Nottingham Tips: French lesson time

Nottingham Tips: Royally-bred King Lear can reign supreme

Seven races are on the menu at Nottingham on Wednesday afternoon, Oct 18th, between 14.05 – 17.25.

Two of racing’s finest, Hayley Turner and Hollie Doyle, are both in action. The brilliant Will Buick, too.

16.15 – Je Ne Sais Quoi @ 2/1

A 5f nursery handicap, for racing’s ‘babies.’ Heavy ground looks likely, so this will be a severe stamina test for relatively inexperienced horses.

Our selection Je Ne Sais Quoi has encouragingly more experience than any of her rivals, and she ran well on debut at Ascot on ground described as soft. This could be a far greater test, but at least the signs are hopeful that she’ll cope.

She drops to the minimum trip for the first time since that debut run, after performing with much credit at 6f subsequently. A cosy maiden win at Thirsk has been followed by decent, competitive efforts including a close 2nd in a warm Goodwood nursery about 6 weeks ago.

The excellent Cieran Fallon rides for trainer William Haggas, who’s enjoyed another fine campaign.

16.50 – Desperate Hero @ 4/1

Hollie Doyle rides this 3-yr-old gelding for trainer Jack Channon, who is having winners after taking over the licence from his famous ex-footballer Dad, Mick. Desperate Hero is a confirmed 5f specialist, and though has run perfectly respectably on soft, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that he’ll be ok on deeper ground, which seems highly likely.

Some first-class jocks have popped their leg over this one, including David Probert, Kieran Shoemark and Tom Marquand, and after rather missing the break last time he still finished close up in a hot York Class 2 heat worth £30k to the winner. It’s Class 3, and eight grand at stake on Wednesday – go figure, as the Yanks might say …

Big chance in my book. Could look to make all.