Racing tip of the day
Ian Brindle could face a trip to the tower as he opposes the Queen at Yarmouth on Wednesday afternoon.
Ana Shababiya - 4.40 Yarmouth
There are seven races to look forward to at Yarmouth this afternoon and with small fields obtaining, the odds of finding a winner look easier.
Well at least that’s the theory anyhow but alas the reality is never so simple.
Ismail Mohammed’s string are in particularly decent nick at present and I’m inclined to give Ana Shababiya the benefit of the doubt in the Fillies’ Handicap at 4.40.
The four-year-old hasn’t been the easiest horse to catch right but she delivered a fair effort on Lingfield’s Polytrack earlier in the month, and there’s a cogent argument to suggest that the handicapper could have raised her a little more for that run under the circumstances.
Invariably fillies-only races are fairly weak affairs and the dangers will rest with the unexposed sorts.
Good Hope makes her first foray into handicaps this afternoon and will do so off a mark of 64.
I’m not sure that Her Majesty will be heading across to Yarmouth to watch her filly in action but as much as I’d love to enthuse about the chances of hearing the cry of "Hats Off to the Queen", the modest form of Michael Bell’s stable is enough to make me look elsewhere.
Kirsten Rausing’s colours will be carried by Alphabetique.
The daughter of Zamindar took part in what may turn out to be a decent maiden at Newmarket in May though she wasn’t able to reproduce the form when making her first bow in handicaps.
The assessor has offered some help by dropping her a further 2lb in the ratings but will that be enough?
William Jarvis has only saddled three runners this month but one of those was a winner and it would be no surprise to see a move for Ametrine.
Noel Garbutt takes 5lb off the filly and while she has failed to live up to the expectations that her pedigree suggests, a mark of 59 does not appear insurmountable if her juvenile form is taken at face value.
If course form is what gets you to commit the cash, Bethan is likely to be on your radar.
Julia Fielden’s mare is making her third visit to the trainer’s local track and she has been third on each occasion under daughter, Shelly Birkett.