Racing tip of the day
The racing feels like it's stepping up a notch today as we move towards a high quality weekend of action.
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Burnt Cream each-way in the 3.40 Yarmouth
There are some competitive handicaps at Haydock and a nice little novice stakes where Joshua Potman makes his debut. He looks up against it with three previous winners in the field, including a Derby entrant, but it was more his breeding that caught the eye along with the fact that he's making his debut in such exalted company.
By Zebedee out of Road To Reality, it seems a perfect coupling and his owners, The Mad March Hares, must have had some fun deciding what to name their colt.
The owners of Announcement who runs in the fillies' handicap contain some familiar names to football fans and she looks an interesting runner for a yard that has been ticking along nicely and it wouldn't surprise if this race turned out to have been a target for some time.
There are some rather disappointing fields at Yarmouth but the racing is still competitive and Derbyshire could be worth opposing with Idder in the nine furlong handicap.
The likely favourite was seemingly been held in high regard at two and should still be on a workable mark following his win here on his reappearance (he had been a non-runner at least twice before) but he took an absolute age to pick up and looked beaten for much of the contest as you can see here.
He may just have needed the run and the extra experience while the longer trip will suit but Idder is an interesting rival, albeit one that has been slightly disappointing.
It's possible to argue that Burnt Cream has been disappointing given that she has won just two of her 22 starts at the age of seven but she receives each-way support in the preceding Scooter Rally at Great Yarmouth Racecourse Handicap.
Fourth in the race 12 months ago when beaten around two lengths despite her saddle slipping, a return to Yarmouth should show her in a better light than the two dismal efforts at Brighton and Bath thus far this season.
Her one other run at Yarmouth saw her finish a fair second so the venue clearly suits, she's on a competitive mark and the booking of Martin Harley is a plus.
There have been four renewals of this race with one being won by a three-year-old and the others going to horses aged seven, seven and 14 (good old The Tatling!) which is probably neither here nor there but a price of 20/1 (which could well get bigger) in a field of eight makes her worthy of support given her taking course record.
If you were feeling adventurous, you could always try and crack the forecast and the bottom three in the weights will be joining her in my speculative perm.