13:15 Haydock

Blue Lemons, 1pt E/W, 9/2, 4 places 

BLUE LEMONS (best price 9/2) has to shoulder a big weight in Haydock’s opener, but the three-year-old son of Blue Point has had his form boosted multiple times and might be ready to strike under James Doyle. 

Having made a winning debut at Leicester on soft ground, he was then acquired to contest a strong-looking novice race at Newbury and battled well when only headed in the final few strides, having set the pace. 

That form could hardly have worked out any better as the winner (Brackens Laugh), who is now rated 108, subsequently went close to taking a Listed race at Chester. The runner-up (King’s Gambit) recently bolted up in the London Gold Cup off a mark of 93. 

The front pair are undoubtedly Group-class horses, so Richard Hannon’s charge is surely bordering on being in that same bracket. He was down the field next time out in a Group 3 race and needed his return at Chelmsford on his all-weather debut. 

However, there were positives to glean from his excellent second at Sandown last time out when finishing a neck-second to Hand Of God. He looks sure to improve further with a senior rider taking over from a claimer, and he can hopefully make his class count.

Four places widely on offer and advised.

13:50 Haydock

Vadream, 1pt E/W, 5/1

The Group 2 Betfred Temple Stakes looks wide-open, but with conditions set to be soft, the one that appeals most is the Charlie Fellowes-trained VADREAM (best price 5/1). 

The six-year-old mare was marginally edged out by Seven Questions in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket last time out on ground that would have been quicker than ideal. 

She’s often dined at the top level, and her form outside of Group 1 company on soft or worse ground is very solid. In the race she went close in last time, which she won twelve months earlier, she beat Live In The Dream.

This multiple Group 3 winner meets that same rival on identical terms here but has a fitness advantage under her treasured conditions, so I’m quite optimistic that she will confirm her superiority over that re-opposing rival here.

Danny Tudhope rides this course effectively, and he’s been required to do the steering on this occasion. Live In The Dream will ensure this is run at a decent clip, and that will suit this capable mare, who can get a nice lead into proceedings before pouncing late on.

13:30 Goodwood

Extra ITV Racing Tips

Starlore, 0.5 pts E/W, 16/1, 5 places

STARLORE (best price 16/1) has not kicked on from his winning debut at Sandown, but he wasn’t beaten far in a conditions race on his return last time out, and the move into handicap company could be the catalyst for a return to winning ways.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge remains the only horse to have beaten Arabian Crown, who I thought would win the Epsom Derby, and an opening mark of 98 looks extremely lenient. Dropped in class, I can see him running a very big race off top-weight under Pat Dobbs. 

Five places are widely available and advised. 

14:25 Haydock

Purosangue, 1pt WIN (w/o Vandeek), 7/2

Purosangue, 0.5 pts E/W, 9/1

The eagerly-awaited return of Vandeek in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes is sure to attract plenty of attention, and he will no doubt prove difficult to beat, but I’m keen to look into the without favourite market, and I have found a bet worthy of putting up in my column. 

The horse I’m most interested in is Andrew Balding’s course winner PUROSANGUE (best price 7/2, w/o Vandeek) and best price 9/1 generally), who managed two wins and three placed efforts from six starts last year and is more than capable of making the frame with fitness assured. 

Since winning on debut at the course over the minimum trip, this son of Aclaim has progressed with every start, and the only time he’s finished out of the places was when badly hampered in the Group 2 July Stakes. Without being impeded, I’m convinced he would have placed. 

Nonetheless, in his next start, he came within a neck of beating Big Evs off-level terms when second in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes, and the winner has subsequently won a Grade 1 race in America prior to a successful return at York. 

That is top-class form, and, adding to that, he’s placed three times along with winning once in four subsequent starts. He will be fitter from his comeback third at Ascot, and although it is probably impossible to beat the favourite, he should be in the frame. 

14:45 York

Hiya Maite, 0.5 pts E/W, 22/1, 4 places 

In the William Hill Extra Place Races Daily Handicap at York, HIYA MAITE (best price 22/1) could be one to run very well at large odds with four places widely on offer. He is likely to go forward, and prominent tactics tend to prove beneficial on the Knavesmire.

This six-year-old has speed to burn, and despite being six pounds higher than when he last scored on the turf, he shouldn’t be underestimated here. He is only two pounds higher than when he scored by five and a half lengths on the all-weather in December. 

Lethal Nymph, 0.5 pts E/W, 16/1, 4 places 

LETHAL NYMPH (best price 16/1) shaped quite nicely when fifth of 16 to Magical Spirit in a handicap at Doncaster on his penultimate run and can be excused for his latest below-par effort.

Formerly trained by Clive Cox, this five-year-old is down to a career-low mark of 82, meaning he is seven pounds below his last winning mark and in with a chance back over five furlongs. 

He is very well-handicapped on the pick of his form, particularly his second to Baradar at Doncaster in September, which has worked out well. That was off a mark of 91, and he’s in this off 82, with Aiden Brookes claiming a further five pounds. 

This son of Lethal Force lacks consistency, but he’s proven off higher marks, and, with a strong pace sure to be on the offering, I can envisage Midgley’s charge running well here with four places widely on offer. 

15:20 York

Trevaunance, 1pt E/W, 8/1

Perhaps my strongest each-way bet of the day is Irish raider TREVAUNANCE (best price 8/1) in the Group 3 William Hill Bronte Cup Fillies' Stakes, who has the class to defeat her rivals. 

She’s race-fit, having gone close at Cork last time out following a couple of spins in Meydan earlier this year. She won Group 2 and 3 races in 2022, and although she’s been winless since, she has run well on several occasions. 

This mare has competed in Group 1 company, and unlike most of her opposition here, she will be raring to go. Scott McCullagh makes the journey over to take the ride, and I think his mount has a seriously good each-way chance.