The biggest race of the 2019 U.K greyhound racing calendar starts this weekend at Nottingham, the Greyhound Derby. We’re still licking our wounds from our 80/1 antepost tip for the Scottish Derby making the final as the quickest qualifier before finishing out the frame but ready to get stuck into this phenomenal competition.
Our greyhound tipsters, David Mitchell and Matt Newman, are back with their greyhound tips for the Derby which starts on Friday evening, including a 500/1 selection for the six-round contest.
DM – Dorotas Wildcat 12/1 – I’ve watched this dog in every one of his races and I just can’t get away from him in this year’s Derby. I’ve looked for an alternative but I just keep coming back to the reigning champ.
He’s arguably improved since he demolished the field in last years Derby final at Towcester and if anything Nottingham is going to suit his strengths more. He’s sent out an early warning sign with a superb 29.52 trial.
Considering his last competitive race was at the end of March he’s certainly going to grow into this competition. This dog has it all and I truly believe he’ll go down as the best greyhound we’ve seen in the last decade.
MN – Skywalker Logan 25/1 – This Irish raider has the look of a machine about him, an exceptional blend of speed and stamina which lends itself perfectly to this track. He dipped under the magic 28-second barrier at Shelbourne in the Irish Juvenile Derby last September before exiting in the Semis.
He arrives off the back of a victory in the Irish Cesarewitch, before stopping the clock at 29.27 on his first ever look at Nottingham. Just a length and a half off the track record, he holds strong claims to this prize.
DM – Droopys Expert 50/1 – He seems to have been around for an age but in that time he’s landed an All England Cup, and finished runner-up in a Laurels, Puppy Classic, Puppy Plate and Steel City Cup.
More importantly, he seems to run his best races at Nottingham and that was evident in his recent 29.59 spin around here. Connections will have him bang on for this competition and if he was to go deep he could outrun his odds.
MN – Roxholme Jim 80/1 – All about the early pace here, a Steel City Cup finalist on just his ninth career start. Those are the only races he has under his belt so there is a strong likelihood of better to come from this February 2017 whelp. He can be away and gone from any trouble which will make him hard to catch through the rounds.
DM – Blue East 150/1 – Heads into this competition as an unknown entity from the emerald isle. He was last seen at Waterford winning the Gain Greyhound Nutrition Select Final beating Slippy Cian comfortably.
Given that Slippy Cian (33/1 top price) is fancied to go far for the Irish this year, Blue East looks to have slipped under the radar and with a recent run here, he should come on a lot for his shrewd connections.
MN – Dower Rory 500/1 – 2019 has not gone the way that connections will have wanted thus far. He made the final of the Eclipse over this C&D in November, however, where the first two home – Dorotas Wildcat and Droopys Verve – are the favourite and second favourite for the Derby!
He needs to step up on his form this year but this strong running hound is the type to keep sneaking into third and ticking off the rounds, avoiding early trouble with his slow-starting style. On his best form, he’s monstrously overpriced.
Last weeks racing produced plenty of good performances, with York’s Dante Meeting and Newbury’s Lockinge Day providing us with top-class action. With both the Derby and Royal Ascot just around the corner, trainer’s are starting to send out their leading hopes for the big races and one filly stamped herself as a big contender on Friday at Newbury! All the details are below, with today’s horse racing tips also on site now!
Jubiloso – Coronation Stakes (7/1)
A winner on debut at Chelmsford when just pushed clear, Sir Michael Stoute’s JUBILOSO stamped her ticket to Royal Ascot with a devastating performance at Newbury on last Friday. She looked a potential group horse when making a winning start at the All-Weather venue, coming to her latest start at Newbury with a reputation to uphold.
Sent off a warm 4/5 favourite under a penalty in novice company, she set out to make all and travelled powerfully throughout the contest. Once Colm O’Donoghue asked her to go, she only needed a few strides to power seven lengths clear of the opposition, creating a mighty impression.
That was over seven furlongs and an extra furlong at Royal Ascot will only serve to eke out more from her. She looks potentially top class and a win at the Royal meeting would cement her as just that.
A daughter of Shamardal, her dam (Joyeuse) was a Listed winner as a two-year-old. A sister to the useful mile winner Morpheus, with further pedigree linking her to the outstanding Frankel and Group 1 winner Noble Mission.
She holds an entry to the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, currently sitting a best-priced 7/1 second-favourite in the market. She’s looked potentially top-class on both her starts this term and given connections, she looks just the type to keep progressing.
The start of summer is just a month away, and at present, most racing fans have thoughts of the Epsom Classics, Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood in mind. For those who prefer the National Hunt game, however, this can be a sobering time of year.
The ever-evolving ‘Summer Jumps’ meetings now provide punters with plenty of betting opportunities though, and this article will run through some of the main pointers to consider before placing any bets, including a 24.95/1 treble for tomorrow’s meeting at Warwick. Read our views on all the action in our horse racing tips section.
Stable Form At This Time Of Year Often Crucial
Although it could be argued that stable form always needs looking at whatever time of year, this is often more prevalent with the so-called ‘lesser yards’, who will try and get as many winners on the board as possible when their horses are in form. Trainers will also target the early part of the jumps season, where the racing is often less competitive than usual.
Making Hay While The Sun Shines
With many jumpers currently on their holidays, those that notch a win often face less competition than normal when bidding to follow-up. This can result in horses racking up a sequence of wins and progressing through the handicap ranks at an exponential rate.
Don’t Ignore Flat Form
Although not all horses that switch from the flat to hurdles improve, it is worth paying particular attention to those that do so during the summer, as they are bred to be effective at this time of year, and more often than not get their favoured good ground conditions.
Yccs Portocervo – 2.20 Warwick
Dr Richard Newland invariably does well with his new recruits, and this four-year-old bought out of Guy Cherel’s yard for €28,000 in November appears to hold strong claims today. The yard is currently operating at a 30% strike-rate with their runners in the past fortnight, and since 2009, they have been +25.61 to a £1 stake in the month of May.
An archetypal Dan Skelton handicapper, this gelding has won all three of his starts since returning from a 552-day absence. The assessor has raised him thirteen pounds for his latest success, and he is up in grade today, but he looks open to more improvement than most of these rivals so is backed to land the four-timer.
We ended a busy weekend by landing massive 55/1 & 15/1 Greyhound Acca’s with our selections at Central Park! In fact it was a clean sweep with our NAP, Next Best & 2 Single Selections all scoring!
How We Did It
Kilmore Lemon (5/4 Next Best) – Leg 1 – This was the opening leg of both our Acca’s tonight and Lemon built on his previous fast time at the track to lead on the run-in to get us off to a winning start.
Droopys Cannon (11/10 ) – Leg 2 – A strong break was always going to give Cannon a serious chance of winning and he duly obliged, leading before the first and holding on to bring up leg two.
Courts Ad Georgy (11/10 NAP) – Leg 3 – The Best Bet of the evening was well-supported in the market and in what our expert judged a two-dog race, she came out on top with a strong late thrust.
Seaglass Celine (8/11) – Leg 4 – Celine wasn’t the fastest to break but came home with a rattle to bring up the 15/1 Win Accumulator and keep our Mega Acca dreams alive – lovely performance.
Ballymac Diego (5/2) – Leg 5 – Our 55/1 Mega Acca landed in brilliant style with Diego punted into favouritism before breaking well and sealing victory with a strong kick off the final bend – GET IN!
We’ve just about got our breath back after a thrilling Kentucky Derby and one that will be known as a somewhat infamous Derby for years to come depending on how you interpret racing rules! For anyone living under a rock Maximum Security was adjudged to have caused sufficient interference when veering to be demoted from 1st to 17th with Country House taking the win despite being comfortably beaten and largely unscathed by the interference. After Saturday’s Lockinge and ITV Racing we’ll be on to the Preakness Stakes!
The Kentucky Derby decision was not a good one. It was a rough & tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a beautiful thing to watch. Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur. The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby – not even close!
Both the first past the post, Maximum Security and original second past the post, Country House miss this contest. The latter is reported to have been acting sick and coughing in recent weeks so has been given some time off to recover. That illness makes him the first winner of the Kentucky Derby to miss the Preakness in 23 years; since Grindstone was retired less than a week after he claimed the Run For The Roses. However, we’re not completely out of luck, as key protagonists Improbable and War Of Will look to bounce back from their losses in Louisville and show the Baltimore crowd just how good they are and possibly pay a compliment to the aforementioned first past the post and promoted winner of the Kentucky Derby.
The middle leg of the Triple Crown comes just a fortnight after the Kentucky Derby and 3 weeks before the Belmont Stakes. Just as the Kentucky Derby is known as “The Run for the Roses” the Preakness goes by “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” after the flower that represents the state of Maryland. Named in honour of the horse Preakness, who won a race on the opening day of Pimlico Racecourse, it was first run two years after the first running of the Kentucky Derby this Saturday’s renewal will be the 144th running of the race.
Run over 100 yards less than the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness can be a less ‘rough and tumble’ race than the Derby, another difference between the two is the limit of 14 runners in the Preakness unlike the Derby. These tests all come before the real stamina test of the Belmont Stakes over 12 furlongs.
The second most popular raceday of the year in North America after the Kentucky Derby but eclipsing the Belmont Stakes, Breeders Cup and many other big-hitters. Patrons have been treated to some superstars down the years claiming this race upon the way to Triple Crown glory including Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, American Pharoah & most recently Justify.
No better place to start than with a horse that ties in both the one drawn closest to the rail and one that was right on the premises when the defining moment of the Kentucky Derby unfolded. First past the post, Maximum Security swerves off the rail and nearly brought down War Of Will, thankfully he lived to fight another day and stayed up to come home in 8th position. Drawn one, again not ideal for one with his run style but a lot less concerning than it was a fortnight ago. Had Bodexpress & Win Win Win in behind that day and should be well able to confirm superiority with those. However IMPROBABLE, our pick in the Derby, finished in front of him that day despite enduring a tough trip on the sloppy track.
Another key-race could be the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland, where both Anothertwistafaith (2nd) & Owendale (1st) put in career best performances to do battle. Owendale was outclassed on his last meeting with one of this field, in the shape of War Of Will, but market support has been noted and much better is expected on Saturday. The runner-up will have to be very smart to negotiate a very wide draw in 12.
A live outsider who has attracted support is Alwaysmining, on the back of 6 straight wins she claimed the scalp of Win Win Win who gives the form some substance. This will be the first time he’s contested Graded company and can prove a real acid test of his ability.
IMPROBABLE emerged with credit in the Kentucky Derby. Despite letting us down on that occasion he had excuses and has a compelling profile for last year’s winning trainer Bob Baffert. But given the very generous concession from RaceBets, if the SP favourite wins (currently Improbable) they’ll refund losing bets we’ve taken a play on BODEXPRESS (20/1), who looks overpriced at 20/1 considering he has some very good form behind Maximum Security in the Florida Derby before the Kentucky Derby didn’t suit. War Of Will can close in late to for the trifecta.
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Saturday is here again and with it comes a fantastic day of racing that is headlined by the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
Alongside the feature meeting of the day, we have seven other fixtures across the UK and Ireland, including some quality free to air TV races which make up this weekend’s ITV Tips.
Saturday’s aren’t about following the favourites though, which is why Luke Parkinson is back in the saddle to pick out three outsiders that could outrun their odds.
He has picks on the flat and over jumps, so let’s see what could be in store for you big priced punters.
Sharja Bridge (3:40 Newbury)
Lightning Spear (16/1) and Rhododendron (10/3f) battled out an epic renewal of the Lockinge last year, with the latter eventually prevailing by a short head.
That was the third favourite to win from the last five renewals and although that would suggest against backing an outsider, Lightning Spear proved they can still be worth some each-way support.
Sharja Bridge is a horse that has been really consistent for Roger Varian, finishing inside the top three on eight of his 11 starts. Three of those have been victories, including the Listed Doncaster Mile in March.
He has finished a 1/2 length second to Beat The Bank since then, but that was arguably his best performance to date.
This requires further improvement but given the combination of Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni won this with Belardo (8/1) in 2016, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they shocked the odds again.
Apprentice Jockey Cieren Fallon is quickly creating a good reputation from himself. Following in the footsteps of his Dad, Kieren was never going to be easy but Fallon Jr is certainly making it seem that way so far.
He looks to have a great chance to enhance his great start in the saddle when he partners up with Holdenhurst in the last at Thirsk.
Fallon takes off a handy seven pound from the four-year-old grey, who was beaten just a neck into second on his return to turf at Brighton earlier this month.
His last win was back at Kempton in January, but considering that his trainer Bill Turner holds a 17% strike rate at Thirsk (18 wins from 105 runners), you’d have to give him a big chance with that valuable seven-pound claim.
We’ve not had many days without LIVE ITV racing over the last few weeks and that theme continues into Saturday as their cameras head to both Newbury and Newmarket to take in seven races across the two venues.
The Group One Lockinge Stakes, from Newbury, is the weekend’s showcase race and with just shy of £200k on offer to the winner most of the ‘big-gun’ yards have entries. The Hannon team will be trying to find the winner of the Lockinge Stakes for a fifth time since 2010, while in recent years it’s not been a bad race for favourite backers, with four of the last five market leaders winning.
There are also three LIVE races from Newmarket, plus the other fixtures dotted over the afternoon and evening this Saturday are Bangor, Thirsk, Doncaster and Uttoxeter.
Don’t forget, you can get more help finding the winner for all this Saturday’s races on our Free Horse Racing Tips page.
40/1 Standout Stats Double
2.05 Newmarket: The Charlie Appleby yard won this race in 2014 and 2018, plus has a 29% record with their three-year-olds at the track.
Last week was chock full of Derby and Oaks Trials, with Chester playing host to some astonishing performances. Given the nature of one performance, however, there could only be one winner, after this Aidan O’Brien inmate created a huge impression at Chester and surged to the top of the Derby market. All the details are below, with today’s horse racing tips also on site now!
Sir Dragonet 7/2 – The Derby
He will need supplementing, as he doesn’t hold a Derby entry, but Sir Dragonet‘s performance in the Chester Vase surely warrants him to take his chance in the Epsom showpiece. Aidan O’Brien’s son of Camelot was relatively un-fancied in the market prior to the off, arriving at Chester on the back of a facile maiden success at Tipperary.
He was detached off the pace in the opening part of the Vase, warming up throughout the contest and making an eye-catching move at the two-furlong pole where he started to charge forward. Producing an extra gear, he spreadeagled the field to the tune of eight lengths, only pushed out to score in frightening fashion.
Plenty have questioned the form subsequently, but he careered away from the field in the style of a mighty horse and further improvement has to be expected, given he didn’t look the finished article that day. Given his action, softer ground would surely be preferred, but he’s gone straight to the front of the Derby market after that performance and was most certainly the eye-catcher of the week.
A son of Camelot, his dam (Sparrow) was Group-placed as a two-year-old, and a half-sister to the Listed winning and Oaks placed Wonder of Wonders. Stamina should not a concern for him at Epsom and he’s clearly got the pedigree of a very smart performer.
He doesn’t hold an entry currently, but it would be surprising if he wasn’t supplemented for the Epsom Derby, where he is currently best-priced 7/2 favourite with Betfair. Beyond Epsom, he holds an entry at Royal Ascot for the King Edward VII, though a Derby victory would surely see him go for a bigger prize.
The Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million was launched last year, offering a £1 million bonus to the connections of any horse that could win one of four selected prep races – The Sagaro Stakes at Ascot, The Ormonde Stakes at Chester, The Yorkshire Cup at York or the Henry II Stakes at Sandown – and then go on to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, The Goodwood Cup and the Lonsdale Cup – with the final race sponsored by Weatherbys Hamilton.
The inaugural running of the series was taken by John Gosden’s Stradivarius, who remained unbeaten from his five starts last season. Starting the campaign with victory in the Yorkshire Cup, which he bids to defend on Friday. View our York Tips Page for selections for every race at the Dante Meeting.
Additional Qualifying Races Added
Earlier this year, the sponsors announced that four additional qualifying races would be added to the Stayers’ Million. The Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan, Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan, International Oleander-Rennen at Berlin-Hoppegarten and Prix Vicomtesse Vigier at Longchamp add an international flavour to the series, providing many more connections with dreams of landing the bonus.
The Story So Far
Dubai Gold Cup – March 30th – Cross Counter
Vintage Crop Stakes – April 28th – Master Of Reality
Sagaro Stakes – May 1st – Dee Ex Bee
Ormonde Stakes – May 9th – Morando
International Oleander-Rennen – May 12th – Raa Atoll
Chances Of A Repeat Winner
As already mentioned, Stradivarius will be bidding to land Friday’s Yorkshire Cup on route to the Gold Cup, and he is currently a best priced 4/5 to do so. The Bjorn Nielsen owned five-year-old is 11/2 with Paddy Power to land back to back Stayers’ Millions, but he will undoubtedly face some younger, less exposed, rivals this year, notably, the Charlie Appleby trained Cross Counter.
Cross Counter became the first British-trained winner of the Melbourne Cup last year, and he made a winning return to action in the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in March – beating stablemate Ispolini by just over a length. The aforementioned Ispolini should provide connections with a good idea of what is needed to defeat the mighty Stradivarius when he takes on that rival in Friday’s Yorkshire Cup.
Whilst a bid to retain his Melbourne Cup Crown will undoubtedly be the main target for Cross Counter this year, he looks sure to contest the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot prior to that engagement, and success in that race may tempt his owners Godolphin to focus his campaign on the Stayers’ Million, with there being a good gap between the finale of this series, the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup, and the Melbourne Cup.
For that reason, the 33/1 currently on offer with Paddy Power on Cross Counter landing the Stayers’ Million looks potentially overpriced.
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What a way to start the week here at myracing.com as we absolutely smashed Monday evening, landing our Faceboook EXCLUSIVE 73/1 Win Acca after we already watched our 10/1 Win Acca get home! All this as well as knocking in our 9/2 NAP & NB Double – Tuesday’s Tips are all LIVE now!
How We Did It
10/1 Win Acca
Leg #1 – Johnny Drama (10/11) – A late maturing sort for the Lyons yard, he’s really coming of age this season and put his stamp on this field under Colin Keane, winning by a commanding SEVEN lengths and causing no drama at all to kick off our Win Acca!
Johnny Drama more than justifies favouritism with a comfortable victory in the Knockcroghery Handicap for Colin Keane and Ger Lyons pic.twitter.com/sMnskws1DK
Leg #2 – Bye Bye Hong Kong (7/4 NB) – Next up was our Next Best, an improving three-year-old under Silvestre De Sousa he was under strong consideration for our NAP and he turned in a very game performance to win; Stacking them up before repelling Oh This Is Us who put in a determined effort in the final furlong but couldn’t get there. This brought up 2/2 on the Win Acca and got our HUGE FB Acca off and rolling.
Leg #3 – Peregrine Run (6/5 NAP) – A nervous wait for our NAP selection to hopefully further enhance his sparkling Killarney record, the horses for courses angle was there for all to see with this very useful gelding. Despite his superiority ability-wise, he never really looked to be travelling comfortably and charted a wide track for most of the race before taking the lead at the final fence and JUST holding on to land our 10/1 Win Acca – GET IN THERE MY SON…the dream for the HUGE FB Acca was on!
Leg #3 – Geizy Teizy (3/1 SP) – Another for Silvestre De Sousa on the night but unlike his first winner this Marco Botti trained filly was a touch cold in the market and went off 3/1, having been tipped at 15/8. But it never looked like anything other than a very comfortable success….3/3 and the dream was well and truly alive!!
Leg #4 – It Came To Pass (11/10) – Was very unlucky in the Punchestown Champion Hunter and looked to be out to make amends today, or at least it certainly looked that way! There was plenty of support in the market for Eugene O’Sullivan’s charge and he duly obliged in great style and set us up for a grand stand finish down to the last leg!
Leg #5 – Osmotic (5/2 SP) – Took the eye out on breeding; being half-brother to the great Faugheen! Despite the hugely promising page he was cold in the market beforehand. Jamie Codd positioned him prominently enough throughout before sending him for home with a devastating turn of foot and putting the race to bed and LANDING OUR 92/1 Facebook Exclusive Acca – YESSSSSSSSSS!
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