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Sayer's 13/8 chance can show winning Spirit at Cartmel. Get Saturday, Mat 25 Horse Racing Tips

Brian Healy 25 May 2019

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across each of Saturday's UK and Irish race-meetings.

A busy afternoon of horse racing action across the UK and Ireland sees a bumper crop of eight UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post, and the day’s action on the level sees classy action from Chester, Goodwood, York and Haydock, as well as from the Curragh in Ireland where the Irish 2000 Guineas takes centre stage.

There is also jumps racing action in the afternoon from Cartmel, while Ffos Las race over the sticks on Saturday evening alongside a meeting on the level at Salisbury.

Feature races of the day include the Irish 2000 Guineas, as well as the Group Two Temple Stakes and Group Two Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock; and also the Group Three Bronte Cup Stakes from York amongst other highlights throughout the afternoon across the day’s cards.

Chester (flat) - 1.45 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Goodwood (flat) - 1.55 - 5.30pm (7 races)
York (flat) - 2.00 - 5.25pm (7 races)
Cartmel (jumps) - 2.05 - 5.35pm (7 races)
Haydock (flat) - 2.15 - 5.45pm (7 races)
Curragh (flat) - 2.25 - 5.50pm (7 races)
Salisbury (flat) - 5.50 - 8.20pm (6 races)
Ffos Las (flat) - 6.05 - 9.05pm (7 races)



(2.20) PRINCESS POWER (4/1, Bet365) enjoyed a good campaign last term, winning four times in all, which included at Newmarket and Goodwood; Nigel Tinkler’s charge has subsequently come back from a break to make the frame in two of her three starts this term.

The last of those came when beaten just one length behind Lihou over course and distance earlier in the month, unable to get to the front pair, and it is possible she just had her speed blunted by the soft ground on that occasion.

The Slade Power filly has done most of her winning on a quicker surface, so these conditions will be ideal and she is well drawn towards the inside in stall two. Only 1lb higher in the weights for this latest outing, she can go close with a repeat.

(2.55) BARAWEEZ (5/1, William Hill) goes well on the Roodeye, as evidenced when successful in this race twelve months ago when beating Muntadab by the better part of two lengths.

Things didn’t go to plan thereafter for Brian Ellison’s charge, and having looked in need of his reappearance at Thirsk earlier in the month when beating only two home, he took a step in the right direction when finishing third back here in the Grosvenor Handicap during the May Festival meeting.

Fairly well drawn for this latest outing, he competes here from below his last winning rating, and with the better ground in his favour then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see an improved effort here in defence of his title.

1.45 - Hero Hero
2.20 - Princess Power
2.55 - Baraweez
3.30 - Dawn Trouper
4.05 - Raffle Prize
4.40 - Mearing
5.15 - Sioux Frontier


(4.10) I CAN FLY (11/8, William Hill) won the Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown last term, which was one of two wins enjoyed by the Fastnet Rock filly who also made the frame in starts behind Laurens and Roaring Lion at Newmarket and Ascot respectively.

Forgiven her Breeders’ Cup run, Aidan O’Brien’s charge returned to winning form when scoring over Surrounding at Dundalk in March, after which she headed to Meydan although she was disappointing behind Almond Eye in the Dubai Turf.

She ran better than the bare result in the Lockinge Stakes last Saturday, where having sweated up really badly and missing the break, she kept on well late in the day before her effort flattened out. 

Back against her own sex here, she could be hard to beat in this contest assuming this run doesn’t come too soon; this doesn’t look the strongest of races for the grade and every chance she can get back on the scoresheet.

(4.45) KARAWAAN (10/1, Paddy Power, each-way) wasn’t able to replicate the performance he delivered when winning on his reappearance and first start for Ger Lyons in the Irish Lincolnshire; but the Sea The Stars gelding could be worth chancing to bounce back.

Formerly with Sir Michael Stoute, he was a winner over this trip at Chelmsford before contesting some strong contests, and he made the frame in two of his subsequent four starts in the wake of that win although he ended his time with Stoute in disappointing fashion.

Although he beat only a handful home last time out, he was only around four lengths adrift of the winner and his finishing position was compromised by being hampered late. That race has since thrown up several subsequent winners, and he could be suited by going back up in trip.

He could be worth chancing to leave that last run behind, and if the return to further helps him recapture his best then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big run.

1.50 - Glow Worm
2.25 - Mokhalad
3.00 - Gordon Lord Byron (EW)
3.35 - Phoenix Of Spain (EW)
4.10 - I Can Fly
4.45 - Karawaan (EW)
5.20 - Isotope


(2.30) DUBAI LEGACY (4/1, Bet365) won two of his three starts last term, scoring wins at Doncaster and Epsom over six furlongs either side of finding the Coventry Stakes at Ascot too much of a test.

Saeed bin Suroor’s charge ran out an impressive winner on the latter occasion, where he sported a first-time hood, to defeat Napanook by just over one length, and the Discreet Cat colt found a chunk of improvement on his reappearance at Newcastle earlier in the month when stepped up to this trip with a defeat of Glorious Lover.

The third from that race has since won from a mark of 96, so switching to a turf handicap from 98 following a 3lbs rise in the weights looks well within his scope and he can find further improvement to strike again here despite not wearing a hood on this occasion.

With the advantage of race-fitness on his side he can best the returning Flashcard who looked a smart prospect last term, and he can enhance his own winning record with further success.

(3.40) BARSANTI (2/1, Coral) showed himself to still be capable of mixing at a very good level last term, winning at Ascot with a defeat of the reopposing Mirage Dancer following a ten-month absence; after which he ran with credit in Group and Listed company, latterly being denied only by a neck on his final outing of the season when denied only by a neck behind Communique.

Roger Varian’s Champs Elysees gelding proved no match for the smart Salouen at Ascot earlier in the month, eventually finishing third but shaping as if in need of the run. However, he should prove much sharper now for that outing, and he can get back on the winning trail here.

The form of his end-of-season run looks all the stronger now, given he was only a neck behind a subsequent Group Two winner, and now he has the benefit of a run under his belt then he should go close if building on the effort.

1.55 - Extra Elusive
2.30 - Dubai Legacy
3.10 - Silent Wave
3.40 - Barsanti
4.20 - King’s Advice
4.55 - Zac Brown
5.30 - Rhossili Down


(2.35) MAKAWEE (9/2, William Hill) showed race-by-race progress last term, bettering his finishing position each time, and David O’Meara’s charge opened her account at the fourth attempt with success at Musselburgh where he beat Don’t Do It by a neck with the pair clear of the rest.

The Farhh filly shaped well at Hamilton on her return to action earlier in the month, denied only by a neck behind Sioux Frontier and sure to strip fitter for that outing then she can go one better here despite having been raised 3lbs in the weights.

She remains a progressive sort who could easily have further improvement to come, and she can get back on the winning trail here.

(3.45) The progressive Leodis Dream could prove a tough nut to crack, but EL ASTRONAUTE (8/1, Coral) drops back into a handicap having contested in Group company the last twice, and John Quinn’s charge can get back to winning ways.

The Approve gelding won three times last campaign, which included two of his last three starts - one of which was here - and having shaped well on his reappearance in the Borderlescott Handicap at Musselburgh on his return, he was only beaten around three lengths by Mabs Cross in the Palace House Stakes.

Sixth on that occasion, he filled the same berth behind the impressive Invincible Army in the Duke Of York Stakes here ten days ago, and back in a handicap he looks weighted to go close. He has been dropped 1lb in the weights following that last run, while the booking of a crack Irish apprentice catches the eye, and his 5lbs claim could prove invaluable.

A drop back to five furlongs is another tick in the plus column, and he looks set for a big run if recent exertions don’t catch up with him.

2.00 - Dancing Star
2.35 - Makawee
3.05 - Pilaster
3.45 - El Astronaute
4.15 - War Storm
4.50 - Elisheba
5.25 - Right Action


(3.50) TONTO’S SPIRIT (13/8, Bet365) is 2-3 over hurdles over this course and distance, and Dianne Sayer’s charge could be worth chancing to enhance his fine record at this venue over fences.

The Authorized gelding ran well in defeat on his chase debut at Ayr two starts ago, finding only Destrier too strong by four lengths; but although he couldn’t match that form next time, he might have been amiss and he can bounce back having been given plenty of time.

This ground should hold no fears, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him posting a big run back at this track.

2.05 - Young Wolf
2.40 - Duhallow Gesture
3.15 - Inchcolm
3.50 - Tonto’s Spirit
4.25 - The Kings Baby
5.00 - Stop The World
5.35 - Morraman


(2.15) Eden Rose is chasing a hat-trick of wins and a fourth win in five starts; but they have all come on the all-weather and Mick Channon’s charge is worth taking on on her return to turf with PIRATE KING (5/1, William Hill) who ought to come on for a solid third on his return to action at Doncaster earlier in the month.

Harry Dunlop’s Farhh colt got off the mark at the third attempt, scoring at Doncaster last June with a defeat of White Light; but he was unable to match that level of form in two subsequent outings in handicaps where he beat only one rival home collectively.

However, he showed improved form back from a break when finishing three lengths’ third behind Mugatoo latest, and he could find further improvement over this two miles’ trip while also having been eased 1lb in the weights.

He probably does need to find some progress, but he is uexposed as a stayer and proven on grass so he is perhaps worth taking a chance with from his basement mark to get back to winning ways. 

(2.50) OASIS PRINCE (6/1, Paddy Power) is thriving at present, winning all three starts on turf having shaped with promise on debut on the all-weather, and Mark Johnston’s charge can continue his winning streak.

The Oasis Dream colt is one of four runners in the race for the Middleham trainer, and he was last seen getting the better of Loch Ness Monster on his handicap debut when scoring by a head.

He showed a good attitude that day, keeping on well and finding plenty for pressure; there could be more to come from him with just a 4lbs rise to contend with, and while he probably does need to improve in order to uphold that form with Michael Appleby’s charge on worse terms, he still remains an unexposed sort who should continue to progress.

Franny Norton steered him to victory last time, and the veteran pilot is in the saddle again; the pair can combine for another success here.

2.15 - Pirate King
2.50 - Oasis Prince
3.25 - Calyx
4.00 - Kachy
4.35 - Signora Cabello
5.10 - Lariat
5.45 - Finnieston Farm


(6.20) CENT FLYING (5/1, Bet365) won two of her last four starts last term, the latter of which came when successful at Ffos Las although she struggled here under a penalty next time.

William Muir’s Sepoy gelding may have needed the run when four lengths’ fifth behind Air Of York back here latest, leading well inside the final furlong before running out of steam.

That run ought to have brought him on however, and with a 5lbs pull at the weights he could turn the tables here especially with John Flint’s charge not being the most reliable and so no certainty to arrive in the same mood.

(7.20) DAZZLING ROCK (11/4, Paddy Power) has posted both his career successes on the all-weather at Chelmsford, latterly running out a neck winner over True Destiny; Ralph Beckett’s charge can follow up here if proving as effective on turf.

The Rock Of Gibraltar gelding found plenty for pressure to hold off the runner-up who has won since, and although is a tougher assignment he faces returning to turf having been raised 3lbs in the weights, he is likely to get a soft lead in this contest and he could prove tough to peg back.

5.50 - Dark Optimist
6.20 - Cent Flying
6.50 - Monsieur Noir
7.20 - Dazzling Rock
7.50 - Earl Of Harrow
8.20 - Ifreet


(7.05) NOW LOOK AT ME (6/5, Bet365) won two of his three starts in bumpers around the turn of the year, and Tom George’s charge made a successful transition to hurdling when running out a three lengths’ winner over Lookforarainbow at Uttoxeter earlier in the month.

The Shantou gelding struck by three lengths on that occasion, and he possibly just had the measure of Sainlous Des Pres when that one pulled up quickly having injured himself. Hard-pressed soon after, he found plenty for pressure, and there ought to be considerably more to come from him. 

Sure to improve, he can strike again here with a repeat of that effort, and he could prove to be a useful sort.

(8.05) Wind surgery has certainly helped deliver a jolt of improvement in the fortunes of DELFACE (2/1, William Hill) who has stepped up on his reappearance to make the frame in five subsequent starts which include wins at Uttoxeter in December, and also at Chepstow latest where the Della Francesca gelding had two lengths to spare over Bardd.

David Pipe’s charge dug deep that day to score, but his jumping left a little to be desired and he probably remains capable of better. A 6lbs rise in the weights will demand more, but every chance that he can post another bold effort in this contest, and he can follow up.

6.05 - Ector
6.35 - Show’s Over
7.05 - Now Look At Me
7.35 - Atomic Rumble
8.05 - Delface
8.35 - Uno Mas
9.05 - Jeremy’s Angel

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