Horse Racing Tips on Tuesday, April 12
There are three meetings spread across Britain on Tuesday, April 12th with the action coming from Newmarket, Ayr and Wolverhampton. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across the cards, which make up our advised Tuesday Lucky 15.
Donna’s Delight (2.05 Ayr)
The Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Chase is run over a marathon 3m3f trip and a horse that looks almost certain to appreciate that distance is DONNA’S DELIGHT.
Sandy Thomson’s charge struggled in his first two starts since returning from a 672-day absence, but he was much improved returned to his beloved Ayr last month, finishing just a half-length behind the favourite Niceandeasy.
He is 2lb higher here but looks a likely beneficiary of this additional yardage and it’s worth noting that he was rated 127 when starting out in this sphere, so 119 shouldn’t prove beyond him.
Donna’s Delight has form figures of 2192112 here, with his last win coming off 2lb above the mark that he currently finds himself racing off, and that’s enough to put him up as a selection.
Romantic Time (3.35 Newmarket)
With Cachet and Hello You expected to set a good clip upfront for this year’s Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes, this could set things up for something finishing strongly from off the pace, and one that fits that criteria is ROMANTIC TIME.
William Stone’s filly did the majority of her racing last season over sprint trips, disappointing on her sole start over 7f when held in the Rockfel over course and distance in September. She had possible excuses for that showing, however, having raced nearer to the far rail than the majority of the field, and it may have just proven one race too many on the back of a busy 2yo campaign.
Romantic Time looks better judged on her penultimate Salisbury Group 3 success, which came in the often informative 6f Dick Poole Stakes. Romantic Time showed a sharp turn of foot to score that day having looked a little outpaced early on, and that run suggested that going up in trip would suit. Her pedigree adds weight to that theory, with Romantic Time a Time Test filly out of a mare that was placed at up to 1m4f.
It was promising to see William Stone send out a turf winner at Leicester earlier this month, and he rarely tilts at windmills with his horses, so expect Romantic Time to have been tuned up for this on reappearance.
Release The Kraken (3.50 Ayr)
Nicky Richards should always be respected with his runners here at Ayr, and one of particular interest on Tuesday is RELEASE THE KRAKEN, who takes up an engagement in the 100% RacingTV Profits Back To Racing Handicap Hurdle.
Release The Kraken hasn’t managed to get off the mark in six previous starts, yet he caught the eye when a 40/1 fourth here in November.
The winner that day is now rated 128, and the runner-up 130, so considering that Release The Kraken wasn’t beaten all that far he looks potentially well handicapped here running off a mark of 96.
The gelding admittedly wasn’t quite at his best when fourth on handicap debut at Wetherby last time, but that run came quite quickly on the back of a Kelso fall and perhaps Release The Kraken was still feeling the mental effects of that tumble.
He has been given time to get over that Wetherby showing, and it’s notable that Brian Hughes maintains the partnership, so if cheekpieces can bring some improvement from Release The Kraken then he certainly looks handicapped to go well.
Independent Act (4.45 Newmarket)
The concluding bet365 Handicap has proven a very informative contest down the years, with the last three winners all going on to score at Group level. Charlie Appleby and William Buick teamed up to score with subsequent Sheema Classic winner Old Persian in 2018, and that duo is responsible for a fascinating entrant here in INDEPENDENT ACT.
He is bred in the purple being a son of Dubawi out of a Manduro mare, with his relatives including Group winners Graikos and Magna Graecia.
Independent Act defied notable market weakness to land a Lingfield maiden on debut in November, showing good acceleration to pull clear in the closing stages, with the second subsequently franking the form.
He was next out at Kempton in December, when probably ridden a little too early by his 7lb claimer, ultimately finishing a tired horse in fourth. William Buick is back aboard today, and connections have decided to geld Independent Act since that last run, which certainly has the potential to get his mind more focused on the job.