Norton jockey Tom Eaves is fancied to figure on the Newcastle score-sheet tomorrow – by Royal appointment.

Eaves has been booked by Newmarket trainer Sir Michael Stoute to ride Caraboss in the colours of owner-breeder Her Majesty the Queen in the Newcastle International Airport Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

While Eaves would probably forfeit his right arm to pull on the Queen’s silks aboard her recent York Dante Stakes winner Carlton House in the Derby when he bids to justify hot favouritism on Saturday week, he will be more than content to ride a winner for racing’s favourite patron aboard Caraboss, who is a promising three-year-old.

Fourth at Salisbury on her only juvenile start, she started favourite at Newbury on her reappearance last month and narrowly failed to beat Imperial Pippin, only being out-pointed in the final 50 yards.

That outing should have benefited Caraboss, who is selected to go one better tomorrow, and provide Eaves with a memorable triumph for the Queen.

Paul Hanagan can keep punters happy by landing the opening NEPIC Novice Stakes aboard recent Thirsk winner Lexington Spirit.

Trained by Richard Fahey, the two-year-old spread-eagled her rivals on her debut, winning snugly by two and a half lengths. There looks to be more to come from Lexington Spirit.

Ruth Carr has her horses in good heart and Dubai Dynamo can win the NEPIC Handicap.

The six-year-old has run consistently well lately, finishing runner-up twice since winning at Thirsk and getting back on top at Ripon yesterday. He should go well if turning out again under a penalty.

Tyneside trainer Michael Smith has prospects of being among the winners on his local track with Orsippus (8.05) and Nadeen (8.35). The former has not run on the Flat for 590 days, but he has since developed into a high-class hurdler with a Grade 1 victory to his credit.

Nadeen was a winner three starts back at Musselburgh and has since run well in defeat, most recently behind Discanti in a warm race at Ripon. He should not be overlooked in the capable hands of Sean Levey, who also rides Orsippus.

At Ayr, Mr Optimistic carries the nap vote in the Handicap.

A Haydock winner two starts back, he failed to get the run of the race when a strong-finishing fifth at York a fortnight ago in the race won by Thirteen Shivers. Mr Optimistic meets the winner on markedly better terms this time, especially with Lee Topliss taking 5lb off his back.

Topliss can complete a double on recent Hamilton winner Gala Casino Star, likewise trained by Richard Fahey, in the Weddings At Western House Hotel Handidcap.

Racing selections


2.20 Al Jemailiya, 2.50 Irish Boy, 3.20 Mr Optimstic (NAP), 3.50 Beckermet, 4.20 Gala Casino Star, 4.50 Grams And Ounces, 5.20 Monsieur Pontaven.


5.50 Lexington Spirit, 6.20 Angel Of Hope, 6.55 Dubai Dynamo, 7.30 Caraboss, 8.05 Orsippus, 8.35 Nadeen, 9.10 Oasis Storm.

Tomorrow’s other meetings

Brighton, Folkestone, Sandown and Wetherby.

Today’s meetings

Ayr, Beverley, Newton Abbot, Sedgefield and Southwell.