Horse Racing Tips on Sunday, May 29
There are four meetings spread across Britain and Ireland on Sunday May 29th with the action coming from Fontwell, Kelso, Uttoxeter and Punchestown. Our expert editor has produced their top tips across the cards, which make up our advised Sunday Lucky 15.
Exit To Where (2:47 Kelso)
Brotherly Company was a game winner when prevailing by a head at Ayr earlier this month and is a considered again in his follow up attempt, however, a 5lb rise in the weights makes life difficult for Sandy Thomson’s ten-year-old and his revised mark of 119 could prove beyond him.
Former Grade 3 winner Canelo has seemingly fallen out of love with the game on his recent starts and the recent switch to Ben Haslam’s North Yorkshire yard failed to spark the nine-year-old back into life last time out at Hexham.
The most solid option here is EXIT TO WHERE who certainly wouldn’t be winning out of turn after two runner-up efforts in his latest outings and his latest two-length defeat behind the unexposed Hereditary Rule at Ayr looks particularly solid in the context of this race. The slight drop back in trip and grade on Sunday should see Ian Jardine’s charge go close from his mark of 110 and the eight-year-old rates a confident selection.
Marshalled (3:05 Punchestown)
MARSHALLED ran an encouraging race on his return to hurdling earlier this month at Downpatrick and after winning off much higher marks over fences in the past, a mark of 102 makes him appear fairly well-treated on Sunday afternoon.
The eight-year-old recorded his second chase success just three starts ago when contesting a 2m4f handicap at Gowran Park. Staying on best of all in the closing stages, Marshalled led in the shadows of the post to win by half a length off a mark of 113.
Despite shaping in need of the run when reverting back to hurdles earlier this month at Downpatrick, Marshalled still shaped with plenty of encouragement to finish third on that occasion and should strip significantly fitter following his first start over hurdles in over two years.
The eight-year-old appears to have plenty of things in his favour on Sunday afternoon and connections will be disappointed if he can’t capitalise on a generous looking mark now running back in this sphere.
West Lawn (3:57 Kelso)
There are question marks surrounding the majority of these, especially those who currently sit towards the top end of the betting. Brandy McQueen won very well at Perth when last seen over three miles, however, the five-year-old is certainly not one for maximum faith given his past performances and his form suggests that he prefers going right-handed.
Lissen To The Lady was an impressive winner on her penultimate start at this very track but the mare failed to cope with a subsequent 9lb hike in the weights on her latest racecourse outing and it appears the handicapper has her firmly in his grip.
Of the others, the one who makes the most appeal is WEST LAWN. The six-year-old mare hasn’t had many starts for trainer James Walton and after finishing down the field on her three opening starts over the minimum trip, the stoutly bred mare got off the mark at the fourth attempt at Hexham on her first start over three miles – staying on strongly in the closing stages to deny odds-on-favourite Your Place on the run to the line.
Although her subsequent efforts have been underwhelming, to say the least, connections will be confident the mare can return to form now tackling 3m2f for the first time on Sunday afternoon. While she has form to turn around with Lissen To The Lady and Brandy McQueen, James Walton’s charge is in receipt of plenty of weight from both her rivals and perhaps the six-year-old can gain her revenge over this stamina-sapping trip.
Halifax (5:16 Uttoxeter)
HALIFAX has caught the eye on a number of occasions recently and although Jonjo O’Neill’s charge was slightly disappointing when upped in trip at Southwell earlier this month, there’s every chance the five-year-old can get off the mark now reverting back to two-miles.
After making a pleasing handicap debut to finish third at Chepstow back in April, Halifax was unlucky not to open his account at Worcester on his following start. Travelling well turning for home, the five-year-old soon made his challenge after the final flight and despite staying on powerfully in the closing stages under Jonjo O’Neill Jr, Halifax was narrowly denied by the short-priced favourite Charlie’s Glance.
After shaping like a non-stayer on his latest assignment at Southwell over 2m4f, the five-year-old should fair significantly better back down in trip on Sunday afternoon and it will be disappointing if Halifax fails to land the spoils.