The best racing on Sunday takes place in France, where it is French Derby day. However, we head to Goodwood and Listowel for our two selections.
The jockey booking of Silvestre De Sousa seems like connections really fancy their chances with GALACTIC GLOW.
Since being transferred to Luke Dace's yard from David Menuisier, he has ran three consistent races on the bounce. However, last time he was rather unlucky, and if he didn't get a troubled passage, you'd have to imagine that he would've gone extremely close. On more than one occasion, Thomas Greatrex found himself in a pocket and couldn't seem to find the gaps to get the horse out. To my eye, a more experienced jockey like Silvestre would've gone for that gap, as there probably was enough room, but Thomas is an apprentice and you can appreciate him not attempting it. Nonetheless, it was a visually impressive run, as he did run on again when taken wide and did finish 5 lengths behind the leader.
Luke Dace's yard isn't a massive one, so the fact they've secured a top jockey like SDS shows a real statement of intent, especially how he has been riding recently, as I'm sure he would've had many offers in this race to ride other horses.
Advised: Each Way
Quite a strange selection, as he's been off the track for 945 days, and that would be enough to put anyone off, but when the trainer of the horse is Willie Mullins, you have confidence he'll be ready. In the third race at Listowel I like the look of EXCHANGE RATE.
There must have been problems off the track as to why we've not seen this horse since the back end of 2018, but if he returns to the form which he showed a few years ago then he should go very close. His last race saw him finish a close 2nd in a big prize handicap at Naas, which was rated as 93 on the RacinPostRatings. Due to the fact he's not raced since 2018, the handicapper has dropped him rating to 82, which is 7lbs lighter than when he last raced, which is very generous. To further enhance him chances, Willie has put 10lb claimer, Sean Cleary Farrell on Exchange Rate, which means he is effectively racing off 72. Due to the fact a 10lb claimer is on, I think an EW play is the safer bet, as he is clearly lacking the experience and race knowledge as the seasonal veterans who he races against like Wayne Lordan and Shane Foley etc, so he might not get the tactics spot on.
I'd imagine you'll know the chances which this horse has before the off, as the drift or the money arriving will be a good signal of how well he should run. It's an obvious gamble to back a horse who has not been seen for such a long time, but if he does retain his ability, he should go close off his current mark.
Advised: Each Way 5/1 Bet365 or 6/1 elsewhere (At the time of writing)
12:05 Thirsk - Race: 1
12:20 Stratford - Race: 1
12:40 Thirsk - Race: 2