Tip Of The Day: The Best bet

Our man Will Hayler is sticking with a winning system for the concluding nine-furlong handicap at Meydan today.

Oisin Murphy: On board Best Of Times

Best Of Times – 6.00 Meydan

William Buick did us a favour seven days ago when he managed to persuade Cymric, on his first start since being gelded, to put something like his best foot forward to win here.

I'm hoping we can beat him at the same game today, though, in the concluding handicap at the Dubai Carnival.

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Buick is on board Secret Brief, the well-supported favourite, having shaped with promise when a never-nearer fourth over a mile in a similar contest four weeks ago.

However, he's never been the most prolific winner, and I am indebted to Ron Wood of the Racing Post for highlighting the fact that trainer Charlie Appleby's form figures on first-up turf starters so far at the Carnival are '14121121' – the fact that Secret Brief is the '4' in that list hardly makes him any more appealing.

Instead, I'm going to stick with the winning system and go for another horse on his first start since losing his… err… gentleman's equipment – top-weight Best Of Times.

In many respects, he's a similar model to Cymric, being a Listed winner in his younger days who shaped quite well on occasions last season (most notably when leading a furlong out in a big handicap at Royal Ascot only to falter close home) but ultimately failed to deliver and who may in any case be best caught after a break.

In the light of the support for Secret Brief so far this morning, he's quite a backable price now, although he can only be supported on a win-only basis given his all-or-nothing profile – the Best Of Times, the worst of times, some might say.

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