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Fancy Footing to get off mark at Leopardstown?Get Thursday 20 June horse racing tips

Brian Healy 20 Jun 2019
Leopardstown is one of six UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post across the UK and Ireland. (credit:PA Wire/PA Wire/PA Images)

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

A further six UK and Irish horse racing fixtures go to post on Thursday, and the day’s feature event again comes from Royal Ascot where it is Ladies’ Day. The Group One Ascot Gold Cup is the main race of the afternoon, where John Gosden’s Stradivarius will bid for back-to-back wins.

The Ribblesdale Stakes and Norfolk Stakes offer classy Group Two support to the feature race of the day, while competitive handicap action also takes place.

Elsewhere, there are further meetings on the flat at Ripon on turf, and from Chelmsford on polytrack; while in the evening there is further flat racing action on the all-weather from Lingfield, as well as on turf at Leopardstown.

Completing the Thursday fixture list is a jumps racing card from Ffos Las.

Chelmsford (flat, aw) - 1.50 - 5.20pm
Ripon (flat) - 2.10 - 5.45pm (7 races)
Ascot (flat) - 2.30 - 5.35pm (6 races)
Leopardstown (flat) - 5.40 - 8.50pm (7 races)
Lingfield (flat, aw) - 5.50 - 9.00pm (7 races)
Ffos Las (jumps) - 6.00 - 9.10pm (7 races)

THURSDAY 20 JUNE NAP SELECTION





CHELMSFORD


(2.55) BALLARD DOWN (7/1, Coral) arrives chasing a hat-trick of wins having already registered successes at both Wolverhampton and Windsor in recent weeks for David O’Meara and latterly David Pipe.

The Canford cliffs gelding overcame a slow start to score by a nose latest, beating Mr Tyrell, and a 4lbs rise in the weights for that success doesn’t look overly harsh if he can find further progress in a slightly stronger contest. 

Assuming he can continue in similar form then there appears to be no reason why he can’t go well again, and he can bring up the three-timer here.

(3.30) SHAREEF STAR (11/4, Totesport) showed some fair form in a couple of starts last term, and Sir Michael Stoute’s can find further progress on the back of decent efforts this campaign.

The Sea The Stars gelding looked in need of the run at Doncaster on his reappearance in March; but he stepped up on that outing to win next time at Newcastle, beating Delph Crescent, and there was nothing wrong with his subsequent near-miss when last seen at Windsor last month, denied only by a half-length behind Waarif.

He is 2lbs higher in the weights here, and so he’ll need to find some measure of progress; but first-time blinkers could help in that regard, and a decent pace to aim at will help also. He can remain competitive, and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see him going close here given he remains lightly raced and open to further improvement.

1.50 - My Motivate Girl
2.20 - Paddy A
2.55 - Ballard Down
3.30 - Shareef Star
4.05 - Narina
4.45 - Furious
5.20 - Message


RIPON


(3.20) FAYLAQ (6/5, Totesport) is showing race-by-race progress, bettering his finishing position with each run, and the Dubawi colt can get off the mark here.

William Haggas’ charge might have needed the run when finishing six lengths’ fourth behind Future Investment at Chester on his reappearance last month, not helped by racing wide; while he showed signs of temperament, flashing his tail under pressure.

An opening mark of 73 for his handicap debut doesn’t look harsh, and there could still be improvement to come from him switching to this discipline. He can find another jolt of improvement, and with the potential to progress he ought to go well here.

(3.55) MULLIGATAWNY (13/2, Coral) has shown good progress this term and arrives here on a hat-trick for his in-form yard.

Roger Fell’s Lope De Vega gelding has won his last two starts, scoring at Ayr in May and then following up quickly under a penalty at Musselburgh where he held off Be Kool by a half-length, although he appeared to win with something in hand.

His new mark is only 3lbs higher than when scoring in that recent outing, and a return to a longer trip won’t inconvenience given he is a two-time course and distance winner.

This is a stronger race than the ones he has contested for both recent successes; but given the form he is in currently, he can give another good account, and it would be no surprise to see him in the mix again.

2.10 - Al Aakif
2.45 - Dancing Rave
3.20 - Faylaq
3.55 - Mulligatawny
4.35 - Correggio
5.10 - Shortbackandsides
5.45 - Gold Arch
6.20 - Rich Cummins

ASCOT


(3.05) ROSEMAN (8/1, Coral, each-way) stepped up on a very promising debut third at Newbury to get off the mark at the second attempt, running out an easy five lengths’ winner over Deebee at Nottingham at the end of April.

That was over one mile, but Roger Varian’s Kingman colt hinted that a stiffer test might be beneficial when finding only King Of Comedy too strong in the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown latest, where he finished ahead of the reopposing Sangarius.

That winner did plenty for the form when just denied behind Circus Maximus in the St James’s Palace Stakes on Tuesday, and it is highly probable that there is better still to come.

He isn’t obviously bred for this extra quarter mile trip, but if he can see out the extra yardage then he could play a big part in proceedings in an open renewal of this Group Three prize.

(3.40) FLEETING (7/4, Coral) won two of her four starts last term which included in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster where Aidan O’Brien’s charge ran out a near-two lengths’ winner over Star Terms.

The Zoffany filly was never a factor in the Qipco 1000 Guineas on her return, possibly needing the run and always racing in arrears; but she stepped up markedly on that performance to finish a close third in the Epsom Oaks, beaten just over one length behind Anapurna.

She looked to be at home over the longer distance, travelling well but denied a clear run when trying to deliver a challenge; once clear, she finished well but she wasn’t able to bridge the gap.

Assuming those exertions haven’t taken something from her, she ought to go well again having showed improvement for the stiffer test, and Ballydoyle have won three of the last five renewals of the race so her chances appear crystal clear given she remains capable of better still.

A repeat of her Oaks run will put her firmly in the mix here, and she could prove a tough nut to crack.

2.30 - Ventura Rebel (EW)
3.05 - Roseman (EW)
3.40 - Fleeting
4.20 - Stradivarius
5.00 - Hero Hero (EW)
5.35 - Sir Ron Priestley

LEOPARDSTOWN


(7.50) FANCY FOOTING’s (15/8, Coral) three runs for Gordon Elliott weren’t devoid of promise, and having since switched to Joseph O’Brien the Dandy Man gelding can get off the mark now.

The three-year old made his debut for his new handler at Gowran Park in May, finishing two lengths’ runner-up behind Njord, and having since been gelded he could find another jolt of improvement to go one better.

The third horse home from that race has won since, and the step up to one mile ought to suit on the evidence of his last outing; he can progress again to open his account here.

(8.20) INVASION DAY (9/4, Totesport) has finished runner-up in two of his last three starts, but the Footstepsinthesand gelding can open his account here.

Ger Lyons’ charge most recently found Tinandali too good at Navan earlier in the month, no match for the easy winner who looked a very useful prospect. He was giving 4lbs to the winner however, but back in a handicap and upped in trip he could be capable of bouncing back to form.

The reapplication of blinkers may also help to better focus his energies, and he could go close here in what looks to be a more suitable assignment.

5.40 - Law Breaker
6.15 - Candy Man
6.50 - Arbourfield
7.20 - Hint Of Stars
7.50 - Fancy Footings
8.20 - Invasion Day
8.50 - Cache Queen

LINGFIELD


(7.30) FLORA TRISTAN (25/1, Totesport, each-way) ended her time with Marco Botti in decent heart, making the frame in her last six starts for that handler which included a trio of silver medal finishes both on turf and the all-weather.

The Zoffany filly returned from 200 days off to make her debut at Southwell for new handler Ivan Furtado, but she ran no sort of race and trailed in last of eight runners. Possibly amiss, or just failing to take to the deep fibresand surface, she is perhaps worth chancing to bounce back here on a more suitable surface.

Given her form towards the end of last season, running consistently well without winning, she is given another chance having had plenty of time to recover, and she can show better form here.

(8.30) The bar isn’t set particularly high amongst those who have had the benefit of experience, so CHEROKEE MIST (7/4, Coral) could get off the mark at the first time of asking.

The City Zip colt hails from the Charlie Appleby yard, whose juvenile debutantes are making plenty of hay again this season, and the yard is operating at a near-37% strikerate with its’ runners.

An expensive purchase as a yearling, he could go some way towards justifying and repaying his lofty pricetag here, and he can go well for his top yard.

5.50 - Daring Guest
6.25 - Green Door
7.00 - Exceedingly Diva
7.30 - Flora Tristan
8.00 - Crazy Spin
8.30 - Cherokee Mist
9.00 - Mondain

FFOS LAS


(6.35) MIDNIGHT FOLIE (Evens, Coral) is on a roll at present, winning her last five outings in hunters and point to points, and the Midnight Legend mare may not be finished yet with her winning spree back under Rules.

Tim Vaughn’s charge hasn’t contested over fences under Rules since finishing fourth behind The Jugopolist at Huntingdon back in January 2017, and he returns here from 6lbs lower in the weights. He has been in rude health between the flags however, and while this is a wholly different test he could prove equal to the task.

This isn’t the strongest of races, and given his form in points then he could prove hard to beat if able to continue his good spell back under Rules.

(7.40) COAL STOCK (7/1, Coral) had shown some fair form in a trio of starts of hurdles last term, bettering his finishing positon each time which included finding only one too strong at Plumpton two starts ago.

A decent performer on the flat for David Evans, he was in the process of running a big race at Ludlow latest when blundering away all chance at the third last, and he was quickly pulled up in the wake of that error.

However, he had finished four lengths’ runner-up the time before behind The Flying Sofa, and he has claims of getting off the mark if able to replicate that performance while avoiding the sort of mistake that ended his challenge last time out.

He could be worth chancing to set the record straight here, and he remains an unexposed sort over hurdles who could have more to offer.

(8.10) VAN GOGH DU GRANIT () won twice over fences in France prior to joining David Pipe, and the Saddler Maker gelding has shown some fair form following his switch which includes winning at Market Rasen in May with a defeat of Sporting Boy.

The Pipe runner has subsequently finished runner-up on each of his next two outings, most recently being touched off only by a short-head behind Indian Temple at Perth earlier in the month when sporting a first-time tongue-tie.

He is 5lbs lower in the weights over hurdles, and he could take advantage of the switch to the smaller obstacles to get off the mark here. 

6.00 - Topofthecotswolds
6.35 - Midnight Folie
7.10 - Fateh
7.40 - Coal Stock
8.10 - Van Gogh Du Granit
8.40 - Caveat Emptor
9.10 - Champagne Chaser


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