Horse Racing Tips on Sunday, May 15
Just the two meetings scheduled across the UK on Sunday 14th May, with the action coming from Ripon & Stratford. Our expert editor has selected a quartet at Ripon on Sunday afternoon, which make up our advised Lucky 15.
Gullane One (2.10 Ripon)
Trainer Paul Midgley landed this race twelve months ago with Harrogate and runs three in Ripon’s Sunday opener. The trio all have claims, especially Birkenhead who lurks on a dangerous mark, however, another well-treated runner shades the vote and it’s GULLANE ONE who is taken to return to winning ways for trainer Tim Easterby.
A six-time winner for connections, the seven-year-old now finds himself competing off a career-low mark of 55 and has the services of 7lb claimer Brandon Wilkie who recently got off the mark with a winner for the yard at Catterick earlier in the week.
Tim Easterby’s charge was returning from a 193-day break when lining up over course and distance earlier this month in Class 5 company. Breaking well from a difficult draw in stall 1, the seven-year-old was soon dictating the pace and despite ultimately shaping in need of the run in fourth, Gullane One wasn’t beaten far at the line and was far from disgraced against much higher-rated rivals.
The seven-year-old should strip fitter following his return to action and with the seven-year-old back down to Class 6 company on Sunday, Gullane One should be seriously competitive from his lowly mark and can record his seventh career victory.
Dukono (2.40 Ripon)
There are some interesting newcomers in here, notably Ti Amo Sempre who is bred to be precocious and represents a bang in-form yard. However, it’s often best to focus on those with experience in these novice events, especially at an undulating track like Ripon and with that being said, the vote goes to DUKONO who ran an eye-catching race at Thirsk on his debut and should be open to plenty of improvement going forward.
Richard Fahey’s two-year-old was slowly away on his debut, but despite his tardy start, he soon made up the ground under jockey Tony Hamilton to challenge in behind the leaders. Forced widest of all, Dukono was unable to mount a serious challenge to those ahead of him in the closing stages and ultimately finished fifth – beaten just two lengths at the line.
Dukono will have learnt plenty following his initial outing at Thirsk and with the benefit of an opening run under his belt, the strapping two-year-old colt can strike at the second time of asking.
Fishable (3.40 Ripon)
FISHABLE now finds himself back below his last winning mark and had excuses on his latest start at this track when finishing fourth over twelve furlongs.
Tracking the leaders throughout, the five-year-old was short of room when trying to make a move with two furlongs to go and was severely hampered by Hugo Palmer’s runner Noman. That interference caused Fishable to lose all momentum and winning chance at a crucial stage and the five-year-old could never fully recover after that.
With question marks surrounding the majority of his seven rivals on Sunday afternoon, Fishable appears to have sound claims if granted better luck in running this time around and with impressive form figures at Ripon to his name of 1-1-4-1-4, Tim Easterby’s charge will be fancied by many to get back to winning ways at a course he clearly thrives at.
Eldeyaar (5.10 Ripon)
Despite showing very little in three all-weather contests at the start of the year, ELDEYAAR certainly caught the eye when making his handicap and turf debut at Thirsk earlier this month off an opening mark of 58.
Badly hampered as the stalls opened, Eldeyaar soon settled well towards the stand side rail under jockey Cam Hardie. Sill in contention well inside the final furlong, Antony Brittain’s charge stayed on strongly as the winning post loomed to finish sixth in a blanket finish and was beaten just over a length at the line.
Drawn in stall 12 on Sunday, Eldeyaar should be able to grab a decent position against the rail and having been dropped 1lb by the handicapper following his promising effort at Thirsk, the three-year-old should be able to get off the mark with improvement forthcoming.