Tuesday’s racing card comes from Huntingdon, Sedgefield & Lingfield as we bring you the latest tips & live streaming service.
Softsong has some decent form in the book and won’t need to improve much to be a player in the OMNI SECURITY SERVICES MICHAELMAS HURDLE (A Handicap) at 2:15.
The six-year-old promised to make up into a useful handicap hurdler after running away with a 2m3½f maiden hurdle at Doncaster in January by ten lengths, however, under the care of James Davies, the horse failed to build on that splendid showing and ended the season being pulled up at Cheltenham and Haydock.
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We’re hoping the switch to Pipe’s Nicholashayne yard will work the oracle.
Pipe said in a recent stable tour that “perhaps first time out will be the moment to catch him,” and when he speaks it’s well worth listening. He knows how to get a horse ready first time out and this one looks well treated off a mark of 130 over hurdles. He has bags of potential. Get on the 5/1.
Meanwhile, the BHA have some major answers to face up to after the farcical nature of the way the Listed handicap chase at Wincanton was won on Saturday. The race produced a very impressive winner in the form of The Young Master but it later transpired that the horse was not eligible for the race as he’d only run twice over fences as a novice and three runs are required to enter a handicap.
The stewards, alerted too late to prevent The Young Master from running, forwarded a report to the BHA after racing and, after assessing the facts, they lodged an official objection on Monday, which will now be considered by a disciplinary panel. The connections of the mightily impressive winner are understandably not happy with the way this has been handled and will fight the case in the courts.
Owner Mike Burbidge said: “I have been in racing for 20 years and am not going to give this up without a fight. I think they have made a cock-up and we’ll end up paying for it.”
The owner said the entry had been made on the Weatherbys website and claimed there was no reference to the condition relating to novices contesting the race.
He added: “I can’t understand the problem as it was to our disadvantage he had run in only two relevant races. If they disqualify him, what are they going to do with his handicap mark? They can’t put it up if they say he has effectively not run in the race. Something has to give and I’ll get a solicitor involved if needed.”