Bon chance

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: January 31 2013, 11:07 GMT

Ian Ogg selects a bet of the day, a longshot and a horse in focus from today's action.

Michel Le Bon: Can land the veterans' chase at Wincanton

Bet Of The Day: Michel Le Bon 3.10 Wincanton

Veteran chases have proved to be one of the more popular innovations of recent times as punters delight in seeing old favourites resume winning ways in their twilight years of their racing careers.

Michel Le Bon hardly lies in that category but he has very few miles on the clock for one of his age with just 10 starts under Rules, having made his debut at the end of 2008.

He's won four of those and this appears to be an excellent opportunity for him to make it five. He was pulled up in the Welsh National but it's easy to forgive him that run, this is less competitive, and he's only a couple of pounds higher than when beating all bar The Package in the Badger Ales Trophy at this track back in November.

Harry Derham is good value for his claim and the addition of cheekpieces should help concentrate his mind on the job. A price of around the 2/1 mark seems perfectly fair.

Longshot: Upbeat Cobbler 1.50 Towcester

Henry Daly's mare would be an appropriately-named winner at the Towcester venue but that's not the sole reason for putting her up here.

Upbeat Cobbler was in the process of running a big race on her hurdling bow over course and distance when coming to grief three out and should be capable of making her presence felt on that evidence providing that she's not suffering from any ill effects from the fall.

Daly had endured a quiet spell but sent out two winners from as many runners yesterday which bodes well for this full sister to the useful Rebel Du Maquis (who showed ability in bumpers) and, in a race which lacks strength in depth, she appeals at double figure prices.

Horse In Focus: Saamidd 5.25 Meydan

Dubbed 'Pegasus' by those at his yard in his juvenile days, the 2010 Champagne Stakes winner has struggled ever since that heady success on Town Moor.

Pulling way too hard in the Dewhurst behind Frankel, Saamid managed only one start at three when twelfth of 13 in the Guineas. There was promise in his reappearance at four but he flopped next time out at York and now it's time for another comeback.

Can the five year old son of Street Cry gain some measure of redemption at the Dubai Carnival this afternoon in the Dubai Trophy Handicap?


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