Tip of the day: Take up the Slack
Ian Ogg heads to Ayr for today's tip and sides with a potentially well handicapped runner making his debut for a new yard.
Harry Challoner rides Onwiththeparty
Twice in recent weeks, I believe, this column has sided with runners making their debut for a new yard and twice that runner has come up short.
Should it be try, try, try and try again or should we be learning from our mistakes?
I'm opting for the former as Kenneth Slack has caught the eye more than once for his exploits with newly attained recruits and there's no denying that Onwiththeparty is well handicapped on his old form.
He has only won one of his 20 starts for three trainers, including Paul Nicholls, and that record has to act as a caveat while he was tried in blinkers and cheekpieces by Chris Gordon to no avail at the end of his time with the yard.
The seven-year-old sports no headgear today but he is 10ls below his highest rating and has plenty of placed form in similar contests to his name – take the chance that the change of scenery will bring about a return to form.
I normally start by going round the houses before getting to the tip but I've gone the other way around this time. There are, though, some intriguing runners around the country.
Dan Skelton sends three to Ayr but in the opener it's interesting that Nicky Richards, who saddles Progress Drive, won this race with the talented Chidswell two years ago while there have been only two runnings of the bumper but they have both been won by decent horses in Double Ws (whose trainer Malcolm Jefferson runs Captain Sam) and Fagan.
Redcar continues to attract a good number of southern raiders that add a welcome ingredient to the mix and they include course and distance winner Piazon who has his third start for John Butler from a mark some 18lbs lower than he started the season. Leading apprentice Clifford Lee has been booked and the five-year-old is clearly handicapped to run a big race.
Tony Hamilton heads south to Leicester to ride Richard Fahey's three runners there rather than in Cleveland and the Malton handler has a remarkable level stakes profit of over £100 (over the last five years) from a 20% strike rate at the East Midlands venue.
He has a runner in each division of the nursery and it wouldn't surprise to see both knocking on the door.
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