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Saturday 20 April racing tips - 7/2 NAP the one to beat at Haydock on Easter Saturday

Brian Healy 20 Apr 2019

Brian Healy looks through all of the meetings on Easter Saturday and provides readers with his tips for every race.

A busy Easter Saturday schedule of horse racing fixtures sees jumps racing action in the afternoon from Haydock, as well as from Newton Abbot and Carlisle.

Meanwhile, there is also all-weather action on the flat from Kempton, while on turf there is an afternoon flixture on the level from Musselburgh, as well as from Cork in Ireland.

The start of the evening racing season also gets underway with fixtures on the level from the meetings at Nottingham and Brighton.

Cork (flat) - 1.20 - 5.20pm (8 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) - 1.25 - 4.50pm (7 races)
Haydock (jumps) - 1.30 - 4.55pm (7 races)
Newton Abbot (jumps) - 1.35 - 5.05pm (7 races)
Carlisle (jumps) - 1.40 - 5.10pm (7 races)
Musselburgh (jumps) - 1.50 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Nottingham (flat) - 4.30 - 7.35pm (7 races)

(2.30) KARAWAAN (3/1, Boylesport) showed some useful form for Sir Michael Stoute, winning at Chelmsford back in August 2017 as well as making the frame in two of his next four starts prior to switching to Ger Lyons’ yard.

The Sea The Stars gelding got off to the perfect start by running out an impressive winner of the Irish Lincolnshire at Naas, beating Trading Point by almost three lengths, and he can remain competitive in this contest despite having to shoulder a 10lbs rise in the weights for that success.

The yard has been in good form, and still relatively unexposed there could be further improvement to come; he can go close again here with the potential to do better.

(3.40) ZARANDI (5/4, Boylesport) shaped well despite inexperience on his debut run at Leopardstown earlier in the month, and Dermot Weld’s charge can build on that outing to get off the mark at the second attempt.

The Scat Daddy colt was beaten three lengths behind Buckhurst, but the experience won’t have been lost on him and he can improve for the outing.

The drop to seven furlongs for this latest outing shouldn’t cause an issue, and no surprise to see him going well here on the back of his debut effort.

1.20 - Tracker Saga
1.55 - Pensylvania Avenue
2.30 - Karawaan
3.05 - Decrypt
3.40 - Zarandi
4.10 - Dark Endeavour
4.45 - Villa Maria
5.20 - California Daddy


(2.35) RAINBOW HEART (13/8, Boylesport) stepped up on a promising debut third at Newmarket last September behind subsequent Craven Stakes winner Qabala to score at the second attempt, beating Pytillia back at Newmarket the following month.

William Haggas’ Born To Sea filly demolished that field to score by eight lengths, and with her earlier debut form all the stronger now, she should prove a tough nut to crack in this contest with the potential for significantly better to come.

Assuming he handles the switch to polytrack, then there is every chance he can find further improvement and he can win again here. 

(3.45) AGROTERA (6/1, Boylesport) produced a performance of the highest quality to win the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot last campaign, and the Mastercraftsman filly can get back to winning ways.

Things didn’t quite go to plan in the wake of that success, but she acquitted herself well in both starts at Listed level which included a head defeat behind Poetic Charm at Longchamp; but she did run a shade flat when last seen behind Beshaayir at Newmarket in September.

She remains with potential, and she is worth another chance to show her best form assuming she handles the switch to polytrack.

1.25 - Electric Ladyland
2.00 - Global Academy
2.35 - Rainbow Heart
3.10 - Name The Wind
3.45 - Agrotera
4.15 - Indian Tygress
4.50 - Eden Rose


(2.40) QUARENTA (3/1, Boylesport) has already shown much improved form over fences having made the switch from hurdling where his mark might have anchored him; and having finished fourth to Glen Forsa on his first try over the larger obstacles, the Voix Du Nord gelding has won two of his next three outings which includes at Warwick back in February.

Jonjo O’Neill’s charge had a neck to spare over Global Dream, getting up for the win despite bungling the last fence and losing some momentum, and he can defy a 5lbs rise in the weights here with the potential for better as a stayer given that he remains an unexposed sort in this discipline.

Narrow margins of victory could leave him still potentially well-treated despite his hike in the weights, and no surprise to see him competitive again.

(4.55) STRAIDNAHANNA (6/1, Boylesport) doesn’t have the most convincing of profiles, but he is a thorough stayer and represents a yard which enjoys plenty of success at the Merseyside track; Sue Smith’s charge could then be worth siding with to get back on the scoresheet.

The Medaaly gelding was last seen finishing third of four runners behind Special Prep at Newcastle last month, beaten around 14 lengths; but his earlier fourth behind Takingrisks at Carlisle in a veterans’ chase has been franked, and his mark has dipped below his last winning rating.

He could face some competition for the lead here, but if able to get into a rhythm then it wouldn’t come as a big shock to see him competitive again, and with his rivals all similarly having questions to answer then he could prove the pick of the bunch.

1.30 - Duhallow Gesture
2.05 - Cause Toujours
2.40 - Quarenta
3.15 - Court Liability
3.50 - Biddy The Boss
4.20 - Enola Gay
4.55 - Straidnahanna


(3.55) Despite being an eleven-year old now, YORKIST (9/2, Boylesport) remains capable of useful form as he showed when winning at Aintree back in November following a long absence.

Things haven’t gone to plan since for the veteran Urban Ocean gelding who was last seen finishing last of five behind Ballywood at Ludlow in March, although he was possibly amiss that day.

Dan Skelton’s charge may need more of a test now than has previously been the case, and this step up in distance could suit better; he can quickly bounce back to form and every chance he can go close in this contest if able to show his best.

(4.25) Having failed to show much in four starts over hurdles last term, ERICAS LAD (9/4, Boylesport) has improved for the switch to chasing, although early efforts over the larger obstacles were underwhelming initially.

Fifth on his chase debut, the Mutazayid gelding unseated at Chepstow next time when still holding chances; but he made no mistake at Exeter in March with a defeat of Triple Chief, and he ran well in defeat under a penalty behind Tudors Treasure back at Exeter latest.

Jacqui du Plessis’ charge was perhaps unfortunate last time to bump into a resurgent rival, but he remains with scope to improve further over fences despite a 4lbs rise in the weights and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see another big effort.

1.35 - Monsieur D’arque
2.10 - Set List
2.45 - Primal Focus
3.20 - Falco Blitz
3.55 - Yorkist
4.25 - Ericas Lad
5.00 - Grande Waltz


(2.50) WHOSHOTTHESHERIFF (11/8, Boylesport) was a debut hurdles winner for Gordon Elliott having failed to open his account in Irish bumpers; the Dylan Thomas gelding subsequently ran well in defeat when failing by five lengths to beat Galvin at Navan on his next outing.

The five-year old has since joined Philip Kirby’s yard, and he ran out a convincing winner over Enfin Phil on his yard debut at Sedgefield last month, overcoming late mistakes in his jumping. 

The form of that success perhaps is only ordinary, but he remains with scope to do better still and every chance that he can find a further jolt of improvement to follow up that success assuming the drop back in trip doesn’t catch him out.

(4.35) AQUARIAN (4/1, Boylesport) was fair on the flat in Ireland for Joseph O’Brien prior to pitching up at Jonjo O’Neill’s yard, and the Rock Of Gibraltar gelding can get back on the scoresheet here.

A winner on his third start for his current handler where he ran out a three lengths’ winner over Pray For A Rainbow at Huntingdon, he has acquitted himself well since in his last two outings at Sedgefield and Stratford respectively although he didn’t seriously trouble the judge in either outing.

He switches now to chasing where he is sure to have been well-schooled, and he could find some improvement heading over the larger obstacles from a potentially workable opening mark in this discipline and with cheekpieces applied.

1.40 - Lady Kyria
2.15 - Peppay Le Pugh
2.50 - Whoshotthesheriff
3.25 - School Lane
4.00 - Cairnshill
4.35 - Aquarian
5.10 - Dartmoor


(2.25) Hugo Palmer doesn’t send many runners to Musselburgh, so the decision to send ON THE LINE (7/2, Boylesport) on the long journey northwards could reap dividends and the Dark Angel colt ought to go close here.

A fair juvenile, he has found a chunk of improvement this year to make the frame in each of his last three starts which includes opening his win account with a success over Little Rock on the Lingfield all-weather surface back in March.

He ran out an impressive winner that day, and he did little wrong when finishing just one length behind Absolution who benefitted from an enterprising ride and the Palmer horse was probably just given too much to do having conceded first run.

The pair had pulled clear of the rest however, and there could still be more improvement to come despite a further 4lb rise in the weights. He can go well again, and no surprise to see him competitive.

(3.00) Charlie Hills’ A MOMENTOFMADNESS (9/1, Boylesport) could be the one to keep onside in a competitive renewal of this contest, and the Elnadim gelding can enhance his fine record when making his seasonal debut.

He has won twice and made the frame twice on his first run of each campaign, and he was a three-time winner last term from nine starts which included the Portland Handicap at Doncaster where he ran out a narrow winner over Encrypted.

Soft ground was possibly against him on his final outing of the campaign behind Intense Romance in an Ascot Listed contest, where he beat only one rival home in the Rous Stakes; but he’ll be much better suited to this faster ground while the sharp track here will play to his strengths.

Given his excellent record when fresh, he is worth chancing to continue his fine seasonal debut performances, and his current mark remains workable so every chance he can post a big run here.

1.50 - Raselasad
2.25 - On The Line
3.00 - A Momentofmadness
3.35 - Austrian School
4.05 - Mont Kinabalu
4.40 - Clayton
5.15 - Gold Stone
5.45 - Gowanbuster


(5.35) ARISHKA (7/2, Boylesports) found a career-best effort to score at Newcastle last month, and Daniel Kubler’s charge is taken to follow up that performance with another success here.

The Dandy Man filly had shown only patchy form previously, and she had finished last of nine runners on her previous outing at Chelmsford; but she ran out an easy winner over Pinarella latest, scoring by just over three lengths.

An 8lbs rise in the weights demands more, especially back on turf; but she faces a field of rivals who are mostly struggling for form and on the back of a last-time win, she is chanced to repeat that win here.

(7.05) TRUCKINGBY (15/2, Boylesport) is likely to go off a big price having shown little on the all-weather in a handful of starts, including latest when beating only two runners home behind Smarter at Southwell earlier in the month.

Mark Johnston’s Raven’s Pass gelding had previously posted his best effort to date when finishing fourth of twelve runners the time before at Lingfield behind Dragon Sun; a repeat of that run switching to turf gives him a squeak at success given he beat a subsequent winner that day.

He drops back in trip here, and if the switch to this surface proves a catalyst for better then he could go close with Jim Crowley booked.

4.30 - Gamesome
5.05 - Making History
5.35 - Arishka
6.05 - Mr Tyrrell
6.35 - First In Line
7.05 - Truckingby
7.35 - Optima Petamus


(5.20) OUT OF BREATH (7/4, Boylesport) showed promise on his debut to chase home Chasanda at Windsor in April, and Jamie Osborne’s colt can build on that experience to go one place better.

The Bated Breath colt was beaten just over two lengths into the silver medal berth, having been slowly away and running green early; but he got better as the race progressed, and that experience shouldn’t have been lost on him.

He had a subsequent winner in behind him that day, and sure to improve he gets the vote to get off the mark now at the second attempt. 

4.45 - Diamond Lady
5.20 - Out Of Breath
5.50 - Dream Catching
6.20 - Creek Harbour
6.50 - Stormingin
7.20 - Iley Boy
7.50 - Junoesque

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Saturday 20 April racing tips - 7/2 NAP the one to beat at Haydock on Easter Saturday

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