No luck for Lewis Jones yesterday as his 12/1 each way pick from Southwell took a walk in the market before inevitably running like a donkey. Lewis is putting his faith in a regular name to this column today. Hopefully this is the day when the horse strikes.
This column is like Groundhog Day when it comes to tipping up this horse. Unbelievably, the horse in question has yet to strike for us when our money has been down, but I would be genuinely surprised if he doesn’t bag us a maximum return today.
Sir Maximilian first came to our attention when romping home in a very hot handicap at Chester and has since added the Rockingham Handicap to his CV with a eye catching win over fellow British raider Caspian Prince.
Tim Pitt’s stable star is being shipped back over to Ireland for his latest crack at some decent prize money as he takes his chance in the Kilfrush Listed Stakes at Tipperary (6:05). He’s a horse on the upgrade for sure.
FRIDAY’S TIP (TIPPERARY)
The frustrating five-year-old has always shaped with a horse of huge potential over the sprint distances but a switch to Pitt’s yard seems to have done the trick. He was hugely impressive when romping clear at Chester and this was after having to make his challenge from midfield against two horses that got a soft lead.
On recent form, he should have no problem transferring his skills from top handicap company to a Listed contest. He was last seen when running a very solid race under a penalty in the Stewards Cup, where he finished a good seventh after looking like getting seriously involved with a furlong to run. If that race was over five furlongs he would have hit the frame but six just stretches his stamina that little but too far.
Today’s race is not only over five furlongs but also an easier assignment for the selection than the richly competitive Stewards Cup.
Russian Soul should give Sir Maximillian plenty to think about if building on his recent unlucky defeat at Fairyhouse.
But that seems a common theme with Russian Soul, just not quite being good enough to strike at this level. Sir Maxmillian knows how to win and that should count for plenty when the horses hit the final furlong. There should be a strong pace for Stevie Donoghue to aim at and the horse’s turn of foot should see him have that extra edge over his rivals.
Get on the 4/1 with four point win stakes. Pile in.
Profit and Loss Record P/L:+87.77
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