Tip of the day: Today’s the day
There are some smart jumpers in action at Galway but Ian Ogg heads to Wolverhampton's apprentice handicap for today's top tip.
Callum Shepherd takes the ride on Lackaday
The Galway Festival remains on the 'to-do list' but I wouldn't mind being there for today's card.
We may be in the formative stages of the jumps season but Aspen Colorado, Monksland and Diamond King are all set to be in action, with the promising Le Martalin lining up in the opener while the closing bumper is full of likely looking sorts.
Tony Martin has a couple of runners but he's also, a little more surprisingly, represented at Musselburgh where Gladiator King's jockey will wear the famous silks of JP McManus; the market should prove informative.
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The in-form David O'Meara has a stronger numerical representation but his principal jockey Danny Tudhope heads to Leicester to ride two for the yard.
That Is The Spirit is part of a small but select field in the Wreake Handicap where he might well enjoy the run of the race given he is the only runner in the line-up who regularly leads. I thought Taraz ran well at York and it's easy to excuse his Pontefract run where he was dropped to a mile; that run resulted in a 5lb drop in the weights and today's track and trip should suit far better.
The suggestion for this feature though is to back Lackaday each way in the opening NTM Finland Apprentice Handicap at Wolverhampton.
It has been a while since trainer Mark Walford has saddled a winner which is a concern but his horses seem to be running okay as a general rule and everything looks to be in place for a big run from his four-year-old.
A runner-up from a mark of 70 over course and distance on his only previous visit to the track in March, he was a winner the following month from a rating of 65 but some modest efforts since means that he lines up here from just 63.
This is his third run in a Class 6 contest and he has finished first and second in his two other races and he's already been backed in from 20s to around the 10/1 and 12/1 mark which obviously suggests that someone is hopeful he's ready to fire after a near-two-month absence.
That is still a price that's worth gambling on his return to form with the possibility of best odds guaranteed covering a late drift.
Posted 0859 BST on 11/10/16.
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