There are five competitive cards in Britain on Tuesday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns with his best bets for the action.
Dovena @ 9/1
The lightly raced three-year-old progressed well towards the end of last year when following her fourth in a 1m2f handicap at Chelmsford in October with a good third at Lingfield in January. That was in a first-time hood on her first start since October, so it was a sound run.
Dovena has been disappointing in two starts since, but clearly wasn’t at her best when beaten 19 lengths over this trip at Kempton in February and her latest sixth at Chelmsford came after a short break. She was well backed there but had a wide trip and probably wasn’t best placed.
Connor Planas is superb value for his 5lb claim and he takes over in the saddle. That gets Dovena in off what is, in effect, a mark of 46 in this low-grade race and she can cash in.
The British EBF Ruby Jubilee Fillies' Handicap (3.20) at Brighton was won by subsequent Lingfield Oaks Trial runner-up Mystic Wells last season and there is an Oaks entry in this year’s race. Rich is clearly held in high regard and can take this en route to better things.
Rich was successful on her debut over 6f at Newbury last season and trainer Richard Hannon was tempted to go to Royal Ascot afterwards. However, he took his time and Rich was next seen in the Rockfel at , when she could finish only seventh of 14 in that Group 2.
Nevertheless, the fact she was thought good enough to contest that race tells you plenty about what she must show at home and she shaped like she would be suited by the step up to this trip when a staying-on third in a mile conditions event at Kempton just under a month ago.
Improvement is needed, but she is the only one in this field in a Group 1 and her pedigree is to match, being by Cracksman out of French Listed winner. She may just be better than these.
The British EBF Nottinghamshire Oaks Stakes (4.10) at Nottingham is a cracking race and Misty Dancer might be capable of regaining the winning thread after a disappointing effort last time.
The lightly raced four-year-old found a sudden jolt of improvement towards the end of last season when following her easy victory in a Goodwood maiden with back-to-back wins in handicaps at and Newbury. That prompted a step up to Listed company last time out.
Misty Dancer went off 5/2 favourite to make it four wins on the spin in that contest at and travelled like the winner for a long way. She was backed to a low of 2.66 in running, but floundered on the heavy ground and lost several places in the closing stages.
Maybe she found conditions too testing or possibly it was just the end of a busy season. Whatever the reason she didn’t finish off her race as expected, but she is open to plenty of further improvement with another winter on her back and can return to form in this event.