Tip of the day: All aboard

The apprentice handicap at Kempton has attracted more attention than usual and Ian Ogg heads there for his tip of the day.

A general view of runners and riders under floodlights at Kempton Park

Dalness Express e.w. – 7.55 Kempton Park

Dan Skelton must rather like Wetherby. The Warwickshire-based handler is 11 from 33 with his runners at the track and that includes just one chase winner from 10 attempts.

He sends two hurdlers (7-18) and a bumper (3-5) to Yorkshire today and, at the time of writing they are 11/2, 3/1 and 9/4; given his record, you could do worse than back all three to level stakes.

His juvenile hurdler is up against a likely-looking runner from Alan King's yard called Coeur De Lion but whereas Harry Skelton is at the track to ride his brother's horses, King's stable jockey is at Hereford for two rides with mare Midnight Tour arguably the most interesting on her first run for the yard since leaving David Loder.

She has no penalty kick though with Legend Lady representing Oliver Sherwood who has already proved his prowess with the ladies this week when Surtee Du Berlais took Listed honours at Kempton on Monday.

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Kempton provides fare of rather a different kind this evening with some typically-interesting maidens joined by an excellent Listed race and a valuable handicap. To borrow a phrase, the closing All Weather 'Hands And Heels' Apprentice Series Handicap is what it is.

The race has attracted more than its usual share of attention due to Jamie Osborne's decision to take to Twitter to find a suitably-qualified jockey and then inviting a vote. Such a thing caused quite a stir here but may not have caused quite the same number of headlines in Japan where the majority of the field for the end-of-season highlight, the Grade One Arima Kinen, is made up of runners voted for by the public.

It would be a wonderful way of engaging people with racing in this country but of course such a thing would never wash with owners or trainers even before we get to the public's propensity to deliver strange results when voting (I'm thinking Boaty McBoatface).

That's all by the by and although everyone will wish Georgia Dobie well, I'll be hoping she finishes second to Dalness Express.

There's no market support for John O'Shea's runner which is a little disconcerting but the form of his latest run is working out so well that I think he's worth a dabble at 16/1 (but do take best-odds guaranteed).

The winner won again next time, the third filled the same spot, the fourth second and the fifth won. Dalness Express was staying on from the rear into eighth, beaten five lengths, so the step back up to a mile (from seven) promises to suit on just his fifth start, and second with a rating, and O'Shea has booked one of the more experienced apprentices in the race in Patrick Vaughan who only just qualifies.

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