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Neil Morrice: Best Bets & Tips – Thursday 27 May 2021

Neil Morrice brings you all of his best bets and tips for Thursday’s racing coming your way from Sundown Park, Haydock Park, Ripon, and Carlisle.

Neil Morrice Thursday best bets

Read his best bets and tips for Thursday’s racing coming your way from Sundown Park, Haydock Park, Ripon, and Carlisle below.


Trainer: Eve Johnson Houghton – Jockey: Charles Bishop

CHIPOTLE can give us a flying start to this trials night for Royal Ascot by taking out the National Stakes. The Havana Gold colt numbers the Brocklesby and Granville Stakes as two wins from as many starts. He has a very professional way of going about his business and can complete a fine hat-trick.

Race 3 Coral Henry II Stakes (Group 3)

Trainer, Mark Johnston – Jockey: Ben Curtis

NAYEF ROAD ran a bit flat in the Yorkshire Cup and is on a recovery mission. He was beaten 21 lengths by Spanish Mission on the Knavesmire but is dropped a grade in a race he must win if turning up near his best. He beat all but the great Stradivarius in the Gold Cup last June and to have any chance of dethroning that rival next month has to deliver here.

Race 4 Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Group 3)

Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute – Jockey: Ryan Moore

SANGARIOUS posted a narrow success in a Listed race at Lingfield before Christmas in spite of making a noise. He was subsequently given a wind op and came back to chase home Armory in the Group 2 Huxley Stakes at Chester. We probably haven’t seen the best of this Kingman entire, who can book his ticket for Royal Ascot and the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

Race 5 No6 RANSOM
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute – Jockey: Ryan Moore

RANDOM blotted his copybook when fourth to Tiger Crusade at Kempton but can bounce back under different circumstances. The Kingman gelding now embarks on a first career start on turf, with Moore back in the saddle. He’s not the most straightforward of conveyances but is the most alluring runner in this hot handicap.

Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Silvestre De Sousa

URBAN VIOLET absolutely bolted up at this course on seasonal reappearance to earn herself a whacking 12lb hike from the handicapper. Although she appeared to have quite a hard race, she’s taken it well and can cash in before her revised mark kicks in under a 6lb penalty.


Race 4 No4 HAVEAGOMECCA (Each Way)
Trainer: Michael Dods – Jockey: Connor Beasley

On a tricky card, HAVEAGOMECCA could be a bet worth waiting for. She possesses a very speed-biased pedigree and is bred to go in the soft. She acquitted herself well behind Sound Reason on a first turf outing of 2021 at Beverley and can build on that.


Trainer: Tim Easterby – Jockey: David Allan

Benadalid will be a popular order after trouncing his rivals here last time but may have to give best to FISHABLE. The selection seemed to have an off day on latest start at York when cheek pieces were added. It’s interesting that his shrewd trainer has chosen to persevere with the same headgear.

Race 6 No3 MOORBIK (Nap)
Trainer: William Haggas – Jockey: Tom Marquand

An outstanding prospect and best bet on the card is MOORBIK. The Iffraaj colt didn’t win by far when opening his account at Yarmouth but gave the impression he’s better than the run indicates, and can prove the point by following up in this all-aged novice.


Race 2 No1 ALEEZDANCER (Nap)
Trainer: Kevin Ryan – Jockey: Kevin Stott

ALEEZDANCER looked smart when opening his account at Beverley and has a great chance to follow up on the way to Royal Ascot. He displayed a telling turn of foot to put the race to bed and looks smart.

Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute – Jockey: Richard Kingscote

This all-aged handicap can fall to the progressive CROSSING THE BAR who looks an attractive proposition off a mark of 77. The Poet’s Voice gelding will enjoy the step-up in trip on debut in this sphere.

Place Accumulator Perm (Races 1-7)

7, 10 x 1 x 9, 10 x 4, 5 x 1 x 4, 7 x 1, 6


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