May 8 Racing Tips: Raaeq to step up to victory at Haydock

Our tipster Ross Brierley is back to give you the lowdown on finding a winner at Haydock, Nottingham and Thirsk on Saturday May 8.

Get your weekend off to the perfect start by finding a few winners amongst Planet Sport's hot selections.

3.45 Haydock - Raaeq

Brierley says: "Raaeq is the first selection then here in this 3.45 over at Haydock, a seven furlong listed event, just the six runners, and Brian Meehan's charge looks to have every chance stepping up in grade.

"Whilst he does step up in grade, this actually looks easier than the races he's been contesting, he hacked up in a handicap at Ascot last year by five lengths, before going for a big race at the back end of the season on Champions Day, and finding himself drawn out of proceedings.

"And, the same comments apply last time out on his seasonal return, where he came down the near side in the Spring Cup over at Newbury, and all the horses who finished in the frame, were drawn low and raced down the middle.

"So, that sixth place was a big run. More importantly as well, he drops back to seven furlongs - he's two from two over this distance - [and] Brian Meehan has had four winners in the past week and the yard are in fantastic form.

"And, he looks to have every chance of winning this race before going on to take group races in time."

4.05 Nottingham - Seasett

Brierley says: "The 4.05 at Nottingham looks a tricky race on paper, but I've been waiting for Seasett to run in a handicap for quite a while now.

"An eye-catcher on all three of his novice starts, and he starts life in handicaps here off a workable mark of 72.

"[The] Richard Fahey team are excellent at getting this types of horses primed for the handicap debut, and he was a bit of an eye-catcher last time out behind Ilza'Eem over at Redcar.

"The winner absolutely bolted, and is likely to be rated three figures by the end of the season, and Seasett was held up, never put in the race until it was all too late, and he ran on to finish a never nearer fifth.

"Similar comments apply when fifth behind River Alwen, who won earlier in the week in a red hot race to frank that form, and it looks like this horse is going to improve for a handicap mark, and ultimately a step up in trip.

"He'll stick to a mile - or a mile-and-half-a-furlong to be specific - this time around, but this looks a significantly easier race than what he's been contesting.

"And, if he's fit and primed and ready and streetwise first time out in this handicap, he should go close for an in-form yard."

6.35 Thirsk - Noorban

Brierley says: "A typically wide-open sprint handicap over at Thirsk then, but the nod goes to Noorban, who steps up to six furlongs after having a bit of a nightmare over five on her seasonal reappearance.

"She was a hugely impressive debut winner last season, over at Beverley, recording a very strong time in a race that worked out well, before being thrown in at the deep end in group two company next time out.

"And, in a valuable sales race at Newmarket at the back end of the season.

"Neither of those races played to her strengths, and neither did the reappearance, in a red hot, fastly run five furlong fast ground handicap here at Thirsk, where the winner and the placed horses came near side and were drawn high, and Noorban was slowly away, got messed about, was drawn wide and finished really strongly from box one to suggest that she would improve for an extra furlong here.

"This looks a weaker race - winners have come out of that contest already - and Noorban should improve and might well go on to win nice races off significantly higher marks than this.

"And, most importantly of all, she's better drawn today in box 12.

"So, Noorban in the 6.35 gets the selection."