Ben Coley picks out his bet of the day, best longshot, a horse in focus and an 8/1 special for today's action.
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Tigris was a big eye-catcher in a very strong Listed bumper last time, and he can successfully make the transition to hurdles at Ludlow. A point-to-point winner back in March, he's likely to improve for seeing an obstacle and may only need to settle to win this on his way to better things. That Listed bumper I mentioned was won by a Nicky Henderson horse who is just 16/1 for the Champion Bumper, while the David Pipe-trained second had looked very good when hacking up on his previous start and our pick was with them until tiring close home having refused to settle. This maiden hurdle looks to lack strength in depth and Philip Hobbs has found his five-year-old an ideal opportunity.
Hopefully the dead eight stand their ground for this handicap chase and if they do, I can see rank outsider Zazamix making the frame at a silly price. Andrew Crook's gelding was beaten when slipping on Boxing Day but that was his first run since the spring and it came on heavy ground, so it's certainly forgiveable. Go back to February and he won a Catterick contest off just a 4lb lower mark and providing he gets into a rhythm I can see him going close with conditions ideal here. This race looks ripe for an upset with two horses who, while unexposed, have to prove they're worthy of their ratings heading the betting and the booking of Ryan Mania aboard my selection - who was once in the care of Nicky Henderson - catches the eye.
Donald McCain's star makes his second start over fences this afternoon having impressed at Sandown two months ago. He's got precious little to beat but it'll be fascinating to see how he jumps and whether he can do enough to see his current 5/1 quote for the Arkle cut. A winner of a Northumberland Place and Chester Cup on the level and placed in a Champion Hurdle, it would be great to see him rise to the top over fences too and today represents another step along that path.
Adam Kirby is riding out of his skin at present and 8/1 about him guiding home a pair of winners at Kempton looks worth an interest. Kirby has five rides - more than he takes up at Lingfield - and could get off to a flying start with Roy's Legacy in the 5.10. His mounts in the next two races have to improve markedly but both Shaunas Spirit (6.40) and Vale Of Lingfield (7.10) look to hold excellent claims, enhanced by the booking of our man. Kirby rode three winners from four rides yesterday and averages a winner a day since Boxing Day, so at the price it's worth chancing that he can manage two this evening.