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Stratford success for Skelton's 10/11 chance? Get Sunday 19 May horse racing tips

Brian Healy 19 May 2019
Market Rasen is one of four UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Sunday. (credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/PA Images)

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

The week ends with four fixtures across the UK and Ireland, and the day’s flat racing action comes from Ripon and Naas in Ireland where there is Listed and Group Three action on the card.

There is also summer jumps racing from the meetings at Market Rasen and Stratford.

Naas (flat) - 1.35 - 5.35pm (8 races)
Market Rasen (jumps) - 1.45 - 5.45pm (8 races)
Ripon (jumps) - 2.00 - 5.30pm (7 races)
Stratford (jumps) - 2.25 - 5.55pm (7 races)

NAAS


(2.40) RIONACH (7/2, William Hill) won twice last term prior to posting solid efforts in defeat in handicap and Listed company; but Michael O’Callaghan’s charge looked a non-stayer in the Blandford Stakes on her final outing last campaign.

The Sea The Stars filly probably needed the run behind Normandel on her return to action from six months off at Naas in March, where she failed to beat a rival in the Park Express Stakes; but she produced a better effort with that run under her belt to go down only by a half-length behind Happen in the Athasi Stakes at the Curragh latest.

Despite being sent off 33/1 for that race, she only gave way late in the day, and the form has since been boosted by the fifth horse home winning next time. 

Back in Listed company here, she could go close with a repeat of that effort.

(3.15) BECKFORD (4/1, Paddy Power) won a Group Two contest back in July 2017 on just his second start as a juvenile, after which he made the frame in back-to-back Group One outings at the Curragh prior to finishing fifth behind US Navy Flag in that season’s Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Gordon Elliott’s charge subsequently went stateside to try his luck in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, where he finished fifth, and he stayed in the states under the care of Brendan Walsh.

He only raced once for that handler, winning at Churchill Downs last April, and he has subsequently returned to Elliott for whom he has his first start since that win. He had shown when posting that success that he can go well fresh, and he looks to hold a big chance here judging on his juvenile form.

He does have to concede weight all round here, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him prove equal to the task, and he can quickly resume his earlier progressive form for this handler.

1.35 - Kiss For A Jewel
2.05 - Pistoletto
2.40 - Rionach
3.15 - Beckford
3.50 - Peace Charter
4.25 - The Irish Rover
5.00 - Boston Bruin
5.35 - Bucky Larson

MARKET RASEN


(2.50) NEWTOWN BOY (2/1, William Hill) placed twice in bumpers before making a winning start over hurdles at Hereford in November, and Alan King’s charge can get back on the winning trail switching now to chasing.

The Benefical gelding made the frame in all three subsequent starts over hurdles in the wake of that success, but he appeared only to match rather than improve on his form, latterly finishing nine lengths’ fourth behind Elusive Belle in a first-time tongue-tie.

The six-year old is bred for chasing, and he looks every inch one who should thrive over the larger obstacles so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him get off the mark over fences at the first attempt.

(4.00) BLACK KALANISI (4/1, Bet365) has made a decent start to his hurdles career, and Joseph Tuite’s charge can get back to winning ways here.

The Kalanisi gelding joined his current yard following two runs in bumpers for Ben Pauling, and he immediately found some improvement to chase home the smart Thomas Darby in a Huntingdon bumper last May before landing the win in a Worcester bumper next time.

Switched to hurdles and upped in trip for his next outing, he was a ready winner at Worcester the following month, and he shaped well enough in a match at Kempton on his reappearance following a ten month absence.

Although beaten, he was only denied by a short-head behind a 129-rated rival, and racing here off 128 on his handicap debut he may have been handed a workable mark given he is open to considerable improvement after just two runs in this sphere.

1.45 - Swaffham Bulbeck
2.15 - Istimraar
2.50 - Newtown Boy
3.25 - Akarita Lights
4.00 - Black Kalanisi
4.35 - Star Foot
5.10 - Craigmor
5.45 - Lamh Ar Lamh

RIPON


(3.45) GLOBAL HEAT (5/2, William Hill) is 0-3 thus far in his career, but Saeed bin Suroor’s Toronado gelding is likely to have a bigger performance in him and can get off the mark here.

He found only Sinjaari too strong at Windsor last month, beaten just over two lengths, and an opening mark of 83 doesn’t look unduly harsh judging on the evidence of his achievements to date.

Likely to have further improvement to come, this looks a decent opportunity for him to get off the mark and he is chanced to find some improvement to open his account.

(4.20) GURKHA FRIEND (9/2, Bet365) has won this race in each of the past two seasons, and Karen McLintock’s charge can make it a hat-trick of successes.

The Showcasing gelding has won four times here in total, and having beatein Fayez to land this prize twelve months ago he went on to win again here in June prior to finishing in the runner-up berth on two of his next three starts.

He hasn’t been seen at his best in three outings this term on the all-weather, latterly beating only one home at Newcastle last month; but switching back to turf at his favourite venue, he could go close from this mark which is only 1lb higher than when beaten a short-head at Haydock on his final outing last term.

2.00 - Abadie
2.35 - Ascot Dreamer
3.10 - Seanjohnsilver
3.45 - Global Heat
4.20 - Gurkha Friend
4.55 - Isaan Queen
5.30 - International Guy
6.00 - Indian Pursuit

STRATFORD


(3.00) GOODTHYNEAWAY (10/11, Bet365) is progressing well over fences, winning back-to-back at Southwell earlier in the year before possibly finding his stamina stretched over further at Uttoxeter earlier in May.

Dan Skelton’s Stowaway gelding quickly bounced back to form however dropped in distance when running out a six lengths’ victor over Well Smitten at Plumpton, and he can strike again here with a 7lbs penalty unlikely to halt his progress if turning up in similar mood.

He won readily last time out, and he ought to prove hard to beat again here if posting a similar effort.

(4.10) CILLIAN’S WELL (5/2, William Hill) got off the mark at the second attempt over fences, scoring at Southwell in October, and John Flint’s charge bounced back from a couple of subsequent defeats to resume winning ways at Worcester earlier in the month.

The Trans Island gelding was building on a fair reappearance at this venue where he had finished sixth of ten runners when beating What A Laugh narrowly by a half-length; but only raised 3lbs in the weights as a consequence, he remains with scope to do better still and he is chanced to follow up here.

His overall record is patchy, so he’s not certain to arrive in the same mood; but if he does then he ought not to be far away.

2.25 - Zamparelli
3.00 - Goodthyneaway
3.35 - Riviere Argentee
4.10 - Cillian’s Well
4.45 - Telson Barley
5.20 - Ruby Yeats
5.55 - Elton Jack


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