Good to see Great Yarmouth back with its racing after the mile straight has been leveled and re-turfed. Let's hope this encourages the high-profile trainers who complained about the surface. Personally, I find it strange ARC found £300,000 to do this work when other courses such as Ripon are much worse. It makes me wonder what they have in mind for this seaside course. 

I half intended to go today but with our annual pilgrimage only a couple of weeks away it would be something of an anti climax. Makes me smile to see they start proceedings with a decent two-year-old contest. 

Alqubbah is a decent juvenile for Ed Dunlop, one of the better two-year-olds in his stable. This Irish-bred daughter or Arcano was fancied on debut at Newmarket over 6f on good to firm going. She was backed to 7/2 second favourite but seemingly disappointed when trailing behind Mark Johnston's Lumiere, who is a class act. The form of that race has been franked with Sharja Queen and particularly Shadow Hunter, who ran creditably at Listed class when contesting the St Hughes Stakes at Newbury, then triumphant at a similar grade in the Julia Graves Stakes at York. Those initial thoughts that something may have been amiss that day are mostly unfounded. I had my eye on this bay second start and intended to have a decent bet. However, the fact that Hamdan Al Maktoum had Jadaayil priced favourite in the first colours slightly skewed the betting for the lesser fancied in the market. Both juveniles were there on merit and Alqubbah would have gone close if not for being short of room in the closing stages. That was another fine effort and it will take a smart performance to beat Hanagan's mount on the Norfolk coast. Short odds but a worthy favourite.

As always, there are very few easy races these days and two or three opponents are notable.

Aberlady has done nothing wrong in both her starts to date for K Abdullah, trained by Sir Michael Stoute. This home bred daughter of Arch out of the class mare Visit, who won at Group class and was placed multiple times at Group 1, suffered narrow defeats at Newmarket and Kempton, respectively. She was quite well backed on debut when staying on to finish third behind Palenville, who disappointed in the Albany Stakes Group 3 at Royal Ascot. Aberlady was made a 1/2f at Kempton in July but couldn't withstand the late charge of Justice Angel. That filly ran well but defeated next start with an official rating of 77. Connections will be hoping an absence of over fifty days will bring about further improvement. Based on that effort, this bay/brown filly will need to find a couple of lengths to scare the favourite. There is a possibility she was not on song last start or better suited to turf. If available at each way prices there may be a little meat on the bone or a bet to nothing if hitting the frame. I would go with the favourite.

Very interested to see David Lanigan sending Thrilled to make her debut at Yarmouth. He is a difficult trainer to judge and, in general, his debutantes are very hit and miss. They can win when priced at 10/1 & less and a few have won at huge odds. In the good old days at this seaside course he was known to send his better two-year-olds and that aspects in itself gives some confidence. This daughter of Kodiac is out of a multiple-winning mare, who was Listed placed and campaigned at that level although never prevailed. This filly was purchased at the sales by Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd for 460,000GNS and still in their ownership. They race Duntle, trained by David Watchman, who won at Group 1, an exceptional talented and consistent mare. I know Thrilled has ability and held in high regard by the stable. As with so many debutantes I wouldn't want to jump in at short odds and the bookmakers have this bay filly priced at 4/1. That seems a very skinny price. It may reflect the high regard she is held but it does temper my enthusiasm. Lanigan's debutante record doesn't fill me with confidence and over six furlongs, against decent, fit and ready juveniles, being tardy from the stalls would make this hard work unless a true talent. I have some conflict about this horse with pros and cons. I would take a watching brief but it wouldn't be a surprise to see a sparkling performance.    

Roger Varian had a smart winner in Taneen at Newmarket on Saturday, a horse with a string of flashy Group entries. Fourth Way is a daughter of Iffraaj out of a a winning mare who was trained by John Weymes. She was a fair sort who raced at Listed class. This May foal doesn't have any smart entries which may bring slight concerns. The betting is the best guide and if priced 13/2 & less has respectable win and place claims. If weak in the betting I'd take a watching brief.   

The last of the interesting juveniles contesting this race for me is Rose Marmara. This home bred daughter of Exceed And Excel is owned by Jaber Abdullah. Richard Fahey is a fine trainer of debutantes. The mare was a sprinter for Mick Channon and won at Listed class and ran at Group level. Has fair win and place claims if fancied in the betting although I'd take a watching brief. 

The others are best watched.

Conclusion: A great start for Yarmouth - back on course. I'm excited about this race if not from a betting perspective just to see how a few of these go. Alqubbah sets the standard and will take the beating. She is a talented juvenile who has proven ability and will be fit and primed to run well. The odds are cramped but she is the horse to beat. Aberlady has each way claims although I would take a watching brief. The betting is the best indicator for Fourth Way and Rose Marmara. They would need to be 13/2 & less to register with me. The latter could win outside this betting guide but if both are weak in the betting I'd watch and learn. Thrilled is interesting and I can't wait to see how she fares. Lanigan doesn't strike me as a trainer to win on debut although he can, especially with a talented horse. It is encouraging that he likes to send his better two-year-olds to Yarmouth. That does give more hope than not. A huge price tag and lovely breeding are pointers. This filly is held in high regard at home but can she win on debut? On balance, I would have to take a watching brief at the odds. The favourite is the horse to beat.

4:00 Newmarket Racing Tips (29th Aug) STAY AT SOUTHEND AIRPORT HOLIDAY INN EBF STALLIONS MAIDEN STAKES (Div II) (Plus 10 Race) (CLASS 4) (2yo)

An EBF Maiden Stakes over 6f on good to soft going. Legible for colts and fillies but the girls have been scared off by a ten-strong team of snips and snails and puppy dog tails... [colts & geldings for those not akin to the popular nursery rhyme]. My blogs do veer off into the unknown at times but what is life without prose? An intriguing race with a few potentially class two-year-olds hoping to make it second time lucky.  

I've been mentioning Fatherly Friend in dispatches. Karl Burke is a superb trainer and I happen to know he likes this son of Scat Daddy. Hubert Strecher's American-bred colt was fancied to go well on debut but the combination of inexperience and a tough race saw a respectable fourth with the hope of much more to come. This January foal was entered to run at Carlisle but a wide draw and sticky ground gave connections good reason to take him out of that race. Connections will be expecting a big run and this is one of the best two-year-olds at Spigot Lodge. The team will be ready for action but I'm sure they will have slight concerns there are a couple [if not more] talents in opposition. Fair each way claims if the odds are available. 

Another talking horse is Taneen. This son of Speightstown cost $350,000 at the yearling sales and races in the silks of Hamdan Al Maktoum. Roger Varian has given this American bred colt a string of Group entries which suggest big things are expected. In truth, their string of juveniles hasn't lived up to early-season hopes and I'm pretty sure they have re-adjusted their aims for many of their two-year-olds. I wasn't overly impressed by Taneen's debut run and if he didn't need the race on debut this might be a similarly tough contest. The betting with the bookmakers made this horse look like it had been backed from 11/4 - 13/8f. However, it is worth remembering that is was priced at odds-on the evening before. That drift suggested concerns and they were played out when beaten comprehensively into third place. The betting [11/4 at this time, Friday, evening] suggests that he will be one of the major fancies. I would keep an eye on the market and if particularly weak it would suggest he ran his race on debut. If strongly fancied I would expect to see marked improvement. A difficult horse to assess in ways and I would be careful that the flashy entries do not blind followers. The betting will tell the story.

On statistics Wimpole Hall and Clock Watcher have fair win and place claims if priced 8/1 & less. 

Conclusion: I'm not going to write about all and sundry as I have my eye on Fatherly Friend and Taneen as the major hopes. Both colts are held in high regard by connections. I'd be more interested in the former especially if Varian's charge is particularly weak in the betting. Taneen is a funny horse to judge at the moment with the entries suggesting a high-class juvenile but the form kind of lukewarm. If he didn't show his running on debut there could be a good horse waiting to appear. The betting that day detailed that all was not well. At it's most extreme the drift in the betting was startling. The question is whether that was his true running. Fatherly Friend has ability and I expect a big run. If available at each way prices I would bet this horse of the two. 

Note: Taneen clearly has ability and definitely improved for his debut. Looks a smart horse. Slightly irritated by Fatherly Friend who had no luck in running and stuck behind a wall of horses. That wasn't the true running of this horse by a long way. Will go well next start [if in a maiden] and could be a big price to make compensation.  

Saturday Tipping Competition - Cheers

The final week of the tipster competition and it's that man again, Mr Winter, in winning form. It's late summer but already winter is causing me havoc. I hate to imagine how I will be feeling come December. I've decided to light a fire to warm my spirits. Alan [Winter] has 27.25pts in his pocket and unless someone comes out all guns blazing I have a feeling he will take all the beating. Credit where it's due he knows his horses. Glueythepig (free) sits in second place with 21pts, Gareth (free) 19pts. Next pro combatant is OneEyeEnos 17pts. Then comes Stephenson (free) 15pts, Danny (free) 10pts, with Clint (pro) & Davidson (pro) 10pts. Shukman (pro) holds next best on 6pts. Remember that next month we start on our new website Bloody Good Winner

If you don't know what it's all about then take a look. The free competition is coming to an end. I appreciate all those people who have helped (they know who they are). I'm not going to ramble on about the subject. Next month it's either pro or no (comp). The choice is yours. 

Get those tips in early 1PM Deadline. Good luck to all and thanks for your support. 

Tipster selections:

2:15 Newmarket - Awesome Quality 2pt w (HCE)Unp
2:20 Beverley  - Tangerine Trees 2pt w (Jodonovan)
2:20 Beverley  - Tangerine Trees 2pt w (OneEyeEnos)
2:20 Bevrley   - Tangerine Trees 2pt w (Mark)
2:20 Beverley  - Maarek 2pt w (Stephenson) 1st (12pts)
2:20 Beverley  - Holley Shiftwell 2pt w (Blue Dog)Unp
2:20 Beverley  - Tangerine Trees 2pt w (Rawnsley) Unp
2:20 Beverley  - Holley Shiftwell 2pt w (Eric Winner)Unp
2:20 Beverley  - Confessional 2pt w (Me Old Mum) Unp
2:35 Goodwood  - Withernsea 1pt ew (Winter)Unp
2:35 Goodwood  - Farlow 2pt w (Clint)4th
2:35 Goodwood  - Athletic 2pt w (Capt Heathcliffe)Unp
2:50 Newmarket - Triumphant 2pt w (Uncle Keith/Paul)Unp
2:50 Newmarket - Triumphant 2pt w (Racing Mama)Unp
3:25 Newmarket - Golden Amber 2pt w (Danny)Unp 
3:25 Newmarket - Ninjago 2pt w (Davidson)Unp
3:30 Beverley  - Rylee Mooch 2pt w (Longbow) Unp
4:00 Newmarket - Fatherly Friend 2pt w (Glueythepig)5th
5:00 Windsor   - The Perfect Show 2pt w (Gareth)Unp
6:10 Newmarket - Ballesteros 2pt w (Shukman)4th
7:50 Redcar    - *Frognal 2pt w (Bird) 1st (9pts)

*NR - Placed on lowest number fav

Congratulations to Alan Winter winning the pro and free competition with 27.25pts. Stephenson went close 27pts in second. Thanks to all who took part.  

Table Toppers

Winter      - 27.25pts
Stephenson  - 27pts
Glueythepig - 21pts
Gareth      - 19pst
OneEyeEnos  - 17pts
Danny       - 10pts
Clint       - 10pts
Davidson    - 10pts
Bird        - 9pts
Shukman     - 6pts
Me Old Mum  - 5.5pts
Emanuel     - 2.8pts  

8:15 Wolverhampton (27th Aug) Racing Tips INDESIT COMPANY MAIDEN AUCTION STAKES (CLASS 6) (2yo)

A Maiden Auction Stakes over 7f 32y on standard going. Quite a restricted race type. Not enough time to write too much as I'm having a semi-bad hair day. Quite interested in Philip McBride's Aqua Libra. This daughter of Aqlaam is owned by the trainer and a decent purchase for 14,000gns. She wasn't fancied in the betting at Chelmsford City over 6f but ran on with spirit. McBride's two-year-olds often improve markedly for the run and a handler I watch out for with runners on their second start. This step up in distance will be of benefit and although there are a few progressive juveniles here but this bay should hold fair each way claims. If particularly weak in the betting beyond 14/1 I'd take a watching brief.  

5:40 Carlisle Racing Tips (24th August) APOLLOBET NEW CUSTOMER PROMOTIONS MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (2yo)

A Maiden Stakes over 5f 193y on soft going. A big field of two-year-olds - a few of note if not hot reputations. I won't give an in-depth review as it will take all night. As usual, I'll highlight the major protagonists.

Very interested in Fatherly Friend, trained by Karl Burke. This horse is held in high regard. An American bred son of Scat Daddy out of an unraced mare. He is an expensive purchase at $140,000, racing in the familiar silks of Hubert John Strecker.  Well fancied on debut, he was too inexperienced to do himself justice but ran on with vigour. After a break of fifty-plus days, a big performance is expected. The stumbling block could be the draw. Stall twelve doesn't lift the spirits and a sluggish start would bring concerns. I would feel much more confident if boxed nearer the rail. If making that debut count this colt will, hopefully, sit in a decent position and by all accounts take some beating. 

My Two Scoops is no slouch and found a couple of tough races to compete on his first two starts. Ann Duffiled's charge is a good-looking juvenile who travels well. This step back in trip could see him run to the line. Draw two is a blessing and could hit a place at fair odds. 

Few trainers excel like Richard Fahey on debut. As I have said before, he is one of very few handlers who feature a similar win and place rate with his two-year-olds on their first and second start, respectively. To most readers this may seem something and nothing. Take it from me, it's not, it is quite a remarkable feat. What this tells you is that, in general, his debutantes are fit and primed. Nimr may not have any flashy entries but certainly features a price tag which catches the eye. This son of Shamardal is out of a ten-times winning mare who won at Listed class and Group placed with a highest official rating of 110. This half-brother to Gothic cost 200,000GNS at the yearling sales and now in the ownership of Al Shaqab Racing. He is well drawn and fancied in the betting. 

Worlds His Oyster was fancied on his debut at York but failed to shine when last of eleven. It's a strange factor but sometimes the worse a horse looks on debut the better they seem to go on their second start. Any horse can disappoint on their first start. John Quinn knows his two-year-olds and this son Pivotal out of a winning mare originally held an Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2) entry. This bay colt was purchased at the breeze-up sales for £110,000. The betting suggested a big run on debut. On my statistics this horse has similar win and place claims which suggests it will either win or be unplaced. Intriguing.

Siege Of Boston is a very rare two-year-old runner for Deborah Sanderson, although she has done well with a few juveniles over the years. This son of Starspangledbanner out of a low-class but multiple-winning mare was backed on debut at Nottingham but never involved. He cost £70,000 at the yearling sales. That disappointment - combined with a small trainer - will see this chestnut colt start at big odds today. There could be more to come. 

Conclusion:  A competitive race for Carlisle and a few trainers/connections expecting a win. Fatherly Friend has been on my radar and I would fancy this one with confidence if not for a wide draw. That stall position may not make a jot of difference but it does bring concerns. It would put me off betting at relatively short odds and I'd need 5/1 or so to take a risk. The horse to beat and good each way claims if getting into a decent position. Nimr is interesting and well owned, trained and cost a good few quid. Certainly a horse that could go well. Worlds His Oyster & Siege Of Boston could go well but difficult to judge. On balance I'd have a few quid each way on fatherly Friend and hold my breath and hoping the wide draw doesn't make for problems. 

Saturday Tipping Competition

The tipping competition sparked into life last week with a few points scribbled on the board. Gareth (free) holds the lead with 19pts, from OneEyeEnos (pro) a point behind with 18pts. Then we have a trio of freebies: Stephenson 15pts, Glueythepig 11pts & Danny 10pts. Clint (pro) & Davidson (pro) are similarly jubilant with 10pts (the latter making hay by way of a non runner). Alan Winter went very close to winning the competition when his 33/1 went oh so near. However, he pocketed 9.25pts for a handy place. Shukman (pro) has 6pts, while Me Old Mum 5.5pts & Emanuel 2.8pts are the others to hit the board. Still a couple of weeks to show your form so make sure you are ready for the off. 1PM Deadline. Good luck.

Tipster selections:

1:50 Chester    - Blithe Spirit 2pt w (OneEyeEnos)Unp
1:50 Chester    - Roudee 1pt ew (Shukman) Unp 
2:00 York       - Convey 2pt w (Danny)Unp
2:00 York       - Top Notch Tonto 2pt w (Clint)4th
2:15 Sandown    - Brorocco 2pt w (Blue Dog)Unp
2:15 Sandown    - Brorocco 2pt w (Longbow)Unp
2:15 Sandown    - Pythius 2pt w (Inittowinit)Unp
2:15 Sandown    - First Selection 2pt w (Glueythepig)1st (10pts)
2:35 York       - Hernandoshideaway 2pt w (Davidson) Unp
3:10 York       - Raucous 2pt w (Uncle Keith/Paul)3rd
3:30 Chester    - Apostle 2pt w (Rawnsley)4th
3:45 York       - Astronereus 2pt w (Mark)Unp
3:45 York       - John Reel 1pt ew (Bird)Unp
3:45 York       - *Fun Mac 2pt w (Capt Heathcliffe)Unp
3:45 York       - Fields of Athenry 2pt w (Jodonovan)Unp
4:20 York       - Rouleau 2pt w (Bobby Talk)2nd
4:55 York       - Rosenburg 2pt w (Stephenson) 2nd
6:15 Chelmsford - It's A Sheila Thing 2pt w (HCE)4th
6:15 Chelmsford - It's A Sheila Thing 1pt ew (Gareth)4th
6:45 Chelmsford - Stone Querus 2pt w (Me Old Mum)Unp
7:45 Chelmsford - Arctic Lynx 2pt w (Eric Winner) Unp
8:00 Bath       - Raakan 2pt w (Winter) 1st (18pts) 

*NR - placed on lowest number fav

3:10 York (22nd August) Gimcrack Stakes Group 2

From the first day of the Flat turf season to its conclusion - time tells a story that goes far beyond winning and losing. Equine stars, their names written as if scribed in gold, are considered, admired & praised.

In the 18th century a small, grey colt captured the imagination of thoroughbred horse racing. Ironically sired by a stallion named Cripple, such was the success of Gimcrack that he has been immortalised in a number of paintings by the renowned British artist George Stubbs. 

An example of his work can be seen here: On the Newmarket Heath with trainer, jockey & stable lad, 1765.

Despite his small stature, he won 27 of his 36 races on the Turf for owner Richard Grosvenor, 1st Earl Grosvenor. In 1771 Gimcrack won his last race at the age of eleven, then retired to stud.

Although never racing at York, his legacy heralds a two-year-old race of class.
The Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2) has seen a number of exceptional horses - equine stars which not only hold their place admirably in horse racing history but in the memories of a racing generation.

Only talented juveniles win this black type contest.

Racing over a distance of six furlongs, the Gimcrack is staged on the final day of the four-day Ebor Festival.

Established in 1846 a horse called Ellerdale won its inauguration. Originally open to both genders until 1987 it's now specific to colts & geldings.

Historically, the leading trainer of this race with seven wins is William L'Anson, Jr. The leading jockey with nine wins is John Osborne, Jr: Most of these feats were achieved in the 19th century. However, in the last thirty-five years Richard Hannon Snr has won this contest four times with Sharp 'N' Early (1988), Rock City (1989), River Falls (1991) & Bannister (2000).

The most noted winners include: Turtle Island (1993) who went on to win the Irish 2000 Guineas by fifteen lengths. Rock Of Gibraltar won in 2001. He was named European Horse of the Year 2002. In addition, he set a world record of seven consecutive Grade/Group 1 wins including the English & Irish 2000 Guineas. His second place to Domedriver in the 2002 Breeders' Cup Mile illustrated a horse of exceptional talent.

In 2009, John Gosden's Showcasing recorded the fastest time of 1:09:28 when securing a two-length victory.

Last year saw Charles Hills' Muhaarar win by a nose from Mark Johnston's Jungle Cat. The former went on to win the Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) at Royal Ascot 2015.

What do we make of this year's contest. At the first entry stage we see no less than 75 entrants. The day of this esteemed race will see a field of a dozen or less two-year-olds along with a tight market from leading stables. Just nine two-year-old make the race today. A fascinating contest with win prize money of £124, 762.  

A number of juveniles catch the eye including:

Mark Johnston's *Buratino [pictured]. This chestnut son of Exceed And Excell has raced seven times, winning three, and transformed since stepping up to six furlongs, illustrated by an impressive Woodcote Stakes Listed victory, then a pulsating success in the Coventry Stakes (Group 2) at Royal Ascot. On his last race he contested the Phoenix Stakes (Group 1) at the Curragh, Ireland, where he finished a gallant third. With an official rating of 113 he sets the standard on pure ability. He will be favourite and take all the beating although carrying a 3lb penalty. 

Johnston also fields Ode To Evening who has his work cut out at this higher level and second string.

Interesting to see Finnegan represents Wesley Ward and owners Tabor, Magnier et al. His American handler has a good measure with class two-year-old Acapulco who won with ease in the Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) at Royal Ascot. This chestnut son of Unbridled's Song is yet to race in the UK, with two starts in the USA at Keeneland and Pimlico respectively. A horse from a very good family and one to be feared although a marked step up in class to defy the war horse, Buratino.   

King Of Rooks, trained by Richard Hannon, Jnr, heads to York after gallant, but slightly disappointing, performances in the Norfolk Stakes (Group 2).

It's interesting to note the lack of entries for Godolphin with only two juveniles for Saeed Bin Suroor. Steady Pace ran well when third in the Windsor Castle Stakes Listed, while Strong Challenge showed promise when winning a Goodwood maiden in style. *It should be noted that Buratino run in the silks of Godolphin for their respective trainers. He has been a consistent horse placed in the both the July Stakes (Group 2) & Richmond Stakes (Group 2) behind the talented Shalaa, trained by John Gosden, who doesn't contest this race. 

Kevin Ryan has a good record in this race with past winners including Amadeus Wolf (2005), Blaine (2012) & Astaire (2013). Hambleton Stables have five entrants including two debutantes earmarked for this lofty target. However, Areen, who suffered a narrow defeat in the Windsor Castle Stakes Listed, is likely to prove the greatest hope. He has since been beaten by Steady Pace in the July Stakes (Group 2) but ran well when third at Maison-Laffitte, France, in the Prix Robert Papin (Group 2). 

William Haggas has been in superb form of late and his two-year-olds especially so. Ajaya has been highly contested and ran a sterling race when a narrow loser, runner-up, in the Robert Papin.   The stable is represented by the unbeaten Raucous who is owned by Highclere  Thoroughbred Racing (Melbourne). This is  marked rise in company.  

Richard Fahey is represented by Ribchester, racing in the familiar red and white silks of David Armstrong. This son of Iffraaj ran well on debut at Doncaster and clearly held in some regard. From a maiden to a Group 2 contest is a challenge.  

In conclusion, from a substantial field of entrants just nine make the day. This race has a reputation for decent winners and a number of these have been tested at this grade. Buratino is a tough, talented horse. A Group 2 winner and placed at Group 1 it will take a good horse to beat him. Definitely a good each way bet if drifting in the betting. 

A fascinating race.


4:20 York Racing Tips (21st Aug) BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF CONVIVIAL MAIDEN STAKES (Plus 10 Race) (CLASS 2) (2yo)

Sadly not enough time to write a substantial post for this excellent race but a few pointers. Firstly, look at the price money for this maiden. Win price money of £31,125. Astounding. Worth more than most Listed races. The form of this 7f contest will produce many future winners and many will contest Group races. 

Last year's contest was won by White Lake, a debutante trained by Luca Cumani. A race that was far from a vintage renewal and this gelding proved slightly disappointing although competing at pattern class. 

I sense this contest will detail a winner of greater class.  

Brian Meehan said he was ''very confident'' about the chances of Perkunas. I've rarely heard him talk about a horse in such terms. 

Very Talented ran well on debut at Goodwood and it held in high regard by Godolphin and Saeed Bin Suroor. Definitely worth noting.  

Luca Cumani rates Beautiful Morning. This beautifully bred filly cost 650,000. This daughter of Galileo ran well on debut when fourth and sure to improve. 

Never easy for a debutante to shine on debut especially against proven, experienced juvenile but I'm very interested in Click And Roll for David Brown. This bay filly sired by Candian Smart Strike out of an unraced mare. A half-sister to Hootenanny this March foal has clearly been catching pigeons on the gallops.Qatar Racing Ltd have a wealth of two-year-olds and it it intriguing this filly is their sole representative. Brown can go well with his debutantes and I would expect a bold show. 

Conclusion: A maiden of maidens - class horses vying for a prize that makes trainers, pundits and racegoers look twice. Plenty of winners will come from this contest which displays a field of potentially smart two-year-olds. Very Talented and Perkunas are worthy of note, with valuable race experience and lofty plans. The former, especially so. Beautiful Morning is bred to be a specimen and could go well for connections. Many debutantes catch the eye but Click And Roll is a horse I have mentioned a number of times before and excited to see take part. David Brown can ready a juvenile making its racecourse bow and this filly will need to be street-wise today. All noted have fair win and place claims. 

6:40 Kempton Racing Tips (19th Aug) 32RED CASINO MAIDEN AUCTION STAKES (CLASS 5) (2yo)

A Maiden Auction Stakes over 7f on standard to slow going. Fourteen runners and a few to note. Not enough time to go too in depth but pointers to help narrow the field. 

Sterling Lines didn't show any ability on debut at Goodwood but a couple of Group entries suggest much better is expected for Mrs Fitri Hay's colt, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam. The betting is key. If fancied it will speak volumes. If priced 13/2 & less I'd expect a big run although a wide draw isn't ideal. If outside this betting guide, I'd take a watching brief. The entries are interesting. 

You N Me hails from a trainer I have great respect in Karl Burke. This daughter of Footstepsinthesand was given a Lowther Stakes (Group 2) entry [Thursday at York]. Clearly, this bay filly isn't up to that class. She was relatively fancied on debut over 6f at Carlisle but faded after showing pace. This race type is similar to her debut and the extra furlong will help. More is needed today. The betting is very important. If priced 13/2 & less I'd expect a bold show and decent win and place claims. If weak, best left alone. 

Harry Spiller may be in his formative season but he's a trainer who could well go places in time. I noted Star Glimmer before debut at Kempton when backed from 100/1 - 50/1. This daughter of Kodiac wasn't disgraced in fifth behind a few talents. That was an EBF Maiden Stakes indicating this is a step down in class. Spiller gave this juvenile a stakes race entry before debut, which I took as a sign of confidence. I can see this filly going well. 

Miss Blondell was a huge price on debut in a hot maiden at Goodwood, where she ran on with verve. Tregoning has sent a few juveniles to race at that grade 1 course over the years and they have often been his better types. There is always a slight concern horses running from off the pace may be flattered. The betting guide suggests this daughter of Compton Place has each way claims.

Conclusion: The betting will be the best guide for most. Sterling Lines & You N Me would need to be priced 13/2 & less to figure. However, both have been given significant entries which gives encouragement. The former could show marked improvement and if strongly fancied I would expect a big run. You N Me was a touch disappointing on debut but may have needed the race and will appreciate this step up in distance. If in the best betting guide, would have decent each way claims. If both are weak in the betting - best watched. Harry Spiller will be hopeful Star Glimmer goes well. She ran in a fair race on debut and this is an easier target. A wide draw isn't ideal but over this distance there is time to find a position. Has each way claims and worth a bet if available at big odds [10/1+]. Miss Blondell has claims but best watched.    

3:15 Kempton Racing Tips (18th August) BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF MAIDEN STAKES (Plus 10 Race) (CLASS 4) (2yo)

An EBF Maiden Stakes over 1 mile. Not much time to write a great deal. Unless money come for one of the outsiders this looks a four-horse race. Du Moto is likely to improve for his debut run. Sir Michael Stoute's two-year-olds have good win and place claims on their second start although quite often they seem under priced. Saeed Bin Suroor is a class trainer and his fancied juveniles have excellent claims at this course. Pure Diamond is related to some very expensive siblings and one of just two fillies taking on the boys. On stats the horse to beat. Kasseopia is trained by charlie Fellows who does well with his horses and knows the score. This son of Showcasing was a 40,000GNS Breeze-up purchase and backed on debut. I can imagine connection were a little disappointed with that start. A slow start didn't help. It wouldn't have gone unnoticed that this chestnut colt holds a Champagne Stakes (Group 2) entry. It will be interesting to see if he is supported here or at least fancied in the betting. It would give added confidence. Spanish Boy is trained by Richard Hannon and the last of the quartet who deserve respect.

Conclusion: Du Moto has fair each way claims although I would take a watching brief if short priced. Pure Diamond is the horse to beat. Kasseopia would be worth an each way bet if priced 13/2 & less.   1st & 2nd

5:35 Windsor Racing Tips (17th August) BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (2yo)

An EBF Maiden Stakes over 6f on good going. A large field of fourteen colts and fillies. I won't ramble on about all and sundry. 

Sir Roger Moore is held in high regard by Charlie Hills but seems dogged by bad luck. Last start saw a wall of horses at Goodwood, which pretty much ruined this colt's chances. He would have gone close to winning that day and in many respects we could have been hopeful of a fair bet today. A wide draw in stall fourteen doesn't make life easy. Will it be enough to stop this son of Kodiac going well? It certainly isn't a positive but I would respect this horse if he can sit in a handy position without blowing a gasket trying to get to the front. That's the gamble.

Dancing Star has the prime stall and it's good to see the Balding two-year-olds running better of late. There has been something amiss with many of their debutantes. This daughter of Aqlaam with appreciate an extra furlong and Kingsclere Stables do well with fancied juveniles on their second start. Drawn one is a bonus and if leading, could take some pegging back. 

Richard Hannon's Dark Forest was made favourite on debut at Newmarket. This son of Iffraaj was a 120,000GNS yearling and been off course for a good while. It isn't beyond the realms he could go well although he doesn't hold any flashy entries at this stage. 

Gandvik was relatively fancied on debut but little went right. He belied huge odds of 50/1 at Sandown when stepped up to seven furlongs. He pulled hard but kept going for a long way and in many ways that was a bold show. The Channon string are in good form and this drop back in distance should help him settle. 

Conclusion: Dancing Star will improve a good deal, although taking on the colts. Balding's juveniles have decent win and place claims when fancied on their second start. Should go well and fair each way bet if prices allow.    1st