A Preview Of The Week’s Key Races

May 15, 2017

- Grant Whittington

It’s the beginning of the week which means only one thing, another week of top class racing. Here’s your guide to horse racing this week….

Tuesday 15th May

Racing Hotspots: Beverley, Chepstow, Sedgefield & Southwell

Key Race: 188Bet Handicap, Chepstow (18:40)

Top of the horse racing tips is Carpe Diem Lady to seize the day at Chepstow and finally get over the finish line as she attempts to break her maiden amid the dramatic landscape of the Wye Valley. Having already amassed a wealth of placed efforts, she goes into this Handicap a pound lighter and without blinkers which ultimately cost her the chance of victory at Epsom where she went out all guns blazing from the off.

Despite coming in at 4lb higher than the rest of the field, My Lucille has been given very generous odds of 12/1 – the 4-year-old registered a double over today’s distance last summer, although it remains to be seen how her jockey Adam Beschizza will cope with the extra baggage.


Carpe Diem Lady – 11/2

My Lucille – 12/1

Wednesday 16th May

Racing Hotspots: Bath, Perth, Worcester, York

Key Race: Sky Bet First Race Special Handicap (14:20)

A maximum field of 20 take to the Cathedral city of York on Wednesday afternoon. Shabeeb triumphed at Doncaster and Sandown Park over 10f on good to firm ground last year and he has to be considered one of the frontrunners.

The successful partnership of jockey Ryan Moore with the John Quinn trained Speed Company is reunited for this encounter – together the pair have notched up three victories including the Doncaster Handicap in October.

French interest lies with Repercussion having been purchased by Charlie Fellowes for £40,000 from Godolphin in November. A win at Clairefontaine in July was sandwiched amidst three runner-up finishes and the quick ground and long straight should suit his continuous improvement.


Shabeeb – 11/2

Speed Company – 10/1

Repercussion – 20/1

Thursday 18th May

Racing Hotspots: Fontwell Park, Newmarket, Salisbury, York

Key Race: Betfred Dante Stakes, York (15:30)

An unblemished record and an astute rider in Dettori sees Cracksman as the one to beat heading into this recognised Derby Trial run. Conditions will suit this Frankel progeny down to the ground and give us a real indication as to the level of threat he will possess at the Derby.

Crystal Ocean has enormous potential to match his vast pedigree – the son of Sea The Stars waltzed away with a Nottingham maiden on his seasonal reappearance and he could be a big danger to the favourite.

Other exciting contenders are Redkindling who cruised to victory when winning the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown in April and Benbatl who made his racecourse debut at Doncaster in April before storming clear of the field to win by seven lengths. However, both must learn to settle and preserve energy for what promises to be a nail-biting finish.


Cracksman – 7/4

Crystal Ocean – 7/2

Redkindling – 9/2

Benbatl – 13/2

Friday 19th May

Racing Hotspots: Aintree, Newcastle, York

Key Race: Betfred Yorkshire Cup, York (15:30)

Kick-starting horse racing this weekend, a return to winning ways for lightly-raced 4-year-old Muntahaa in the Surprise Stakes at Newbury has pushed him in with the favourites at York. History suggests he can stay the distance and has the credentials to perform well regardless of the circumstances.

Dartmouth at 4/1 is still the bookies tip and Sir Michael Stoute’s yard is on something of a hot streak. Showed fantastic resilience to hold off a spirited challenge from Highland Reel in an all out duel in the Hardwicke Stakes. An undoubted class act who will take some beating.

The future is bright for Michael Bell’s Big Orange who is able to boast two superb wins in the summer –  a Group 3 at Newmarket in July before producing a signature career best to win the Goodwood Cup two weeks later. Will gallop all day long and could be in for a fruitful afternoon if he is afforded a soft lead.


Muntahaa – 7/2

Dartmouth – 4/1

Big Orange – 7/1

Saturday 20th May

Racing Hotspots: Bangor, Newbury, Thirsk, Uttoxeter

Key Race: Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, Newbury (15:30)

Two horses currently sit atop the market leaderboard – Hugo Palmer’s Galileo Gold and Richard Fahey’s Ribchester.

Gaileo Gold captured the 2000 Guineas under the tutelage of Frankie Dettori before adding the St James’s Palace stakes to his trophy cabinet.  The formidable Ribchester is a powerful traveller with no stamina concerns – last time out he earned a respectable third place on his return at Meydan in March.

Cougar Mountain won’t necessarily need to climb the proverbial Everest to be in within a chance of glory. One of two Ballydoyle representatives, he has shown fantastic top class Group 1 form over this jaunt. Thrives off quick ground and will be hopeful of stumbling across this past form as the race begins to gather pace.


Galileo Gold – 11/4

Ribchester – 5/2

Cougar Mountain – 25/1

Sunday 21 May

Racing Hotspots: Market Rasen, Ripon, Stratford

Key Race: Rase Equine Novices’ Hurdle, Market Rasen (13.50)

J W Mullins’ Arthington goes into this as favourite having finished third in its last two races, although Bellamy could also be worth taking a look at following a second place finish at Wincanton back in March. The six year old, trained by N P Mulholland is expected to do well here and could be work a punt.


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