Eastern Hope, who showed definite signs of potential on his debut at York earlier this month, can fulfill that promise at Ayr tomorrow.

The two-year-old, trained at Hambleton by Kevin Ryan, goes for the 'Hamilton House' Median Auction Maiden Stakes with Fergal Lynch in the saddle.

Eastern Hope finished fifth to Western Verse on Knavesmire, but that position tells only half the story as he missed the break and also met trouble in running.

Sure to have benefitted considerably from that outing, the well-regarded Eastern Hope can do himself full justice tomorrow.

Kevin Darley, still hoping to pick-up a mount in the Vodafone Derby at Epsom on Saturday week, looks sure to make his journey to Ayr worthwhile.

The Sheriff Hutton jockey teams-up with Continuation in the 'Eightsome Reel' Maiden Stakes and John Gosden's consistent colt is fancied to belatedly get his head in front.

Linea-G can be another winner for Darley in the 'Petronella' Classified Stakes.

Well placed by trainer Mary Reveley to win her last two races, Linea-G looks to have an excellent opportunity here of completing a hat-trick. Moreover, she is already a course and distance winner.

In the £10,000 'Dashing White Sergeant' Showcase Handicap, Tony Tie should not be overlooked as he bids to win the race for the second successive year.

The Jim Goldie-trained gelding has taken time to strike form this season, but his last two runs at York and Thirsk left the impression that he is coming to hand. Tony McGlone is in the saddle.

Altay, who ran a fair first race of the season, has fair prospects in division one of the 'Strip The Willow' Handicap. Paul Hanagan has the mount on Richard Fahey's Ryedale raider.

At Nottingham, Floot represents the formidable John Dunlop-Pat Eddery combination in the Newstead Handicap over a mile.

A winner over this course and distance first time out this season, Floot has since finished a respectable third over seven furlongs at Warwick. A bold bid is anticipated tomorrow and the Nap vote is awarded.

Eddery, the season's leading jockey, can also score on the promising Freefourinternet (3.30). Brian Meehan's three-year-old showed plenty of promise in his three outings last season.

Guilsborough, fresh from a recent success, can defy a 6lb penalty in the Wollaton Apprentice Handicap. Although this does not look a race for punters to get too heavily involved in, Guilsborough, a horse in form, boasts a better chance than most.

Tomorrow's tips:


2.20 - Eastern Hope

2.50 - Able Ayr

3.20 - Continuation

3.50 - Tony Tie

4.20 - Linea-G

4.50 - Altay

5.20 - High Sun


2.00 - Michaels Girl

2.30 - Fragrant Storm

3.00 - Dispol Foxtrot

3.30 - Freefourinternet

4.00 - Floot (Nap)

4.30 - Guilsborough


2.10 - Chancit

2.40 - Ceremonial

3.10 - Hilltop Warning

3.40 - Petarga

4.10 - Ballet Suite

4.40 - Pleasure Dome

5.10 - Atlantic Mystery

Updated: 12:39 Thursday, May 31, 2001