Tip of The Day: Take to the Beach
Ian Ogg picks out his best bets for the day and is keen to take on hot favourite Sametegal at Taunton.
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There are some interesting newcomers to the handicap ranks around the country today.
Hughie Morrison runs Suspension at Southwell and it would be no surprise to see a big run from her (or indeed Captain Bellamy earlier on the card) given the record of the Avonbridge filly's trainer at the track.
At Taunton Sarenice takes the eye having had four runs in novice company behind Jump City, Pearl Swan, Grumeti and The New One.
He's not been able to get close to any of those rivals but may be more at home against horses of similar ability from a mark of 90 under conditions which should suit.
Sametegal is sure to be popular in the Bathwick Tyres Handicap Hurdle which has received a rather disappointing six declarations given the handsome prize money on offer.
It is, nevertheless, a competitive affair and Paul Nicholls' juvenile is a short price to see off his elders and it's easy enough to see why with three wins and two seconds from five career starts.
He could clearly improve further and there's good reason to think that he'll handle the testing ground but this is a different test to the races that he's been running in and I'm keen to take him on.
Oscar Nominee is of obvious interest but I'm not convinced that connections will want his mark to rise before Cheltenham (where presumably he heads having gone close at last year's Festival) while underfoot conditions may not be ideal.
Home Run's winning run came to an end over C&D last time and it's the next two in the market that interest me.
Meganisi ran a stinker behind Puffin Billy last time and it's a concern that one or two of Rebecca Curtis' horses have run below expectations of late but the yard is still sending out plenty of winners and this small field could be ideal for the Galileo gelding who made almost every yard in a decent Newbury novice on his penultimate start.
The handicapper's given him a chance but marginal preference is for the 10 year old Chesil Beach Boy.
A line can be put through his run at Sandown where a slow pace put paid to any chance this strong puller had but his previous runs in decent events at Kempton and Ascot suggest that he has a race in him from his current mark.
There should be a decent pace here with Meganisi and Home Run in the line-up, conditions are no problem and John Coombe's gelding, who isn't the most straightforward, may just prove that much more tractable for Mark Quinlan who takes over from regular amateur pilot Miranda Roberts.
Claire Dyson has enjoyed an excellent season and this mare showed enough promise in a bumper on her racecourse bow to be worth chancing at a double figure price.
She's been well beaten in three runs over hurdles but faces a far more suitable test this afternoon and doesn't look to have been overburdened by her initial perch of 86.