Tip of the day: Silver service
Victory won't be handed to him on a plate but Ian Ogg is hopeful that Briardale can go close in the Silver Cambridgeshire.
Ted Durcan takes the ride on Briardale
A Richard Fahey-trained horse did this column a favour yesterday and I was tempted to side with Dark Devil in the 5.05 at Haydock.
Promising at the start of the campaign, he rather lost his way when stepped up to 10 furlongs but got back on track over a mile last time and may be able to build on that. I know you shouldn't let such things cloud your judgement but I backed him each-way at Carlisle and was a touch aggrieved he was beaten a nose for third; he's also half the price today and this race looks every bit as competitive if not more so.
I was surprised to see Parliamentarian at odds-against in the staying handicap and he was another cause for temptation while Silvestre de Sousa and Jim Crowley take their title battle to the Merseyside track and I was quite sweet on the former's Well Done who has already attracted market support.
Instead I thought we'd have a dabble in the finale at Newmarket, the Shadwell Farm Handicap or Silver Cambridgeshire.
Sky Bet are paying six places for each-way bets in a race where they're betting 11/2 the field with the Group One entered Daily Bulletin heading up the field along with Dawn Mirage, representing Fahey and Ryan Moore.
Both look to have strong credentials with the former carrying a penalty after impressing last time (the runner-up won at Newmarket yesterday) and the latter's Goodwood second franked by the subsequent Listed victory of winner Quebee.
I can't knock either runner and you can make decent cases for a good few more in the field but I do feel that Briardale is overpriced at a best of 20/1 and a general 16s.
James Bethell is an infrequent visitor to the southern tracks but he sent this four-year-old down to Newmarket last time where he shaped adequately over a mile having raced a touch keenly in a first-time hood.
That headgear is left off today but the experiment was understandable as he has shown a tendency to do too much in his races. That hasn't stopped the Arcano gelding progressing this term though from a mark of 70 through to his current perch of 84. The form of his most recent win at York may not be the most exciting but it is solid with the race producing winners and the same is true of his latest effort.
His last two runs have been over a mile but his earlier progress came over middle distances and I fancy that there might be a bit more to come now that he's back up in trip. His last run has the look of a sighter for this race where the larger field and hoped for stronger pace may well help to bring out the best in him and he's worth an each-way interest whether it be with the firms offering four places or with the six on offer at Sky Bet (click here) .
Posted 0832 BST on 23/09/2016
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