Today’s Horse Racing Preview, Mon 2nd May 2016

5 UK Meetings, Scheduled For Monday

We hope you enjoyed the fantastic action at Newmarket, over the weekend. None of today’s cards can offer quite the same level of quality, but there are 5 UK meetings and plenty of absorbing encounters.

8 races are on the card at Warwick, where Gold Ingot could prove to be the punter’s nugget in the 2.35. Caroline Bailey’s runner has been placed in his last 4 outings and the good ground should be right up his street. Come on Ginger was going well at Kempton, in February, before a bad error at the 8th fence put paid to the King’s Theatre gelding’s chances. Despite trailing in last of 4, at Sandown in March, he can still be a factor based on 2015 form.

Boots At The Ready, For Mick Channon

The 3.05 at Bath features a number of interesting unraced juveniles, including Richard Hannon’s Mutahaady. Cosmic Beau has already had one outing, finishing 4th at Doncaster after failing to find his stride early. Further improvement is expected from Mick Channon’s Billy’s Boots. 5th, on debut at this racecourse, he stayed on well to finish 2nd at Leicester just over a week ago.

The Annual Badgeholders Handicap takes place at Beverley (4.05). Abushamah has proved to be versatile, in terms of taking to the ground and he runs of the same mark as when runner-up at Redcar. Muntadab looks the one to beat, though. He has won for both Sir Michael Stoute and new trainer David Loughnane. A near-plum draw gives this Invincible Spirit gelding a significant edge.

There’s also a fairly rich handicap at Kempton (5.35) and it has attracted some big names, including Thomas Crapper, Turn Over Sivola and Nicky Henderson’s French Opera. David Pipe’s Purple ‘n Gold is taken to hold sway, though. The 7-year-old is just a pound over his last winning mark and a partnership with Tom Scudamore has every chance of bearing fruit. Parsnip Pete also looks well treated.

View To A Thrill, For Windsor Race-Goers

The feature race at Windsor is the 5.00. Somethingthrilling certainly has a name to live up to, but if the Makfi filly’s performance at Pontefract was anything to go by she’ll have few problems impressing the Windsor faithful today. Dinaria came into that race with respectable form, but was trounced by 9 lengths. Clotilde’s 2 wins have come on the polytrack, while Hala Madrid already looks a touch exposed.

Fascinating Rock To Be Found Out?

There are 2 Irish meetings, on Monday. The 4.15 at Down Royal is an opportunity for Cogryhill to partially restore his reputation, after sorely disappointing in Graded company. Gordon Elliott’s inmate should have too much up his sleeve for Fearachain, a horse for whom lack of market support proved entirely justified at Cheltenham in November.

Today’s big meeting takes place at the Curragh and the Listed Tetrarch Stakes is at 4.00. Blue De Vega could well be a Group 1 horse in the making and won the G3 Killavullan Stakes by 3.5 lengths at Leopardstown in October. Awtaad faces much better opposition than the Cape Cross colt has had to take on before, but there was a great deal to like about his 5 length win on this track.

Ainippe already has a couple of Group 3 wins under her belt and can pick up another when the Athasi Stakes (3.35) gets underway. Step Amach, Dolce Strega and Miss Elizabeth all have the ability to capitalise, if Ainippe is in any way out of sorts.

The race to truly make mouths water is the Mooresbridge Stakes (4.10). Fascinating Rock takes on Aidan O’Brien’s Found. The Champions Stakes winner versus the Breeders’ Cup Turf victor should be a tremendous duel.

There’s also action at Maisons- Laffitte (France) and Fairview (South Africa), so you certainly won’t be short of a race to bet on this afternoon.


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