Tip of the day: Steppe to it!

There are some promising juveniles running in England and Ireland and Ian Ogg is hoping he’s on the right one at Yarmouth.

David Simcock, trainer of Vista Steppe

Vista Steppe each-way, 2.20 Yarmouth

There are a handful of maidens around today which could feature some group race performers for next season.

Sir John Lavery has been backed into odds-on at Gowran Park despite being up against a half-brother to Harzand, while Neshmeya was all the rage for her debut and bids to go one better at Yarmouth against, among others, God Given who was the subject of favourable dispatches in our Catching Pigeons column before she had run.

Newcastle is not left out either with Hugo Palmer’s Anythingtoday bidding to improve upon the evident promise of his debut and all in all there should be plenty of reason to watch a replay or two tonight with your My Stable tracker at the ready.

The ‘Great Times Britannia And Wellington Piers’ Nursery at Yarmouth is not short of interest either and may provide an early boost for the claims of Dagonet in the maiden at Kempton Park this evening.

Dagonet was second in the Nottingham maiden in which Jet Setter was fourth and Ryan Moore takes over in the saddle from Jordan Uys for the latter’s nursery debut.

That looks a fair pointer but I still can’t resist an interest on Vista Steppe, who caught my eye finishing off her race reasonably well at Haydock last time, as she should have plenty of scope from her initial mark of 66.

The form has already begun to work out fairly well with fourth home Foxcatcher second in a nursery (off 68) and winning a maiden (when rated 72) while Classic trials were talked about for the third, Eartha Kitt, following her maiden win.

The winner, Moonlit Show, landed a touch in Listed company in Ireland on her next outing so those in front of Vista Steppe have done their part even if the performances of those behind have proved less encouraging.

It remains to be seen which group Vista Steppe will attach herself to but there was enough promise in that last run for me to give her the chance today. In-form trainer David Simcock has a fine strike rate at Yarmouth with his juveniles and when putting Jamie Spencer up this season and the little bit of early money about for his Dutch Art filly (a general 7/1) is encouraging.

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