We’ve six races to enjoy from Nottingham on Tuesday 15 August, starting at 2.30 and finishing shortly after the final contest at 5.05.
I’ve got a couple of tips for the card – including a beautifully-bred three-year-old for George Boughey who enjoyed a promising racecourse introduction last month.
3.30 – King Lear @ 4/5
By Galileo and out of a multiple Group 1-winning mare, it’s fair to say George Boughey’s King Lear is bred in the purple.
Having missed the entirety of his juvenile season, he made his racecourse debut as a three-year-old in a warm novice heat at Newmarket just under a month ago, finishing not too far behind three nice types for John & Thady Gosden, William Haggas and Ed Walker.
That form looks above average, and King Lear showed lots of promise in defeat. Having broken very slowly, William Buick had it all to do aboard the colt who made eye-catching late gains to end up just 3L off the winner.
I expect the selection to come on for that immensely, which should make him hard to beat in this nine-runner maiden over 1m½f.
I’m wary of Motriff, who also looks to have tons of improvement in him, but ultimately I fancy King Lear to reign supreme at the second time of asking.
4.30 – Havana Pusey e/w @ 11/1
Exactly an hour later, nine three-year-olds go to post for what looks a competitive 0-85 handicap over 6f.
Right off the bat, I suspect Johnny James will see plenty of support. He’s an unknown quantity in a field of relatively exposed types, so I completely understand why, but I don’t think the handicapper has done him many favours with his opening mark of 85.
The likes of Pinafore and Spirit Of Applause should run well, but I think it’s worth taking a chance on Havana Pusey who was progressive prior to a flop at Ascot last time out. That performance can be forgiven, though, for he was encountering soft ground for the first time having run just nine days ago.
The three-year-old son of Havana Grey should be much more at home on this sounder surface and ought to be dangerous off a mark of 84 if he’s none the worse for his latest exploits.