Distain too classy for Redcar rivals

Redcar stages an eight-race card on Tuesday with the action due to get under way at 2.20 and the going officially described as good to firm. Distain The safest bet on the card looks to be the Julie Cecil-trained Distain in the maiden race at 4.20. The three-year-old filly is by Champs Elysees out of Market Forces by Lomitas and did not make her racecourse debut until earlier this month… Read More »

Alfajer suited by drop back in trip at Leicester

The most competitive event on the card at Leicester on Tuesday is the Coronation Fillies’ Handicap at 4.30 with thirteen runners. Alfajer The favourite is the Marco Botti-trained Alfajer, a daughter of Mount Nelson out of Sakhee’s Song by Sakhee. She made a promising debut  last season when narrowly beaten by Lady Correspondent at Newmarket and the got off the mark at Lingfield. Martin Harley sent her straight to the… Read More »

Little Voice to confirm promise of Windsor debut

Leicester stages an eight-race card on Tuesday with the action due to start at 2.30. Little Voice The 3.00 race is a two-year-old maiden race for fillies and this looks an ideal opportunity for Little Voice. She is a daughter of Scat Daddy out of Excelente by Exceed And Excel and put in an eye-catching debut at Windsor recently. She was easy to back at 17.0 and completely missed the… Read More »

Djokovic set to rule at Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic has established himself as the World number one and is only even money to claim the French Open title at Roland Garros. Novak Djokovic The likeliest threat to the Serb here is almost certainly Rafael Nadal who has won this title nine times in his ten visits. Nadal made the semi-finals in Monte Carlo and the final in Rome but is yet to convince everyone that he is… Read More »

Angelique Kerber the value bet in French Open

Bookmakers have pushed World number one Serena Williams out to 3.75 to win the French Open this year. Their reasoning is based on her failure to win a clay court title this year and a recent elbow injury which forced her to withdraw from Rome. Serena Williams The American also has a habit of suffering a shock exit in Grand Slams, notably at this event with defeats in recent years… Read More »

Kissed By Angels the value bet in Irish Guineas

The big race of the day is the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh at 3.55 with a field of eighteen runners. Found The clear favourite is Aidan O’Brien’s Found, a top-rated two-year-old filly after beating Ervedya by two and a half lengths at Longchamp in October. The daughter of Galileo beat stable companion Together Forever on her debut here in August before finishing a close third to Cursory Glance… Read More »

The Grey Gatsby can silence critics at the Curragh

The Tattersalls Gold Cup is the first Group 1 event of the day at the Curragh on Sunday at 3.20 with six runners set to go to post. Past winners of this race include Golden Fleece, Daylami, Montjeu, Hurricane Run and So You Think. Al Kazeem won this race in 2013 for Roger Charlton and returned to training after proving to be sub-fertile at stud. Al Kazeem The seven-year-old has… Read More »

Giovanni Canaletto to enter Derby picture

The Irish 1000 Guineas is the feature event at the Curragh on Sunday with a top quality eight-race card getting under way at 1.40. Giovanni Canaletto The Group 3 Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes at 2.45 has been dominated by Aidan O’Brien with 13 previous winners including nine of the last ten. He is closing in on Vincent O’Brien’s record of fifteen wins in this race and saddles the favourite on… Read More »

Amazour well weighted in Haydock finale

The final race at Haydock on Saturday is a seven furlong handicap for three-year-olds with nine runners. Navigate The Martyn Meade-trained Navigate (tipped at 10.0) was a fine winner for this column at Chester last time out over six furlongs. The colt is by Iffraaj out of a mare by Red Ransom and should not be inconvenienced by stepping back up to seven furlongs. He was third at York at… Read More »