Tip Of The Day: It’s a Par-Snip
Our Will Hayler makes his case for a Michael Bell-trained runner in a nursery at Leicester this afternoon.
Michael Bell, trainer of Parsnip.
Parsnip looks worth another chance despite flopping in a valuable nursery at Newmarket last time out.
A rare and impressive first-time-out winner for Michael Bell on her debut at Chepstow, that form has worked out reasonably well with a handful of next-time winners further down the field, even if runner-up Bazwind hasn't gone on – there's certainly enough depth to that race to suggest that she is realistically handicapped off a mark 78.
Parsnip was sent off at just 9/2 to maintain her unbeaten record at Headquarters but didn't really fire, despite getting a good-looking position in the early stages and looking to be going nicely enough at halfway.
Perhaps the race came too soon, just 16 days after her debut, or perhaps something else went wrong there – the application of a tongue-tie hints at a wind issue, even though it may just be experimental.
Either way, it's an over-reaction for her to be trading at more than twice those odds for a weaker contest on her very next start, especially as her trainer is in fair form and this is a well-bred filly (half-sister to Kodi Bear) who has some scope for the future.
Later on the card, Syncopation is worth a second look an hour later in the second nursery, run over seven furlongs.
I liked the way he stuck on in the final stages for second at Salisbury last time and I wouldn't want to hang that form on Galactic Prince, who went off too quickly for his own good at York last week.
The worry for me is today's quicker ground at Leicester, for although there is no doubt that this is a weak event, his form so far on good going doesn't match that of his latest run. That's enough to persuade me not to get involved and instead just root for Parsnip. Boom boom.