Tip of the Day: Calling Alcala

The form of Alcala's chasing debut is enough for Ben Linfoot to side with him for today's Tip of the Day.

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ALCALA – 3.00 Hereford

The 188bet.co.uk Chase at Hereford (3.00) today is a cracking little novices' handicap packed full of promising types that could leave today's marks behind in the future.

Neil Mulholland should be trusted to get the best out of Knight Of Noir in time, while Colin's Brother is on a hat-trick stepping up in trip for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Truckers Glory battled to beat subsequent Lingfield winner On The Road last time too, though an 11lb rise looks harsh enough considering today's company.

Final Nudge is interesting enough in first-time cheekpieces as well, though it remains to be seen if the headgear sharpens him up sufficiently to stay with today's rivals over today's trip of two and a half miles.

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That quartet show what a competitive race this is, but their presence only makes ALCALA'S price bigger than it might've been and at 11/4 he's worth backing to make his second start over fences a winning one.

His chasing debut came at Uttoxeter last time and he acquitted himself well in what was a hot race for its kind – form that stands out in today's line up.

Burtons Well won the contest and he was a better fourth than the distance he was beaten suggests at Cheltenham on Saturday, while the second, Pistol Park, also ran well when second at Haydock the weekend before that.

Alcala was held up behind those two at Uttoxeter, but he jumped well on his first go over fences and he made good headway in the second half of the contest to finish third.

He's only gone up 1lb and you would think he'll be ridden a bit more prominently this afternoon now he knows what the chasing game is all about.

The heavy ground will hold no fears and, judging by that debut, a mark of 130 might underestimate his fencing abilities.

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