Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Thursday racing

Porto beat Braga 1-0 to win the Europa League for 2 winning recommendations.

The racing season is in full flow at the moment and the race cards are coming thick and fast. At Southwell, La Estrella puts her 8-race unbeaten record at the track in the Claiming race at 15:15. Unless there is a significant reason behind her 51-day absence from the tracks, she should be very hard to beat in this race. I recommend her as a Win.

At Sandown, the first race could see the winning debut of Huma Bird from the Godolphin stable. Besides Nayarra, the rest of the field looks very exposed, so Huma Bird shouldn't have to be exceptional to perform them among this lot. The 5 furlong distance looks adequate for the Invincible Spirit filly and she's recommended as a Place.

In the first race at Salisbury, I like Light Burst, also from the Godolphin contingent. Hard Spun progenies are making their track debut this year and his first turf runner scored last week. I really think Hard Spun has the capacity to be one the last great sons of Danzig on both sides of the Atlantic. He's got the racing form and the pedigree. The opposition for Light Burst will come from Right Result, the Acclamation colt from the Hannon yard. I recommend a 1-2 exacta here with Light Burst/Right Result in any order.

Finally in the 17:05 race at Haydock, Solar Sky from the Henry Cecil yard makes a lot of appeal. This Galileo colt was beaten into second by stablemate World Domination on his debut and will take a lot of beating if he's progressed since then. The form from that race looks rock solid with third-place Reflect winning a few days back. Solar Sky is recommended as a Win.

Win: La Estrella, Solar Sky
Exacta: Light Burst/Right Result
Place: Huma Bird

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