Tip Of The Day: Pipe holds the key

  • Last Updated: February 22 2013, 15:49 GMT

Warwick has beaten the weather and that's where Ben Linfoot is heading with his tip of the day.

David Pipe: Holds the key in Warwick's feature
David Pipe: Holds the key in Warwick's feature

After waiting 76 days to back PROBLEMA TIC following his eye-catching run in the Becher Chase I can't ignore his claims today despite the presence of a potentially lethally-handicapped stablemate.

David Pipe's Problema Tic fell at Aintree, but he was travelling very well at the time and his previous run at Cheltenham also backs the claim he's got a race in him off his current mark of 142.

He was due to run in the Ascot handicap won by Vino Greigo at the weekend but was a non-runner after a vet's certificate declared him not sound.

That was only six days ago so he clearly comes with risks attached but I think he's worth it off a mark only 5lb higher than his last win.

I'm not sure soft ground is ideal for him - he'll certainly be of interest in the spring - but he handles it fine as he's shown on several occasions and the drop in trip is no concern either.

He's travelled so well over further this season that 2m 4f remains well within his compass and on his last two starts at the distance he was a winner and a head second.

In a race where plenty of the opposition have something to prove, he is taken to get back on the winning trail.

The danger is his stablemate BALLYNAGOUR who is racing from 1lb out of the handicap but could be thrown in off a mark of 123.

Twice a winner in France on soft ground, this Irish point winner hasn't been seen since pulling up in a race in France last July but he's been backed into favouritism this morning.

The Pipe stable rarely get these handicap vibes wrong and while I'm sticking with the proven form of their Problema Tic, I'll have to put him in a reverse-forecast with Ballynagour. Just in case.

In the following race I wouldn't call ROC D'APSIS rock solid after two 30-length defeats and a fall but even-money quotes are fair enough about him today.

Those two 30-length defeats came against Far West and Rolling Star - the two lowest-priced British-trained horses in the ante-post Triumph Hurdle market - and that form stands above all others in this contest.

Twice a winner on the Flat in France, Tom George's grey has his easiest assignment over hurdles so far by a long way and is taken to get off the mark this afternoon.


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