Today’s Horse Racing Preview & Tips, Thursday 19th May 2016

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Today’s Horse Racing Preview & Tips, Thursday 19th May 2016

Goodwood Turns On The Style

With 5 UK meetings and Listed action topping the bill, there’s a lot to look forward to on Thursday. Goodwood is certainly the pick and the first race is a 2-year-old encounter, over 6f (1.50). 3 of the 5 runners are on debut, with Afendem and Son Castello both benefiting from a just a single outing. Afandem won readily at Doncaster and will be heavily-backed to follow-up here. Son Castello was less impressive, finishing 5th, while Yalta (who has 1 G1 Phoenix Stakes entry) looks by far the most dangerous of the 3 unraced newcomers.

Dessert Can Be Sweet, For Punters

With Frankie Dettori on-board, John Gosden’s The Black Princess has to be a serious contender in the Listed Height of Fashion Stakes (a race for 3-year-old fillies, at 4.00). However, her list of future entries looks far more impressive than her actual form. She was beaten when an odds-on favourite at Nottingham and Dessertoflife has already achieved far more. 4th in the Cheshire Oaks, where she finished ahead of both Play Gal and Mirsaalah, she has won a G3 race in Germany. Mark Johnston’s horse does face a penalty for that success, but should still be a big threat. Cajoled is a handicap winner and the booking of Ryan Moore can only boost her claims.

The 3.05 at Lingfield is a 1m 3f handicap, with few horses looking well-treated. Astra Hall won by 5 lengths, at Catterick, but an 8lb hike looks more than enough for that win. Quality Song is also penalised (4lb), for finishing runner-up on the polytrack, while Forced Family Fun is still paying the price for earlier impressive runs. Saumur looks to be on a winnable mark, although German runner Donna Graciosa is dropping in grade and looks better value.

No Hope, For Neumond?

The handicapper clearly is in no mood to be made a fool of by Neumond, in the 4.55 at Worcester and a mark of 109 should put paid to Nicky Henderson’s hopes of a winning debut. Nicholascopernicus looks to have got his hooves comfortably under the table, at Kerry Lee’s yard and can improve on his Huntingdon effort. Glengra concedes only a single pound to Neumond, despite finishing ahead of that horse at Warwick, but the improving Glenariff is the tentative pick in what looks a very competitive race.

Rock To Foil Doyle?

There’s always a buzz when one of Hugo Palmer’s juveniles takes to the track for the first time and today will be no exception, at Sandown (5.50). James Doyle has the ride on Bithynia, a filly who is a half-sister to several winners (a couple in their 2-year-old campaigns). Tropical Rock just about gets the nod, though. Ralph Beckett’s young inmate certainly hit a flat spot, when debuting at Ascot, but she recovered to stay on strongly for 3rd place and should improve.

The 7.50 at Ripon should be a cracking contest, with Richard Fahey’s Dolphin Vista facing a an impressive contingent of Mark Johnston runners. Out of Montsarrat, Galesburg, Miniturist, Tawakkol and Byres Road, only the latter looks obviously held. Novinophobia also represents Fahey, but Ann Duffield’s Ninetta can upset the applecart despite a poor showing at Newmarket. She finished 3rd, behind Alice Springs and Clear Skies, in the 300,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Fillies’ Trophy (also at Headquarters) before that disappointing run and can bounce back this evening.

Mullins Booking The Clue, At Clonmel?

Over in Ireland, there are 8 races at Clonmel starting with a maiden hurdle at 5.00. The final race on the card (8.45) is an I.N.H. flat race and much is expected of Sweet Shirleen. The booking of Patrick Mullins is unlikely to go un-noticed by cannier punters and don’t be surprised if there is a big gamble on this 6-year-old.

Listed Action, In France

There’s Listed action at Angers (France), in the shape of the Grand Steeple-Chase, although the overall card at Fontainebleau looks even better. The Prix de la Forêt de Fontainebleau should be very exciting, with La Zamtoff and Running Waters topping the ratings. Today’s South Africa meeting is at Vaal, with 8 races to get stuck into (no less than 4 of which are for juveniles).

Today’s Picks

GOODWOOD

1.50 Afandem

2.20 Enlace

2.55 Fitzwilly

3.30 Scarlet Dragon

4.00 Dessertoflife

4.35 High Hopes

5.05 Lewisham

LINGFIELD

2.00 Glasgow Central

2.30 Sherdat

3.05 Donna Graciosa

3.40 Onorina

4.10 Mystic Jade

4.45 Clement

5.15 Colourfilly

RIPON

6.15 Eva Gore

6.45 Dot Green

7.20 Lexi’s Boy

7.50 Ninetta

8.25 Livella Fella

8.55 Mowhoob

SANDOWN

5.50 Tropical Rock

6.25 City Of Ideas

6.55 Defrocked

7.30 Midhmaar

8.00 High Shields

8.35 Robins Pearl

WORCESTER

2.10 Dainty Diva

2.40 Fight Commander

3.15 Whatmore

3.50 Castlemorris King

4.20 Moonracer

4.55 Glenariff

5.25 Buy Me Out

5.55 Sheer Poetry

CLONMEL

5.00 Belle Fortune

5.30 Munstead Pride

6.00 Alamein

6.35 Wither Hills

7.05 Scenic Star

7.40 Bootsandcats

8.10 Toreen

8.45 Sweet Shirleen

ANGERS

R1 Baltic Spirit

R2 Fou Et Sage

R3 Speculator

R4 Gold Forever

R5 My Marlim

R6 Anneli

R7 Luxe Vendome

R8 Amansara

FONTAINEBLEAU

R1 Deremah

R2 Fixed Rate

R3 Running Waters

R4 Beata

R5 Red Shine

R6 Flavio Forte

R7 No Sell

R8 Bohemien

VAAL

R1 Blazing Winter

R2 Legend Seeker

R3 Pachuco

R4 Golden Attitude

R5 Dream Leader

R6 Top Shot

R7 Tobesuretobesure

R8 Post Grad

Today’s Horse Racing Preview & Tips, Thursday 19th May 2016
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