Betting news and tips: Trackman is back with the latest paddock talk as he reflects on the last week in racing

LET’S hope no news is good news.

The head honchos over at the BHA have scrapped plans for racing to resume on May 1. And they haven’t set a date for the suspension to end.

But plans are in place to ensure we will be ready to rock n’ roll when restrictions ease.

That’s blinding news for American ace Wesley Ward. Wild west Wesley gets his kicks from plundering the big two-year-old races at Royal Ascot. And the word is he’s itching to get busy with another red-hot team of youngsters.

The Washington wizard knows more about speed than a McLaren engineer and has nominated Lime and Golden Pal as a pair of likely lads for your notebook.

And Wesley is revving-up turbo-charged Breeders’ Cup hero Four Wheel Drive for a crack at the King’s Stand Stakes.

It isn’t all good news from the other side of the pond though. Yankee trainer Jason Servis has been charged over alleged doping of horses, notably stable star Maximum Security.

And that could cost the colt’s owners – who include John Magnier and Michael Tabor – a nice few bob.

You see, the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia are waiting for the investigation to be concluded before handing over the $10million Maximum Security won when he nicked the Saudi Cup in February.

Meanwhile, Japanese super-mare Deirdre is sitting pretty at Newmarket. A crack at the Arc is her number one aim this year.

The eastern express has clocked up more air miles than Biggles and went close in Saudi Arabia last time.

Her canny connections have pencilled in a trip to The Curragh for a Group 1 on May 24 next.

Talking of Ireland, jumping genius Gordon Elliot is itching to run some of his team on the Flat this summer.

Rumour has it that top bumper mare Bigbadandbeautiful is the apple of his eye.

Now, Gordon is shrewder than Solomon and he’s adamant this hard-nut will win a decent staying event. Don’t forget her name.

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Meanwhile, recently retired dual Grand National hero Leighton Aspell is keeping busy helping his wife Nicola run a pre-training yard in West Sussex.

But the Aintree ace is double keen to stay involved at the sharp end of the sport and has applied to become a BHA handicapper.

Now this fella has got a memory like a clamp and knows the game every which way but loose.

Even Mr Magoo could see he’s just the sort of bloke who should be kept in the sport.

So, fingers crossed the men in suits do the right thing and give him a job.

One fella who could be working overtime is Richard Hannon’s crack apprentice Thore Hammer-Hansen.

The boy wonder’s dad, Lennart, trains in Germany and is keen to employ his kid when racing gets going behind closed doors there in early May.

He’s not the only young gun with his nose to the grindstone.

Jonjo O’Neill Jnr has been sifting through potential dance partners and came up with Soaring Glory as a name for us to follow.

This fella looked the business in bumpers last winter. And Jonjo will have a face as long a fiddle if he doesn’t go to the top over hurdles.

This is a tough old game though and it was a choker to hear that Paul Nicholls’ crack two-miler Dynamite Dollars suffered a fatal heart attack on the gallops the other day.

Mind you, big Paul spends more time looking for talent than Simon Cowell and reckons he’s found another good’un in Topofthegame.

This fella’s got muscles like sparrow’s kneecaps. But his engine would have Lewis Hamilton purring and connections reckon he’ll go close in the £250,00 Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in November.

Tom Marquand has got a bigger fan club than Crocodile Dundee in Australia. And the mighty atom hit another home-run `down under’ when Addeybb pinched a Group 1 at Randwick last weekend.

There was a sting in the tail for top man Tom though. He was fined £1,000 for breaching social distancing rules when hugging the horse’s stable-lad in the post-race celebrations.

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