Racing tip of the day
Will Hayler casts his eye over today's racing action and thinks Richard Newland has the answer for the tip of the day.
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How badly do Ballydoyle want to win this year's Derby? We might get a better idea in the next couple of days as it becomes apparent whether Magician is put back into battle for the second time in seven days after his hugely-impressive victory in the Irish 2000 Guineas yesterday.
Connections were a bit coy over the idea immediately after the race, but the question seems to be whether they would be prepared to do something that probably isn't the best idea for the long-term development of the horse, but might just win them the race they covet more than any other each year.
A poor run at Epsom could derail what is now looking to be a very exciting season for this horse, but if the speed he showed yesterday could be stretched out to last a mile and a half he'd be a major player in my opinion.
I was already a big fan of Magician before his victory, having loved the way he quickened up out wide to win at Chester. As a confirmed trap six fan when betting on the greyhounds, I loved the way he swung off the bend and shot clear in a matter of strides.
A further Classic clue may emanate from Italy later today when the peculiarly-named Whippy Cream runs in the Italian Oaks for Marco Botti. She finished a distant third behind the Ralph Beckett-trained Secret Gesture in the Lingfield Oaks Trial, a race which even Beckett admits probably wasn't very good at all.
Such was the impression that the winner made that she is favourite for the Oaks on Friday despite questions lingering over whether there was any depth at all to that run, but a win for Whippy Cream would give us a better idea as to which peg to hang that race on, even if I am clearly no expert on Italian form either.
As for today's tip, Richard Newland's horses still seem to be under-rated by bookmakers despite the trainer having shown time and again that he is a dab hand at both rekindling the fire in horses acquired from other yards and in placing them in the right races.
Royale Knight likes good to firm ground and isn't finished winning yet. He should go close at Kelso today.
But the selection is Paddy The Hare, who goes well when fresh and has far fewer questions to answer than his rivals in the six-runner beginners' chase at Uttoxeter. He won't make you rich at a shade of odds-against, but I'll be disappointed if Richard Johnson can't bring him home in front.