Horse Racing Tips on Thursday, May 19
There’s some cracking racing across the six cards on offer for Thursday, and we focus on the flat for our Lucky 15 picks. Our 4,884/1 Lucky 15 best bets include a double at Wolverhampton, with the first a big price!
LAST HOORAH (2:20 Wolverhampton)
We start things off with one at a huge price in LAST HOORAH. In-form trainer Archie Watson’s gelding impressed on his sole AW race and can after blowing out the cobwebs on reappearance he can get his head back in front.
Having won two and finished second in three of his seven career starts, Last Hoorah has been a model of consistency with Hollie Doyle on board (Andrew Mullen was on board for his reappearance run last month), and notably was on board for his victory on his final start of 2021. She made all on him that day and has used similar tactics the majority of the races she’s rode him, so chances are that will be the plan again here.
Marco Botti’s El Bello is chasing a hat-trick and could prove difficult to beat, but he’s 8lb higher than for his last victory and with Hollie Doyle back on board, Last Hoorah can get us off to a flyer!
ROZALIA (2:30 Lingfield)
With top apprentice jockey Benoit De La Sayette taking off a valuable 7lb, ROZALIA can gain a deserved first victory on his second run of the season. She finished a neck behind Engrave on her reappearance run and is much better off at the weights this time around.
He massively outran his 150/1 odds when finishing third on debut, and bar a poor showing at Kempton he ran consistently well, just never seeming to get his head in front when it mattered. The third at Wolverhampton last month was impressive when taking into account that was his first run for over 18 months, and if he comes on for that run, he should be firmly in the mix in this five-runner affair.
This could be too short a trip for Sulochana and the step up in class may also find her out, so her biggest danger looks to be Deep Sigh, who came close on her first go at this trip last month, but Benoit De La Sayette is a jockey on the up and he can steer Rozalia to victory here.
GOBI SUNSET (3:20 Wolverhampton)
Charlie & Mark Johnston’s GOBI SUNSET is certainly more suited to the all-weather than he is turf. His AW record reads 47021228232, opposed to his turf record of 551193959869. If you focus on last seasons AW form it reads 21228232, with three of those runner-up finishes being in class 3 (two of those races he finished 2nd in).
He’s dropped down to a mark of 80, which is his lowest mark in over a year, which is a mark he’s won off in the past. His most recent run on the all-weather at Lingfield was impressive, finishing a neck second to Alrehb, who was only just touched off next time out by Boardman in the Great Shevington Handicap.
Jockey Joe Fanning has ridden more winners at Wolverhampton than at any other course this year (7 winners). Trainers Charlie & Mark Johnston have also trained more winners at Wolverhampton than at any other course (11 winners). It’s not just the jockey that the course brings the best out of, as Gobi Sunset has a course record reading 42222, and with a bit of luck he can finally get his head in front and land a long overdue win.
ANGELIC DIVAS (5:40 Sandown)
This race could well be wide open, but ANGELIC DIVAS caught the eye when running on late on to finish third at Salisbury and can put that experience to good use in the opener at Sandown.
She was slowly into stride that day and had to switch out to the left when making her run, and granted a clearer run here she should have a solid chance of shedding her maiden tag. The winner of that race – Katey Kontent, followed up that win in impressive fashion at Windsor just one week later, finishing over four lengths clear of the rest.
Jockey Rossa Ryan has ridden three winners and four runners-up in the past week so comes here in fine form, and with that debut run under her belt she can win this. Her biggest rivals are likely to be Chasseral and the unraced She’s A Rocket, but Angelic Divas’ run was eye catching at Salisbury and she gets our vote.