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Sunday 26 May horse racing tips - Henderson's 9/4 chance can strike at Uttoxeter

Brian Healy 26 May 2019
Monbeg Legend can strike at Uttoxeter on Sunday

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Sunday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Four UK and Irish fixtures go to post on Sunday, with jumps racing from Kelso, Fontwell and Uttoxeter all on the agenda.

Meanwhile, Irish Classic weekend concludes with a racecard at the Curragh which features a cracking Group One double with both the Irish 1000 Guineas as well as the Tattersalls Gold Cup on the card in Ireland.

Curragh (flat) - 1.50 - 6.00 (8 races)
Kelso (jumps) - 2.00 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Fontwell (jumps) - 2.10 - 5.25pm (7 races)
Uttoxeter (jumps) - 2.25 - 5.40pm (7 races)

SUNDAY 26 MAY NAP SELECTION


CURRAGH


(2.50) HATHIQ (7/4, William Hill) stepped up on previous efforts to get back on the scoresheet at Tipperary in April, beating Mokhalad by three lengths, and that form has since been boosted by the runner-up and sixth both winning since.

 Denis Hogan’s Exceed and Excel gelding has found improvement since the application of a tongue-tie, and the handicapper was suitably impressed enough by his success to push him up 11lbs in the weights.

This clearly demands more from the five-year old, who was also a winner for Owen Burrows previously, and he could be worth chancing to find another jolt of progress to follow up here.
                    
(6.00) HAZRAN (7/4, Bet365) shaped with some promise on his debut at Naas back in November, finishing third and splitting a pair of subsequent winners who finished runner-up and fourth.

Mick Halford’s Lope De Vega colt improved for that experience when returning from a break to find only one too good back at Naas last month, beaten just over two lengths behind Jack Yeats who looked a potentially smart sort.

The softer ground on that occasion may just have caught her out, but she could do better returning to a better surface and open to improvement on the back of that reappearance then she can get off the mark at the third attempt with the potential for better to come over this trip.

1.50 - Arizona
2.20 - Little Clarinet
2.50 - Hathiq
3.50 - Magical
4.25 - Qabala
5.00 - Eastern Racer
5.30 - Persian Lion
6.00 - Hazran


KELSO


(2.35) FELIX MENDELSSOHN (15/8, Coral) stepped up on his hurdles form to get off the mark at the first time of asking over fences, and Stuart Coltherd’s charge could follow up here.

Fair on the flat for Aidan O’Brien - for whom he won - and David Simcock, he cut little ice over hurdles and on the flat for Joseph O’Brien prior to joining this yard, and he had looked exposed over timber for his current handler before switching to the larger obstacels latest.

The Galileo gelding ran out a three lengths’ winner over Little Stevie that day, taking up the running jumping the last and asserting to score a shade readily. He’s been hit with a 9lbs rise in the weights as a consequence, but there could be more to come from him in this discipline and this looks a decent opportunity for him to follow up.

(3.05) TED VEALE (9/1, Ladbrokes) was smart at this best for Tony Martin, but the Revoque gelding isn’t the force he was although he has continued to prove to be a decent performer since joining Nicky Alexander’s stable.

The veteran hasn’t won over hurdles since scoring at Sligo back August 2017, but he has finished third on all four starts for his current handler which includes being beaten less than three lengths over course and distance back in March.

He gained another bronze medal at Perth latest, although he was well beaten behind Siannes Star, and a return to a stiffer track could help; while he is now 1lb lower in the weights and he ought to continue to give a good account.

2.00 - Valentino Dancer
2.35 - Felix Mendelssohn
3.05 - Ted Veale
3.35 - Viens Chercher
4.05 - Petite Ganache
4.40 - Mr Mercurial
5.15 - Kitty Hall

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(2.45) TOMORROW MYSTERY (4/7, Bet365) has proven herself to be a consistent sort over timber, finishing third or better in her five starts to date in this discipline which includes a win at Kempton latest where the Nathaniel mare ran out a three lengths’ victor over Stepover.

An all-weather winner previously for Jamie Osborne, she won readily latest and drew clear in a fashion which suggests she probably hasn’t got to the end of her improvement just yet. 

Likely to be well-served by the conditions of this contest, she can make the most of the weight she receives from fellow last-time winner Zamperini, and it wouldn’t come as a shock to see her follow up that latest success.

(3.45) It could be worth chancing on THE RAVEN’S RETURN (11/8, William Hill) to get back to winning ways, and Seamus Mullins’ charge takes a drop in class for this contest.

The Scorpion gelding won a Sandown bumper back in November, beating Thunderstruck, but efforts over timber to date haven’t always been convincing and he was beaten almost 17 lengths latest at Warwick earlier in the month on her fourth hurdles start.

His bumper form suggests he can do better however, and he could be worth keeping onside in a contest where his sights are lowered so this could prove a decent opportunity for him to get off the mark over hurdles.

2.10 - Goldsling*er
2.45 - Tomorrow Mystery
3.15 - Risk And Roll
3.45 - The Raven’s Return
4.15 - I’dliketheoption
4.50 - Buster Edwards
5.25 - Multigifted


UTTOXETER


(2.55) CAUSE TOUJOURS (9/2, Bet365) could be worth chancing to bounce back from a disappointing run last time at Sandown behind Getaway Trump, and Ian Williams’ charge looks the sort who could well make his mark over fences.

The Khalkevi gelding competed between the flags in Ireland prior to joining Dan Skelton, for whom he won a bumper, and he finished a creditable ninth behind Fayonagh in the 2017 Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.

The seven-year old also won on his hurdles debut for this yard, following up at Aintree next time; but he has continued to run well in defeat, and although he failed to fire last time he could get back on track now his sights are trained on the larger obstacles.

If he follows the same pattern then he could open his account over fences at the first time of asking, and he has the scope to make up into a chaser so no surprise if he were to go close here.

(3.55) MONBEG LEGEND (9/4, Bet365) won three times over hurdles, but Nicky Henderson’s charge made up into a better chaser, winning three of his first four starts over the larger obstacles last term before acquitting himself well in defeat smart rivals Spiritofthegames and Cubomania respectively in runs at Chepstow and Cheltenham.

The Midnight Legend gelding possibly needed the return from almost six months off the track when finishing just over ten lengths’ third behind Secret Investor at Ayr in the Grade Two Future Champion Novice Chase, and if he can build on that reappearance then he can get back on the winning trail here.

A course and distance winner already, he represents a yard which took this prize in 2017 and he should go well on the back of his reappearance so it would be no surprise to see him collect here.

2.25 - Sirobbie
2.55 - Cause Toujours
3.25 - Simply Loveleh
3.55 - Monbeg Legend
4.30 - Exxaro
5.05 - Bandsman
5.40 - Jacbequick


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