A plethora of owners will have Epsom Derby dreams this afternoon when a field of nine line up for the Investec Derby Trial at 2:50pm in which the winner will get an instant pass to the Classic later on in the season, but the contenders taking their chance will need to improve immeasurably in what they have shown to date on the track to propel into the Derby picture.
John Gosden is in red-hot form at the moment and he will saddle Marzocco in the 1m 2f event as he aims to build on a debut success at Kempton Park, but Mark Johnston's Hartnell has already bagged victory in a Conditions stakes before and will be a leading challenger for an intriguing renewal.
Elsewhere on the card, Ed Dunlop's Red Runaway will be one of the major players in what looks a competitive running of the Investec Great Metropolitan Handicap at 2:20pm, whilst Kevin Ryan's Clayton will attempt to carry top weight to victory in the Investec Property Investments City And Surburban Handicap at 3:25pm.
Perth will host some cracking national hunt action this afternoon and their feature event will see Philip Hobbs's Sausalito Sunrise and Malcolm Jefferson's Oscar Rock lock horns in the Pentland Land Rover EBF Future Champions NH Novices' Hurdle at 3:15pm.
Victor Dartnall's Ut Majeur Aulmes and Tom George's Roc D'apsis are a couple of in-form runners doing battle in the Aberdeen Asset Management PLC Novices' Limited Handicap Chase at 3:50pm, whilst Nigel Twiston-Davies's Minella Reception will be tough to beat in the mcbookie.com Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Hurdle at 4:25pm.
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As the national hunt season draws to a close the Flat season will take prominence at the start of May and as soon as we venture into the month we will be looking forward to Newmarket's Guineas weekend as the leading three-year-olds get ready to shine at Flat HQ.
Australia has been heavily backed over the winter months and he is likely to be a warm order for the 2000 Guineas, but the fillies has a lot more wide open look to it with some exciting challengers like Tapestry and potentially Rizeena set to do battle in the 1000 Guineas.
As the national hunt season begins to click into gear we look at some of the superstars that could hog the limelight and are potential Cheltenham Festival contenders, so have a look at our National Hunt Horses To Follow section for the 2013/2014 campaign.
A superb national hunt season will draw to a close at the end of the month and the Bet365 Gold Cup will attract a stellar field who are looking to end the campaign on a winning note and the race has been won by some top class staying chasers down the years.
Quentin Collonges was a fine winner of the race 12 months ago and there will be an array of notable contenders taking their chance this season at Sandown Park with the likes of Rocky Creek and Tidal Bay potential contenders for the coveted crown.
Kingman was a sensational winner of the Greenham Stakes and the John Gosden-trained raider will aim to build on that effort by storming to victory in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 3 which will see the Flat season crank up a gear and we are set for a superb renewal of the first Classic.
Aidan O'Brien's Australia has been subject to significant ante-post support over the last couple of months and he will aim to land Ballydoyle another victory in the race, whilst the likes of Toormore and Kingston Hill add great depth to the contest.
Our resident tipster Steve Chambo will be filtering through the form guides to gain those all-important winners, whilst racing presenter Tom Lee's Horse Racing Tips will be a regular addition to the tipping zone.
So, keep in touch with our tips section, as there is often a selection for the major races as they come along and they could be worth following.Horse Racing Tips
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