April 7 Racing Tips: Muker to make hay at Nottingham?

Planet Sport's tipsters get to grips with several red hot selections from racing cards at Catterick, Lingfield, Newcastle and Nottingham on Wednesday April 7.

Stave off the midweek lull with a handful well-backed horses on both the flat and jumps. Bash the bookies and boost your pot ahead of the Grand National at Aintree.

Nottingham

Philip Makin's Muker will be looking to impress on his first race of the season in the Mansionbet #Morethanthenational Conditions Stakes (3.40).

A 20-1 winner on debut last June in Newcastle, he then finished third to Tactical at Royal Ascot despite going off at 40/1.

Muker then won a small race at York before being beaten by a neck at Dundalk against a field of older horses in a Group Three. However, he is back amongst his own age group here and that could be to his benefit.

Ocean Wind is in with a good shout in the Barry Hills Further Flight Stakes (4.10), which sees the return of 2019 St Leger runner-up Sir Ron Priestley.

There is no denying his class, but he will need to be at the top of his game to get the better of Ocean Wind.

The Roger Teal-trained fancy, started life in bumpers, winning two before finishing a fine sixth to Ferny Hollow at Cheltenham.

He was switched to the Flat last summer he made rapid strides having been beaten first time out over a mile and a half, winning the Cesarewitch Trial at Newmarket over two miles and two furlongs.

He has last seen in February going down by half a length to Rainbow Dreamer, and he could turn into a top-class stayer this season.

The Roger Varian-trained Dubawi Sands could just edge ahead of some strong challengers in the Mansionbet Bet 10 Get 20 Novice Stakes (2.10).

Weak in the betting considering his pedigree, he made a pleasing enough debut, in a hot Newmarket maiden at the end of the turf season, and can be expected to improve on that markedly.

Other selections at Nottingham include: 2.40 Plymouth Rock, 3.10 Ready Freddie Go, 4.40 Finest Sound, 5.10 Encourage.

Lingfield

Archie Watson's filly Rosie Powers will be looking for her second win of the season in the Witheford Barrier Trials 13th April Novice Stakes (1.00).

The odds-on favourite did not disappoint in her debut, in early March, winning by over three lengths.

Despite looking green and racing in a hood, she proved she possesses a fair engine and it will be interesting to see how she fares against better opponents.

Royal Mews is four but has only made it to the track twice so it seems interesting that he remains with John and Thady Gosden.

Unraced at two, he was only sixth of 11 on his debut last season but was subsequently gelded and given over 100 days off.

He looked a completely different proposition when next sighted at Chelmsford in October, bolting up by over six lengths, and is the one to beat in the Subscribe To AtTheRaces On YouTube Novice Stakes (2.00).

Lingfield's other fancies include: 1.30 Abel Tasman, 2.30 Emerald Fox, 3.00 River Wharfe, 3.30 King's Knight, 4.05 Mummy Bear, 4.35 Soyounique.

Catterick

Wise Eagle has yet to finish out of the first two in four outings for new trainer Adam Nicol.

He has won a jumpers' bumper by a short head and a handicap at Newcastle last time out by a nose.

Up 3lb for that effort, he is clearly thriving for the sea air at Nicol's Seahouses base and should go well again in the Millbry Hill Handicap (2.50).

Others to keep an eye on at Catterick include: 1.45 Captain Corcoran, 2.20 Show Yourself, 3.20 Equidae, 3.50 Chookie Dunedin, 4.20 Sage Advice, 4.50 Avior Star.

Newcastle

Bay Bridge looks interesting for Sir Michael Stoute in the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Novice Stakes (5.15).

The New Bay colt was third of 10 on his debut at Yarmouth which looked a nice introduction - but it is his second effort which catches the eye.

He was up against Charlie Appleby's Rebel's Romance at Kempton and while he was beaten over five lengths into fourth, the form has a very strong look to it.

The winner won the UAE Derby recently yet Bay Bridge was ridden to try to beat him and lost two places close home. There was no disgrace in that and better can be expected this year.

Others to consider at Newcastle include: 4.45 Starfighter, 5.45 Rare Groove, 6.15 Lion Tower, 6.45 Forest Falcon, 7.15 Dapper Bob, 7.45 Captainofthebounty, 8.15 Carbon Positive.