April 16 Racing Tips: Almighwar back in business at Newbury?

Our tipster, Luke Elder, returns with his selections for a busy day of racing on Friday April 10.

Need a helping hand finding some winners at Newbury and Ayr? Well look no further, as Planet Sport is here to guide you in the right direction.

2.15 Newbury - Almighwar

Elder says: "The 2.15 at Newbury is an interesting looking affair, stayers in action. We've got some seasoned stayers against some rising stars.

"Almighwar probably being the main one of those rising stars. Seen plenty of him at Kempton in recent times but not so much on turf. Just the one turf start to date for this daughter of Dubawi and Taghrooda, but that should be no sort of issue.

"However, on debut didn't fare too well behind Trefoil. That wasn't a bad maiden to run in but much better is needed here.

"Has improved form over the few times over at Kempton. Won a couple of times, was then down the field in a small runner affair, I forgive that run. And a good second behind Al Zaraqaan last time around. That was a very good run, I think Al Zaraqaan is a horse going places.

"I think the step up in trip should help out Almighwar as well and with Jim Crowley on board can take all the beating.

"If we are looking for a main danger then look no further than the Mark Johnston runners, probably, Hochfeld is likely to the best of those.

"Ran a good race at Musselburgh on his reappearance, wasn't exactly fancied on that occasion this sort of race will suit though. And if Hochfeld can jump out in front he could be a pretty tough nut to crack. But I think Almighwar will crack him."

4.27 Ayr - The Ogle Gogle Man

Elder says: "Stayers in action for the final race of day one of the Scottish Grand National meeting. The 4.27 run over 3 miles and 70 yards is sure to take a lot of getting and we are going to side with the improver in The Ogle Gogle Man to win once again.

"Did manage to finish second last time around, I don't think it was Conor O'Farrell's finest moment in the saddle.

"He managed to get rid of all momentum coming towards the final flight, he just wanted to get to the other side, I imagine he thought he had the race put to bed. However, The Ogle Gogle Man made a bit of a mistake and managed to get passed on the run in.

"He was coming back at the line, it was run over a little bit further as well, but I do think The Ogle Gogle Man should have won on that occasion. He did win at Sedgefield and here at Ayr on two starts prior to that. So, he didn't land the hat-trick but I do think he can get back to winning ways this afternoon.

"Hopefully we'll see a bit of attention for him in the market as well. Conor O'Farrell back on board looking to make amends.

"It's a wide open race as well, Stop the World ran okay when finishing third at Wetherby last time around. He'll have to improve off the back of that for the Jonjo O'Neill team in the McNeill family colours but I do think The Ogle Gogle Man can get back to winning ways in what looks to be an intriguing end to the card at Ayr."

2.50 Newbury - Mithras

Elder says: "The 2.50 at Newbury is a seven furlong handicap and a race that features one of the biggest eye catchers of last season.

"On debut Mithras was back in fourth place however was never nearer fourth on that occasion and made up a heck of a lot of ground in the closing stages in a good looking contest behind One Ruler, Maximal and Latest Generation. All three of them have gone on to frank the form and there has been plenty of winners elsewhere from that race.

"Mithras didn't exactly frank the form next time around though finishing fourth here at Newbury. That'll be a slight concern but it was second time around, you can forgive that run and still didn't run too badly there was just a lot expected of Mithras on that occasion.

"Has gone on to win subsequently after Newcastle, again at prohibitive odds but I do think Mithras can go pretty close today off a mark of 90.

"Surely better than that mark, we could be looking at a horse for Royal Ascot further down the line.

"Maybe Alan King's runner Rafiki can push Mithras closest but in the race I don't really see too much to trouble Mithras and hopefully we'll get a nice price for a handicap debutant."

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