8:00 Sandown On the Gallops (19th May) BETVICTOR BREEDERS BACKING RACING EBF MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (3-4yo)

An EBF Maiden Stakes over 1m 2f 7y on good to firm going. A massive field of seventeen three and four-year-olds. I'm not going to beat about the bush and have narrowed this race down to one horse. I'm sure you must enjoy my approach! As usual, I can't tell my reasoning because that would be against the rules. So which horse has registered on the Ritcher scale? Regicide catches the eye for James Fanshawe. I must admit I rate this trainer and this three-year-old gelding, a son of Achipengo should have sold win and place claims. Racing in the familiar silks of Chris Van Hoorn Racing, this bay cost 65,000G at the yearling sales. He was relatively fancied on debut when priced 8/1 and finished runner-up giving the impression there is much more to come. In some respects, this race is a step up in class as his racecourse bow was at auction class. I would rather bet each-way on this horse than straight win. However, the betting at this time is 3/1. We either hope he drifts in the betting or just go for the win. On this rare occasion, I would suggest that if you cannot gain an each-way price I'd be tempted to go for a win bet [fingers crossed]. If this gelding happened to drift markedly and beyond 13/2 & less SP I would take a watching brief. I think this is unlikely to happen but I do like to keep you informed as it doesn't pay to take anything for granted. 

2:20 Lingfield (17th May) RYAN VEHICLES MAIDEN STAKES (Div I) (CLASS 5) (3yo+)

Interesting. You wait for a horse to run at two and then you finally see it appear for debut at three. Well, it's not that surprising as I always wait because I'm a patient devil. 

Let's have a look at Tuesday's horses of interest. [Just the one after searching high and low].

Egyptian. This is the horse my introduction relates. I know this colt one of the better juveniles in Jeremy Noseda's stable last year and I would imagine he is a talent. A $170,000 yearling purchase, must have fair each-way claims. I'm always slightly worried about a debutante on a turning course but interesting three-year-old who no doubt will be winning this year. 

Had a look at the other three-year-old races and nothing of great interest. To be fair, Egyptian isn't my normal type of bet for this page. I can't say what is my normal approach as it's a secret. 

2:50 Redcar Racing Tips (16th May) FOLLOW @RACING_UK ON TWITTER MAIDEN FILLIES´ STAKES (Div I) (CLASS 5) (3yo+)

I've been a little quiet of late because there have been no three-year-old races of interest. However, we may have a decent prospect going here. Charles Hills knows his horses and Sonnet should have very good claims in this 7f on good to firm going. This bay filly is a daughter of Kyllachy and purchased for 100,000E at the yearling sales. She was fancied to go well on debut at Wolverhampton and, although running well, could never quite reach the leaders, but ran a very respectable debut. That first start should have this March foal spot on for a big run. If drifting in the betting [tissue price 5/2] would make a very good bet if each-way is available. The strength of this horse is the place but respectable win claims. At around 3/1 the winning side of the bet is probably the price to chance so I would either have  a place bet on the exchanges or if drifting to 4/1+ go for an each-way bet and hope she gets her head in front. 

8:30 Ripon (6th May) On the Gallops SIS ON-DEMAND RACING GAMES MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (3yo)

A Maiden race over 6f on good going. Eight three-year-olds, most unfancied in the betting. If the market is anything to go by this is a three-horse race. General Alexander seems to be making hard work of winning and looks the type to regress at some point with one hard race too many.  Line Sport is an unraced colt from Richard Fahey's stable in the silks of Jabber Abdullah.Karl Burke is a fantastic trainer and Thankyou Stars is the selection here but about even money doesn't set the greatest value although I think she will win. This daughter of Exceed And Excel ran well on debut and if drifting a touch in the market would be a good bet.    


Thankyou Stars NR

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Tuesday's Racing Tips

A select few tips today and we will try to find a few decent sorts. 

2:00 Nottingham - 

Karl Burke is a great trainer and his horses are often primed for a big run second start. High Draw was nibbled at in the betting on debut and that is a positive sign. This three-year-old has respectable win and place claims. 

7:25 Lingfield - 

Not as a strong opinion on this horse although a very well-bred three-year-old. I'm sure connections have been rather frustrated by Verne Castle. In some ways, he hasn't been beaten far but better was expected. The betting on those first two starts detailed a winner in waiting. This doesn't look the strongest race and at about 8/1 may have each-way claims. This gelding was meant to run before but withdrawn due to soft going. I have detailed a couple of these type for Balding before and they haven't achieved what I hoped which tempers my enthusiasm. However, I do think he is ready to run and trying his best. 
    

Monday's Racing Tips

Not a great deal of time but I will detail a few horses of interest. 

2:20 Ayr - 

Sabrina Brazzo has place claims at double-figure odds. Dods can pop up with a half decent debut winner and this daughter of showcasing could have win and place claims.

3:00 Chelmsford - 

Decent prize money for this maiden and a few interesting three-year-olds. I like Tigerwolf in many ways but from a statistical point of view War Story has a very good win and place claims for Luca Cumani. If available at an each-way price looks a fair type.

7:20 Wolverhampton -

I'd keep an eye on the betting here. Hidden Gem is worth a chance if priced 13/2 and less sp. If outside this betting guide I would take a watching brief. 

2:00 Musselburgh On The Gallops (24th April) TOTEPLACEPOT MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (3yo+)

A Maiden Stakes over 1m 2y on good to firm going. Just the six runners. I had my eye on Sayedaati Saadati last year. This bay colt had a reputation as being one of Kevin Ryan's better two-year-olds but he disappointed on his only start last year and no doubt put away to come back with a three-year-old campaign and show what he is made of. A couple of these look fair opponents but I would be hopeful this son of Montjeu will go well today. He still holds a Derby entry and was considered for a trio of high-class Group races last year. 



5:20 Bath On The Gallops (15th April) RACS GROUP SPECIALISTS MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (3yo+)

With softening ground across the country it's not good news for most punters. Non runners, mud, mud not so glorious mud. I've ripped up the form book and searching for a horse wearing welling boots, poncho and born under the star sign Pisces. Where's the equine mystic come bon viveur Russel Grant when you need him? If this doesn't work I'm turning to tarot cards next week. 

Yesterday's two selections ran well enough although I thought Alan Swinbank's charge would prevail and a little unlucky to have his rather wayward ''friend'' intimidating him. Dods' horse ran ok, to a point, in fourth a huge odds. Not that does punters any good unless you love to bet four places on the exchanges. 

I have another three-year-old running at Bath, who may or may not be a good bet. Verne Castle was fancied to go well both starts last year and although far from disgraced didn't hit the frame (well, three places if you are fastidious). 

*Verne Castle is a gelding by Sahkee's Secret out of a talented mare, similarly owned and trained by Mr Balding (Ian, father, rather than Andrew, son). 

Lochangel was a gifted sprinter; an out-and-out Group 1 contender, who tasted victory at the highest level when winning the Nunthorpe Stakes Group 1 at York. 

Connections will be disappointed if Verne Castle can't find the winning thread this season and after an absence of almost 200 days, he should have each-way claims at odds of 13/2. 

NR - Verne Castle 

5:30 Ripon On The Gallops (14th April) SIS MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (3yo)

A Maiden Stakes over 1 mile on heavy going. Quite an interesting horse going here for Alan Swinbank racing in the familiar silks of Mrs J Porter. Steccando was fancied to go well on her debut at Redcar just over two weeks ago, making good progress at the finish after experience cost this son of Lawman. This bay gelding cost 35,000eur at the yearling sales and looks the type to improve a good deal for this second start. Considering he handled the heavy ground that day, this test may be in his favour and to the detriment of many. At odds of 10/1 he could well hit the frame. Michael Dods' filly is another three-year-old who may go well at huge odds of 20/1. This stable have claims with many a debutante and Agatas Legacy has place claims. 

5:50 Chelmsford Racing Tips (7th April) TOTEWIN BEAT SP 2015 NATIONAL MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (3yo+)

The last couple of days haven't been ideal with a moody favourite flopping and an outsider which ran ok to a point but hardly hit the bulls eye. Best get back to the best stuff and I'm very hopeful we have found a decent three-year-old in this  1 mile maiden stakes. Murad Khan is trained by Hugo Palmer who does well with his string and this son of Raven's Pass was all the rage on debut when starting at 2/1. That was a fair performance in third beaten less than two lengths. This bay colt cost 110,000EUR at the yearling sales and races in the silks of V I Araci who is a regular patron to the stables. At 4/1 this horse looks a sound each way bet. Also, with only three horses fancied n the market there looks to be a lot of deadwood in this field. Appreciate shares of this post and On The Gallops website. It encourages me to give you the best of my information.  

2:20 Nottingham Racing Tips (6th April) BET TOTEPLACEPOT RACES 1 TO 6 MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (3yo)

A Maiden Stake over 1m 75y on heavy ground. After yesterday's dismal performance of Andrew Balding's three-year-old at Pontefract I dare hardly mention his name. However, I am pretty sure the horse simply didn't perform and looked in a crappy mood when going down to post. 

We are really pushing the limits here with a speculative bet, so please take this as something of a hit and hope. The Graduate is a grey colt and son of Mastercraftsman out of an unraced mare and was held in some regard at two and although relatively fancied on both start showed limited ability. The betting indicated to me this February foal was expected to go well. I was going to put those efforts down to soft ground but considering these will need a brolly and wellington boots we will have to hope there was another reason. It is interesting to consider this horse was an expensive foal at 165,000EUR and 100,000GNS yearling when purchased by the trainer. May have a claim at mega prices.  

2:35 Pontefract (5th April) BREEDERS BACKING RACING "HIGH-RISE" EBF MAIDEN STAKES (Plus 10 Race) (CLASS 4) (3yo)

An EBF Maiden Stakes over 1m 2f 6y on soft ground (think there is an inspection so may well be softer). Six three-year-olds take part: four geldings, one colt and solitary filly. Not bad prize money for this Class 4. I'm only gong to mention one horse here and that is Andrew Balding's Brorocco. This son of Shirroco is out of a winning mare (trained by Balding) and owned by Kingsclere Racing Club. This gelding was quite well thought of at two, even contesting the Solario Stakes Group 3 at Sandown on his second start. I was left with the impression this home bred just didn't achieve what connections hoped on this three starts last year. This March foal wasn't disgraced but I would imagine his downfall was being a little weak and needing time to strengthen up over the winter. In addition, this step up in distance should be to his benefit. This isn't really a race I would be looking to bet. Short odds and soft ground are more akin to a molotov cocktail than a sweet strawberry daiquiri but each to their own. After a break of over 180 days I'd expect a horse which may be worth following this season.       

That's got to be too bad to be true. Looked very muleish at all times. 

You've got to Click And Roll

Nothing much of interest here for Monday's three-year-old racing. I'm always in contemplative mood so I thought I'd highlight a horse which may go well at a price when making its three-year-old debut this year. 

David Brown is a talented trainer and not the type of man to misjudge when assessing his string. 

Last year I had my eye on a filly named Click And Roll. This bay daughter of Smart Strike is out of an unraced mare. The fact she is owned by Qatar Racing Ltd added to my thought this then two-year-old would be a horse to note. Convinced Click And Roll was high in the pecking order - if not the best filly in the stable - I kept an eye on her progress. 

The Convivial Maiden Stakes at York was to be her debut effort which buoyed my spirits being a significant race (it features the most prize for any juvenile maiden in the country). 

Although a rank outsider, she was backed to 20/1. It was a pretty feeble effort, never competitive. I swayed towards her needing the run or perhaps disappointed on debut, which isn't unusual with two-year-old fillies. 

I expected much better second start. Stepping up to a mile I was ready for a big run. Again, there was support in the market starting at 8/1. 

Another anticlimax. 

Although not disgraced it was a pretty ordinary display. 

Brown had seen fit to entered her for the Rockfel Stakes Group 2, Cheveley Park Stakes Group 1 & Dubai Fillies' Mile Group 1. When comparing his two-year-old string I am pretty confident these entries indicates a horse of ability. 

So what are we to make of these first two disappointments? It is possible she under performed  on both starts. It may simply be that she was weak and needed time over the winter. 

Why take note of this horse? 

Over the years, I have seen a number of three-year-olds which fit this profile. They have been transformed with time and care to shine at three. A number have made a sparkling return to racing on their first start of the season often winning at huge prices. 

Whether Click And Roll is even ready to run in the next few weeks only time will tell. 

However, if this relative of Hootenanny makes her debut at maiden class - at speculative odds - you would be wise to bet each-way. 

I'd back that David Brown knows plenty enough to hold some hope this filly will be winning this term.

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2:20 Doncaster Racing Tips (3rd April) BETFRED "HOME OF GOALS GALORE" MAIDEN STAKES (DIV I) (CLASS 5) (3yo)

A maiden stakes race over 7 furlongs on soft going. This race has been a target for the shrewd David O'Meara having won it the past two years with two talented horse that both achieved an official rating of 100+. It would be no surprise to see Flyboy, a lightly raced son of Zoffany out of a winning mare go well today. This bay colt was a £52,000 breeze-up purchase racing in the silks of George Murray. He should enjoy this course and distance with only a slight worry regarding the ground, which is on the soft side. Flyboy showed promise on debut when third behind William Haggas' Nokhada and there should be improvement on this second start. The main danger would be John Gosden's Raven's Corner who cost 120,000gns at the yearling sales and racing in the royal blue silks of Godolphin.

By Craig Newton