Racing tip of the day

  • Last Updated: April 25 2014, 9:25 BST

Ben Linfoot heads to Doncaster for his tip of the day and looks no further than the opener in his search for riches.

Graham Lee: Rides the selection
Graham Lee: Rides the selection

RED PALADIN - 1.20 Doncaster

All eyes will be on Telescope at Sandown today in the bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown, as the most-talked about horse in training (certainly on these pages, it seems) makes his seasonal reappearance.

He's a lightly-raced potential improver with a touch of class - but so is Sky Hunter in the same contest and his presence tempers enthusiasm over the chances of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained horse.

Connections of Telescope have stated he may need the run, too, and it's of no surprise that the bookies are out to get him this morning. On the drift and out to 9/4 at the time of writing, such prices are tempting but we'll resist.

A more attractive betting proposition at Sandown might be Top Notch Tonto in the bet365 Mile.

The most improved horse in training last backend, he improved from a mark of 87 to one of 118 after he switched yards to Brian Ellison, his final appearance in 2013 an excellent second to Olympic Glory in the QEII.

With the softer ground in his favour today, 3/1 may underestimate his abilities and it is one of those occasions where you could suggest he would be a shorter price if he was trained by a more fashionable handler. Richard Hannon for instance.

But Hannon has a strong hand himself, headed by Montiridge - a likeable colt that should be ready for an assignment that looks perfect for him looking at his overall form. Again, like the Gordon Richards, it looks a race to watch.

Up at Doncaster there is a decent card too and the opening contest offers a fine chance for RED PALADIN to get another win on the board.

Just watch his win over the course and distance last August via our free video replay. It was a ridiculous success as he looked disinterested out at the back for much of the contest but somehow came from last to first to win.

That was off a mark of 65 and he's just 5lb higher today. On that showing he needs strong handling so it's a positive Graham Lee takes over for the first time, while there is evidence he goes well fresh having won first time up last campaign.

In a weak race where many of his market rivals are all-weather specialists with plenty to prove on turf, he looks a very solid each-way wager.