Horse Racing Tips on Saturday, May 28
There are ten race meetings scheduled across the UK and Ireland on Saturday 28th May, with the action coming from Beverley, Cartmel, Catterick, Chelmsford, Chester, Ffos Las, Haydock, Salisbury, Navan and Punchestown. Our expert editor has produced their top tips across the cards, which make up our advised Saturday Lucky 15.
Thunder Legend (1:10 Haydock)
THUNDER LEGEND should strip significantly fitter following his recent stable debut at Ascot when finishing third in Class 2 company over seven furlongs.
Formerly trained by Hugo Palmer, the son of Night Of Thunder had caught the eye in his opening three starts as a juvenile for previous connections. Fourth on his debut in an extremely competitive Newmarket maiden last July, it wasn’t long before Thunder Legend got off the mark. Sent up to Hamilton on his final two-year-old start, he readily defeated a subsequent winner by just under five lengths on his first start over the mile trip.
Transferred to William Haggas and returning from 252 days off the track, Thunder Legend shaped very much in need of his return to action after weakening out of contention in the final stages. Dropped markedly in class this weekend, the three-year-old looks to have leading claims for his in-form yard and with the step back up to a mile a big positive, William Haggas’ charge can record his second career victory before being aimed at bigger targets as the season unfolds.
Distinguished Lady (2:05 Beverley)
The first of Beverley’s feature races can go the way of DISTINGUISHED LADY, who will have learnt plenty following her recent introduction at Newmarket over six furlongs and was arguably unlucky not to have finished closer to those ahead of her on that occasion.
Well supported in the market before the off, Richard Hannon’s filly flew out of the stalls to gain a prominent position in the ten-runner contest. Still In contention inside the final furlong, Distinguished lady was badly hampered by George Boughey’s eventual second and as a result, the two-year-old filly lost all momentum in behind.
With the winner that day looking potentially above average, and the eventual second franking the form recently at Wolverhampton, Richard Hannon’s charge is clearly a very talented filly in her own right and with owners Amo Racing making a big statement this season already with their juveniles, it appears as if they could have another useful prospect on their hands with Distinguished Lady.
Vadamiah (2:29 Catterick)
Whilst she is not certain to get an uncontested lead up front, it’s difficult to ignore the claims of Paul Midgley’s dual course and distance winner VADAMIAH this weekend.
A filly that has clearly been held in high regard since day one, she was interestingly sent to contest a Class 3 novice on just her second start for the yard last season at York. Sent off at 125/1 on that occasion, the filly was far from disgraced when finishing fifth, three quarters of a length behind the 94 rated Bond Chairman.
Although Vadamiah was unable to get her head in front as a juvenile, the filly has stepped up markedly from two to three this season – making light work of the opposition on her reappearance at Catterick before following up in similar style just two weeks later at the North Yorkshire track.
Rated 75, it’s highly unlikely that her progress will come to a halt on Saturday afternoon and with her trainer having a reputation for rapidly improving sprinting types, Vadamiah is difficult to oppose as she bids to record a hat-trick of wins at Catterick this weekend.
Grangeclare Glory (3:19 Cartmel)
It’s no secret that David Pipe has his string in fine form at the moment and a big run from GRANGECLARE GLORY looks almost guaranteed. Despite enduring a troublesome start to his career with the Devonshire based trainer, the seven-year-old has really started to find his form in recent months.
An impressive winner over 2m5f at Newton Abbot on just his second start in handicap company last October, he then reached the frame in three of his next four starts – including when chasing home the well-touted Jpr One at Taunton in January.
Racing for just the second time over three miles at Newbury on his penultimate start, he was far from disgraced when finishing fourth off a mark of 113 – making up plenty of ground after the final flight to stay on strongly on the run to the line.
Kept to the same mark on his most recent outing at Ffos Las, Grangeclare Glory registered his second career victory with another strong staying performance over the three-mile trip, making a decisive move two from home before readily coming clear of his three rivals on the run to the line.
Unexposed beyond three miles, David Pipe’s charge should relish the extra yardage on Saturday afternoon and with the seven-year-old receiving plenty of weight from his thirteen rivals, he looks to have an obvious chance with Tom Scudamore doing the steering.