Tip of the Day: Going for Gold
Ben Linfoot hopes Newbury beats the second inspection as the Tip of the Day runs at the Berkshire venue this afternoon.
Aidan Coleman: Rides Monbeg Gold in the Martin Broughton silks
MONBEG GOLD was very disappointing at Newbury last time, but he's better than that and it's worth forgiving his last run ahead of the Betfred 'Treble The Odds On All Lucky 15's' Handicap Chase back in Berkshire this afternoon.
Jonjo O'Neill's horse was sent off 5/1 in first-time cheekpieces at Newbury last time, but his jumping was poor and he laboured to a remote eighth-place finish behind Beware The Bear.
The handicapper, though, left him alone on 130 and with good reason. His previous start at Fontwell, his first over fences, was a performance full of promise and one that suggested he will climb much higher up the chase ladder than he ever did over hurdles.
He jumped well at Fontwell and finished off his race well after just losing touch with the winner, More Buck's, going down to the last. He gave the winner 6lb that day and was beaten just half-a-length in the end.
More Buck's won at Sandown on his next start off a 5lb higher mark and that wasn't the only form boost from the Fontwell race – the third home, Sartorial Elegance, won at Plumpton next time, while the fourth home, Belami Des Pictons, won at Newbury on New Year's Eve in a handicap off 132.
Monbeg Gold was nine lengths clear of Sartorial Elegance and 15 lengths clear of Belami Des Pictons, so he must surely be better than his most recent effort at Newbury. Given how the Fontwell form has worked out, I'm happy to put a line through his last run.
The softer ground today should help, and the cheekpieces are replaced by first-time blinkers too. He is one of the most unexposed chasers in today's contest and I'm not sure he should be four times the price of Potters Corner.
Paul Morgan's horse is in better form and has an obvious chance on his Ascot run, but he'll have to settle better than he did last time if he's to see out today's test and his form over hurdles was over shorter trips.
Little Jon and Horatio Hornblower are interesting outsiders that have slid down the weights, but neither have the potential of Monbeg Gold, who is taken to bounce back this afternoon and build on the promise of his debut over fences.
The general 8/1 with the Best Odds Guaranteed concession looks the way to go.
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