster in the bathroom and the additional minutes to my journey time allowed me to come to the conclusion that HAAJES is well worth a decent wager this afternoon.
Like me, he's carrying less weight than has been the norm as he's dropped to a mark in the 60s for the first time in six years. Off 68, the Indian Ridge gelding has a fine chance this afternoon.
Though there are a handful of horses in with chances in the Chaplins Club Handicap, Haajes' case is most persuasive at the prices.
He won off a mark of 85 in his pomp and though he's ten-years-old now he's been running well enough without winning this campaign. He just needed a bit of help from the assessor and now he's got it.
Just a couple of starts ago he was a two-and-a-half length fourth off a 5lb higher mark at Hamilton and if you got back to last summer he won here at Pontefract from a 4lb higher mark.
That was his last visit to the track and a strongly-run, stiff five furlongs is exactly what he needs to perform to his optimum.
There's enough pace up front in today's contest for him to get the race run to suit and Paul Midgley's sprinters could hardly be in better form as Silvanus highlighted when winning at Ripon yesterday.
The final piece in the jigsaw is the booking of Graham Lee who takes over from Shirley Teasdale. Lee has ridden him once before, when he was fourth at Hamilton, and he can produce him with a late thrust to land the odds.
Those odds are around 10/1 - a very fair price with so much in his favour this afternoon.