Our racing expert marks your card for Tuesday's action.
Today sees the start of Yarmouth’s three-day Eastern Festival and there are some potentially nice types in action.
Owen Burrows introduces MUTAAQEB in the opening 6f maiden and while the stable juveniles tend to improve for a run, that might not stop the son of Invincible Spirit making a winning debut, especially as those with experience haven’t shown a great deal. The market is going to prove an invaluable guide here and strong support would be significant given the stable houses several useful two-year-olds to compare him to. Jockey bookings also provide a clue as Jim Crowley is on board and presumably he could have ridden Mashaheer, who runs in the same colours and is third favourite currently.
UPDATE – the selection is proving easy to back – out to 7/2 having been 9/4 yesterday evening – and that certainly tempers enthusiasm a bit, but I’m still hopeful.
William Haggas is not short of decent juveniles either and he’ll know exactly where he stands with ONE MASTER, who has been chalked up at odds-on for the 6f maiden for three-year-olds having shown considerable promise on his Doncaster debut. Things didn’t go entirely to plan on Town Moor as he was hampered at an early stage and it took a while for the penny to drop, before he kept on late in the day for third. He will have learnt plenty from that experience and with Ryan Moore booked this well-bred sort has a banker look about him.
The handicaps on the card are more competitive, as you’d expect, but they do offer up the chance of a bigger priced winner and OCEAN TEMPTRESS should go well in the 6f contest. John Ryan’s filly has improved since being fitted with a visor, recording all-the-way wins at Brighton and Lingfield under today’s 7lb claiming rider, and she simply went off far too fast when only seventh on her hat-trick bid at Chelmsford last time. That was also her first third race in just 11 days, so she may have benefited from a short break since, and it wouldn’t surprise if she bounced back here as she remains on a good mark and doesn’t face much obvious competition for the lead.
Bookmakers much prefer the chances of Roger Charlton’s Blazed and he should do better for the switch to handicaps having shown fair maidens the last twice. However, he lacked a change of gear when it mattered when sent off favourite over this trip at Doncaster last time and the selection might prove too quick for him.