Tip of the Day: Smart Missile

Ian Ogg is hoping that cheekpieces can help Sam Missile hit the target at Salisbury for the in-form James Fanshawe.

Freddie Tylicki takes the ride on Sam Missile

Sam Missile, 4.40 Salisbury

I popped in to town the other day to buy a gift for a newborn child, or at least one – a gift that is – that would satisy her parents, and also headed to Oxfam to stock up on a few novels to keep me busy for a while.

One title that jumped off the shelf was Telex From Cuba, an apparently epic and enjoyable look at wealth tainted by loss in expatriate Cuba.

Coincidentally, the same day saw an American commercial flight land in Cuba for the first time in more than half a century so the purchase seemed ever more felicitous.

I don't know how often you play those word association games with the pyschiatrist or if you do at all but whenever I think of Cuba, I think of the Cuban Missile crisis and the Bay of Pigs as those history lessons were my first introduction to the South American island.

Now that association is quickly followed by Carlos Acosta and Last Man In Havana and, inevitably, thoughts of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara of course but the missile crisis still pops up first.

The presence of Sam Missile at Salisbury today seems an omen then and one that shouldn't be ignored. The Newmarket handicap in which he reappeared on the first day of May was a decent affair although the form is nothing out of the ordinary after the first two home.

His run there was promising as was his latest effort behind a progressive individual at Doncaster. He was a beaten favourite on Town Moor as he was at Goodwood prior to that and the application of cheekpieces today adds credence to the idea that the Smart Strike colt is not putting it all in.

I am, though, prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt given the evident ability that he possesses and with his stable showing signs of hitting top form and, as is often the case, finishing the season strongly.

Posted 0847 BST on 01/09/2016

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