A Preview Of The Week’s Key Races (May 22-28)

May 22, 2017

- Grant Whittington

There will be plenty of optimism in the air today as we approach the bank holiday weekend, which means only one thing, an extra day of top-class horse racing.

With key meets happening up and down the country, we take a look at the courses you should be keeping an eye on from now until the end of the week…

Monday 22 May

Racing Hotspots: Carlisle, Leicester, Redcar, Windsor

Key Race: Green Parlour Fillies’ Handicap, Windsor (18:55)

Perfect Quest goes into this contest as the 5/2 favourite with a fine record away from soft ground. She showed fantastic composure to claim first prize on her return to action at Windsor – this despite botching the start in a race run at a mediocre pace. She followed this up with another win earlier this month at Chepstow over the same 10f distance.

Turning The Table and Lorelina are also among the horse racing tips and will be the closest challengers to the Clive Cox trained filly who continues to improve race after race.


Perfect Quest 5/2

Turning The Table 3/1

Lorelina 4/1

Tuesday 23 May

Racing Hotspots: Brighton, Huntingdon, Newcastle, Nottingham

Key Race: Champions League Betting at 188bet Novices’ Chase, Huntingdon (19:35)

Expect a change in fortune for Kayf Blanco in this nine-strong field as Huntingdon continues the horse racing this week. The eight-year-old has not won since Wetherby in November 2015, but he has been running consistently well this season with his last outing a runner-up finish at Stratford earlier this month. Was extremely unlucky at Exeter and then ran a blinder in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.

This frequent race experience and competition should stand him in good stead against German favourite Moabit who pulled up in his last fixture at Perth in August.


Moabit 2/1

Kayf Blanco 4/1

Wednesday 24 May

Racing Hotspots: Ayr, Kempton Park, Southwell

Key Race: 32 Red Handicap, Kempton Park (19:40)

The favourite Mr Khalid is sired by the stallion Pour Moi out of the dam Island Dreams.  Mr Khalid has managed to win 2 races in its career so far. On 24th Apr 2017 at Windsor, the 4-year-old bay gelding scored its most significant win to date, getting the money in the $12,118 Sky Bet Top Price Promise Handicap.


Mr Khalid 5/4

Regicide 2/1

Thursday 25 May

Racing Hotspots: Chelmsford City, Goodwood, Sandown

Key Race:  Totewin At Handicap, Chelmsford City (20:00)

Chelmsford City welcomes the big races to kick off horse racing this weekend. Manjaam goes into the race among the favourites at 15/8 following a good start to 2017,  finishing second in the Betway Stayers Handicap at Lingfield back in March.

It’ll be an exciting day of racing with Goodwood and Sandown also expected to produce some exciting races.


Manjaam 15/8

Qaffaal 8/1

Friday 26 May

Racing Hotspots: Bath, Haydock Park, Pontefract, Worcester

Key Race:  Karina And Barbara White Wine Please Handicap Chase, Worcester (18:50)

Worcester looks as though it might enjoy the race of the day in the 18:5-. with Imperial Presence and Red Hanrahan battling it out for the spoils. The latter, trained by P F Nicholls, picked up a second place in April at Fontwell Park while Imperial Presence has also impressed this year with a win at Newbury and second at Ascot just last month.


Imperial Presence 2/1

Red Hanrahan 4/1

Saturday 27 May

Racing Hotspots: Curragh, Salisbury, York

Key Race:  Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas, Curragh (17:40)

The Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas is a Group 1 race for 3 year old colts and fillies (although the fillies tend to run in the Irish 1000 Guineas the following day) which is run at the Curragh and is the first Irish Classic race of the season.

Rummani 11/10

Sir John Lavery 8/13

War Decree 6/4

Sunday 28 May

Racing Hotspots: Curragh, Fontwell Park

Key Race:  Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas, Curragh (17:40)

The second of two spectacular race days features Europe’s top fillies competing for Classic race glory in the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas.  Other highlights include some of Europe’s best middle distance horses lining up in the Tattersalls Gold Cup along with the Group 3 Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes, an established trial for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and FBD Hotels & Resorts Premier Handicap.


Elizabeth Browning 3/1

Rhododendron 5/2

Miss Qatar 11/2

Monday 29 May

Racing Hotspots: Cartmel, Chelmsford City, Huntingdon, Leicester, Redcar, Windsor

Key Race: Racing Uk Zetland Gold Cup Handicap,  Redcar (13:35)

The Zetland Gold Cup returns to Redcar on Bank Holiday Monday with trainer Mark Johnston eyeing up his third winner in a row. It’ll be a fantastic day of racing up in North Yorkshire, with the course welcoming its first notable race of the year.

Elsewhere, Leicester have a jam-packed schedule, while Cartmel have the Whit Holiday Meeting right across the weekend.

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