RACE PREVIEWS & TIPS (TUESDAY)

14:10 Pontefract A tough day of racing sees us look for some value and both of today’s selections are a little speculative but are more than capable of getting involved despite the bigger odds. Richard Fahey has started the new season strongly and has had five winners from his last fourteen runners, including three at Redcar yesterday. He boasts a 22% winning strike rate in the last three years at Pontefract, with level stakes profit of +£39.62 to a £1 stake over the same three year period so i’m opting for his runner Sunnua in the opener, a four year old filly who is now 1lbs below her last winning mark and also has the aid of 7lbs claimer Sebastian Woods to further help her cause. The biggest danger looks to be Trinity Star who hasn’t won since October 2015 and has put in some pretty average runs on the all weather in recent weeks, but as a result is now 6lbs below his last winning mark and has made the frame in five from six over course and distance, winning two. Auspicion is a previous course and distance winner and has run well fresh before so is also worthy of a mention returning from a break and 1lbs below his last winning mark. Sunnua (E/W)

15:40 Pontefract Early favourite Medicine Hat has won over course and distance and is two wins from three over today’s trip. He was a comfortable winner at Newcastle when last seen and if transferring that performance back on to turf he will be tough to beat here. However, his overall record on turf isn’t so good and he is now 15lbs above his only success on turf. La Fritillaire also has winning form over course and distance and has won three of her last six going back to last summer. Her last performance of the season was a bit of a disappointment but she had been on the go for five months and was also experiencing very testing conditions for the first time. Back on good ground and only 3lbs above her last winning mark she is capable of making her presence felt if fully wound up for her seasonal re-appearance. Madam Lilibet has made the frame in 50% of all races over course and distance but hasn’t won on the flat since October 2014 and was well beaten by La Fritillaire when last seen. She’s won on re-appearance before but the length of time since her last victory doesn’t inspire much confidence. La Fritillaire (E/W)