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Professional Gamblers: Sidney Harris

Harris - like a hawk

Who is Sidney Harris? He is a famous punter that became interested in horses in his mid-forties. Sidney Harris was a stock market trader before he became a professional punter. Sidney made his largest gamble on Black Monday. The 19th of October 1987.

As the financial advisors' sat stunned unable to move watching their VDU screens losing their fortunes, Sidney had a lunchtime bet that the market would continue to fall and the public would continue to panic. That day Sidney netted over £60,000. He was one of the few individuals that were able to see a chance for profit from very adverse circumstances.

Free Horse Racing Tips, Click Here!Since his retirement from stocks he has since retiring from the Stock Market, Sidney has dedicated his life and time to horse racing. Sidney has also developed some remarkably good associates. When Sidney wrote his book, 'Horse Racing, The Essential Guide To Backing Winners', he had been a professional gambler for seven years. He recalled how he became a professional punter on the 26th of August 1993; one day after the 'Largest Bookmakers in the World' made the definite decision to disallow his betting. Their reason for the suspension of his accounts was they believed he was winning too much.

For the most part punters tend to rely on luck. No instance is the saying 'the harder you work the luckier you get', more applicable than in horse racing. According to Harris, 'each punter's journey is unique. Each travels a path that has no signs guiding them.'

Well established and often misguided ideas, will often lead many to repeat mistakes that eventually become debilitating and regularly indulged habits. You must have a defined strategy so you can easily see your mistakes and correct them. It is important to develop a common sense of sorts.

Fundamental Rules For Gambling - Suggestions Harris gives for professional gamblers:

1.Never back a horse unproven on the going.

2.Never back a horse from an out of form stable.

3.Never back a horse unsuited to a track.

4.Never back a horse ridden by a jockey with a poor track record.

5.Never back a horse whose trainer has a poor track record.

Bookmakers and layers look for horses with a minimum of one of the 5 rules above. The horses that have one of the 5 conditions listed do make a above credentials as they make magnificent favorite pick. To put it bluntly, the punters that can not see past the bookmakers and layers fake hot picks will find themselves backing the losing "favorites".

If you successfully remove horses that have or meet one of the above listed conditions, you will have greatly limited the playing field. Thus you will have saved yourself enormous amounts of time.

Statistically speaking, it is very rare for an animal with such damaging characteristics rarely win the race. Harris remarks that you need to make sure your potential selections pass the above filters, the Fundamental Rules listed above.

Now if you want to think in more positive ways, there are other characteristics in a horse that you should look at.


1.Always back trainers who are in form. To find them look in 'today's trainers' in the Racing Post or on their website. You will be able to look and see if a stable is in form.

2.Always back a trainer with a good record at a familiar track. Turn to the Top Trainers section for the track in question in the Racing Post or click the appropriate button on the R.P. website and you will see which trainers are likely to be in contention.

3.Aim to back jockeys with a good track record. Turn to the Top Jockeys section and you'll see at a glance which jockeys regularly do the business at this track.

4.Check out horses with future 'multiple entries'. Multiple entries are a useful positive factor. A trainer looking for the right race will enter a horse in various races. Horses with multiple entries deserve extra scrutiny. Check the races these horses might have run in. If they've been pulled out of higher grade races and will still be running in lower grade affairs - they start to look interesting!

When asked for advice he would give to an armature or semi-professional punter Sidney Harris expressed, "Horse Racing is fraught with financial danger. You can literally lose your shirt and indeed your house on racehorses. Awareness is the key to finding winners in horse races. Every decent priced winner you'll ever find starts with one clue from a repertory of hundreds of possible clues. Once you find such clues - you're well on your way to uncovering profit."

In conclusion, Sidney Harris is a well educated, self made winner in the punters circuit. He literally has applied his knowledge of business smarts into making punting a profitable business for himself. Follow his guidelines and you too may find yourself successful.

8:15 Wolverhampton Racing Tips (2nd October) SIS MAIDEN AUCTION STAKES (Tapeta) (CLASS 5) (2yo)

An intriguing Maiden Auction Stakes for two-year-olds over 1m 141y. Quite a restricted race type which favours form horses. Six of the eleven juveniles have race experience. The betting suggests this is a three-horse race. 

James Fanshawe's juveniles have been in cracking form of late with a debutante winner and impressive victor at Beverley on Thursday. Lord George caught my eye for a couple of reason - which I can't really detail - and I would have been fancying this son of Sir Percy to be a strong bet but the price has taken the sparkle off this grey colt. Saying that, this youngster has exceptional win and place claims from my info. I would guess he is priced to chance so anything over even money would, in theory, be value. If a major drifter that would be more interesting. 

Charles Hills now trains *Zzoro who was formerly handled by Clive Brittain. Newmarket's finest is retiring and I imagine this is the reason for the change. This son of Manduro was a relatively cheap purchase at 24,000GNS. He may have been priced 50/1 on all three starts but he is a progressive colt who ran a sterling race last time out at Newmarket. This April foal touched much shorter odds in-running and this is a marked drop in class by race type. Brittain held this bay in some regard and if priced at each-way odds could well make a viable bet to the favourite, especially if that horse is backed to big odds on. I'd be surprised if Zzoro wasn't in the first three. 

Another trainer who you don't associate with two-year-olds is Alan King. However, he has been in fine form and seen a couple of juvenile winners these last few weeks. This son of Intense Focus was weak in the market on debut at 25/1 but finished runner-up to the fair Theydon Grey. Invocation is a 20,000GNS Breeze-Up purchase who ran at auction class on debut at Chelmsford City over one mile.Could have fair each-way claims.

One outsider that may be worth a chance is Paul Eddery's Hepplewhite. There was money for this horse on debut at Windsor although started at big odds. This son of Rail Link didn't achieve a great deal when twelfth of fourteen. It is worth noting Eddery gave this colt a Group entry which looks misjudged but horses can disappoint on their first start and at incredible odds could have place claims. 

Conclusion: The betting suggests this is out of the three major fancies and it is most likely correct. Lord George has strong claims but if very short odds may give some value elsewhere. However, I do think this colt will take some beating. I like Zzoro, who looks a sound each way bet and if drifting to decent odds is well worth a bet. Invocation has claims although less fancied to the two mentioned. Hepplewhite may be worth a speculative bet at huge odds.        

Zzoro NR


A Maiden Auction Stakes over 6f on Standard going. Quite a restricted race type which pinpoints that form horses have the best chance of winning. Not too much of a surprise here considering we have just one debutante. Just my silly humour! Jamie Osborne is a talented trainer and someone who often goes well with his juveniles on their second start. *Daydream wasn't fancied on debut when racing over course and distance. This bay filly, a daughter of Dream Ahead, is actually owned by the trainer, a relatively cheap Breeze-up purchase at just 19,000euros. This American bred two-year-old ran well on her racecourse bow when finishing sixth, far from disgraced, after a slow start. The betting must be noted here. If priced 13/2 & less sp she hold strong place claims. 

Daydreamer NR

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3:40 Kempton Racing Tips (21st Sept) CASH OUT ON THE BETDAQ APP/EBF STALLIONS MAIDEN FILLIES´ STAKES (Plus 10 Race) (Div II) (CLASS 4) (2yo)

An EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes over 7f on standard to slow going. Fourteen two-year-olds take part. 

Gravity Flow was fancied on debut at Windsor when flashing home with spirit behind the well regarded Sunflower. trained by Andrew Balding. William Haggas' daughter of Exceed And Excel cost 165,000euros at the yearling sales and sure to appreciate this step up to 7f. She was one of five juveniles for this stable entered for the Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1), but three have been forfeited at the last stage, including Gravity Flow. That may have as much to do with this chestnut filly being better over a stiffer trip. A recent Stakes entry suggest connection expect a maiden win sooner rather than later. The statistics detail this beaten favourite will go well with decent win and place claims. The horse to beat. 

Peppering is potentially well drawn and likely to be fancied in the betting for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin. This American bred filly doesn't hold any flashy Group entries. A stable who can go well but difficult to assess their debutantes. A horse I would rather watch.

Polymnia didn't show a great deal when making her debut at Salisbury on soft going. This filly cost 115,000gns at the yearling sales and could well be capable of better. Richard Hannon's charge was relatively fancied that day and been given at least three Stakes entries which suggests connections are expecting more. With a tissue price of 20/1 there may be money for this juvenile. Looks poor on form but no forlorn hope. 

Ralph Beckett does well at this course and Secret Sense is worth noting in the betting. This daughter of Shamardal is out of a winning mare, placed at Listed class. This family have featured a number of exceptionally expensive siblings/relatives including one sired by Galileo which sold for 3,600,000gns. Secret Sense held a Fillies Mile Group 1 entry but this wasn't updated at the forfeit stage. Still a juvenile to be respected with a 26% strike rate for two-year-olds at this course and positive points profit.     

Sir Michael Stoute fields Queen's Trust, who is owned by Cheveley Park Stud. The betting is key. If priced 13/2 & less should be considered with a live chance but if weak in the market best watched. Interesting she has been given a stakes entry, which is something of a rarity for the stable.   

Interesting to see how Thrilled performs for David Lanigan. I must admit I'm never confident about this stable as they seem so difficult to assess if not just point-blank poor. This daughter of Kodiac cost 460,000gns at the sales and held a number of Group entries although those races have either been concluded or forfeited. This bay filly was relatively fancied on debut over 6f. She was never competitive and connections will be hoping to see improvement over this extra furlong. Any horse can disappoint on debut or be in need of the run so it would be foolish to presume she is limited. So often people jump to conclusions and so often they are wrong.If drifting to fantastic odds on the exchanges may be worth a speculative bet. I'd have to take a watching brief. 

Dramatic Voice is a home bred although sent to the sales but withdrawn. Paul Cole does well at Kempton. the betting is key. If priced in double figures best watched. If fancied has sound each way claims. 

Late Show is well bred out of a Group 2 winner and Group 1 performer. Sir Mark Prescott has few two-year-olds fancied on debut and most progress with racing. However, if priced 13/2 & less SP would be interesting. A wide draw doesn't help. 

Conclusion: Probably a stiffer race than many will view at first sight. Gravity Flow sets the standard and will enjoy this 7f contest. Not great value but will take the beating. Polymnia is worth noting in the betting and may be worth a speculative punt if touching big odds. Could well be backed and better than seen on debut.Could show marked improvement. Secret Sense is very well bred and hails from a stable who go well here. A horse with each way claims. Queen's Trust. Dramatic Voice & Late Show need to be 8/1 & less to be considered at serious hopes. Best watched if weak in the betting. Thrilled cost a fortune at the sales but showed little on debut. That experience and a step up in distance should see her in a better light today. Perhaps, worth a speculative bet if drifting to ridiculous prices on the exchanges. Another horse who could be backed. Difficult to know what to expect but clearly connection hold some hope.        

2:00 Yarmouth Racing Tips (17th Sept) BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (2yo)

An EBF Maiden Stakes over 6f 3y on good to firm going. Very difficult to make an assessment of this race as detailing at the 48 hour declaration stage and 34 entries at this time. Looks a sizable maiden with a good number of jockeys booked to ride. Just a quick word about one of the few fillies declared to run. Marsha, trained by Sir Mark Prescott. This daughter of Acclamation is owned by the Elite Racing Club. This home bred was fancied in the betting when making her debut at Kempton but drifted just before the off to return 9/1. That betting was significant and she ran a superb race behind the well touted Zhui Feng. If Marsha is priced 13/2 & less SP I would be betting each way. If fancied in the betting this bay filly has sound each way claims.  

Note: This race may be split into two division. 


An EBF Maiden Stakes over 7f 3y on good to firm going. Ten two-year-olds declared to run [written Monday morning so please forgive any non runners] colts, one gelding and solitary filly. Massaat is held in high regard by Barry Hills and after a sterling effort on debut, when a narrow loser to John Gosden's talent Cymric, must take all the beating. This Irish bred son of Teofilo is out of a decent 90-rated mare who contested Listed class for Charlie Hills. Massaat was very well backed on debut at Sandown and beaten by a head, which was all the more meritorious after a slow start. A string of flashy Group entries include the the Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2) and Dewhurst Stakes (Group 2). He was also entered to run in the Champagne Stakes (Group 2) but didn't take that option. Hamdan Al Maktoum's charge has recently been entered for a Stakes and Listed contest, which details a win at maiden class is expected before moving on to a higher level. It will interesting to see what odds are available on the day but if this colt is anywhere near an each way price I would take an interest.  

2:20 Yarmouth Racing Tips (15th Sept) BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF MAIDEN FILLIES´ STAKES (Plus 10 Race) (CLASS 5) (2yo)

An EBF Maiden Stakes over 6f 3y on good to firm going. Ten fillies take part: five with race experience the rest making their debut. A few interesting juveniles to note in a fairly competitive heat. 

Fourth Way, trained by Roger Varian, wasn't fancied on debut over course and distance but really found her stride in the final furlong to give favourite backers a slight scare when finishing second to Alqubbah, who had shown a decent level of form for Ed Dunlop. 

This bay filly, a daughter of Iffraaj, cost £78,000 at the yearling sales, purchased by David Redvers. She now runs in the silks of Qatar Racing Ltd. The mare, Spiritual Air, won over this trip but appreciated further in time. 

There was a lot to like about Fourth Way on debut and she should improve for that initial start. She may be a touch outpaced mid race but should rattle home with spirit. For in-running punters, you may get better odds in play. 

The horse to beat. 

Field Of Stars is trained by William Haggas and takes this maiden in favour of yesterday's Wolverhampton declaration to run with her stablemate Symposium. Connections chose to withdrawn her to take this engagement.

This home bred daughter of Acclamation is out of a winning mare and races in the familiar silks of Lael Stable, no stranger to talented thoroughbreds. 

This January foal was a well-backed favourite on debut at Nottingham over 5f on good to soft going. She was slightly checked when leaving the stalls, crossed by an opponent, which left her with a stiff task. 

Physically a good-looking type, compact with strength. I was left with the impression nothing  went right that day. She plugged on in the closing stages without ever being competitive.This extra furlong should see a marked improvement and return a wiser horse today. Although lacking in flashy Group entries it is a positive she was so strongly fancied on debut. From a statistical point of view, this bay filly holds good win and place claims. If available at each way prices - fair bet. If a particularly weak in the betting and priced outside 13/2 SP I would take a watching brief. [With favourite being such a short price I would stretch this betting to an SP of 8/1].

Two other form horses are worthy of interest. 

Henry Candy has been in great form this season and true professional with his two-year-olds. 

Rosie Royce is a home bred daughter of Acclamation out of a talented Italian mare who won at Listed class and placed at Group level. 

She has raced over the minimum trip on both starts to date and been relatively fancied in the betting.

This bay filly had no luck on debut, stuck behind a wall of horses, and allowed to coast home in her own time. 

She was quite weak in the betting when making her return at Chepstow. 

From a statistical point of view she held strong win and place claims that day, when finishing third in a seven-runner race. In some respects that seemed a slightly disappointing effort although it is worth noting that the first two fillies, Little Voice and Sirajiah, are both held in high regard by their respective trainers. Both of those horses had proven a touch disappointing so it could be the case they ran to their best that day. 

Rosie Royce was reported to be keen but on reviewing the video she looked beaten fair and square. Whether this step up in distance will bring about improvement is a matter for debate. She wouldn't want to pull today when the major fancies will be finishing with verve. Time may tell that was a decent performance at Chepstow although it is difficult to make an objective assessment in ways. 

Little Voice wasn't disgraced when stepped up to Listed class on her next start and Sirajiah is held in some regard by connections. Rosie Royce could be one for each way backer at respectable odds. 

Gay Kelleway does well at this seaside course. Sakhee's Gem is the most experienced in this field with five runs and far from disgraced: only out of the first four on one occasion and then not beaten far in a Listed race at York. This daughter of Sakhee's Secret finished fourth in a competitive maiden at Newmarket when stepping up to 6f.

With a number of promising efforts she has the profile of a horse with enough ability to win an average maiden but liable to be beaten by a juvenile with a touch of class. An official rating of just 70 suggests one or two will be too good unless the race falls apart. In addition, there is concern a horse may regress after a number of tough races. 

Lady Lloyd wasn't fancied for William Jarvis on debut at Windsor and showed limited ability after dwelling at the start. The trainer does well at this course but unless seriously backed [15/2 & less SP] I would take a watching brief.     

Of the debutantes, Daring Day was quite an expensive yearling buy at 60,000GNS. George Peckham is a rookie trainer so difficult to assess his general standard to date with few two-year-old runners. Owner Fawzi Abdullah Nass is no stranger to talented horses and although I would take a watching brief, this debutantes should be respected later in the season.

George Margarson has been quiet with his juveniles this season and Tifawt has the blinkers applied for her debut. Best watched.

James Toller has very few two-year-olds but the stable is worth noting when bringing a youngster to Yarmouth. Sole Bay Star is a daughter of Dutch Art costing just £15,000 at the Breeze-up sales. The betting is the best guide here. If unfancied best watched but if starting 14/1 & less SP could have ability. 

The betting is key for Rae Guest's two fillies. Khismet is an American bred daughter of Kheleyf, a bargain buy at foal for just 3,500GNS. This filly was sent to the Breeze-up sales but withdrawn and staying with connections. 

Mayberain is a home bred daughter of Acclamation although interestingly sent through the sales for 72,000EUR.    

I'm a big fan of Rae Guest and if either of these debutantes were priced 10/1 & less SP it could be significant. 

Conclusion: At intriguing race. Fourth Way sets the standard on form and looks the type to improve a good deal for that debut over course and distance. The winner of that race is a decent juvenile and Varian's charge could well be better. It will be interesting to see if she is slightly flat footed mid race but a horse I would expect to fly at the finish and take some beating. Not than much value priced 1/2 favourite but the horse to beat. 

Field Of Stars needs to improve for her debut but it seems likely to do just that. This step up in distance will help and that first start should brush the cobwebs away. If available at each way odds would make a fair each way selection with stats to suggest a good win and place strike rate. 

Rosie Royce has been priced to go well on both starts. Little could be gleaned from debut and finishing third to two highly touted juveniles may not be too bad at all. There is a chance she didn't run her race last start and if improving would be a serious contender. I can't quite get to grips with this horse but respect the stable. 

Sakhee's Gem has ability but will most likely be held by a couple. 

The betting is key of the rest. If Sole Bay Star was backed to 14/1 or less she could have each way claims. 

Khimet & Mayberain would be very interesting if priced 10/1 & less. That would suggest decent win and place claims.

Fourth Way gets the nod although the price seems very short. Field Of Stars could make a viable each way bet. Keep an eye on the betting for the rest of the field, especially debutantes . The favourite looks hard to beat but Field Of Stars and Rosie Royce could be fair each way bets at decent odds. 

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2:40 Wolverhampton Racing Tips (14th Sept) BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF MAIDEN FILLIES´ STAKES (Plus 10 Race) (CLASS 5) (2yo)

An EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes over 5f 216y on Standard going. Thirteen two-year-olds take part. Nine raced, four making their debut. A couple of interesting fillies from William Haggas and one from Richard Fahey. 

Unless there is something of a surprise this looks out of five horses, at most. The betting is the best guide to Sir Mark Prescott's Cline. This daughter of Pivotal out of a Listed placed mare, she was sent to the breeze-up sales but withdrawn. Very few of the debutantes from Heath House win when priced over 13/2 SP. If strong in the betting, it would be a sign of confidence. Unlikely, in my opinion, but time will tell.

Dismantle has claims but I prefer the trio of hopes. 

Symposium, Field Of Stars & Amber Mystique are potentially smart juveniles. All are held in some regard by their respective trainers. 

It's interesting if not puzzling why Haggas has entered his two charges considering *Field Of Stars holds an entry to run at Yarmouth on Tuesday. The ground at the seaside course is firm so perhaps that has led to this dilemma. This home bred daughter of Acclamation is out of a winning mare for owners Lael Stables [pictured]. This January foal was made favourite on debut at Nottingham over 5f on good to soft ground. She was very well backed from 4/1 - 7/4 but inexperience and most likely insufficient trip made this juvenile look laboured, plugging on in the closing stages, but never really competitive. This step up in distance and a substantial lay off could see a different horse. From a statistical point of view she is slightly favoured to win than her stablemate. However, Field Of Stars doesn't hold any significant Group entries which can be noted for the stable's additional hope.

Symposium caught the eye on debut. This daughter of Exceed And Excel cost 70,000GNS at the yearling sales and races in the silks of The Royal Ascot Racing Club. This chestnut filly is a good specimen. She was backed at Newbury but started at odds of 9/1 suggesting she held claims but likely to progress markedly from that initial start. The form of that race is respectable. It is encouraging she holds an entry for the Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1), one of five juveniles for Sommerville Lodge. As far as flashy entries go, she is not one of the major hopes but still a juvenile of interest. 

Last but not least is Richard Fahey's Amber Mystique. This January foal, a daughter of Sakhee is out of a multiple-winning mare who wasn't quite Listed class. She ran well on debut, especially when considering such a tardy start which really put pay to her winning. Continental Lady made a pleasing start to here career, if not a touch disappointing when stepped up in class. What caught my eye is the fact she was one of just three horses the trainer entered for the Convivial Maiden Stakes at York. That is a significant pointer. 

Conclusion: It is difficult to separate the three major hopes. I'm intrigued to see if both the Haggas juveniles race or whether there is a late non runner. As noted, Field Of stars holds the edge on stats but Symposium looks the part physically. If Field Of Stars drifted outside 13/2 betting guide it would be a negative in my humble opinion. Amber Mystique should improve a good deal. I would look for an each way bet from the second or third favourite because they should be placed and I'd cross my fingers for a win. If Field of Stars is particularly weak in the betting I'd take a watching brief with that horse. Intriguing race.  

*Field Of Stars - NR - Taking the option to run at Yarmouth tomorrow. Makes sense. 

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5:25 Doncaster Racing Tips (10th Sept) DFS BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF MAIDEN STAKES (Plus 10 Race) (CLASS 3) (2yo)

An EBF Maiden Stakes over one mile on good going. Eight two-year-olds: three raced and selection of debutantes from leading stables. 

One horse catches the eye. Very Talented, trained by Saeed Bin Suroor. This bay colt is a son of Invincible Spirit out of an unraced mare. 

Godolphin bred this juvenile at Darley and takes after his name -a horse going places. 

A sterling effort over 7f at Goodwood, on debut, indicated a promising individual who would surely improve from starting odds of 20/1. He done very little wrong in the Convivial Maiden Stakes at York. 

This February foal travelled with panache, if not a little keen, and held the edge over his rival until the final half furlong. Whether this extra furlong will bring further improvement is a matter of opinion. A number of flashy Group entries indicate that a mile is the trainer's preference. His major objectives are the Dewhurst Stakes Group 1 and Racing Post Trophy Group 1. Long term the 2000 Guineas is penciled in for the boys in blue. 

Since his Convivial second to Luca Cumani's Beautiful Morning, he has been entered for two Stakes races and a Listed contest. A maiden should be pretty straightforward if those ambitious plans are to be considered.

Must take all the beating. 

Linguistic races in the first colours for Godolphin, trained by John Gosden. This Irish bred son of Lope De Veag cost 650,000GNS and holds a couple of high-profile race entries. This bay colt isn't here to make up the numbers but it would need the favourite to disappoint or a smart horse to arrive to disappoint connections.        

Conclusion: Hopefully Very Talented will settle over this extra furlong, which in my view is the only concern to his success at this level. Linguistic has ability and if priced at each way odds or around even money place could be a fair bet in himself. 

Correct, as usual. 

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2:00 Leicester Racing Tips (8th Sept) BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF APOLLO MAIDEN STAKES (Plus 10 Race) (Div I) (CLASS 4) (2yo)

An EBF Maiden Stakes over 7f on good going. A sizable field of colts and geldings. Muntazah looked a touch disappointing when beaten favourite on his second start, especially when very unlucky not to win on debut. That fifth place, although only beaten less than three lengths, did seem a little disappointing at first but the form of that contest has been franked. Barry Hills' son of Dubawi is a good-looking colt and after a lay off will be making a return with high hopes of winning. The price may be a touch skinny [11/10, Monday evening] and there are horses of interest in opposition. A number of flashy Group entries indicate this bay has ample ability and the horse to beat.

Charlie Appleby has a number of talented juveniles in his string and Chess Master, well, if price translate to ability, this son of Shamardal will shine - all 1,700,000GNS. An incredible sum. The mare was a talent for trainer Geoff Wragg [Cassandra Go] winning at Group 2 and placed at Group 1 when runner-up to Mozart in the July Cup at Newmarket. A couple of Group entries add to the credence that Chess Master has been making the right moves on the gallops. Appleby has a decent strike race at this course and definitely a horse to respect and probably fear if lumping on the favourite at short odds. 

Hammer Gun is owned by Her Majesty The Queen, trained by Sir Michael Stoute. The stable can win on debut but the price is the best guide. Very few of their debutantes win when priced over 13/2. The stable is represented by Star Ship, who has recently received a Stakes entry, which is a sign of confidence. The betting suggests this chestnut son of Raven's Past is second string. It wouldn't be a surprise to see this colt backed. However, I wouldn't expect a winning performance unless in his best betting guide. 

Another debutante who may have a hope is William Muir's Royal Reserve. In general, I wouldn't hold my breath for one of their juveniles to strike on their racecourse bow and I'm far from confident this son of Duke Of Marmalade will be any different. The hope is that this bay colt holds an entry for the Racing post Trophy Group 1. They had another entrant of this race at the weekend, which came last, so it does temper enthusiasm, although that most probably disappointed. At odds of 25/1 there may be some meat on the bone for a speculative bet. 

Conclusion: This looks a contest of two major hopes: Muntazah and the bank busting Chess Master. The former has experience on side and form to set a standard which most debutantes would find difficult to depose. Chess Master is clearly a blue blood and could, as the cliches go, ''be anything''. If seriously backed it would give more confidence but a weakness would suggest the favourite is expected. The market is the best guide for the Sir Michael Stoute pair. By the start of the race the market may detail Star Ship is better. However, unless they are 13/2 & less SP I wouldn't be betting. Royal Reserve may be worth a speculative each-way punt if drifting to incredible odds on the exchanges.Could be backed near the off.   

2:30 Leicester - Not too much time to write a great deal here but interesting to see if David Lanigan's Wapping can show ability after a lackluster display on debut when backed to 7/2. I must admit this trainer doesn't inspire confidence but many juveniles disappoint on debut so it doesn't pay to think a horse can so easily be assess by form alone. In fact, the worse many two-year-olds look on debut the better they seem to be long term. He has received a Group entry and most recently a Stakes entry which suggest this horse has some ability. Again, if touching big odds on the exchanges may be worth a flutter with a view the money may come and make a decent no-lose bet. 

5:05 Leicester - Sepal was made favourite on debut for Charles Hills and far from disgraced. If this filly is priced 13/2 & less SP has very good win and place claims.