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The Week’s Racing: All You Need To Know From 9-14 May

May 09, 2017

- Grant Whittington

This week promises to be a real cracker on courses up and down the country. We’ve got top class races from Carlisle, Chester, Bath and Chelmsford to look forward to and here’s our lowdown on the best horse racing this week

09 May – Exeter

Key Races

17:45 – Mount Pleasant Inn Dawlish Warren Maiden Hurdle

The summit of the Haldon Hills will play host to the Mount Pleasant Inn Dawlish Warren Maiden Hurdle at 17:45. At 850 feet (260 m) above sea level, the racecourse is the highest in the United Kingdom with high-flyer and favourite Air Squadron perfectly matched to the even fast turf. Boasting three successes over 1m6f on the flat, this seven-year-old bay gelding should have too much in the tank for the rest of the pack. French general Brahms De Clermont finished second here in February and he’s one of the top horse racing tips at 3/1 favourite this time round.

19:15 – Heavitree Brewery Handicap Chase

This class three encounter will earn the winner just under £8,000. All six runners must plough their way through the firm ground and negotiate their way over the run’s 15 fences. Ink Master (6/4) remains a risky favourite despite his winning return at Chepstow last month, as he is yet to prove himself over the extra yardage. Last year’s winner Gone Too Far (12/1) trained by David Pipe has failed to build on this victory 12 months on with three pull outs in his last four starts. The smart money could potentially lie with Gowanauthat (9/2) who has every chance of coming out on top under conditions that suit him well.

Other Meets Include:

Ayr, Fakenham, Ffos Las, Leicester

10 May – Chester

Key Race

15:35 – 188Bet Chester Cup Handicap

Wednesday’s star attraction is the televised 188Bet Chester Cup Handicap. The 17-runner field for this 2m2½f handicap has seen only one previous favourite taste glory with winners priced between 7/1 and 33/1 with nine at 14s or less. Ante-post favourite Sea of Heaven ran a very creditable second half of 2016 and he remains lightly raced going into tomorrow’s encounter. He also finished third in the Cesarewitch (often an informative guide to this race), although he goes into this one 3lb heavier.

Blankeney Point is deservedly being mentioned alongside the chasing pack following his stunning run of form which has seen him emerge victorious in three of his last four starts.  Won over two miles at this historic racecourse last year and bagging stall one and an inside berth could also prove to be pivotal.

Other horses that should feature prominently are last year’s runner-up Nakeeta and Golden Spear – the latter has performed admirably in flat handicaps which included his defeat of Nakeeta (3lb better 0ff) in the November Handicap at Leopardstown on his last flat start.

Other Meets Include:

Newton Abbot, Kelso, Bath, Chelmsford

May 11 – Carlisle

Key Race

20:20 – Racinguk.com Handicap Chase

A stacked card at Carlisle sees runners head to the North West of England with key races including back-to-back class three chases – the Racing UK Day Pass 10 Novices’ Handicap Chase and the racinguk.com Handicap Chase. The flat itinerary is renowned for its steep incline over the last half mile and was the first course to operate a pool betting system on-site.

Other Meets Include:

Catterick Bridge, Chester, Wincanton, Worcester

May 12 – Chester

Key Race

14:25 – Betdaq Dee Stakes 

Named after the River Dee, this listed flat horse contest is open to three-year-old colts and geldings. It is the headline act of Friday’s proceedings in Chester and is run over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 75 yards. Richard Hannon’s Viren’s Army claimed the top prize in last year’s edition.

Other Meets Include:

Ascot, Lingfield, Market Rasen, Nottingham, Ripon

May 13 – Curragh

Key Race

5:05 – Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Blue Wind Stakes

Heading into horse racing this weekend, a lucrative purse of £75,000 sees a strong field of 40 runners take to the Curragh plains.  Open to 3-year-old’s + fillies and mares only, this horseshoe shaped course is roughly two miles long and showcases the pinnacle of flat racing in Ireland.

Other Meets Include:

Ascot, Haydock Park, Hexham, Lingfield, Nottingham, Thirsk, Warwick

May 14 – Ludlow

Key Race

16:00 – Totepool Racecourse Debit Card Betting Available Handicap Chase (Class 3).

Those longing for a lazy Sunday should avoid the congested course of Ludlow where the B4365 crosses the racecourse at three points of the tracks and traffic is brought to a halt when the course is in use. Sunday’s highlight is the Totepool Racecourse Debit Card Betting Available Handicap Chase (Class 3).

Other Meets Include:

Plumpton

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