Tip of the Day: Smooth Santana

Matt Brocklebank heads to Thirsk for the racing tip of the day, where David Barron holds an obvious chance.

David Barron: Trainer of today's top tip

Tip of the Day: Semana Santana (Thirsk 3.15)

The Sky Bet Windsor Sprint Series Finale Handicap is the most valuable race of the day and all 14 stand their ground on going described as good to firm, good in places.

The problem with this race is that it's terrifyingly competitive from a punting perspective, with the likes of Clear Spring and Young John laid out for the prize.

Stellarta'a form is as strong as any in the field, having shown up well behind the likes of Dancing Star and Hoof It in recent months, but her overall turf record isn't as strong as her all-weather strike rate and she's handicapped up to the hilt.

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Multiple course scorer Rio Ronaldo is proving popular this morning and there's a lot to like about his claims but Goring might be the one to cause a turn-up.

He did exactly that when winning over this course and distance at the start of the month, which was his first attempt at six furlongs since his two-year-old days.

The drop back from a mile has obviously sparked him into form and a 4lb rise in the ratings arguably doesn't do his superiority justice. If they go hell-for-leather early then Goring looks the one most likely to be finishing with a flourish.

But there are better opportunities elsewhere, including Royal Hunt Cup third Mitchum Swagger in the conditions event (3.30) on a decent card at Chelmsford, and Semana Santana in the Pirates Family Day Friday 26th August Handicap (3.15) at Thirsk.

The latter rates the bet of the day as a repeat of her latest Nottingham run might just be enough to take top spot here.

It's hardly been a sparkling season for trainer David Barron but sending out three winners already this month is a sign that the tide may have turned and this filly is definitely improving.

Her only win to date came in a Wolverhampton maiden over six furlongs and dropping back to the minimum trip after that success didn't really work out for the best.

A return to six furlongs saw the three-year-old miss out narrowly at Colwick Park and although raised 2lb to a mark of 74, there's a fair chance she can rate a good deal higher in the months to come as she's evidently improving as she matures.

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