Racing tip of the day
George Primarolo thinks Be Ready can lower the colours of red-hot favourite Toormore in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket.
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Be Ready - 4.05 Newmarket
After a fairly low-key start to the season, the Flat was back with a bang yesterday and there were some top-class performances on Newmarket's Rowley Mile course which have whetted the appetite for the turf campaign ahead.
Sandiva justified her trainer's high opinion of her with a smooth success in the Nell Gwyn Stakes but the trainer of the runner-up, Marco Botti, will have been as equally pleased with his filly Euro Charline, who found trouble in running before staying on strongly at the death. She could just be the one to take out of this race - over this trip at least.
Another for the future who finished further down the field was Folk Melody, who was weak in the market but ran a race full of promise, especially as she will be better over further. Expect to see her in an Oaks trial next.
Looking ahead to today's card at HQ, all eyes will be on Toomore in the Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes following an unbeaten juvenile campaign which saw him crowned champion two-year-old.
It's very difficult to crab his form. He won all three starts last season, beating subsequent Breeders' Cup Juvenile king Outstrip at Goodwood before making all to win the Group One National Stakes at the Curragh.
However, in spite of all this, he can still be backed a biggish prices for the Guineas and is currently in the shadow of Kingman, who is all the rage for the first classic of the season following his demolition of the Greenham field last weekend.
Are we all just ignoring the obvious? Or is there a general consensus that there could be a couple of chinks in Toormore's armour?
One horse that really caught the eye last year was Be Ready who is taken to lower the colours of the red-hot favourite this afternoon.
A son of New Approach, our selection made his debut in August in a Newbury maiden where he was outpointed by Somewhat, who subsequently went on to be narrowly beaten by Berkshire in the Royal Lodge next time out.
However, it was his next run at Doncaster which marked out Be Ready as a potential superstar. His performance in the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes was very impressive and if you click here, you too can stand up and take note.
Of course, this is a massive leap but there's clearly much more to come from Saeed Bin Suroor's colt and it can only help that the stable roared into form yesterday with the hugely impressive True Story in the Feilden Stakes.
On all known form, he'll need more than the 3lb he gets from Toormore today but he wouldn't be the first horse to improve massively from two to three and certainly won't be the last. I'd be disappointed if he doesn't give the favourite plenty to think about today at least.