June 5 Racing Tips: Oz Legend to cast spell over Doncaster

It's Derby Day at Epsom but our tipster Ross Brierley has his sights set elsewhere with meetings at Doncaster and Lingfield on Saturday June 5.

Put the beer away and the champagne on ice as our tipster returns to find you some winners.

3.40 Doncaster - Oz Legend

Brierley says: "An open look to this seven runner handicap, with the likes of Tenbury Wells and Tawaareq likely to bounce back from their disappointing runs last time out.

"But, we're going to go with Oz Legend here to follow an impressive fourth in a handicap last time out - on handicap debut - over at Newbury for the very much in-form Hugo Palmer team.

"That was behind Bay Bridge last time out, who looks an absolute monster - the proverbial group horse in a handicap.

"And on that day, it paid to come from mid-division or further back at Newbury.

"Oz Legend, though, was on the speed and was travelling best turning into the home straight, but just did not get home off that warm early pace.

"This should be run to suit him here today though, and since that fourth, the yard have sprung into life with six winners over the past couple of weeks.

"His third to Siskany before that reads well, as well, so you get the feeling there's more to come from Oz Legend when he gets the race run to suit, and he should do this afternoon on Town Moor."

4.50 Doncaster - Lafan

Brierley says: "In three runs in novice company so far, the Dandy Man colt, Lafan has looked like he is in desperate need of a step up in trip, and he gets that today, on his handicap debut.

"He's up to a mile, and he looks to be overpriced in the market here for an in-form yard.

"He caught the eye a little bit behind George Peabody at this track over seven furlongs, before being sent off a very short priced favourite at Lingfield on the next start.

"But, seven furlongs - on a sharp track - he got outpaced and kept on well to finish fourth.

"Next time out he did a very similar thing over at Salisbury behind Great News - again hugely outpaced at a crucial part of the race, and my notes on every single one of his runs have suggested a step up in trip will unlock plenty of improvement.

"Off a mark of 75 that reads very well on a few of the other runners who have met on his penultimate start, in particular Adelita, and of course the winner on that first start, George Peabody as well.

"So, he's still a colt, he's well bred, he should improve for the step up in trip and he could be an each way play in this handicap at Donny."

6.45 Lingfield - Amber Dew

Brierley says: "Over to Lingfield for the final pick then, it's the 6.45, it is a fillies novice stakes for the two-year-olds.

"Quite a few of these [are] in form, but I think the blinkers, and the switch to six furlongs on a track that should suit will bring the best out of Amber Dew here for Ralph Beckett and team.

"Ran a big race on debut - fourth behind Desert Dreamer, in a race that threw up loads and loads of winners, like Desert Dreamer who's likely to go to Royal Ascot and should have every chance as well.

"Next time out, was sent off a very short priced favourite at Nottingham; tried to make the running on that occasion, was beaten by a horse called Fabiosa - who's since gone on to run very credible races in listed company at York and Sandown.

"The dam of Amber Dew won over seven furlongs, the step up to six [furlongs] should suit, the blinkers will hopefully focus the mind late on, and this is a front running track, so hopefully the nearside rail can be bagged by Amber Dew and they won't see which way she goes."

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