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Channon's 9/4 chance to strike at Ludlow? Get Sunday 12 May horse racing tips

Brian Healy 12 May 2019
Ludlow is one of four UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Sunday. (credit: David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images)

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

After a busy few days’ horse racing action, Sunday’s UK and Irish fixture list takes in just four meetings with jumps racing from Ludlow and Plumpton, as well as Killarney in Ireland; while Leopardstown are also racing in Ireland with a fixture on the flat where there is Group Three action on the racecard at the Leinster venue with Irish Classic trials.

Killarney (jumps) - 1.35 - 5.35pm (8 races)
Leopardstown (flat) - 1.45 - 5.10pm (7 races)
Ludlow (jumps) - 1.55 - 5.25pm (7 races)
Plumpton (jumps) - 2.20 - 5.45pm (7 races)



(2.05) HAMMERSTEIN (6/5, Bet365) had looked progressive in bumpers, getting off the mark at Tramore at the fifth attempt having made the frame in three of his four previous outings.

Gordon Elliott’s charge was subsequently found to have bled when pulled up on his hurdles debut at Wexford last September, but he has been given plenty of time since to recover and he can do better on his reappearance now.

The Dansili gelding is given another chance, and the fact he was sent off favourite for his hurdles debut suggested there was confidence in his ability so it wouldn’t come a surprise to see him posting a much better performance.

(3.15) GETAWAY KATIE MAI (7/1, William Hill) won two of her three starts in bumpers, meeting defeat only behind the 2018 Champion Bumper winner Relegate at Leopardstown in February; and John Queally’s charge looks set for a decent career over obstacles judging on an impressive win at Tramore back in December.

The Getaway mare had possibly just needed the run and experience when denied by Western Victory at Galway in October, but she stepped up on that performance to score at the second attempt with a ready defeat of Roney.

She makes her handicap debut now from what looks a very workable mark, and she can find further improvement to follow up that last time win. There is a slight concern that she has been beaten on all her seasonal debut runs, but she could have significant further improvement still to come and she is chanced to strike again.

1.35 - Stronghold
2.05 - Hammerstein
2.40 - Pearl Of The West
3.15 - Getaway Katie Mai
3.50 - Dinons
4.25 - Thisonesforollie
5.00 - Ballybrowney Walk
5.35 - Pipers Meadow


(2.15) ZIHBA (5/2, William Hill) took this prize twelve months ago, and it could be worth chancing on James Stack’s charge repeating the dose.

The Choisir gelding was taking his win tally to 3-3 with that success over Pincheck, after which he contested the Irish 2000 Guineas where he finished eighth. He subsequently disappointed in both the Desmond Stakes here in August, and in the Boomerang Stakes; but his latest effot behind Imaging last month in the Listed Heritage Stakes was a big step back in the right direction.

Beaten only a half-length there, he had the reopposing Verbal Dexterity almost two lengths in arrears despite giving that one 5lbs, and likely to strip fitter with the run under his belt he can confirm the form from level weights now.

(4.35) KASTASA (4/1, Bet365) shaped well on her debut at Thurles last October, finishing four lengths’ fourth behind Mona Lisa’s Smile, and Dermot Weld’s charge showed the benefit of the experience to get off the mark at the second attempt when beating Very Excellent at Clonmel last month.

The Rock Of Gibraltar filly only had a half-length to spare at the line, but she appeared suited by the longer trip on that occasion and could find further improvement for an even stiffer test now.

With the potential to do better still for her powerful connections, she is taken to follow up switching to the handicap ranks where she features on a potentially lenient mark. An entry in the Irish Oaks suggests she is well regarded, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her going close here.

1.45 - Super Treat
2.15 - Zihba
2.50 - Titanium Sky
3.25 - Broome
4.00 - Minnie Haha
4.35 - Kastasa
5.10 - Harpo Marx


(2.30) LONGHOUSE SALE (4/5, Bet365) was a winner in the point-to-point sphere prior to joining this yard, and Dan Skelton’s charge boasts a perfect 4-4 record in bumpers thus far.

Last seen beating Represented by the better part of three lengths at Fontwell, he has since undergone wind surgery ahead of this first appearance over hurdles and he could take plenty of beating switching to this discipline with the potential for considerably better to come.

While the September Storm gelding does concede hurdling experience, he rates a very interesting runner now switching to hurdles, and there would be no surprise in seeing him go close.

(3.05) HEYDOUR (9/4, Coral) proved consistent over hurdles last summer, making the frame in all three starts, and Mick Channon’s charge can get off the mark at the second attempt over the larger obstacles.

The Presenting gelding found a further chunk of improvement switched to the larger obstacles at Huntingdon back in October, going down by only a head behind Heydour despite making a couple of mistakes.

Along with the winner he had pulled clear of the third horse, and he could improve further on his second start. That form has been boosted with the winner and third both winning since while the third also make the frame in the Scottish Grand National.

The fourth has also won since, and on his reappearance following a break he could get off the mark here if finding some improvement following that first experience of chasing.

1.35 - Codeshare
2.30 - Longhouse Sale
3.05 - Heydour
3.40 - So Lonely
4.15 - Hatcher
4.50 - Palixandre
5.25 - Keen On


(2.55) Consistency isn’t a word that can be levelled at HOWLONGISAFOOT (7/1, Paddy Power), but the Beneficial veteran remains capable on his day as he showed when scoring over hurdles at Worcester last July, and it could be worth chancing on Chris Gordon’s charge to get back on the scoresheet.

The ten-year old returned from a break to finish fifth of six runners over fences at this venue in April, but that outing was probably needed and it came over a much shorter trip than is ideal in any case. 

But this marked step up in distance allied with the likelihood of being sharper for the return could see him in better light as he returns to hurdling for this latest run where he could still be fairly handicapped off a mark of 99 if able to show something like his best form. 

(4.40) MELEKHOV (6/4, Paddy Power) won two of his three starts in bumpers last term, and the Sholokhov gelding has proven himself to be steadily progressive over hurdles.

Having finished fourth on his hurdles bow at Bangor last October, Philip Hobbs’ charge showed the benefit of that performance when returning from a five months’ break to chase home Scaramanga at Taunton in March.

That outing was subsequently bettered again when he got off the mark at the third attempt over hurdles with a defeat of Quick Wave at Exeter latest, scoring by one length. The pair had pulled clear of a subsequent winner, and he might have won easier had he not consistently given up ground by jumping to his left so a switch to going this way round could also reap benefits.

A mark of 124 switching to the handicap ranks looks workable, and with Conor Brace in the saddle he looks to hold solid claims of follow up given he remains unexposed over hurdles.

2.20 - Andapa
2.55 - Howlongisafoot
3.30 - Waitinonasunnyday
4.05 - Istimraar
4.40 - Melekhov
5.15 - Goodthyneaway
5.45 - Mount Windsor

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