Pipers to hit winning Note

  • By: Nick Robson
  • Last Updated: July 17 2014, 21:00 BST

Nick Robson is keen on Pipers Note at Doncaster on Thursday - he has a tip for every UK and Irish race.

Mark Johnston: Saddles Surewecan at Doncaster
Mark Johnston: Saddles Surewecan at Doncaster

BRIGHTON: 2.05 Tiger's Home, 2.35 First Class Mail, 3.05 Ginzan, 3.35 Whitby Jet, 4.05 Copper To Gold, 4.35 Picks Pinta, 5.05 Cherry Princess.

DONCASTER: 5.55 Dancing Maite, 6.30 Polar Vortex, 7.00 Ya Latif, 7.35 PIPERS NOTE (NAP), 8.10 Surewecan, 8.40 Icebuster, 9.10 Derbyshire.

EPSOM: 6.10 Sagesse, 6.45 Conry, 7.15 Red Rubles, 7.50 Jacob Cats, 8.25 Intomist, 8.55 Inspector Norse.

HAMILTON: 2.15 Caigemdar, 2.45 Waffle, 3.15 Champagne Rules, 3.45 Dolce N Karama, 4.15 High Office, 4.45 Rock Canyon, 5.15 Archie's Advice.

KILLARNEY: 2.00 Laviniad, 2.30 Six Silver Lane, 3.00 Massini's Trap, 3.40 Mumbo Bay, 4.10 Silver Chief, 4.40 Orgilgo Bay, 5.10 Hereicome.

LEICESTER: 2.25 Cafe Cortado, 2.55 Bishan Bedi, 3.25 Arod, 3.55 Laftah, 4.25 Mustadaam, 4.55 Atalanta Bay, 5.25 Consistant.

LEOPARDSTOWN: 5.50 Yulong Xiongba, 6.20 Sacrificial, 6.50 Rightway, 7.25 Oor Jock, 8.00 Sea's Aria, 8.30 Defining Year, 9.00 Manalapan.

DOUBLE: Pipers Note and Surewecan.

Pipers Note can be afforded one more chance to confirm the promise he showed last year when he runs in the Terry Bellas Memorial Classified Stakes at Doncaster.

Trained by Richard Whittaker, the four-year-old gelding signed off last season with two wins at Ripon on fast ground off marks of 78 and 86.

He began life this term off 92 so life was always going to be harder but he has only run once, in a hotly-contested handicap at Newcastle on Northumberland Plate day.

Having showed up well in the early part of the race, he found himself on the wrong side of the track as the race unfolded on the near side and he was also up against race-fit rivals.

He blew up close home and faded into eighth, beaten just over seven lengths, but it is handy that the handicapper has dropped him 2lb.

The second of those Ripon wins has worked out extremely well as David O'Meara's Bondesire was in third and she is now rated 97 while Line Of Reason was in fifth and he has won his last three.

But perhaps the biggest factor of all is that this will be Pipers Note's first run over seven furlongs which could bring about even more improvement.

Clive Cox's Polar Vortex should find the D C Training And Development Services Ltd Fillies' Nursery Handicap much easier than her last assignment.

Having beaten a Richard Hannon hotpot in a Nottingham maiden she was asked to tackle the best about in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.

That task proved beyond her but Hannon's Parsley subsequently franked the form of her maiden by finishing second in a Listed race and fourth in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes last week.

She should be able to defy an initial mark of 74.

Mark Johnston's Surewecan looked an above average juvenile when winning up at Hamilton and can follow up in the 188Bet Novice Stakes.

Beaten a head on debut at Ayr, he showed he had come on enormously for that with a clear-cut success and while this looks a decent little contest, it will be disappointing if he fails to follow up.

There will be some very long faces at Peter Chapple-Hyam's yard if Derby fourth Arod is beaten in the At The Races Sky 415 Conditions Stakes at Leicester.

Always highly regarded, he was staying on at the end of the Dante Stakes over 10 furlongs before his pleasing effort at Epsom.

This trip, just less than 10 furlongs, could be on the sharp side and in Brian Meehan's Spark Plug he faces a credible opponent as he was not disgraced behind Cannock Chase at Royal Ascot.

But if Arod cannot win this, it is hard to know where they would go from here.

Andrew Balding's Red Rubles ran far too keen to do himself justice last time out and if he settles better he should take the beating in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Epsom.

A promising third on debut at Sandown, he filled the same spot at Newmarket but it was to his credit he finished where he did really.

David Barron's Caigemdar was a promising third of 14 on her debut at Warwick and looks the safest option on the card at Hamilton Irish Champions Weekend EBF Maiden Stakes.

Picks Pinta is already a course winner at Brighton and loves fast ground so has plenty in his favour for the Gatwick Airport Handicap.

Preview posted at 1645 BST on 16/07/2014.