8.05pm Nottingham Tips & Betting Preview 08/08/2017

A field of nine go to post for the final race of the evening at Nottingham on Tuesday, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.

IN SUMMARY: It is very easy to pick out negatives about most of the field, including Mr C who needs more off three pounds higher with the form of his Pontefract win up for debate. The horse that caught the eye on their latest start was TRANQUIL TRACY, who stayed on stoutly over the mile trip at Newcastle when last seen for John Norton. She is now two pounds lower and up in trip, with both of those factors firmly in her favour. Roston Ffrench takes the ride and she looks set to take this with so many doubts about her competitors.

1 ROCK ISLAND LINE – Ran well on debut at Doncaster but his limitations have firmly been exposed on three subsequent starts, upped to this distance on his latest start. He was always in the rear on handicap debut, never sighted and never looking likely to get involved. The handicapper has only relented three pounds and a great deal of improvement is needed if he’s to be threatening under Dougie Costello. Others readily preferred.

2 UPENDED – Showed moderate ability in maidens for Chris Wall, but he failed to catch the eye when never leaving the rear at Bath on handicap debut two weeks ago. He has been lowered two pounds in the handicap as a result, but more is needed despite the yard being in good form. Ted Durcan takes the ride and conditions will be fine so he has each way claims, but he would be an unlikely winner.

3 BOMBERO – Not fully exposed yet for Ed de Giles but far more is needed on his second handicap start, very disappointing at Salisbury when making his first start at this trip. He was tailed off after fading tamely at the two furlong pole and it’s hard to see him winning this off the same mark in a similar race. First-time cheekpieces could help, but others make far more appeal for obvious reasons.

4 MR C – Got his head in front at the fifth attempt when taking a maiden at Pontefract three weeks ago, gamely getting to the front towards the finish to win by a head. The form however is up for question as the second is now an eleven race maiden and he may just struggle now upped three pounds in the handicap. Joe Doyle retains the ride but he looks set for a minor role unless he improves markedly for that latest start.

5 MASTERFILLY – Inconsistent daughter of  Mastercraftsman who was well beaten on her penultimate start at Kempton before a third place at Ffos Las when last seen. She was however beaten by eleven lengths and the handicapper has only relented a pound, with this race not much easier than that latest assignment. Conditions are an unknown and it’s not hard to look elsewhere on this occasion.

6 MEDICI MOON – Last seen back in the winter at Southwell where he placed in a pair of very poor Class 6 handicaps, well beaten on both occasions (by seven and eight lengths respectability). He will likely appreciate this step up in trip, but this is his turf debut and there is no knowledge as to whether he will take to it well or not under Paddy Pilley. Hard to recommend and likely placed at very best.

7 RONNI LAYNE – Eight race maiden who is beginning to become frustrating and exposed, running well enough when fifth here over the mile when last seen. More is required here though and her stamina has to be taken in trust as there is no guarantee she will stay. Robert Tart retains the ride but others look far more interesting options.

8 BRIDAL MARCH – Still yet to claim victory after thirteen starts, well beaten on four of her five starts for trainer John Mackie. She tamely faded to finish twelfth at Wolverhampton when last seen and a step up to the 1m 2f trip is far from guaranteed to suit, with her pedigree only giving hope she’ll be able to stay up until the mile. Others are readily preferred.

9 TRANQUIL TRACY – A maiden after eleven starts for John Norton, but she showed something extra when last seen at Newcastle. She was staying on strongly late in the day and a further step up in trip off two pounds lower looks set to see her gain her first win under Royston Ffrench. Conditions will be fine and she stands out as a potential improver in a field full of horses you couldn’t be confident about.

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