Andy Ayres has the latest paddock gossip and picks out his Monday racing Nap


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LISTEN carefully this week and you’ll hear the sound of bubbles bursting.

The Craven Meeting at Newmarket is a bit like a set of Simon Cowell auditions – for every golden buzzer you’ll see ten wannabes shoved out the back door.

Little Mohaather passed his test by running away with a bang average renewal of the Greenham at Newbury last Saturday.

His trainer Marcus Tregoning is about as fashionable as bell-bottoms and a Beatles haircut, but he’s dipping a toe back in the deep end and was grinning like a lottery winner after the race.

Like the other Mr T, Tregoning isn’t a great one for getting on planes, which is a pity as I reckon Mohaather would be better employed in the French Guineas than the Newmarket version.

Talking of Classics, word on the track last weekend was that John Gosden is a tad more worried about Too Darn Hot’s interrupted 2000 Guineas preparation than he has let on.

The big man wouldn’t sweat if he was wearing a tweed suit in a sauna, but he’s definitely under pressure to meet this deadline.

It’s only a few days until The Queen’s birthday and her trainers were eyeballs out to produce a royal winner at Newbury.

Richard Hannon Jnr teed Topical (16-1 to 8-1) up a treat for the 7f handicap and he might have collected but for the impressively named, but tactically inept, Thore Hammer Hansen kicking way too early.

It would be fair to say Jnr had a face like a slapped backside after the race and he mooched to the unsaddling enclosure muttering phrases that would make a navvy blush.

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John Gosden’s well bet Pianissimo (7-4 to 8-13) was the royal nap on Saturday and had reportedly been working like a steam-train at home.

Unfortunately he was a bit too proud of his own personal set of crown jewels in the paddock and clearly had his mind on a totally different job than the one at hand.

Young Charlie Fellowes is just about to move into Luca Cumani’s old yard and celebrated by saddling King Ottokar to win a Derby trial.

He’s got as much chance of collecting at Epsom as Donald Trump being invited to drink tequila in a tacos bar, but the St Leger could be right up his strasse come the autumn.

 King Ottokar is more of a St Leger prospect in Andy's book

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King Ottokar is more of a St Leger prospect in Andy’s book

James Tate wouldn’t know all that much about hiding his light under a bushel and has been making particularly positive noises about the unraced Far Above.

This one’s been showing plenty alongside Tate’s top dogs on the gallops and is expected to run a massive race if given the green light for a 7f maiden at Newmarket on Thursday.

Monday Selection

TELECASTER (4.00 Windsor) chased a smart one home on his debut and can win this before moving up a level.

Closer to hand, RUBENESQUE (3.50) will relish tackling a marathon trip up at Pontefract today, while FIELDS OF ATHENRY (3.30) still looked green last time and should go close under Ryan Moore at Windsor.

Pick of the bets there is TELECASTER (4.00) in a decent 1m2f novice event.

He’s bred in the purple, ran an absolute cracker on his debut at Doncaster and looks a useful prospect.

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