May 15 Racing Tips: John Leeper to nail Derby colours to mast at Newmarket

Planet Sport tipster Ross Brierley is back to help you have a great weekend with some winners from his selections at Newmarket, Newbury and Doncaster on Saturday May 15.

Fancy having a flutter at the weekend? Well, you're in the right place as Ross has some red hot selections for you.

2.05 Newmarket - John Leeper

Brierley says: "This 2.05 at Newmarket is a small but select field here for a listed contest over 10 furlongs, and Fancy Man is likely to be setting the standard here for the Richard Hannon stable.

"But, we'll take him on with John Leeper, who is a very interesting runner for Ed Dunlop - a pedigree to die for and an impressive win last time out on the all-weather over at Newcastle.

"This horse is by Frankel, out of Snow Fairy, so the best racehorse we've seen in decades - possibly ever - and the dam, who won the Oaks and was a firm fan's favourite for several years in these silks for the John Dunlop team.

"But John Leeper [was] beaten on debut last year over seven furlongs [and] was always going to improve for a stamina test, and this horse rattled home from the back in a very strong speed figure to win in taking fashion at Newcastle last time out.

"That form looks strong, and he could go on to bigger and better things in time.

"If there is a concern, it is that this race could be run a little bit differently to last time out, of course [with] a smaller field [there's] no guarantee of a strong pace, but he looks to have every chance in the world of developing into a group one performer and it should start with a step forward here, with some black type on the board."

3.00 Newbury - Bay Bridge

Brierley says: "The London Gold Cup then at three o'clock at Newbury - a 10 furlong handicap here - which has a rich history of throwing up future group winners.

"And there are countless horses coming into this on top of their form.

"River Alwen and Dubawi Sands are very interesting at slightly bigger prices, but it really is hard to see past Bay Bridge here in this handicap.

"My note on his win last time out was 'this is a future group horse', and I think he might well take that step forward here off a mark of 90 for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore.

"He ran in two very good races last season at Yarmouth - over seven [furlongs] - and at Kempton over a mile behind the subsequent group one scorer, Rebels Romance.

"But, that step up to 10 furlongs last time out really brought out the best in him - he got a good pace to chase from Al Nefud, who's gone on to be beaten, albeit in decent races since then.

"And, he lengthened in the style of a very impressive performer.

"The late sectionals were good, the overall speed figure was good, and off a mark of 90, he could do some real damage before moving into listed and group company before the end of the season."

6.05 Doncaster - Koda Legend

Brierley says: "Two-year-olds then here at Doncaster, and Koda Legend isn't likely to be a very big price here for Ralph Beckett, but he should take all the beating after two hugely promising runs in novice events so far.

"He was a little bit taken out of his comfort zone on debut behind Arboy Will, one of the first two-year-olds races of the year at Windsor - the front runner made all, and everything else in behind was taken by surprise.

"Next time out, this horse went to Goodwood and tried to make all the running down the near side rail. Goodwood is a track that suits closers - it was always going to be against those tactics, yet this horse kept on going and going, and got run down by a horse called Canonized, who's got a huge chance in the Marygate's at York (at the time of recording, that race has yet to be run).

"So, fingers crossed that form gets franked.

"He's a son of Kodiac, he's clearly got plenty of speed, he's got that experience, he's got speed figures, he comes from a yard in form.

"Again, he's going to be a short price, but he should take a hell of a lot of beating in this 6.05."