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Thursday 15 August horse racing tips - Selections for the feature Group races at Salisbury, Leopardstown and Deauville

Deauville host some classy Group action on Thursday.

Brian Healy looks over Thursday's Group racing action and has selections for Thursday's feature Group races at Salisbury, Leopardstown and Deauville.

Shining amidst Thursday’s UK and Irish horse racing fare are a pair of Group Three diamonds in the shape of the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury, and the Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown with the pair dominating the day’s seven-fixture schedule.

Salisbury’s feature race sees a field of eight runners go to post at 3.50pm for their valuable Group Three prize which carries a winners’ purse in excess of £40,000; while at Leopardstown on Thursday evening, their feature Group Three contest sees a field of seven runners line up to compete for a €37,000+ first prize over a distance of ten furlongs.

Elsewhere, in France there is a cracking card at Deauville where the Normandy track features Group Two and Three action, with a trio of Pattern races on the agenda across the English Channel.

2:50 Deauville - Arqana Prix de Lieurey (Group 3) (3yo Fillies) (Round Course) (Turf) (3yo) 1m

3:30 Deauville - Prix Guillaume d'Ornano Haras du Logis Saint-Germain (Group 2) (3yo) (Round Course) (Turf) (3yo) 1m2f

3:50 Salisbury - Tattersalls Sovereign Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m

4:40 Deauville - Prix Gontaut-Biron Hong Kong Jockey Club (Group 3) (4yo+) (Round Course) (Turf) (4yo+) 1m2f

7:00 Leopardstown - Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 1m

Brian Healy has assessed all five of Thursday’s feature Pattern races where he combines his picks into a Lucky 31.

2:50 Deauville - Arqana Prix de Lieurey (Group 3) (3yo Fillies) (Round Course) (Turf) (3yo) 1m


John Gosden can mount another successful raid on a valuable Deauville prize, and TWIST ‘N’ SHAKE (13/8, Paddy Power) can follow up her course and distance win last month where the Kingman filly ran out a comfortable winner over Fount to win the Listed Prix de Bagatelle.

A progressive sort who had won at Nottingham earlier in the campaign, she had found only Magnetic Charm too strong at York in May before acquitting herself well in defeat when thrust into the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Fourth on that occasion behind Watch Me, she produced an impressive performance latest to score by three lengths and with softer conditions here very much in her favour she can follow up despite tackling Group Three company now.

3:30 Deauville - Prix Guillaume d'Ornano Haras du Logis Saint-Germain (Group 2) (3yo) (Round Course) (Turf) (3yo) 1m2f


HEADMAN (4/6, Ladbrokes) looks a hugely progressive and potentially high-class performer judging on the form of his two wins to date this campaign, and Roger Charlton’s charge can land a hat-trick.

Having shown himself to be a useful juvenile, he stepped up on his reappearance sixth at Newbury to post a narrow win over Sinjaari back at the Berkshire track in May where he showed the benefit of his earlier reappearance. 

However, he stepped up markedly on the back of that success to score readily over Jalmoud when last seen out at Saint Cloud where he picked up the Group Two Prix Eugene Adam by three lengths, and that form ought to make him hard to beat if he can run to a similar level here.

The Kingman colt will have to prove as effective back on a much slower surface, and his reappearance run came on similarly testing ground which he possibly just found against him; but if he can cope with the softer ground, he remains open to plenty of improvement still and ought to be in the mix again where he an confirm that earlier French form with third-placed Flop Shot who reopposes.

3:50 Salisbury - Tattersalls Sovereign Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m


ACCIDENTAL AGENT (6/1, Ladbrokes) is winless since landing a shock win in last season’s Queen Anne Stakes, but Eve Johnston Houghton’s charge looks worth chancing in this lower grade having come up short this term in his four outings.

Having posted a hugely creditable third on his return in the Lockinge at Newbury, the Delegator entire failed to participate when defending his Queen Anne Stakes crown, showing signs of temperament and planting himself in the stalls when the gate opened.

Subsequently fourth to the ill-fated Beat The Bank in the Summer Mile, he turned in a petulant effort latest when equipped with cheekpieces and trailed home last of eight runners behind Too Darn Hot in the Sussex Stakes, slowly away, and his temperament is beginning to cause some concern.

At his best he could prove a tough nut to crack, and he has shown in the past that softer ground is of no issue. As such he could be worth chancing to bounce back to winning form eased in grade and if turning out here on his best behaviour then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him go close.

4:40 Deauville - Prix Gontaut-Biron Hong Kong Jockey Club (Group 3) (4yo+) (Round Course) (Turf) (4yo+) 1m2f


OLMEDO (4/1, William Hill) could prove the answer to this contest where Jean-Claude Rouget’s charge eases back in grade, and the Declaration Of War colt could prove hard to beat if coming back to his Group One best.

The four-year old beat Hey Gaman last term to open his Group One account in the French 2000 Guineas, and his subsequent French Derby run saw him fail to see out the longer trip. Subsequently possibly amiss when failing to beat a rival home behind Intellogent here in the Prix Jean Prat, he was absent until returning at Saint Cloud in March where he finished fourth and probably in need of the run.

Not disgraced in the Prix du Muguet next time, he ran a shocker at Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne Stakes, failing to beat a rival. However, he is surely better than that, and if he can reproduce his earlier Muguet performance then he could go close.

7:00 Leopardstown - Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 1m


Perhaps not the strongest of renewals of this Group Three contest, although last year’s winner Pincheck returns to defend his crown. However, this looks a good opportunity for MADHMOON (4/7, William Hill) to get back on the scoresheet, and Kevin Prendergast’s charge looks hard to oppose.

The Dawn Approach colt won both starts as a juvenile, which included over course and distance in the Group Two KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes; and he has developed this term into a very smart performer although he wasn’t seen to best effect latest in the Irish Derby where he finished fourth behind Sovereign.

The Epsom Derby runner-up was guilty along with others of giving the winner too much rope, and that run is perhaps best forgiven. This is an easier assignment dropping back into Group Three company, and he tackles a lesser distance here having maybe just found the Derby trips stretching him.

This could prove a much more suitable test, and on his form this term he should take all the beating.


THURSDAY 15 AUGUST HORSE RACING - SALISBURY, LEOPARDSTOWN & DEAUVILLE


2:50 Deauville - TWIST ‘N’ SHAKE (13/8, Paddy Power)

3:30 Deauville - HEADMAN (4/6, Ladbrokes)

3:50 Salisbury - ACCIDENTAL AGENT (6/1, Ladbrokes)

4:40 Deauville - OLMEDO (4/1, William Hill)

7:00 Leopardstown - MADHMOON (4/7, William Hill)

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Thursday 15 August horse racing tips - Selections for the feature Group races at Salisbury, Leopardstown and Deauville

Brian Healy looks over Thursday's Group racing action and has selections for Thursday's feature Group races at Salisbury, Leopardstown and Deauville

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