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Saturday 13 April horse racing tips - Curtis' 3/1 chance could deliver a positive Outcome at Bangor

Brian Healy 13 Apr 2019
Ayr is one of six UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Saturday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across each of Saturday's UK and Irish race-meetings.

Six UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Saturday with afternoon action over the sticks at Ayr and Bangor, while on the flat there is action at Thirks and Newbury where the Group Three Greenham Stakes takes centre-stage.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Grand National is the pinnacle of the racecard at Ayr on Saturday where the two-day Festival draws to a close with some classy action.

There is also afternoon action on the flat in Ireland at Naas where Group Three action goes to post with both the Alleged Stakes and Gladness Stakes on the card.

Meanwhile, in the evening there is a fixture on the Wolverhampton all-weather with action on the tapeta.

Ayr (jumps) - 1.25 - 5.20pm (8 races)
Newbury (flat) - 1.40 - 5.00pm (7 races)
Bangor (jumps) - 1.45 - 5.40pm (8 races)
Naas (flat) - 1.50 - 5.45pm (8 races)
Thirsk (flat) - 2.00 - 5.55pm (8 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) - 6.00 - 8.30pm (6 races)

SATURDAY 13 APRIL NAP SELECTION



AYR


(1.55) AZZERTI (7/1, William Hill) ran a lot better than the bare result implies when finishing seventh in the Brown Advisory Plate, and Alan King’s charge could go well here tacking three miles for the first time.

The Voix Du Nord gelding hasn’t been the most fluent of jumpers in his handful of chase starts to date; but he did manage to register wins at Ascot and Ludlow either side of a fall at Cheltenham behind Kildisart when still travelling well enough.

His last outing was a lot better than the finishing position suggests, and he shaped as if he could be suited by a sterner test of stamina having crept into contention before the leaders got away from him. But he kept on at one pace, and it wouldn’t come as a huge shock to see him find more over this longer trip.

Still relatively unexposed as a chaser, he looks to still be on a handy mark ahead of this run, and he can go well here for a trainer who often enjoys success at this meeting.

(2.25) Nicky Henderson saddles three in the race, and Verdana Blue will find this easier than the Champion Hurdle she contested; while the ground may not be soft enough for Brain Power who disappointed in that Grade One. 

The vote then goes to MISTER FISHER (6/1, Bet365) who ran better than the bare form suggests when eighth in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the third member of the Seven Barrows team can get back on track here.

The Jeremy gelding had won two of his three previous starts over hurdles, scoring at Kempton on Boxing Day and then following up with a strong performance to win the Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock next time.

The soft ground at Cheltenham might have been a factor in his defeat, but this better surface may be more to his liking, and he looks fairly treated stepping into this Graded handicap contest from his 145 rating.

He remains an unexposed individual who could have plenty more to offer, and he could post a big effort here despite a strong field of rivals in opposition. 

1.25 - Azzuri
1.55 - Azzerti
2.25 - Mister Fisher
3.00 - Ballywood
3.35 - Dingo Dollar
4.10 - Solomon Grey
4.45 - Legalized
5.20 - Chess Player


NEWBURY


(2.10) The vote to win the 2019 renewal of this prestigious Group Three contest goes to Henry Candy’s DANCING VEGA (7/2, Paddy Power) who ran out a seriously impressive winner of her debut at Doncaster last term, posting an easy four lengths’ success over Blue Gardenia.

The Lope De Vega filly caught the eye in that race travelling noticeably well just off the leaders, and still on the bridle when Harry Bentley pressed the button to go and win her race entering the final furlong, she quickened up in the manner of a potentially very smart sort to readily brush aside her rivals with some contemptuous ease.

That form perhaps might not be the strongest on offer here; but she did have a subsequent Listed winner trailing in her wake in that success. She is open to plenty of improvement on the back of that initial experience, and sure to find further progress it would come as no surprise to see a big run from the three-year old who looked something special on her sole start last campaign.

(3.15) RIPP ORF (10/1, Ladbrokes) has done most of his winning at Ascot, but David Elsworth’s charge has shown he can compete elsewhere and also at this distance when posting a fast-finishing fifth in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster two starts back.

Despite the bulk of his winning having been done at seven furlongs, the Rip Van Winkle gelding has won at one mile previously, scoring at Newmarket on the July Course last campaign and he ought to get a fierce pace to aim at here.

A traditionally strong finisher, the demands of this race are sure to suit, and that recent run will certainly have sharpened him up. He should remain competitive again, and he looks to hold solid claims from a mark of 92 with soft ground no issue.

Sean Levey takes over from usual pilot Hayley Turner, but the pair have form together which include a previous win, and they can combine again for further success. 

1.40 - Young Rascal
2.10 - Dancing Vega
2.40 - Mohaather
3.15 - Ripp Orf
3.50 - Fox Chairman
4.25 - Raise You
5.00 - Space Walk
5.35 - Harbour Breeze

BANGOR


(2.15) FINANCIAL OUTCOME (3/1, Unibet) won twice in the Irish point-to-point sphere before joining his current yard and going hurdling, and the Financial Reward gelding has shown some decent ability in this sphere where he has yet to finish worse than fourth in any of his four starts to date which include finding only one too good latest at Warwick behind Diomede des Mottes.

Rebecca Curtis’ charge was beaten seven lengths on that occasion, but the drop in trip might not have fully suited, and he could be worth chancing stepping back up to a more suitable distance here, especially with the potential to do better still as an unexposed sort.

(3.55) DANCEINTOTHELIGHT (4/1, William Hill) hasn’t managed to get his head in front since scoring at Sedgefield back in August 2017; but Donald McCain’s charge could be worth chancing here to snap his lengthy losing streak and the Dansili gelding has posted a string of creditable efforts in defeat latest where he had finished fourth or better in seven of his last nine outings.

The veteran was last seen finishing fourth at Musselburgh in March when beaten just over three lengths behind Frame Rate, only weakening late after trying to make all the running. He made a hash of the second-last which possibly robbed him of some momentum, but he ran all the way to the line and he could still yet be capable of landing a win off this mark.

1.45 - Inaminna
2.15 - Financial Outcome
2.45 - Commis D’office
3.20 - No Alarm
3.55 - Danceintothelight
4.30 - Timcoda
5.05 - Overthetop
5.40 - Son Of Camas


NAAS


(2.50) CLASHANISKA (5/2, Paddy Power) has bettered his finishing position with each run, and Gordon Elliott’s Dark Angel colt can get off the mark here at the fourth attempt.

Since finishing fourth on debut at the Curragh last August, the three-year old bagged a bronze medal at this track the following month before finding only Erich Bloch too strong latest, with that run also coming at this venue.

He was denied by less than one length on that occasion, but he had pulled clear along with the potentially smart winner. He lost little in defeat despite being sent off favourite, and likely to have more improvement to come he can open his win account here.

(5.10) BARBADOS (7/4, Bet365) was given a considerate introduction when making his sole start last term at the Curragh, eventually finishing sixth where he was around six lengths adrift of Cruciatus; Aidan O’Brien’s charge can improve for the experience to open his account here.

The Galileo gelding wasn’t given a hard time, kept to the rear before running on late and he’ll surely have learnt plenty from that initial experience.

The form looks solid given the third and fourth have both won since, while the latter has acquitted himself well in Group company, and open to improvement he ought to go close here for Aidan O’Brien.

1.50 - Monarch Of Egypt
2.20 - Liar Liar
2.50 - Clashaniska
3.25 - Silk Cravat
4.00 - Le Brivido
4.35 - Magical
5.10 - Barbados
5.45 - Arthurian Fame

THIRSK


(3.40) KING’S ADVICE (11/10, William Hill) was a smart performer in Germany prior to joining up with Mark Johnston, and the Frankel horse has continued his progression with the Middleham trainer to rack up a hat-trick of wins on the all-weather.

The latest of those wins came when beating Bartholomeu Dias at Wolverhampton last Sunday, running out a three lengths’ winner where he scored readily from his four rivals. Sent to the front from the start, he was reined back but always raced prominently before scooting clear from the furlong pole to register a tidy success.

A further 7lbs rise in the weights demands a shade more, but he remains open to further improvement and the nicely-bred five-year old can land the four timer here with the return to turf and a step back in yardage both unlikely to inconvenience.

(4.50) MUNTADAB (9/4, Bet365) hit a puprle patch towards the end of his busy campaign last term, scoring at Newmarket in September and then bouncing back from a below-par run in the Listed Guisborough Stakes to register two runner-up finishes and two wins in his next four outings.

The Invincible Spirit gelding posted his wins at Leicester and Doncaster, and he was far from disgraced when beaten only by the smart Mitchum Swagger at Newmarket on his final start in a Listed contest back in November where he was beaten five lengths behind the easy winner.

Back down in trip for this outing, he could quickly get back to winning ways for Roger Fell on his seasonal debut, and he has gone well fresh in the past; he should go close here.

2.00 - Xcelente
2.30 - Ventura Rebel
3.05 - Gullane One
3.40 - King’s Advice
4.15 - Leodis Dream
4.50 - Muntadab
5.25 - Senza Limiti
5.55 - Scuzeme


WOLVERHAMPTON


(7.00) MUATADEL (13/2, Unibet) has returned from a short break in good heart, finishing fourth here in January before almost getting back on the scoresheet for the first time in almost 18 months when narrowly denied at Southwell behind Newstead Abbey.

Roger Fell’s Exceed and Excel gelding didn’t have to wait long however to snap his losing streak, and the six-year old struck at Newcastle latest when sharing a dead-heat decision with Duke Cosimo who caught him on the line.

The third horse home from that race has since boosted the form, and he has only been raised 2lbs for that ‘success’ so he remains on a workable mark. He has had another breather since that run, and he may be able to follow up here.

(7.30) Irish raider OUR MANEKINEKO (15/8, William Hill) had been relatively lightly-raced following his win at Dundalk back in January 2017, posting ten runs without success over a two-year period before getting back to winning ways here in February when running out a three-parts of a length winner over Final Attack.

Stephen Hanlon’s charge was winning from 1lb wrong at the handicap, but he appeared to win a shade readily, and he remains well-treated at the weights despite a further 3lbs rise in the weights.

A repeat of that effort ought to see him go close again, and in another weak contest he can take the prize back to Ireland.

6.00 - Gottardo
6.30 - Poeta Brasileiro
7.00 - Muatadel
7.30 - Our Manekineko
8.00 - Rich Cummins
8.30 - Allieyf


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