Tip of the Day: On the Court
Our Tip of the Day runs at Plumpton with Ben Linfoot fancying one of David Pipe's on its handicap debut.
David Pipe: Trains Stay Out Of Court
There are quite a few interesting runners at Plumpton today and you only have to look as far as the first to find a couple with Neil Mulholland's Oscars Boss taking on Gary Moore's Royal Hall.
Oscars Boss is the odds-on favourite after being good enough to win a couple of Irish bumpers for his old yard, but Royal Hall has hurdling experience under his belt after runs in France and at Newbury.
He should come on for that Newbury fifth, Moore always has winners at Plumpton – indeed, he won this race last year with Clayton – and I wouldn't want to be taking short prices about Mulholland's horse considering the threat of Royal Hall.
If he does win he could spark a 'Royal' treble with Royal Salute and Royal Etiquette likely to go off as favourites for the final two races, while Jerrysback is another one out of the 'interesting' file as he makes his debut in the novices' hurdle at 2.45, for Philip Hobbs and JP McManus, following an easy point-to-point success last time.
However, the most interesting of the lot could be STAY OUT OF COURT on his handicap debut for David Pipe and I was surprised to see he isn't a stronger favourite than he is for the Patrick Bolton 60th Birthday Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at 3.20.
Considering Oscars Boss and Jerrysback are odds-on despite not being seen in this country, the 9/4 about Stay Out Of Court might represent a bit of value on the card.
He chased home the now 141-rated Robinshill over an inadequate two miles at Ffos Las in December and he was outclassed when second to Paul Nicholls' Overland Flyer at Taunton on January 11, but that horse is a 20/1 chance for the Albert Bartlett which tells you the impression he made.
With those runs in mind, an opening handicap mark of 115 looks lenient.
Today's assignment is much easier than either of his last two and three miles on soft ground should bring his undoubted stamina into play (he battled on well to ensure second spot at Taunton).
Cheekpieces are applied in a bid to help him travel into the race better and David Noonan, who has enjoyed a fair few winners in the last few weeks, takes a handy 3lb off.
The 9/4 with the Best Odds Guaranteed concession looks a perfectly acceptable bet on a quiet Monday.
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