Tip of the Day: Take Pride
With pockets swelled by Ben Coley's 4/1 winner on Wednesday, can Will Hayler do more damage to the bookmakers at Ludlow today?
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As a (small-time) racehorse owner of many years standing, I can confirm that some owners do value every penny of prize money they receive. Contrary to what a number of racing big cheeses believe, any horse in which I have a share will always run in a £5,000 race rather than a £3,000 race if the major difference between the contests is how richly-endowed they are.
But if there's another thing that owners value as much as recouping as much money as possible, it's the chance to compete for a big shiny trophy and that's what's on offer at Ludlow when Grove Pride heads to his local track to take part in the Forbra Gold Cup.
The three-mile contest, named in honour of the locally-owned 1932 Grand National winner of the same name, has attracted a competitive line-up, but none with as much appeal as the selection.
A winner and a handful of other placed runners at the weekend confirmed that Henry Daly's team remain in good form and Grove Pride returns to the track after a nine-week absence just in time to enjoy some of the better ground which has started to appear in recent days.
He certainly didn't appear to enjoy testing conditions when blundering his way around Kempton and Sandown on his latest two starts, soft going appearing to hinder his jumping markedly.
But with time for Daly to have ironed out those problems in the interim, Grove Pride is now able to compete here off a mark of 128 and that looks a very fair one, both on the evidence of his smart hurdles form and his first-time-out victory over fences at Exeter back in November.