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Friday 31 May horse racing tips - Bethell's 11/4 chance can take top Honours at Doncaster

Brian Healy 31 May 2019
Doncaster is one of eight UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Friday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Friday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings, including day one of Epsom's Derby Festival fixture.

A busy Friday sees eight UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post, with the first day of the Epsom Derby Festival getting underway at the Surrey venue where the Group One Investec Oaks and Investec Coronation Cup are the day’s big races.

Elsewhere, there is also flat racing on turf at Carlisle, while Wolverhampton are racing on their all-weather surface in the afternoon. Further flat racing action in the evening comes from Doncaster on turf, and also from Chelmsford on the all-weather; while over the sticks there is an evening fixture from Stratford.

Completing Friday’s line-up of racing action are two meetings in Ireland with Down Royal racing on the level, and Tramore going over jumps.

Carlisle (flat) - 1.10 - 5.20pm (8 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) - 1.50 - 5.30pm (7 races)
Epsom (flat) - 2.00 - 5.50pm (7 races)
Down Royal (flat) - 5.25 - 8.25pm (7 races)
Tramore (jumps) - 5.35 - 8.35pm (7 races)
Stratford (jumps) - 5.45 - 8.50pm (7 races)
Doncaster (flat) - 6.00 - 9.00pm (7 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) - 6.10 - 9.10pm (7 races)



(2.15) PINARELLA (10/1, Bet365) has yet to score in nine starts, but the Kendargent filly has posted several solid in-the-frame runs and could well go close in an ordinary race.

Ben Haslam’s charge was last seen finishing just over one length third behind Obee Jo at Thirsk in April, keeping on well. The runner-up from that race has since boosted the form, while she can race here from the same mark.

Soft ground is an unknown, but the stiff finish here will suit and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a bold run here as she bids to get off the mark.

(2.50) YOLO AGAIN (8/1, William Hill) was a winner at Wolverhampton back in January, and Roger Fell’s charge was only narrowly denied latest at Ayr behind Mark’s Choice where she was beaten a neck.

The Toronado filly had previously finished four lengths’ sixth behind the progressive Leodis Dream at Chester, and she has placed form on soft ground from her time in Ireland so these conditions shouldn’t prove an issue.

She is due to go up 3lbs in future races following her Ayr exploits, so she could be worth chancing to go one better for all this looks a stronger race than that last outing.

1.10 - Dubai Station
1.40 - Paver’s Pride
2.15 - Pinarella
2.50 - Yolo Again
3.25 - So Near So Farhh
4.00 - Landa Beach
4.45 - Majeste
5.20 - Jackhammer


(4.10) MAID FOR LIFE (4/1, Bet365) wasn’t able to back up a promising debut at Chelmsford back in October where the Nathaniel filly found only one too good when stepping out at Newcastle for his reappearance in March, failing to beat a rival home.

Charlie Fellowes’ charge may looked in need of that outing, and she stepped up on that effort to finish fourth of seven runners behind Jubiloso next time back at Chelmsford in April.

The first three home in that contest have all won since, and there could be more to come from her now she steps into the handicap ranks from a potentially workable mark and facing a stiffer test of stamina.

(5.30) THA’IR (4/1, Paddy Power) notched up the last of his four course and distance wins when successful here in April, and Philipl McBride’s charge is taken to add a fifth win to his record.

The New Approach gelding almost struck again in the wake of that success when denied only by a head on his next outing behind Mans Not Trot under a penalty; and he was probably undone by the sharper test when finishing thrd latest.

The reapplication of a tongue-tie - worn for his last success - and a return to a longer trip could well help him to bounce back to winning form in this apprentice riders’ contest where he has the services of a very good young rider.

1.50 - Lysander Belle
2.25 - Pocket Warrior
3.00 - King Of The Sand
3.35 - Calling Out
4.10 - Maid For Life
4.55 - Social Calendar
5.30 - Tha’ir


(3.10) OLD PERSIAN (7/2, William Hill) is on a hat-trick of wins, having struck twice over the spring at Meydan which included a defeat of Cheval Grand to claim the Group One Sheema Classic; and Charlie Appleby’s could prove the answer in a cracking renewal of this contest.

The Dubawi colt won four times from seven starts last campaign, which included Group Two wins at Ascot and York over this trip, beating the subsequent Melbourne Cup winner in the last of them before arguably failing to see out the St Leger trip on his final start of the campaign where he finished fifth behind the reopposing Kew Gardens.

He has a three months’ absence to overcome as he makes his reapperarnce here; but he has only once been beaten over this yardage which came in last season’s Irish Derby and he had Kew Gardens in arrears when winning the Great Voltigeur last term.

He could have further improvement to come this term, and if he brings his Dubai form to the table for his return to the UK then he ought to go close here.

(3.45) ELECTOR (9/2, Ladbrokes) was a winner as a juvenile on his sole start that campaign, scoring at Ascot; and Sir Michael Stoute’s charge showed some solid form in defeat last term without adding to his tally which included finishing third behind Wissahickon at York last June.

That was the first of three successive third-place finishes, and the Dansili gelding picked up further bronze medals on the all-weather at Kempton on his next two starts before having a break. He subsequently returned to action with win at Newmarket earlier in the month, beating Jazeel by a neck on Qipco 2000 Guineas day.

He appeared to win a shade cosily that day, hinting that he could have better to come, and having been raised just 2lbs in the weights he could follow up. The form of that reappearance is working out fairly well, with the fifth horse home since winning the Zetland Gold Cup, while the eighth has also struck a subsequent success.

A return to this longer trip will hold no fears for the four-year old who ought to give another good account, and every chance he can follow up under Ryan Moore.

2.00 - Pinatubo
2.35 - Firmament
3.10 - Old Persian
3.45 - Elector
4.30 - Maqsad
5.15 - Happy Power
5.50 - Hateya


(5.55) OLAY POWER (2/1, William Hill) stepped up on past form to get off the mark at Sligo earlier in the month, and Ed Lynam’s charge could follow up now.

The Acclamation filly had struggled in previous outings either side of a break, but the penny seemed to have dropped as he ran out a ready winner latest with a defeat of Isle Of Shadows where he was value for more than the official winning margin.

She had the best of the draw on that occasion, and again well positioned here she could well adopt similar tactics where a repeat of her latest effort might be good enough.

(6.55) CACHE QUEEN (5/1, Paddy Power) won on her only previous start at this venue, and the Kodiac filly could be ready to strike again having gone close latest at Leopardstown earlier in the month where she was beaten only by Time For Mabel.

Less than one length adrift on that occasion, she was stepping up on some lacklustre efforts, and she did well to finish where she did given she encountered traffic problems and had to pick her way through what ultimately was a decent field of rivals. 

She has been raised 3lbs in the weights as a consequence, but she remains fairly well treated at the weights having placed off higher marks previously, and she could get back on the scoresheet returning to the scene of her last success.

5.25 - Tinkerbells Effect
5.55 - Olay Power
6.25 - Plough Boy
6.55 - Cache Queen
7.25 - Great White Shark
7.55 - Lyrical Attraction
8.25 - Latoyah Of North


(6.05) STAR OF OSCAR (4/1, Bet365) showed some fair form in a handful of starts over hurdles, but Eoin Doyle’s charge could do better over the larger obstacles and there was more to like about his second attempt over fences when finishing fourth behind Tiantu at this venue earlier in the month.

The Oscar gelding was a winner between the flags previously, so this trip could prove to be on the short side. But he makes his handicap debut in a weak race from what appears to be a very workable opening rating, and he probably won’t need to improve too much on what he has shown thus far to get off the mark here.

(7.05) ALLDUCKORNODINNER (10/3, Paddy Power) wore down the reopposing Presenting Point here earlier in the month, scoring by a half-length, and Gavin Cromwell’s charge could be up to the task of following up and confirming the places.

The sixth horse home from that race has won since, and the Robin Des Pres gelding had largely been in decent form prior to that success with three silver medal finishes in his previous four outings. 

He has been hit with a 6lbs rise in the weights for that success, which will make life a shade tougher for him to confirm the form with his rival; but he did appear to win with something to spare, and he could be worth chancing to follow up.

5.35 - Megalomaniac
6.05 - Star Of Oscar
6.35 - Dona Katharina
7.05 - Allduckornodinner
7.35 - Morning Skye
8.05 - Littlestickarubarb
8.35 - Guttural


(7.50) WONDERFUL CHARM (11/4, Bet365) isn’t the force of old, but he remains one to be interested in in this sphere, and Paul Nicholls’ charge has won two of his last four starts in hunter chases either side of eight months off.

The latest of those wins came when beating Boa Island at Doncaster back in February, but he misfired subsequently behind Top Wood at Aintree in the Foxhunters’ Chase over the Grand National fences. It is possible those obstacles weren’t to his liking however, and back over conventional fences then he may well bounce back.

(8.20) ROAD TO RICHES (2/1, WIlliam Hill) was a top-class chaser at his peak, but the Gamut gelding certainly isn’t the force of old nowadays. However, he rolled back the years to end a lengthy losing streak with a strong performance at Carlisle in March prior to posting an excellent third in the Aintree Foxhunters’ Chase.

David Christie’s charge hasn’t been in the same form in a couple of subsequent starts, but he could be worth chancing under a top amateur rider to bounce back, and if he can produce anything like this best form then he’ll surely prove very hard to beat.

5.45 - Earth Leader
6.20 - Brave Jaq
6.50 - Kalabaloo
7.20 - Virak
7.50 - Wonderful Charm
8.20 - Road To Riches
8.50 - Mount Nelly


(6.30) DOUBLE HONOUR (11/4, Bet365) shaped well behind a useful sort when finishing fourth on debut here back in March, beaten around five lengths behind Fox Champion; James Bethell’s charge can step up on that outing to get off the mark at the second attempt.

The Garswood colt looked to have needed the experience, but he ran on well late and the outing should have taught him plenty having looked green early but learning as the race developed to catch the eye. 

The winner and runner-up, along with the sixth and eighth horses home have all won since to give the form a boost - the winner took the German 2000 Guineas next time - and open to improvement on the back of that promising debut effort then there could be significantly more to come.

(7.30) LAIETH (7/4, Ladbrokes) isn’t one of the Godolphin leading lights, but Saeed bin Suroor’s charge has shown himself capable of useful form, including when successful at Newmarket earlier in the month where the Dubawi gelding ran out a three lengths’ winner over Dawaaleeb.

That was his first start on turf, but he had proved himself a fair sort on the all-weather previously with two wins, and there could be more to come from him on the back of that reappearance from three months off.

She appeared to win a shade readily, and while 7lbs higher in the weights now he remains a lightly-raced and largely unexposed sort who could have more to offer.

6.00 - Hammer Gun
6.30 - Double Honour
7.00 - Manana Chica
7.30 - Laieth
8.00 - Dizzy G
8.30 - Navigate By Stars
9.00 - Lincoln Tale


(6.40) ARCHDEACON (11/4, Bet365) responded well to cheekpieces last time out, posting his best run to date when finding only Lieutenant Conde too much at Wolverhampton earlier in the month.

Dean Ivory’s charge was beaten only a neck on that occasion, perhaps just given too much to do given the way he was closing down the winner. That form was boosted when the fourth horse home won next time, and the Archipenko filly is only 1lb higher here.

Arguably unlucky not to have won last time out, he could prove the answer to this puzzle, and every chance he can go one better now.

(8.40) MAYGOLD (7/2, Paddy Power) won twice last term on turf, scoring wins at Goodwood and Nottingham, and the Mayson filly found only one too good on her return to action back at the last-named venue earlier in the month when denied by one length behind Peggie Sue.

Ed Walker’s charge did well considering she was hampered in a messy start, but she ought to come on markedly for that reappearance and should prove sharper now. She has only been raised 2lbs in the weights also, so if able to build on that promising return to action then it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see a return to winning ways here.

6.10 - Muraaqeb
6.40 - Archdeacon
7.10 - Grand Inquisitor
7.40 - Busby
8.10 - Johnny Reb
8.40 - Maygold
9.10 - Tarseekh

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Friday 31 May horse racing tips - Bethell's 11/4 chance can take top Honours at Doncaster

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Friday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings, including day one of Epsom's Derby Festival fixture.

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