Wednesday's Nottingham racing tips: Ashtanga to open account

The Planet Sport tipsters visit Nottingham with some hot midweek racing selections on Wednesday, October 12.

It's Construction Day at Nottingham racecourse on Wednesday, where people from that industry have a bit of a knees up. Perhaps the day can go even better with some tips to help you give the bookies a kicking.

Here's a quick snapshot of our tips for Wednesday, you can get a bit more detail on our highlighted horses below that.

Remember to check out the Planet Sport live race centre, where you can get the latest racecards, results and odds from Nottingham.

Selections:

13:10 (Nottingham) Like A Tiger

13:45 (Nottingham) King Of Steel

14:20 (Nottingham) Ashtanga

14:55 (Nottingham) Manuha

15:30 Marhaba The Champ

16:05 (Nottingham) Love Affairs

16:40 (Nottingham) Fast Response

17:15 (Nottingham) Wade's Magic

13:10 (Nottingham) Like A Tiger

Racegoers at Nottingham will be hoping for some 2023 Classic clues as last year subsequent St Leger hero Eldar Eldarov made his debut in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.

The race has been divided this time and the first heat looks at the mercy of James Ferguson's Like A Tiger, who was just touched off on his debut at Newmarket.

Fox Journey also caught the eye on his first start and it would be no surprise to see him take a big step forward. Sea Master is another with valid form claims, while Artistic Star is a newcomer to note.

13:45 (Nottingham) King Of Steel

In the second division, David Loughnane's newcomer King Of Steel catches the eye given he still holds an entry in the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster later this month.

Twoforthegutter showed enough at a breeze-up sale earlier in the year for connections to part with 155,000 euros to purchase him, while Mr Boson is another who should not be underestimated.

14:20 (Nottingham) Ashtanga

Freddie and Martyn Meade's Ashtanga made a very pleasing debut at Salisbury when third of nine a couple of weeks ago.

She gets the chance to open her account before heading into the winter in the EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Dubai Crystal and Khinjani are also entitled to improve for their racecourse debuts but the main threat to the selection may prove to be Shazam.

Ralph Beckett's newcomer cost 140,000 euros as a yearling and she is out of a Group 1-winning mare.

15:30 Marhaba The Champ

Marhaba The Champ won with plenty up his sleeve last time out at Hamilton and should take all the beating in the Watch Irish Racing On RacingTV Handicap at Nottingham.

Kevin Ryan's three-year-old was impressive in Scotland, looking very well treated on an opening handicap mark of 84.

He beat a solid yardstick in Cockalorum, pulling two and a half lengths clear, and has been raised 6lb in the process.

Given it was only his fourth outing, though, you would expect there to be a bit more to come from this son of Galileo, who is a half-brother to Queen Kindly.

He was only backing up previous promise from Ripon, where he hung markedly left off the home bend, continued to do so in the straight before edging back to his right and was only beaten a length. He looks talented.

16:05 (Nottingham) Love Affairs

Clive Cox's Love Affairs was the last winner for the late Queen and she can follow up now running for the King in the Racing TV Extra Nursery Handicap.

She appeared to relish getting her toe in, so the ground will not be an issue but she does have 5lb extra to carry.

California Gem ran well above market expectations when she finished second at Newmarket 11 days ago and she will no doubt find this easier if she copes with dropping back to the minimum trip. Camila Vargas could also figure.

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