September 16 Racing Tips: Prince Alex to show his pedigree at Yarmouth

It's day one of the Ayr Gold Cup festival and Planet Sport have an irreverent bet to whet your appetite. There's also a princely tip at Yarmouth and a deeply purple punt at Pontefract. Groovy.

2.05 Yarmouth - Tippy Toes

A nice fillies' novice stakes at Yarmouth can go the way of Tippy Toes for Mark Johnston.

The in-form Scottish trainer puts Ryan Moore up on the two year-old and it rates as a significant booking for a filly that has just found one opponent too good in each of her three appearances.

A staying on second to George Boughey's Beautiful Sunshine at Windsor was no disgrace, given that her opponent went on to contest the Grade 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot.

The Windsor second was over five furlongs on good to soft going and good ground at Yarmouth will suit this Johnston speedster who can go one better with an extra furlong than her string of seconds.

Backers have a good chance of being on their toes to the rails bookies for payouts at the seaside track.

3.15 Yarmouth - Prince Alex

A winner of over half his 11 races over turf, Michael Bell's gelding can make a regal showing in this Class 2 handicap.

Holding a Cesarewitch entry, the one mile, six furlongs at Yarmouth shouldn't be a problem given Prince Alex won his first run for Michael Bell at the distance after leaving Ralph Beckett.

That Goodwood win in late July saw Prince Alex emerge victorious from a soft ground slog.

The neck win over Urban Artist showed Prince Alex had grit as well as gears and Bell's beauty can set himself up nicely for a crack at the Newmarket stayers' test in October with victory here.

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2.15 Pontefract - Purple Bling

Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey knows his way around these parts and can score a first win for Purple Bling.

The filly's sire Night Of Thunder beat Kingman to the 2000 Guineas and six furlongs looks a good test given she finished second last time out at Nottingham over five furlongs in a maiden.

Jockey Tony Hamilton has the tekkers to get the filly focused at the business end and her two previous runs will be significant in this inexperienced field.

A purple patch could be in store for Fahey's two-year old.

5.10 Pontefract - Barshaa

No-one said it would be all glamour for Simon Crisford when he left his role as Sheikh Mohammed's Racing Manager to take up training.

A Class 4 handicap at Pontefract is a world away from some of the Group 1's he experienced in his former life but Barshaa retains the Maktoum connection, being owned by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum.

If being owned by one of the world's richest individuals isn't enough, Barshaa has shown place form in her last three runs, including a third last time out on the all-weather at Chelmsford.

Anything like a reasonable run under Ross Coakley in a weak contest will see Barshaa at the head of affairs though it might be a pint of mild instead of champagne for Crisford in celebration.

3.00 Ayr - Irreverant

This Richard Fahey gelding can take a tremendously competitive handicap at the South West Scotland track.

A winner over the distance and also at Ayr, Irreverent was victorious last time out over seven furlongs at Thirsk.

Fahey's charge prevailed at odds of 10/1 when making all the running at Thirsk and will go off a tad shorter on Thursday but can survive a five pound penalty

Irreverant presents a perfectly serious proposition.

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3.35 Ayr - Daniel Deronda

A second last time out for Daniel Deronda at Thirsk was decent enough but more so given the race threw up two subsequent winners.

From decent sire Siyouni, David O'Meara's gelding had to pick his way through a tricky field at Thirsk and can benefit from the step up to a mile at Ayr.

Named after the celebrated George Eliot novel, Daniel Deronda can write his name into the proceedings.

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