Welcome to the highlight of the horse racing week and we have a spectacular Saturday ahead, with UK and Irish meetings taking place at Haydock, York, Goodwood, Chester, Cartmel, Salisbury, FFos and the Curragh. There’s also the usual support offered by international racing from the likes of France, Germany, America and Canada. Here are our top May 25 Horse Racing betting tips.
It’s not just about quantity either, you’ll be happy to know, as we have racing of real quality on the bill with no less than seven group level contests to look forward to, including the Sandy Lane Stakes, Temple Stakes and the Bronte Cup.
Cream of the Crop
There can be no doubting the cream of the crop, however, as the Curragh in Ireland gives us a couple of Grade 2 races and a Grade 1 highlight. The latter comes to us in the form of this year’s Irish 2000 Guineas – top of the bill – as well as the G2 Greenlands Stakes and Lanwades Stud Stakes.
You can sit back and enjoy a fabulous afternoon of horse racing, taking in the majesty of well-bred race horses and fearless jockeys, but there’s money to be made by predicting the outcome and that’s where we focus our attentions. Our team of horse racing tipsters have picked through the best the day has to offer before returning with our views on where you should invest your stake money to stand the best chance of profiting from the occasion
Irish 2000 Guineas – 3.35pm Curragh
The 2019 renewal of the Irish 2000 Guineas has been jotted down in the diary of sports fans since the turn of the year and the race is guaranteed to live up to expectations. A Grade 1 run over a mile at the Curragh, this year’s field is made up of 14 runners and with over £230,000 paid to the winner, it’s no surprise to see a strong line-up printed in the programme.
Romanised won last year for Condon and Foley at a breath-taking SP 25/1 and punters would love to see something close to a repeat performance in terms of price. Favourites don’t have the best record in this race and that paves the way for backers to go and have a shot at landing a share of the value. Those playing each-way can take advantage of place terms 1/5 the odds a place 1-2-3. Ideal if you fancy a pop at an outsider for interest stakes.
This race was first run back in 1921 when won by by Soldennis but it evolved into the event we know and love today in 1969. The history books show us Tommy Burns and Martin Quirke are joint-leading jockey in the Irish 2000 Guineas with five wins each, although the most recent of them came in 1948. There’s more to go on when checking the most successful trainer, Aidan O’Brien leading the way on 11 titles, won between Desert King in 1997 and Churchill in 2017. Sue Magnier is the top owner on 10 wins.
Two-Horse Race Expected
The current betting has Magna Grecia as favourite and those happy to follow the thinking of traders will find William Hill offering a market best price of 6/4. That’s tight in what should be a fiercely competitive contest but it’s worth knowing many respected firms offer a lowly even money on the same runner, so be careful who you do your betting with.
There’s not a lot between the first two in the list with Too Darn Hot a 13/8 second fav at Unibet. That’s top offer, many shops giving only 5/4 on that one. The money men fully expect this to develop into a two-horse battle for the line and that’s proven by the fact third favourite Skardu is a chunky 8/1 with Bet365. From there the prices continue to grow and we get into the territory of horses that would cause a real shock if they were to go on and win.
It may lack imagination and a bit of flair, but we have to say we think the traders have this one spot on and are behind the two best horses in the field. Magna Grecia and Too Darn Hot are evenly matched on paper and that makes taking the bigger price a worthwhile investment. John Gosden’s three-year-old colt brings a record of four wins and a second from five goes and as attractive as that is, it’s widely believed there’s more to come from this colt.
Quickfire Return to Action Gives us Confidence
The Lord Lloyd Webber owned contender to the crown made a winning debut at Sandown when getting off the mark with a win last summer over a mile in a maiden stakes, smashing the field by seven lengths when sent off an 8/11 favourite. He has since scored at Sandown, Doncaster and Newmarket, picking up the Group 3 Solario Stakes, Group 2 Champagne Stakes and the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes in October 2018.
He beat runner-up Advertise by just shy of three lengths that day but suffered his first defeat last time out when finding one too good in Telecaster at York earlier this month in the Group 2 Dante Stakes. Beaten a length that day, despite starting as an even money fav, that may put a few off but the fact he makes a quickfire return to action proves connections are desperate to get back on track with their star. That fills us with confidence.
Too Darn Hot disappointed last time but he’s a progressive horse and we believe he’s easy enough to forgive. He encountered a couple of problems at York and looked like he was lacking sharpness and a bit of concentration near the end of a race that was certainly there to be won. With that under his belt we fancy him to get back into contention at the first time of asking. If he runs to the best of his ability and shows the improvement that’s expected of him, backers will get a run for their money.