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Nonchalance to get off mark at Haydock? Get Friday 24 May horse racing tips

Brian Healy 23 May 2019
Haydock is one of seven UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Friday. (credit:Simon Cooper/PA Archive/PA Images)

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Friday's scheduled UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Seven UK and Irish horse racing meetings make up Friday’s fixture list, and the day’s flat racing action comes from the cards at Bath, Haydock and Goodwood where there is Listed action on the card.

Meanwhile, in the evening there is further flat racing action from Pontefract, and from the Curragh where Irish Classic weekend gets underway with Listed and Group Three action on the card. 

Completing the Friday fixture list are jumps racing fixtures from Worcester, and also Downpatrick in Ireland.

Goodwood (flat) - 1.50 - 5.10pm (7 races)
Bath (flat) - 2.00 - 5.20pm (7 races)
Haydock (flat) - 2.10 - 5.35pm (7 races)
Curragh (flat) - 4.20 - 7.35pm (7 races)
Downpatrick (jumps) - 5.15 - 8.20pm (7 races)
Worcester (jumps) - 5.40 - 8.40pm (7 races)
Pontefract (flat) - 6.30 - 9.00pm (6 races)

FRIDAY 24 MAY NAP SELECTION


GOODWOOD


(2.55) AL MESSILA (7/1, Paddy Power) has yet to win in five starts, but Richard Hannon’s Toronado filly has made the frame in each of them and has finished runner-up on three occasions.

The latest of those silver medal efforts came when finishing just one length off I Am Magical at Newmarket earlier in the month, and that could turn out to be a useful performance in time.

Open to further improvement, she is due to go up 2lbs in the weights so this could represent a decent opportunity for her to open her account.

(4.05) Course form can count for a lot here, and PUDS (9/2, Bet365) got back to winning ways when scoring over course and distance earlier in the month; Richard Hughes’ Bated Breath filly can follow up here despite her hike in the weights.

Formerly with Charlie Hills - for whom she won twice - she went off the boil for that handler before being rejuvenated by the switch in stables to strike at the first attempt for her new yard with a win at Chelmsford.

Having then made the frame in outings at Windsor and Kempton, she got the better of Just Glamorous by a nose earlier in the month, coming with a strong late run off a fast pace to score. She may not get the same pace to aim at here, but a 4lbs rise in the weights could still see her on a workable mark and she remains with the potential for better still.

1.50 - Audio
2.20 - Dream Catching
2.55 - Al Messila
3.30 - Private Secretary
4.05 - Puds
4.40 - October Storm
5.10 - Dark Impulse

BATH


(2.30) AROHA (5/4, Paddy Power) has shaped with promise on both starts to date, both at Salisbury, and Brian Meehan’s charge can get off the mark at the third attempt.

The Kodiac filly finished fourth on debut behind Good Vibes, beaten around five lengths, after which she got to within two lengths of Symbolise earlier in the month. The winner of that contest looked potentially useful, and further improvement on the back of that first effort ought to make her hard to beat.

This looks a decent opportunity for her to open her win account, and no surprise to see her go close.

(3.05) Colin Tizzard isn’t noted for training winners on the flat, but CATCH THE CUBAN (2/1, William Hill) could be worth chancing here to go one better than his runner-up effort at Salisbury earlier in the month on his debut for this yard.

The Havana Gold gelding had shown only moderate form over shorter trips when trained by Jim Boyle; but he stepped up his game equipped with a first-time tonguestrap and taking a step up in trip when denied only by one length behind Seascape.

He has been nudged up 3lbs in the weights as a consequence of that outing, but with the potential for better over this trip then he could post a big run if able to build on the effort last time.

2.00 - Union Rose
2.30 - Aroha
3.05 - Catch The Cuban
3.40 - Universal Order
4.15 - Amberine
4.50 - Peace Dreamer
5.20 - Waqt

HAYDOCK


(2.45) TOP BUCK (10/3, Paddy Power) has made the frame in both starts to date over the minimum trip, beaten only around one length each time in outings at Windsor and Chester, and Brian Meehan’s Dandy Man colt can get off the mark at the third attempt.

Third behind Great Dame on the Roodeye nine days ago, he stayed on well on ground possibly softer than ideal, giving the impression that he might be suited by a stiffer test. 

It is no surprise then that he goes up in trip for this latest outing, and with the quicker ground likely to be more in his favour then his experience over this field could prove invaluable.

(4.30) NONCHALANCE (6/4, Paddy Power) met with trouble in running at a crucial stage on her debut at Wolverhampton earlier in the month, but John Gosden’s charge can put that experience to good use now and can get off the mark at the second attempt.

One of two runners in the race for the handler, and both sporting the same colours, he is the pick of Rab Havlin from the pair and having finished fourth in that debut she can improve now for the run.

Green early and missing the break, she was denied a clear run when trying to challenge, and that experience won’t have been lost on her; she ought to know more this time around, and she can improve enough to score here.

2.10 - Tomorrow’s Angel
2.45 - Top Buck
3.20 - Revich
3.55 - Sacred Dance
4.30 - Nonchalance
5.00 - Assimilation
5.35 - Highwaygrey

CURRAGH


(6.00) FIRE FLY (11/4, Bet365) finished ahead of a couple of these rivals in the recent Derrinstown 1000 Guineas Trial, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can confirm that form and claim this valuable prize in the process.

The Galileo filly was a Tipperary winner on her final start last campaign, getting off the mark at the fifth attempt, and she probably needed her return in unsuitably soft ground behind Lady Kaya in the Leopardstown Priory Belle.

She was beaten just over three lengths into fifth back at Leopardstown latest, and stepping into the handicap ranks now from a very workable mark of 94 on better ground then she could find improvement on the back of that outing to get off the mark for the season in what looks an open and competitive contest.

(7.05) CONSTANTINOPLE (13/8, Paddy Power) showed race by race progress as a juvenile last term, getting off the mark at the third attempt with an impressive ten lengths’ success over Counting Sheep at Thurles in October; Aidan O’Brien’s runner - one of three in the race - could prove a tough nut to crack stepping up in grade, and the Galileo colt is taken to get back on the scoresheet.

Only denied by a short-head behind Wentwood when stepping up to this trip on his seasonal reappearance at Cork in April, he ought to be sharper now with that run under his belt, and he can show improvement on the back of that effort.

The winner of that Cork event was thought good enough to contest a Grade Three prize in the United States, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge was unfortunate at Cork having met with some serious trouble in running before flying at the death. 

A likely winner in another stride, he could gain some compensation here if he gets a less troubled passage through the race.

4.55 - Tango
5.25 - Siskin
6.00 - Fire Fly
6.35 - Jassaar
7.05 - Constantinople
7.35 - Hightimeyouwon
8.05 - Mulzamm

DOWNPATRICK


(6.50) Wins have been hard to come by for this field of runners in recent times, so LE BRAYE (4/1, Bet365) is chanced to add to his sole career win and also open his chase win account.

Gaving Cromwell’s Court Cave gelding has finished third on each of his last two starts, latterly denied by one length behind Tiantu at Ayr earlier in the month, unable to sustain his effort.

Only 2lbs higher in the weights here, he ought to remain competitive and the drop back in trip looks a good move; he had finished third at the Scottish venue the time before over hurdles from 106 so he could still have some scope over the smaller obstacles.

5.15 - Killinkere
5.50 - Dynamic Allen
6.20 - Manomine
6.50 - Le Braye
7.20 - Blue Templar
7.50 - Hi Murphy
8.20 - Tecumseh Sherman

WORCESTER


(6.10) ISTIMRAAR (4/5, Bet365) won off 7lbs higher over hurdles five days ago, and Dan Skelton’s charge could prove a tough nut to crack off this lower chase mark.

The Dansili gelding was a chase winner at Plumpton in April on his debut for this yard, after which he also scored over hurdles at the same venue. He subsequently found only Ringaringarosie too strong at Sedgefield in May before posting that latest win.

With confidence in abundabnce at presently seemingly, and with the yard continuing in good heart then he ought to prove hard to beat again as he bids for a quick follow up here.

(7.40) NO HIDDEN CHARGES (6/4, Bet365) has to give 7lbs to Sunset Showdown in what should be a match between the pair, and while the latter is rated 6lbs superior to Tom George’s charge, the Scorpion gelding is taken to successfully concede the weight.

Rebecca Curtis’ charge showed his temperamental side again when throwing away a winning opportunity last time out, and Tom George’s charge looks a much more straightforward performer who arrives here on the back of a win last time out at Kempton where he was a four lengths’ winner over Fontley House.

The better ground clearly helped that day, and the dual-winning pointer could have better to come over timber; he can find further improvement to follow up here.

5.40 - Sausalito Sunrise
6.10 - Istimraar
6.40 - Darcy Ward
7.10 - Colditz Castle
7.40 - No Hidden Charges
8.10 - Sandy Boy


PONTEFRACT


(6.30) INTERNATIONAL LAW (6/1, Bet365) has swapped wins with lesser efforts this term, and Anthony Brittain’s charge is taken to get back on the winning trail here.

The Exceed and Excel was a winner two starts ago at Wolverhampton, also scoring there in March, and he ran better than the bare result latest back there earlier in the month when beaten six lengths behind Nezar.

His finishing position was compromised by traffic problems, and he has been eased 1lb in the weights from that run; while he isn’t a cast-iron certainty to give his best form, he could be worth chancing in a poor race.

(7.30) MONOSKI (Evens, Coral) found only one too good on his debut at York during the Dante Festival, finishing just over one length adrift of Bomb Proof; Mark Johnston’s Street Boss colt can build on that experience to go one place better here.

He raced prominently in that contest, helping to force the pace, and he may just have done too much although he kept on well enough and he should know more this time around.

A repeat of that effort could be good enough to see him get off the mark at the second attempt here, and he is sure to improve for that debut effort so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him collect in this contest.

6.30 - International Law
7.00 - Just Wait
7.30 - Monoski
8.00 - Gold Stone
8.30 - Never Be Enough
9.00 - After John


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