Our racing expert marks your card for Tuesday's action.
Simon Crisford’s SHAMSAYA has been keeping good company since winning on her Ripon debut and she’ll find the opposition in the 5f nursery that opens Leicester’s evening card far more manageable.
The daughter of Shamardal had no answer to Godolphins’ Blue Point over 6f at Doncaster last time, finishing 11 lengths adrift in second, but that horse is a bit special and was just touched off in Group 2 company at Goodwood subsequently. Prior to that she’d finished fourth in a Listed contest at Newmarket (6f, heavy) just half a length behind the third, Marie Of Lyon, who went on to finish a respectable fifth behind the very smart Fair Eva at Ascot.
That’s the best form on offer here and it suggests she can competitive off her opening handicap mark of 84, with the stable record in nurseries a highly encouraging 3-9 in 2016 for a £1 level-stakes profit of £5.50. Described by a stable representative as “very professional and “honest” after winning over this trip on her debut, it’ll be a surprise if she can’t add to her tally before the season’s out and this looks a decent opportunity with Josephine Gordon booked and taking a handy 3lb off her back.
John Quinn’s North Yorkshire stable is on fire this month with five winners and several others finishing in the money, so that bodes well for REPUTATION, the trainer’s sole runner at the Midlands venue in the 6f handicap (6f). The three-year-old is 0-9 in handicaps since winning a 6f maiden at York in July of last year, but he’s looked unlucky not to collect the last twice, particularly so at Pontefract two starts back when almost running into the back of another horse 1f out before taking third close home. Upped to 7f last time at Goodwood, he was squeezed for room when trying to deliver his challenge on the inside, having to settle for fifth once in the clear (third of those horses who came off the pace).
He’s now 2lb higher for both those runs but even so he’s got to be worth another chance back over 6f, with his two runs over this trip debut producing a win and an unlucky third. The booking of champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa is another positive and the Brazilian should be able to make the most of what looks an advantageous draw in stall one, which is right next door to likely pace-setter Tanseeq.
A nursery, in case you’re wondering, is simply a handicap restricted to two-year-old (or juvenile) runners.
All odds were correct at time of posting.