Tip Of The Day: Let's twist again

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: February 20 2013, 8:55 GMT

Ian Ogg will be rolling back the years and twisting like Chubby Checker if his tip of the day comes in at Doncaster.

Lucy Wadham: Should be able to eke further improvement out of Dawn Twister

The card at Doncaster could throw up a few Festival clues either by the merit of performances this afternoon or collateral form with the performances of Swnymor and Cheltenian among those of particular interest.

The three mile handicap hurdle may not send any shockwaves through the ante-post market but it's no less of an interesting puzzle.

Knight Pass has been chalked up as the morning line favourite and the layers are clearly mindful of the ability he showed as a young horse.

He's only had one start for David Pipe so it's too soon to be writing him off but 4/1 around a horse who has pulled up on two of his last three starts and been stuffed out of sight on the offer doesn't scream bet.

Similarly, Jonjo O'Neill may be able to find the key to Moonlight Drive who has returned a beaten favourite three times in his last four starts and he's a little more tempting at around twice the price having, at least, run well last time.

There are, naturally, a good many more that cases can be made for among the 16 strong field but, with four places currently on offer, the one that interests me at the prices is Dawn Twister.

Newmarket handler Lucy Wadham has her string in good form with three winners from 14 runners in February and this six year old posted a more encouraging effort at the start of the month.

A 100 rated horse on the level, his hurdling career started promisingly enough but he appears to have got bogged down in the mud as conditions have got progressively worse through the winter.

I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him turn in a vastly improved performance now that he's got the opportunity to race on a better surface and he has the potential to progress not only after just seven starts over hurdles but also as he steps up to three miles for the first time.

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