Horse racing Lucky 15 – Friday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will provide you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

We struck gold on Thursday with both the NAP and next-best selections winning at 11/2 and 8/11 respectively.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British and Irish meetings on Friday, July 22, 2016.

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ARIENA (Chepstow 5.50) can get off the mark at the third attempt in the 6f fillies’ maiden for the Clive Cox team. The daughter of Arcano made a promising debut at Salisbury wen going down a length and three-quarters to subsequent Listed runner-up Hellofahaste in a big-field 6f novices’ event, when keeping on well after finding a bit of trouble in running. Made favourite to win a fillies’ maiden at Newbury last time, she found Madam Dancealot too good, which was not surprising since that one was good enough to run in the Queen Mary previously. She should take all the beating if replicating that level of form.

IRISH ROOKIE (Ascot 3.30) has the class to land the Listed Valiant Stakes for trainer Martyn Meade. Sixth in the 1000 Guineas last year, she had an eventful Classic campaign in which she was almost exclusively campaigned at the top level, including when runner-up in the French 1000 Guineas and third in the Sun Chariot. Having returned from a Grade One at Belmont Park last month, she was a fine fourth on rattling fast ground in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket behind Alice Springs. She is in the Matron Stakes but Meade drops her in class for the mile today and while she could do with a bit of cut underfoot, she should make a bold bid.

ROSENTAL (York 7.30) was twice a winner in France before joining Luca Cumani and having her first run for him at Beverley in May. Formerly owned by Godolphin and in the care of Andre Fabre, she appeared to handle fast ground well enough in succumbing to Loaves And Fishes in a 1m2f handicap. Upped in class last time, she was fourth of 11 in a Listed fillies’ and mares’ race on the all-weather at Newcastle over a similar trip, shaping as though she would want a little further. Today’s Listed 1m2f event looks a little less competitive and the jockey boking looks significant – Jim Crowley is banging in the winners with unnerving regularity at present.

GOLDEN REIGN (Newmarket 7.40) may well get off the mark at the fourth attempt for trainer William Haggas in the 1m4f maiden. After a promising debut in good to soft ground on the Rowley Mile in April, she took a step back when a well-beaten favourite at Goodwood when stepped up to 1m2f. However, she was not beaten far when third of five to Blind Faith at Chelmsford last time in a race bereft of a true pace. She goes up in trip tonight and could be the value against a couple of inexperienced rivals.

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ASCOT: 1.50 Sitaarah, 2.20 Rivet, 2.55 Sea Of Heaven, 3.30 Irish Rookie (nb), 4.05 Bermondsey, 4.35 Caspian Prince, 5.05 Midnight Malibu

THIRSK: 2.00 Ettie Hart, 2.30 Fashion Queen, 3.05 Alicante Dawn, 3.40 Conistone, 4.15 Bahamian Bird, 4.45 Briyouni, 5.15 Penny Royale

UTTOXETER: 1.40 Book At Bedtime, 2.10 Mrs Burbidge, 2.40 The Snappy Poet, 3.15 King’s Song, 3.50 Titan’s Approach, 4.25 Ulis De Vassy, 4.55 Billy Two Tongues, 5.25 Jacarno

CHEPSTOW: 5.50 ARIENA (NAP), 6.20 Forest Lakes, 6.50 Wild Dancer, 7.20 Wordismybond, 7.50 Swendab, 8.20 Fuzzy Logic, 8.55 Urban Space

NEWMARKET (JULY): 5.40 Swiss Cross, 6.10 Fly At Dawn, 6.40 Zamjar, 7.10 Carpe Diem Lady, 7.40 Golden Reign, 8.10 Ruwasi, 8.45 Inland Sea

YORK: 6.00 Haraz, 6.30 Art Obsession, 7.00 Honourable, 7.30 Rosental, 8.00 Balducci, 8.30 Discreet Hero

DOWN ROYAL: 5.35 Giselle’s Charm, 6.05 Midst, 6.35 Stellar Mass, 7.05 Remarkable Lady, 7.35 Sheisdiesel, 8.05 The Yellow Bus, 8.40 Lily’s Prince

WEXFORD: 5.20 Runyon Rattler, 5.55 Telltemnuttin, 6.25 Cadawill, 6.55 Naughty Molly, 7.25 Teds Island, 7.55 Curragh Golan, 8.25 Cootamundra, 9.00 Cant Wait

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Royal Ascot – Day 5 Preview

It is the final day of Royal Ascot 2016 and we have the analysis and selections for every race, plus all the other British and Irish meetings taking place on Saturday, June 18.

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2.30 Chesham Stakes (Listed) 7f

FORECAST: Cunco (11/4), Churchill (3/1), Frankuus (9/2), Magillen (8/1), Isomer (10/1), Justice Frederick (12/1), Admiralty Arch (14/1), Aiming For Rio (20/1), Devil’s Bridge (20/1), Filudo (25/1), Masham Star (25/1), Mr Scaramanga (25/1), Eldorado Creek (50/1), Thora Barber (50/1), Walter Raleigh (100/1)

HISTORY: This race was named after the third Baron Chesham, who was the last Master of the Buckhounds from 1900 to 1901. First run in 1919, The Chesham Stakes replaced the first leg of The Triennial Stakes, which had been run over five furlongs for two-year-olds. Now a Listed contest, the race takes place over the longer distance of seven furlongs.

The unusual conditions of the race, restricted to horses whose sires have won over 10 furlongs or further, mean that the contest can frequently be one of the weakest of the Royal meeting.

It is not a race that goes to form often, either. In the last seven years, the winning SPs were 22/1, 7/1 5/2F, 9/2, 1/1, 10/1 and 14/1 with Suits You scoring for trainer Eoghan O’Neill and jockey Cristian Demuro last season.

ANALYSIS: The market and the pre-race talk will centre on two colts who were both sired by the great Frankel.

Both Cunco and Frankuus made winning debuts. Cunco, trained by John Gosden, was the first of the sire’s progeny to hit the racetrack. He was coltish before his Newbury debut, needed two handers in the parade ring and was keen to post for the 6f maiden. In fact, he did plenty wrong. But he came back well, running green before the penny dropped to produce a swift turn of foot and beat Isomer. He took a while to pull up and looked a very smart prospect. This extra furlong is certain to suit.

Isomer hit the front 1f out and looked set to score but could not handle the winner’s turn of foot and could be similarly susceptible today.

Frankuus, trained by Mark Johnston, was similarly green beforehand on his Haydock debut and while he travelled well, still looked as though he would come on immensely for his first start, despite winning well.

CHURCHILL might trump them both, however. Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo colt looked in need of his debut when third to Van Der Decken at the Curragh, but he stayed on strongly in the last furlong and will surely go on to win a maiden before tackling better company.

Magillen, a 120,000 euros half-brother to six winners including the Listed 5f juvenile winner Primo Lady, was a fast-finishing nose second to Rodaini over 6f at Leicester. The Charles Hills-trained Lope De Vega colt slipped up on the bend after the race and hopefully this will not have dented his confidence. He looks sharp and the stable’s runners invariably improve for their debut.

Justice Frederick had two runs for Joseph O’Brien, scoring over 7f at Gowran Park and going down in history as the first of undoubtedly many winners to go through his hands in future. It was also the first runner in his name. The Lawman colt has since changed hands and will have his first run for Paul D’Arcy.

Admiralty Arch and Aiming For Rio both improved for their debut at Chantilly when respective fourth and fifth in a 5f soft-ground contest to each win next time out. The former, trained by Richard Hannon, had Masham Star behind over 6f on fast ground at York, while Matthieu Palussiere’s representative has since scored at Cagnes-sur-mer and at Deauville. The trip should certainly suit Admiraltry Arch who looks fair each-way value.

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3.05 Wolferton Handicap (Listed) 1m2f

FORECAST: Best Of Times (4/1), Educate (8/1), Maleficent Queen (8/1), Oceanographer (8/1), Pacify (8/1), Revolutionist (12/1), Second Wave (12/1), Arthenus (14/1), Battalion (14/1), Maverick Wave (14/1), Not So Sleepy (14/1), Sir Isaac Newton (14/1), Noble Gift (16/1), What About Carlo (16/1), Our Channel (20/1), Fire Fighting (25/1)

HISTORY: First run in this form in 2002 as part of the five-day Royal Ascot meeting to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, this is a Listed handicap over 10 furlongs for four-year-olds and upwards.

The market leader has been successful on just three occasions, including last year when the John Godsden-trained Mahsoob scored at odds of 7/4 under Paul Hanagan.

ANALYSIS: Gosden would not appear to hold the ace in the pack this time. Maverick Wave has not won in six starts since landing the Huxley at Chester’s May meeting last year and likes to do his work from the front – and in a field of 16, that may not be a given for what looks the Godolphin fourth string.

Sheikh Mohammed’s operation has thrown plenty of darts this week and has been well rewarded. Best Of Times represents Saeed bin Suroor’s branch of the ever-expanding tree and the lightly-raced Dubawi colt, who won a Listed race at Newmarket over this trip last May, would be the pick of the quartet. Second to Algometer in the Cocked Hat at Goodwood, he let that form down somewhat thereafter in a blanket finish to a 7½f handicap at Chester late last month. He is better suited to today’s trip but his ability to handle soft ground is unknown.

Oceanographer and Second Wave are saddled by Charlie Appleby’s Godolphin team and boast similar form. The former, a lightly-raced Sea The Stars four-year-old, went up 11lb for winning at Kempton in December and was only fourth to Oasis Fantasy at Newmarket on his return on May 1. He has his quirks, but also arguably the best jockey on board to help him in William Buick.

Second Wave has won three of his last five, with his last win coming off a mark of 93 on the AW at Wolverhampton. He is progressive and perhaps a bit more straightforward than Oceanographer.

Educate has been harshly hiked 12lb since making his return, finishing a fine second to Decorated Knight in a well-contested Goodwood handicap. He lost his way last season and tumbled down the weights (rated as high as 113 two years ago), but on the evidence of that run, he looked back to near his best and Ismail Mohammed’s seven-year-old could pose a major threat with that ring-rust knocked off.

Maleficent Queen has done little wrong since making her debut last May. She has won each of her last five starts, justifying favouritism in her last four, including when taking a Listed fillies’ and mares’ event off a mark of 96 at Ayr last time on good to soft ground. Whether she can handle another 8lb rise is open to argument, but Keith Dalgleish’s four-year-old comes here in prime form.

Not So Sleepy did not do badly on his return to action behind Time Test at Sandown. Racing off the same 104 mark and with Hughie Morrison’s string in ripe form, there is every chance he could be in the shake-up at decent odds.

But a chance is taken on REVOLUTIONIST. Mark Johnston’s four-year-old has improved with every run this season and took the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar on good to firm ground that would not necessarily have suited him last time. He is a big, long-striding son of Pivotal, who appears to have relished the step up to a mile and a quarter. A further 5lb rise may not be enough to see him landing a hat-trick.

Pacify, who has been a close second on his last three starts in decent handicap company, including when chasing home Nayel at York last time, has a turn of foot and will be staying on at the death. Ralph Beckett’s four-year-old cannot be discounted in an open race.

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3.40 Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f

FORECAST: Exosphere (5/2), Dartmouth (5/1), Eagle Top (5/1), Highland Reel (8/1), Almodovar (10/1), Beautiful Romance (10/1), Simple Verse (10/1), Astronereus (12/1), Wicklow Brave (12/1), Mount Logan (16/1)

HISTORY: Named after the fifth Earl of Hardwicke, Master of the Buckhounds between 1874 and 1879, the race was first run in 1879. The Group 2 contest continues to attract the best older middle distance horses, and is often an informative guide to The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in July. It has been a decent race for punters in recent times, with five of the eight favourites successful. Last year, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Snow Sky scored at odds of 12/1 under Pat Smullen.

ANALYSIS: Stoute has won this race six times in the past decade and nine times in total since 1986. Having landed this with Telescope two years ago, he seeks a hat-trick in successive years and has the current top two in the market.

Exosphere, a four-year-old by Beat Hollow, beat Simple Verse by four lengths in a Group 2 at Newmarket to start the season. That was on his first try at 1m4f and he looked a much different animal to the one that had last been seen when beaten in a Listed contest at Ayr last September. He has, according to his trainer, “grown up a lot and really matured” over the winter.

In the same hands, Dartmouth runs in the colours of HM The Queen. He won the Group 3 Ormonde at Chester’s May meeting, dictating a modest pace before winding things up and digging deep to repel Wicklow Brave, who was having his first run of the season for Willie Mullins. Dartmouth was conceding 3lb to his rivals there, and like his stablemate, he is developing into a useful middle-distance performer now that he is maturing. There should be more to come.

EAGLE TOP needed his first run of last season but then finished second to Snow Sky in this race before doing the same when nosed out of the King George on soft ground in July last year. He was beaten on his seasonal debut again at Newbury in a Group 3 as an odds-on favourite in the Aston Park, but he looked in need of the run. While he has won just twice in his 10-race career and while John Gosden maintains he is better on a faster surface, he is by Pivotal, so should appreciate cut in the ground more than most rivals. If he bounces back to near his best, he could be the one to beat and is worth another chance.

Almodovar, trained by David Lanigan, had been gelded over the winter before earning a wide-margin victory in a decent Kempton handicap, easily defying top weight. Such was the manner of his success that the handicapper hiked him from a mark of 93 to 107. Yet he still has a bit to find on official ratings with the principals.

Highland Reel, winner of the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase and the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington last season, was a fine fourth in the Dubai Sheema Classic behind Postponed at Meydan in March but nothing went right in the QEII Cup back at Sha Tin in April. The Galileo four-year-old simply cannot be written off in this company.

Beautiful Romance represents Godolphin, who believe that she is a Group 1 filly. She took a fast-ground York Group 2 on her return, looking like she would appreciate a softer surface and there is plenty in her favour today, including the extra two furlongs.

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4.20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) 6f

FORECAST: Magical Memory (3/1), Twilight Son (4/1), The Tin Man (9/2), Gold-Fun (8/1), Undrafted (8/1), Holler (10/1), Suedois (10/1), Jungle Cat (16/1), Mattmu (16/1), Signs Of Blessing (20/1)

HISTORY: Royal Ascot’s most prestigious sprint became the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012 in recognition of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to throne in 1952. It was elevated to Group One status to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 and run as the Golden Jubilee Stakes from 2002-2011. Prior to 2002, the contest was known as the Cork & Orrery Stakes, originally named after Lord Cork, a Master of the Buckhounds.

The inaugural running of this this six-furlong contest took place in 1868. Undrafted became the first US-trained winner of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2015. Trained by Wesley Ward and ridden by Frankie Dettori, the five-year-old ran on strongly to deny Australian raider Brazen Beau by half a length.

ANALYSIS: There has been one three-time winner, Prince Charlie (1872, 1873 and 1874), and five dual winners, so UNDRAFTED will aim to become the sixth. Owned by former NFL wide receiver Wes Welker, the six-year-old will take his chance despite the ground being against him. He was not at his best despite landing a Grade 2 on firm ground at Keeneland in April. Ward says he has been working well and in what looks a very weak renewal, with just 10 runners expected to line up, it is worth taking the risk.

Frankie Dettori, who was aboard Unfradted last year, jumps ship and continues to partner last season’s Stewards Cup winner Magical Memory for Charles Hills. The four-year-old took the Group 3 Abernant at Newmarket on his return in good to soft ground and followed up last month, having travelled very sweetly, in landing the Group 2 Duke Of York on quicker ground, holding Suedios by half a length, with Twilight Son back in fifth and Mattmu eighth.

He received weight from his older rival Twilight Son that day and had the fast ground in his favour, but they meet in level terms and while Henry Candy’s stable has not been firing as it can, the form may well be reversed, particularly as he relishes cut underfoot.

The Tin Man is pitched into top company having landed a Listed Windsor sprint in fine style on his return to action last month, having previously been fourth in the Champions Sprint here last October. He is lightly raced, open to plenty of improvement and if he can be dropped in and settled, will likely be a major player in ground that should be ideal. James Fanshawe’s representative rates the biggest danger to the selection in our eyes.

Gold-Fun provides interest from Hong Kong but he has yet to race on anything softer than good ground in a career that has seen 11 wins from 30 starts.

Godolphin are represented with South African sprinter Holler, who won the Grade 1 Canterbury Stakes on fast turf at Randwick in March (7f), before only just failing to follow-up in the Grade 1 6f William Reed Stakes at Moonee Valley. Sheikh Mohammed’s operation also saddle Jungle Cat, who was fourth here to Profitable in the King’s Stand on Tuesday.

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5.00 Wokingham Handicap 6f

FORECAST: Brando (6/1), Outback Traveller (7/1), Flash Fire (12/1), Huntsmans Close (14/1), Mr Lupton (14/1), Mutawathea (14/1), Spring Loaded (14/1), Toofi (14/1), Buckstay (16/1), George Dryden (16/1), Ninjago (16/1), Absolutely So (20/1), Dinkum Diamond (20/1), Glen Moss (20/1), Interception (20/1), Jack Dexter (20/1), Shared Equity (20/1), The Happy Prince (20/1), Accession (25/1), Ashpan Sam (25/1), B Fifty Two (25/1), Majestic Moon (25/1), Salateen (25/1), Tatlisu (25/1), Tupi (25/1), Boom The Groom (33/1), Burnt Sugar (33/1), Coulsty (33/1), Humidor (33/1), Poyle Vinnie (33/1), Stepper Point (50/1)

HISTORY: The inaugural Wokingham took place in 1813, making it the oldest of the handicaps still run at Royal Ascot. The famous sprint is named after the market town seven miles from the Royal course. The attraction of a handicap as a betting medium was a prime reason for the Wokingham’s initial success. Pointers, the first winner, was owned by the Duke of York. The ‘Grand Old’ one.

David Lanigan enjoyed a first winner at the Royal meeting in 2015 when Interception scythed through the pack under George Baker to score by a length and a quarter.

Those near the top of the betting market have tended to come out on top in the last few years: no fewer than nine of the past 13 winners returned 10/1 or shorter, although there have been just four winning favourites in the last 29 renewals.

ANALYSIS: Pins at the ready. No less than 28 runners are set to line up for this ultra-competitive sprint.

The draw usually favours those on either rail and few winners have come from the middle draw over the past few years.

Brando was a fine second to Duke Of Firenze at York (Toofi held in 10th), having taken three of his previous four. He ran off a mark of 97 there and but for a rail draw, may have won. Up another 4lb here, on a vastly different surface and drawn 11, there is enough against him to look elsewhere.

Spring Loaded has won five of his last six for Paul D’Arcy including last time at Kempton on the all-weather surface – his fourth C&D success. That was in March and his trainer has not run him since, protecting his handicap mark for this race, although he has been raised 5lb for that. His draw is not ideal in stall 14, however.

Several of those who lined up in the 7f Victoria Cup here last month lock horns again. Flash Fire beat Mutawathea by three-quarters of a length, with Buckstay (3rd), Dinkum Diamond (4th), Majestic Moon (9th), OUTBACK TRAVELLER (13th) and Accession (14th). The trip and ground conditions will be much different today, so the form should not be treated literally.

Flash Fire was much the best and idling towards the finish, but he would prefer a faster surface and the Bunbury Cup might be a better target. The draw is not ideal in 16, either. The runner-up was returning to turf, having spent much of the last year on all-weather surfaces without scoring. He would perhaps prefer the ground a little quicker but is in the hands of Simon Crisford so improvement may well be found.

Outback Traveller is more interesting. He was having only his second start for Robert Cowell’s yard and travelled well before fading. He showed plenty of speed for a horse that primarily has done his racing over 7f, but should handle the ground and his draw (28) means there will be few excuses.

Dinkum Diamond could be a lively outsider were it not for his draw (13). Henry Candy does so well with his sprinters, although at the age of eight, he may find that one or two younger rivals have his measure.

George Dryden would be very interesting on a sounder surface, but is passed over this time, despite a favourable draw.

Buckstay has a favourable rail draw (1), was fifth in the Ayr Gold Cup last September and may find this just on the sharp side, although may be doing his best work late.

Given that she has black type, it is interesting that connections of last year’s winner Interception kept her in training as a six-year-old. She has to run off a mark 5lb higher than when scoring last year, but she will be staying on late and is not without hope.

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5.35 Queen Alexandra Stakes 2m5f 159y

FORECAST: Oriental Fox (9/2), Amour de Nuit (6/1), Clondaw Warrior (6/1), Commissioned (10/1), Pinzolo (10/1), Sandro Botticelli (10/1), Frosty Berry (12/1), Grumeti (12/1), Magic Circle (12/1), Simenon (12/1), First Mohican (16/1), Tommy Docc (16/1), The Minch (20/1), Cayirli (25/1), Havisham (33/1), Seaside Sizzler (33/1), Sureness (33/1), Wordiness (33/1), Agenor (50/1), Shades of Silver (50/1)

HISTORY:  The final race of Royal Ascot is also the longest race of the week. It also remains the longest flat race on the racing calendar and is open to four year olds and upwards.

The race was established in 1864 and has had various names until 1931 when the present title was given to the race. It is run as a class 2 contest, although many entries turn up having previously ran in Listed or Group class, the reason for this being the extreme nature of the trip and, of course, owners have a chance of a prestigious Royal Ascot winner. The prize money on £49,800 to the winner is not to be sneezed at, either.

ANALYSIS: While only five favourites have prevailed this century, this is not a bad race for punters, as nine of the last 10 winners were priced 8/1 or shorter. No fewer than 20 runners are set to line up.

Willie Mullins has saddled two of the last four winners and relies upon Clondaw Warrior, who was third in the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr last time, and Simenon, who won this race five years ago. The former also won the Ascot Stakes and was a fine second in the Lonsdale Cup at Doncaster last season. He won’t mind the easy ground.

Last year’s winner Oriental Fox remained in good form thereafter without winning. Second in a Longchamp Group 2 and runner-up in the Cesarewitch, he shoulders top weight but may have preferred the ground a bit quicker.

Sir Mark Prescott saddles AMOUR DU NUIT, who did nothing but progress last season and he made all to win at Chelmsford on his return to action. He held a Gold Cup entry and will appreciate this trip. The easy ground may not play to his strengths, however, but a chance is take on him nonetheless.

Commissioned has been running over hurdles and was last seen when not beaten far in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival for John Ferguson. He is now in the hands of Gordon Elliott and is the ride of Adam Kirby, who has had such a momentous week. The six-year-old is nicely weighted and not without a chance.

Magic Circle ended last season completing a hat-trick with a win over 2m at Haydock and has had one run this year to blow the cobwebs away.

Sandro Botticelli has run well in Group 3 races behind Dartmouth and Mizzou since winning at Doncaster on his debut for John Ryan, so should also be a major player over a trip that will be right up his street.

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EAGLE TOP (Royal Ascot 3.40, NAP)

AMOUR DU NUIT (Royal Ascot 5.35, nb)

LADY MACAPA (Newmarket 4.40)

FUTOON (Haydock, 7.35)

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NEWMARKET: 1.40 Farook, 2.10 Atalan, 2.45 Rostova, 3.20 Trenches, 4.00 Great Order, 4.40 Lady Macapa, 5.20 Jordan Sport, 5.55 Gunmental

AYR: 1.50 Miss Infinity, 2.20 Doubly Motivated, 2.55 Lat Hawill, 3.30 Central Square, 4.10 Olivia Fallow, 4.50 Classy Anne, 5.25 Dark Defender

REDCAR: 1.35 Morning Suit, 2.05 Politbureau, 2.40 Nonagon, 3.15 Beardwood, 3.50 Midnight Malibu, 4.30 Smart Mover, 5.10 Coronation Day, 5.50 La Asomada

HAYDOCK: 6.30 Mujazif, 7.00 Queen Celeste, 7.35 Futoon, 8.05 Moonlightnavigator, 8.35 Rosamaria, 9.05 Jetstream Express

LINGFIELD: 5.45 Clock On Tom, 6.15 Mercy Me, 6.45 Vale Of Iron, 7.20 Bridal March, 7.50 Straits Of Malacca, 8.20 Gravity Flow, 8.50 Just Glamorous

DOWN ROYAL: 2.15 Sheisdiesel, 2.50 Lady Mega, 3.25 Belezza Oscura, 3.55 Oor Jock, 4.35 Leiutenant General, 5.05 Remarkable Lady, 5.40 Rainfall Radar, 6.10 Ex Patriot

GOWRAN PARK: 1.30 Macbride, 2.00 Buyer Beware, 2.35 Icelip, 3.10 Genestra, 3.45 El Vasco, 4.15 Steamboat Bill, 4.45 Important Moment.

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Royal Ascot – Day 4 Preview

It is Coronation Stakes Day at Royal Ascot and we have the analysis and selections for every race, plus all the other British and Irish meetings taking place on Friday, June 17, 2016.

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2.30 Albany Stakes (Fillies’ Group 3) 6f

FORECAST: Cuff (9/4), Create A Dream (4/1), Kilmah (13/2), Romantic View (8/1), Queen Kindly (10/1), Brave Anna (11/1), Grizzel (14/1), Bletchley (16/1), Oh Grace (20/1), Cheval Blanche (25/1), Dainty Dandy (25/1), High On Love (25/1), Sea Of Snow (25/1), Spin Doctor (25/1), Perfect Madge (50/1), Melesina (100/1)

ANALYSIS: This race was first run in 2002 as The Henry Carnarvon Stakes, honouring The Queen’s late racing manager, and proved so successful that it was promoted to Group 3 status in 2005. Restricted to two-year-old fillies, the six-furlong event provides one of the first opportunities of the season for promising types to prove their ability and advertise their 1,000 Guineas credentials.

The Hannon yard has saddled the winner three times in the last 11 years, including last season’s heroine Luminate, who went on to win a Group 2 at Newmarket before finishing second to Lumiere in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes last autumn.

They rely upon Grizzel, who does not yet look up to her class, despite winning both her starts by narrow margins over 5f at Sandown and Beverley. She is bred to get further and her victory at Beverley came on ground that was quicker than ideal, so she can be marked up accordingly.

CUFF is one of the more experienced of the 16-strong line-up, having had three previous starts and winning her last two. Progeny of Galileo do not usually have the pace to mix it with 5f specialists, but this daughter of the top-class sire appears to have speed to burn. Having been initially very green on her debut, she has improved markedly and took a 6f good-ground Listed race at Naas last time by three lengths, and sets a very high standard. Stablemate Brave Anna should get further than this trip on the evidence of her recent Curragh win over 6f on testing ground.

Create A Dream represents American trainer Wesley Ward and this daughter of Oasis Dream looked very useful when making a winning debut over 5f on good to soft ground here in April, making all with a bit to spare and beating a few previous winners. The ground may be a factor, particularly over this extra distance, although she looked as though she would come on a bundle for the run.

Given his propensity for success with juveniles, Mark Johnston has surprisingly yet to train an Albany winner, but Kilmah has a fair chance of putting that right if she replicates the form of her impressive two-length debut win over a couple of experienced fillies, one of which has subsequently scored. She is a powerful type by Aussie sprinter Sepoy and despite showing plenty of pace, there is a stamina influence on her dam’s side of her pedigree.

Queen Kindly, a five-length quick-ground Catterick winner, is the first filly by Frankel to make the racecourse and is also the first foal of the Princess Margaret, Lowther and Diadem Stakes winner Lady Of The Desert. She did not beat much on her debut but could not have been more impressive over the minimum trip. Her potential is massive.

Romantic View appreciated the step up to 6f when scoring at Goodwood on her second start, having been a fine second over an inadequate 5f at Ascot in a race that has worked out quite well. On a line through runner-up Pepita, William Buick’s mount still has a bit to find with the selection.

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3.05 King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f

FORECAST: Beacon Rock (3/1), Carntop (4/1), Choreographer (6/1), Humphrey Bogart (7/1), Lustrous Light (7/1), Housesofparliament (8/1), Muntahaa (10/1), Linguistic (12/1), Across The Stars (14/1)

HISTORY: Formerly known, and still colloquially referred to, as The Ascot Derby, this race was inaugurated in 1834 and regularly featured horses of both sexes that had competed in the middle-distance Classics.

First run as The King Edward VII Stakes in 1926 and now restricted to three-year-old colts and geldings only, it still attracts horses that have competed in the Derby.

ANALYSIS: This race used to be a boon for favourite backers but while only one winner has returned a double-figure Starting Price in the last 19 renewals, only two market leaders have obliged in the last 11 years.

John Gosden and Sir Michael Stoute have each won this three times in the last 14 years and both hold a strong hand again.

Gosden has a two-pronged assault on the £122,210 first prize with Muntahaa and Linguistic. The former was not seen on a racecourse until April and has progressed with each of his three runs, latterly landing a 1m4 maiden on the all-weather at Kempton two weeks ago. He made most of the running and while Paul Hanagan rode him out to give him much-needed experience, he was never challenged to win by six lengths. He should progress but this is a big step up in class.

Linguistic, who will be equipped with first-time blinkers, won his Newmarket maiden on good to soft ground on his seasonal bow in April before running a fine second to Viren’s Army in the Dee Stakes at Chester. Back at HQ and having a third run in five weeks, he was beaten at odds-on by Steel Of Madrid. He may have been a little jaded and that run is best forgiven.

Stoute saddles Across The Stars, who was previously third in the (admittedly weak) Lingfield Derby Trial before looking out of his depth when tenth in the Epsom Derby, beaten 19 lengths by Harzand. Had he handled the decent to Tattenham Corner better, he may well have been closer, as he stayed on in the closing stages.

Humphrey Bogart won the Lingfield Derby Trial and was supplemented  for Epsom, where he finished a fine fifth. He lacked the class of a couple of rivals there, but handles easy ground, so may have a shout in what looks a very open race.

Carntop was second at Lingfield, being beaten half a length on his seasonal debut against race-fit rivals. Ralph Beckett’s charge is entitled to come on significantly for the run and he looks a nice long-term prospect.

CHOREOGRAPHER and Beacon Rock are the two to concentrate upon. The former has had just two runs, landing a Windsor maiden before finishing nine lengths behind Wings Of Desire in the Dante at York, having been blocked on at least two occasions. He would have finished a lot closer but for the traffic problems and despite his inexperience, Roger Varian’s runner gets the vote.

Beacon Rock, trained by Aidan O’Brien, landed the Group 3 Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh, making all and staying on strongly last time. He has obvious claims if handling this step up in trip. There is no reason to think he won’t.

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3.40 Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) 6f

FORECAST: Quiet Reflection (15/8), Donjuan Triumphant (5/1), Log Out Island (6/1), Washington Dc (8/1), La Rioja (10/1), Buratino (12/1), Cheikeljack (12/1), Illuminate (14/1), Kachy (16/1), Dream Dubai (20/1), Money Maker (33/1), Waterloo Bridge (33/1)

HISTORY: The inaugural running of the Commonwealth Cup in 2015 marked the first Group 1 sprint contest in Europe confined to three-year-olds.

It was also the first new race in the 44-year history of the European Pattern to go straight in with Group 1 status, rather than with a probationary period at a lower level. Muhaarar, an Oasis Dream colt owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by Charlie Hills and ridden by Dane O’Neill, was a most impressive winner, coming home three and three-quarter lengths clear of Limato, with Anthem Alexander third.

The stunning victory was no fluke as Muhaarar remained unbeaten for the rest of the year in three more Group 1 sprints, the Darley July Cup, the Larc Prix Maurice De Gheest and the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes, becoming European Champion Sprinter.

ANALYSIS: This year’s renewal does not match last year’s, where all 18 runners had already secured Black Type and 13 of them were either Group or Listed winners.

The soft ground means there is no Acapulco and no Air Force Blue, so QUIET REFLECTION, winner of the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock last time, heads the remaining 12 entries.

Karl Burke’s three-year-old has won five of her six career starts but has been made favourite just once, when scoring in the Group 3 Cornwallis at Newmarket over 5f to end her juvenile campaign. She took another Group 3 over 6f at Chantilly on her three-year-old debut (Money Maker well held) before looking as though she had improved again with a three and three-quarter length success at Haydock, with useful sprinters like Donjuan Triumphant (2nd) Gifted Master, Buratino (4th) and La Rioja (5th) behind.

Buratino, who had previously struggled in the 2,000 Guineas, travelled well but looked as though the 6f was a bit too sharp, while Rioja’s stable has not been in prime form recently.

Donjuan Triumphant, whose three wins for Richard Fahey last year included an impressive success in a soft-ground Group 2, was having his first run of the season and was giving the selection 6lb. He is entitled to come on for the run and shoulders just 3lb more this time, so it would be no surprise to see him get closer on a surface he should relish.

Log Out Island, a runaway Listed winner at Newbury last month, was highly tried last season. He won last season’s Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar, having previously finished behind just behind Wednesday’s Jersey winner Ribchester in the Mill Reef. Richard Hannon’s Dark Angel colt cannot be dismissed lightly and rates as each-way value.

Aidan O’Brien saddles Washington Dc, who was runner-up to stablemate Air Force Blue in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh last season but was given an overly-confident ride by Ryan Moore at Naas in a Group 3 last time, failing to catch Only Mine when much the best horse in the race. Stop us if you have heard that one before.

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4.20 Coronation Stakes (Fillies’ Group 1) 1m

FORECAST: Jet Setting (2/1), Nathra (11/2), Qemah (6/1), Nemoralia (7/1), Alice Springs (10/1), Fireglow (14/1), Now Or Never (14/1), Tanaza (14/1), Marenko (16/1), Ashadihan (20/1), Besharah (20/1), Promising Run (25/1), Czabo (33/1)

HISTORY: First run in 1840, the Coronation Stakes, the highlight of the Friday of Royal Ascot, was founded to commemorate the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1838. The mile event for three-year-olds became the fillies’ equivalent of the St James’s Palace Stakes and established itself as a natural progression for fillies who had run creditably in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier in the season.

Last season, this was won by French filly Ervedya who got the better of subsequent Breeders’ Cup Turf heroine Found by a neck. The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained filly defeated the colts in the Group One Prix Du Moulin in September.

ANALYSIS: Eight market leaders have prevailed in the last 16 years in a race where shocks are rare. The biggest-priced winner in that span was the John Gosden-trained 12/1 shot Fallen For You in 2012.

Aidan O’Brien has won this race twice, the last time with Lillie Langtry six years ago, and with 1,000 Guineas runner-up Ballydoyle failing to line up, he relies upon Alice Springs, who was third in that Classic, beaten four lengths by Minding. Attempting the English-French double within the space of two weeks was beyond her and she ran flat when seventh in the Poule D’Essai Des Pouliches last time. She is better than that and could bounce back.

She has a bit to find with Jet Setting, who beat her into third when landing the 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leoparstown in April. Adrian Keatly’s filly then reversed her Newmarket form with Minding (distant eighth), when lowering the colours of the subsequent Oaks scorer in the Irish 1,000 Guineas (Tanaza a well-beaten seventh).

NATHRA, winner of the Nell Gwyn on her seasonal bow, was a fine fifth in the first fillies’ Classic and then was beaten a length by La Cressonniere in the French 1,000, which represents the strongest form on offer. She has gone close in three Group 1s (also runner-up to Minding in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket last season) and John Gosden’s daughter of Iffraaj has shown she handles easy ground. So consistent, she deserves a top-level success and may get it here.

In contrast, Nemoralia lines up in spite of the soft ground. Third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf in October, she showed her wellbeing with a scorching six-length win in a Listed fillies’ mile on quick ground at York last month. If the ground dries sufficiently, Jeremy Noseda’s representative could be a major threat.

Last year’s winning stable is represented by Qemah, who was sent off favourite for the French 1,000 Guineas following her win in the Group 3 Prix de la Grotte, but found the ground a little too lively at Deauville, finishing a head behind Nathra. She will find conditions much more to her liking and looks overpriced at present – an each-way bet to nothing, perhaps?

Last year’s Princess Margaret and Lowther winner Besharah can also be considered, as William Haggas’s filly was just a head behind Qemah at Chantilly. However, her trainer feels she is better at 7f than at this mile trip.

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5.00 Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) 1m4f

FORECAST: Elite Army (6/1), Kings Fete (8/1), Cymro (10/1), Ajman Bridge (12/1), Fabricate (12/1), Ivan Grozny (12/1), Kinema (12/1), First Sitting (14/1), Hamelin (14/1), Rare Rhythm (14/1), Windshear (14/1), Dawn Missile (16/1), John Reel (16/1), Missed Call (16/1), Felix Mendelssohn (20/1), Notarised (20/1), Quarterback (20/1), Top Tug (20/1), A Soldier’s Life (25/1), Blue Surf (25/1), Faithful Creek (25/1), Majeed (25/1)

HISTORY: Originally The Bessborough Stakes, it was named after the fifth Earl of Bessborough, who was Master of the Buckhounds between 1848 and 1866. The race was renamed The Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes in 1999. First run in 1914 as a five-furlong event for two-year-olds, it has now evolved into a middle distance handicap for three-year-olds and upward.

ANALYSIS: Sir Michael Stoute has a fine record in this, with no less than six winners in the last 18 years, the last of those coming two years ago when Arab Spring scored in the hands of Ryan Moore.

Three of the last four runnings have been won by the favourite, which is rare as just one market leader had prevailed in the previous 21 years prior to 2012.

Stoute relies on Kings Fete who had been off the track since well beaten by Kingston Hill in the 2014 St Leger before turning up at Goodwood last month, only to finish a tame fifth to Decorated Knight. It was not a bad performance given his lay-off and he should come on a ton for the run. Yet he may still be a little ring-rusty.

On the same day at Newmarket, John Reel won a decent handicap off a mark of 98 and is up 3lb today. David Evans’s seven-year-old had the Roger Varian-trained Ajman Bridge (making his seasonal debut, 5th) and Felix Mendelssohn (7th) in behind.

The former, a close second in this race last year off a 4lb lower mark, is expected to play a major role again and reverse that form. Quarterback won the Listed Scandic Norsk Derby at Ovrevoll in Norway last August, but has a bit to find on his seventh to Sheikhzayedroad in the Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy at Meydan (1m6f) in March and bottom-weight Dawn Missile is a more interesting outsider.

He has not run since October and was a big, gangly three-year-old, but showed he was well ahead of the handicapper when scoring over this trip at Haydock in August. William Haggas’s runner is worth keeping an eye on whatever happens here.

Godolphin are triple-handed, with Rare Rhythm, who is having only the fifth run of his career and his first since scoring by four lengths over this trip at Newmarket in September, A Soldier’s Life, who should relish the ground but who is likewise having his first run for 278 days, and Elite Army.

The latter shoulders top weight, having defeated Gold Cup-bound Scotland by a head on is seasonal bow in a Listed race here last month, where Missed Call (previously a runner-up in the Cumberland Lodge) was over three-lengths back in third. Elite Army had been off the track for over a year and had been gelded. He failed to settle, did not have much room and still managed to win, so looks a worthy market leader.

However, Cymro and FIRST SITTING will doubtless see support. The former, trained by Tom Dascombe, has won four of his last eight races and has been steadily progressing. He will relish the ease underfoot, although the stable has not been firing in the winners lately.

The latter-named, trained by Chris Wall, shoulders a 4lb penalty for blitzing a small field at Windsor 11 days ago and he is open to improvement at this trip.

Fabricate, owned by HM The Queen, is a son of Makfi out of an Oaks runner-up in Flight Of Fancy, so gets this trip rather well. He won two of four for Michael Bell last year, was gelded over the winter and joined Chris Wall before finishing a fine second to Sir Chauvelin at Hamilton last month. He looked better the further he went and will be staying on at the death. The four-year-old holds each-way claims.

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5.35 Queen’s Vase (Listed) 2m

FORECAST: Ebediyin (4/1), Ormito (5/1), Landofhopeandglory (8/1), Cole Porter (12/1), Daphne (12/1), Gunnery (12/1), Opposition (12/1), Soldier In Action (12/1), Goldmember (14/1), Harbour Law (14/1), Sword Fighter (14/1), Twilight Payment (14/1), Girling (16/1), The Tartan Spartan (20/1), Beaverbrook (25/1), Birthplace (25/1), Magnum (25/1), Saga Sprint (50/1), King Julien (100/1)

HISTORY: Named to honour Queen Victoria and first run in 1838, this race became The King’s Vase in 1903 and reverted to its original name of The Queen’s Vase on the succession of Queen Elizabeth II. Run over two miles, this Group Three contest provides a thorough test of stamina for three-year-olds and winners of this race often go on to compete in The Gold Cup in future years.

It has been a good race for punters, with six of the last eight favourites obliging and the last 13 winners coming from one of the first four in the market.

In the last 18 years, it has been farmed by Aidan O’Brien (four wins), Mark Johnston (seven wins), Sir Michael Stoute (four wins) and Saeed bin Suroor (two wins). Only Henry Cecil broke their stranglehold in in 1999.

ANALYSIS: Mark Johnson has two in the race and both are outsiders.

Beaverbrook shoulders top weight but has posted one win in 13 career starts, that coming over a year ago at Chester. His fifth to Hawkbill at Newmarket over 1m2f reads well, though and he is open to improvement on soft ground. This extra six furlongs is an unknown, as he had never raced beyond 10f.

Soldier In Action has finished last in his last two races but they were over 10.5f and he appreciated the step up to 12.5f at Chester in May, just getting collared late on by Red Verdon. There may be more to come over this trip.

Aidan O’Brien, who won this last year with Aloft, saddles a trio, headed by Landofhopeandglory, who was fourth in the Lingfield Derby Trial over 11.5f and then three-and-a-half lengths behind Beacon Rock in a 1m2f Group 3 at the Curragh. He may lack a little resolution if that run is to be believed. Cole Porter made all to win at Leopardstown over 1m4f and did it in good style, suggesting there is more to come, and he cannot be ruled out.

O’Brien’s other runner, Sword Fighter, made most of the running in a tactical affair at Naas over 1m4f, but was beaten two-and-a-half-lengths by EBEDIYIN, who was conceding 8lb but who travelled very smoothly. They meet on level terms this time. The selection may need to be played late, so you take a chance that Dermot Weld’s runner will get a clear passage.

Ormito, rated 100 after finishing a length third to Algometer in the four-runner Listed Cocked Hat at Goodwood, was perhaps flattered by the muddling pace, but if replicating his Chester Vase third over this longer trip, Andrew Balding’s runner could be in the mix.

Gunnery is also of interest. Peter Chapple-Hyam’s representative has only had four starts and, having been nosed out of a decent 12.5f handicap at Chester after making up late ground, he should be suited by this more galloping track.

Harbour Law, winner of his last two, including a useful handicap at Sandown, and Goldmember, who scored over 12f at Thirsk, are others to consider in an awkward finale.

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CUFF (Royal Ascot 2.30)

EBEDIYIN (Royal Ascot 5.35)

ISTANBUL BEY (Redcar 2.20)

WAFI STAR (Goodwood 6.10)

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REDCAR: 1.50 Springforth, 2.20 Istanbul Bey, 2.55 Mowhoob, 3.30 Energia Flavio, 4.05 Dune Dancer, 4.45 Lawyer, 5.20 Rustique, 5.55 Compton River

MARKET RASEN: 1.40 Milrow, 2.10 Patronne, 2.45 Down Time, 3.20 Party Rock, 3.55 Indian Stream, 4.35 For ‘n’ Against, 5.10 Mr Monochrome

NEWMARKET: 5.50 He’s My Boy, 6.20 Baydar, 6.55 Thaaqib, 7.30 Blackout, 8.00 Namhroodah, 8.35 Plenary, 9.05 Justice Lady

GOODWOOD: 6.10 Wafi Star, 6.45 Capolavoro, 7.15 Entrench, 7.50 Monotype, 8.25 Lovely Memory, 8.55 Shahaama

AYR: 6.30 Hussar Ballad, 7.05 Jaameh, 7.40 Classic Seniority, 8.10 Odeon, 8.45 Intisaab, 9.15 Innocent Touch

DOWN ROYAL: 5.45 Listen Dear, 6.15 Tajseer, 6.50 Clarcam, 7.20 Garri Rua, 7.55 Beau Et Sublime, 8.30 Shanahan’s Turn, 9.00 Qery

LIMERICK: 5.30 Mo Henry, 6.05 Ishebayorgrey, 6.35 Sweetasever, 7.10 Intense Stylist, 7.45 Remarkable Lady, 8.10 Artiste Celebre, 8.50 Micras

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Friday’s top picks

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LOVING YOUR WORK (Brighton 4.20) could be another winner in what may turn out to be a good day on the south coast for Ryan Moore. The selection ran with promise twice in defeat at Lingfield before landing a Class 5 handicap at Newbury last time. He shoulders a 5lb penalty for that but won with such authority that he may well be able to follow up in this lower grade.

TAFAAKOR (Haydock 2.10) can put his debut experience to good use in division one of the 6f novice stakes for trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Paul Hanagan. The selection, who cost 190,000 guineas as a yearling, finished fourth to Admiralty Arch in a hot York maiden when staying on from off the pace. The quartet drew clear of the rest and that race looks sure to produce a few winners.

ROSINA (Musselburgh 7.40) was fifth of nine in a Listed 5f race at York at a big price last time. She won three of her first four starts last season but has been campaigned solely in Listed company since. She drops down into a decent Class 3 handicap tonight and Ann Duffield’s string is in decent heart right now, so the selection has plenty going for her.

PRESENTING ARMS (Worcester 6.50) as not had too many chances over fences but got off the mark in this sphere when scoring in soft ground at Doncaster in March. He held every chance next time at Ludlow before almost unseating his rider three out then, upped in class last time at Cheltenham, came up against two classy novices in Fox Norton and Dormello Mo. He may look as though he has a lot on his plate off a mark of 135, but Harry Fry’s runner is still relatively unexposed and has plenty of upside.

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BATH: 2.00 Petrify, 2.30 Believe It, 3.00 Hala Madrid, 3.30 Star Catch, 4.00 Against The Odds, 4.30 The Graduate, 5.00 Rain In The Face

BRIGHTON: 2.20 Monks Stand, 2.50 Highly Sprung, 3.20 Great Expectations, 3.50 Goldenfield, 4.20 LOVING YOUR WORK (NAP), 4.50 Wordismybond, 5.20 Top Offer

HAYDOCK: 2.10 Tafaakhor (nb), 2.40 Our Boy, 3.10 Avenue Of Stars, 3.40 Nonchalant, 4.10 Santiburi Spring, 4.40 Triannah, 5.10 Constantino, 5.45 Star Of Spring

MUSSELBURGH: 6.40 Sirpertan, 7.10 Weekend Officer, 7.40 Rosina, 8.10 Sisyphus, 8.40 Azrur, 9.10 Curzon Line

PONTEFRACT: 6.30 Pivotman, 7.00 Touch The Sky, 7.30 Yalta, 8.00 Steelriver, 8.30 Kath’s Legacy, 9.00 Get Up And Dance

WORCESTER: 5.50 West End, 6.20 Southfield Vic, 6.50 Presenting Arms, 7.20 Comely, 7.50 Young Dillon, 8.20 Going For Broke, 8.50 Unify

DOWN ROYAL: 5.35 Wakea, 6.05 Fighting Days, 6.35 Island Villa, 7.05 Misdflight, 7.35 Annamatopoeia, 8.05 Futuramic, 8.35 Red Giant

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Racing Lucky 15 – Monday’s top selections

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Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the five British meetings and two Irish meetings on Monday, May 2, 2016…

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KAFOO (Bath 4.15) sports blinkers for the first time and it should make all the difference in the 1m Classified Stakes. Ed Dunlop, who had a cracking juvenile maiden winner at Newmarket yesterday, saddles this gelded son of Dansili and the dogs were barking this one’s name at HQ. He did not show much in three runs last season but upped his game when runner-up at Kempton on th Polytrack last month and hopes are high that he can break his maiden at the fifth time of asking as he reverts to turf.

CLIFF (Beverley 5.15) was a beaten favourite at Doncaster in a similar 7f handicap that he contests today. Nigel Tinkler re-fitted cheekpieces and it seemed to galvanise the six-year-old, who went down fighting by half a length. Though he has risen 3lb in the weights since, Kieran Schofield’s 7lb claim means that the selection holds a decent chance of finally getting off the mark at the 20th attempt.

HERONS HEIR (Warwick 1.30) faces a relatively tough task on his chasing debut for Dan Skelton in a two-mile contest against some experienced rivals. Twice second on his last two starts over hurdles this son of Heron Island won over the smaller obstacles at Market Rasen in January and while he has plenty of weight today, should give a god account as e has reportedly schooled well.

DAYS OF HEAVEN (Kempton 2.45) is a triple 2m hurdles winner, which included a Grade 2 victory in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at this track in February 2015. Nicky Henderson’s representative makes his chasing debut against five rivals over an extended 2m4½f this afternoon and while he has faced some tough assignments this winter in three runs, the six-year-old may relish this particular discipline.


CURRAGH: 1.50 Peace Envoy, 2.25 Fast In The Wind, 3.00 Embiran, 3.35 Dolce Strega, 4.10 Found, 4.45 Poetic Choice, 5.20 Deep Challenger, 5.50 Footbridge

WARWICK: 12.30 Marquis Of Carabas, 1.00 Miss Spent, 1.30 Herons Heir, 2.00 Oscar Jane, 2.35 Pembroke House, 3.10 Deadly Approach, 3.45 In The Crowd, 4.20 Kayf Charmer

BATH: 1.55 Quantum Dot, 2.30 Havisham, 3.05 Billy’s Boots, 3.40 Bakht A Rawan, 4.15 KAFOO (NAP), 4.50 Tessellate, 5.25 Deep Blue Diamond

BEVERLEY: 1.45 Hestina, 2.20 Alwalaa, 2.55 First Bombardment, 3.30 Briardale, 4.05 Muntadab, 4.40 Oak Bluffs, 5.15 Cliff (nb), 5.50 Little Pippin

KEMPTON: 2.10 Barman, 2.45 Days Of Heaven, 3.20 Boy In A Bentley, 3.55 Warden Hill, 4.25 Panis Angelicus, 5.00 Planetoid, 5.35 Dunraven Storm, 6.05 Alottarain

WINDSOR: 1.40 Exalted, 2.15 Stellarta, 2.50 Catskill Mountains, 3.25 Silent Attack, 4.00 Somethingthrilling, 4.35 Mediation, 5.10 Walpole, 5.45 Pine Ridge

DOWN ROYAL: 2.05 Delegate, 2.40 Windsor Higgins, 3.15 Cogryhill, 3.50 Hurricane Darwin, 4.20 Elegant Statesman, 4.55 Chosen Dream, 5.30 Striggers Luck

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Racing Lucky 15 – Wednesday’s top selections

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ANDA DE GRISSAY (Leicester 2.25) has taken a drop into claiming level, despite having been a decent winner of a Class 4 handicap hurdle at Lingfield before Christmas and beaten just three lengths by At First Light in similar company at Fontwell on Boxing Day. That latter run may have come a bit quickly, she was running under a 7lb penalty and was up in trip. There were enough excuses to put a line through that run and she takes a drop back to 2m today, which gives her a decent chance.

WALK IN THE MILL (Leicester 4.10) steps back up to a more realistic trip, despite having rewarded each-way supporters in a 2m handicap chase at Warwick last time for the third race in succession. Robert Walford’s runner had shaped well on his British debut behind a subsequent winner at Lingfield in November and a repeat of that effort, over this more agreeable 2m4f trip, will see the six-year-old go very close.

MYSTEREE (Newcastle 1.30) was a little disappointing when third to the well-handicapped Askamore Darsi (who subsequently followed up) over 3m at Doncaster. He made a few late mistakes, having seemingly got tired over a longer trip. He is best judged on his seasonal debut (his first run for 615 days) when scoring in a two-runner novices’ limited handicap at Wetherby over an extended 2m3f. Lucinda Russell’s runner tackles three opponents in a 2m7f handicap today and will strip fitter for his latest run.

JAMMY GUEST (Kempton 6.10) has won two on the spin for George Margarson, latterly landing the odds in a 7f handicap over C&D. He travelled well towards the rear and, as the pace collapsed, came through smoothly to score as he liked. Up another 6lb today to a mark of 80, he still appears well handicapped on his old form – he was rated as high as 96 following his ninth in the Jersey Stakes at Ascot as a three-year-old.


LEICESTER: 1.50 Potters Legend, 2.25 Anda De Grissay, 3.00 April Dusk, 3.35 Lower Hope Dandy, 4.10 Walk In The Mill, 4.40 In The Crowd

LUDLOW: 1.10 St Saviour, 1.40 Divine Spear, 2.10 Chocca Wocca, 2.45 Souriyan, 3.20 Floral Spinner, 3.55 Grimley Girl, 4.30 Forever Field

NEWCASTLE: 1.30 Mysteree, 2.00 Presented, 2.35 Pain Au Chocolat, 3.10 Present Flight, 3.45 Halo Moon, 4.20 Retrieve The Stick

KEMPTON: 5.05 Little Indian, 5.40 Rojina, 6.10 Jammy Guest, 6.40 Winged Dancer, 7.10 Munsarim, 7.40 Clevedon Court

DOWN ROYAL: 1.15 Call Vinnie, 1.45 Tocororo, 2.15 Angus Milan, 2.50 Flynsini, 3.25 Venetien De Mai, 4.00 King Blue, 4.35 Sanibel Island

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