Tip Of The Day: Boy streets ahead
David Pipe's E Street Boy looks worth backing on his return to timber at Wincanton this afternoon according to Ben Coley.
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As Cheltenham draws ever closer, chances to boost the betting balance are increasingly few and far between.
However, E Street Boy could take a lot of beating in the Higos For Your Hatch Property Handicap Hurdle at Wincanton.
Trained by David Pipe, this seven-year-old was a major disappointment when backed in to favouritism at Musselburgh last time, but three miles, heavy ground and the fact that he's yet to truly impress over fences make that effort easy to ignore.
It's little surprise that the Pond House handler switches his charge back to hurdles today as he was hugely progressive in the spring of 2011, winning four handicaps in a fortnight before those exertions eventually took their toll.
Having been beaten in May of that year, a result which put an end to his winning streak, E Street Boy was then absent until last November but his second start back, when not beaten far over fences, suggested that the ability remains.
If that's the case and he's simply a better horse over hurdles, then today's contest under ideal conditions looks very much winnable off a mark of 106, just 4lb higher than that from which he last won without turning a hair.
Tom Scudamore takes the ride and with seven of Pipe's last 15 runners having done the business, it's clear that the stable are absolutely flying at just the right time.
Admiral Boom looks the obvious threat as he's been steadily progressive so far, but it remains to be seen whether this point recruit wants a sharper test on quicker ground than he had last time, and the fact that 12-year-old Orion Express is next in the betting having been beaten off a lower mark last time says it all.
If the market speaks in his favour, consider a saver on Franklino who will be having his third start after an absence and was once held in high esteem.
However, the one to be on is the well-treated E Street Boy.