Tough Love, out of luck in the Thirsk Hunt Cup on his latest start, can gain handsome compensation in the feature race at Beverley tomorrow.

The Back Or Lay Rated Handicap is the target for Tim Easterby's gelding, who was a winner on this course last season.

Tough Love, who began this term with a victory in a valuable handicap at Pontefract, was unluckily drawn wide in his Thirsk bid.

Although Robert Winston did a sterling job in getting him to the inside rail, the manouvre cost him ground and he was a little further than ideal behind the leaders early in the home straight.

Threading his way through the field, Tough Love was, alas, always playing catch-up, but he did well to finish third to Hallion, beaten only two lengths.

Willie Supple, who has ridden him to success in the past, takes the mount on Tough Love tomorrow and the combination is napped to triumph.

Easterby can also lift the Low Commission Handicap with Cheeky Girl, the mount of David Allan.

Winner of a seller at Pontefract two outings ago, Cheeky Girl has since run creditably to finish fourth in a better race at Southwell.

She appears to have thrived since stepping-up to a mile and a half and this modest event could well be within her compass.

Ground Zero could be another winner for Easterby and Allan in the Maiden Stakes.

The three-year-old showed a decent level of form last term and, with a recent outing under his belt, may be able to lift this average contest.

The Running For Covers Selling Stakes will not take much winning and Queens Square, who finished third in a claiming race on this course last month, gets the vote.

Beaten little more than two lengths by Are You There on her latest start, Nigel Tinker's two-year-old will not get many better opportunities to open her winning account than this five-furlongs dash.

Tomorrow's main racing action is at Goodwood where the £50,000 Letheby & Christopher Predominate Stakes comes into line as the last of the traditional Derby trials.

Westmoreland Road is arguably the most interesting horse in the line-up.

Amanda Perrett's colt has won both his races this season in the style of a potentially useful performer.

This Listed event represents a step-up in class for him, but I fancy that Pat Eddery's mount has the required ability to cope.

There is no stopping Kieren Fallon at present and the champion jockey has a whole host of fancied rides at Goodwood, including Bahamian Pirate in the M-Real Conditions Stakes.

The David Nicholls-trained sprinter found the fast ground against him on Knavesmire last week when unplaced in the Duke of York Stakes, but tomorrow's easier surface at Goodwood gives this high-class gelding a fine chance of victory.

Fallon can also score on the promising Racing Night in the Marriott Hotels Maiden Stakes, while Namroud (2.40) and Tug of Love (3.15), both trained by Sir Michael Stoute, also provide the champion jockey with solid winning opportunities.

Tuesday's tips:


2.25 Queens Square, 2.55 Ground Zero, 3.30 Tough Love (Nap), 4.00 Bahlino, 4.35 Shell Garland, 5.10 Cheeky Girl.


2.10 Racing Night, 2.40 Namroud, 3.15 Tug of Love, 3.45 Westmoreland Road, 4.20 Bahamian Pirate, 4.55 Binnion Bay, 5.30 Silver City.

- Tom O'Ryan's Nap for today's racing is Trusted Mole (6.55 Musselburgh).

Updated: 11:58 Monday, May 19, 2003