Tip of the day: He’s the ‘man
Ian Ogg hopes an in-form trainer can saddle another winner at Wolverhampton's meeting this evening.
Graham Gibbons (left) rides Pivotman
The 8/1 that was widely available last night has been snapped up but I suppose you have to accentuate the positive and that is that the market clearly expects a decent run from Pivotman who can still be backed at 6s.
Trainer Mick Easterby's strike rate over the past two months has been 14% and 17% which compares very favourably to the summer and October yielded a level stakes profit of almost £30 and he's currently well in credit for November.
Hopefully his eight-year-old can contribute to that total tonight as he has his fourth start over Wolverhampton's one mile, one furlong and 103 yard trip. His previous efforts have yielded two wins and a perfectly respectable well beaten fifth in a class two handicap behind Tryster.
He's back in class five company tonight, a level that has produced four wins from 22 starts (as well as another five top three finishes) out of a career total of seven from 54.
The last of his wins at Dunstall Park came in 2014 from a rating of 72 – the same mark he races off tonight – while his last all-weather success was achieved from 78 in January of last year.
He arrives in form having won his penultimate start on turf and it's easy enough to forgive his seventh of 13 over a mile at Chelmsford City from a wide draw on his most recent outing.
In an open race, he makes plenty of appeal.
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