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Horse Racing Tips of the Day – Monday May 18

Ryan Moore has five booked rides at Leicester

Ryan Moore heads to Leicester on Monday evening and he looks to have prospects of a double at least.

Ryan Moore is riding out of his skin right now and fresh from a five-timer at Newbury on Saturday, he could be worth following at Leicester this evening.

He kick off on the William Haggas-trained AUXILIARY in the opening 5f maiden and the £70,000 son of Fast Company may prove good enough to see off eight rivals, only one of which, Comedy Night, has seen the race track before. As always in these type of races the market will prove the best guide, but the booking of Moore seems highly significant, with his winning record on the stable runners standing at a healthy 24%.

He teams up with his father in the selling stakes with his mount Cry Fury put in as an early 15/8 favourite. The seven-year-old is taking a massive drop in class here having run in Great Metropolitan Handicap at Epsom last time. However, he finished stone last in that race and he hasn’t been running much better over hurdles, so with plenty to prove he’s swerved at such short odds. Pearl Ransom makes far more appeal.

The feature 1m handicap can go the way of Moore on the John Gosden-trained OCCULT, who is making his handicap debut after the requisite three runs in maiden company. He is potentially well treated too on a mark of just 75 as inexperience has held him back so far and he is almost certainly capable of better than he’s shown. He completely missed the break on his Doncaster debut, yet still finished well to third of 13 runners, and he played up before the start at Windsor last time, before finishing fourth behind the useful Gossiping.

The penny is clearly beginning to drop and with Moore taking the reigns for the first time he looks well worth an interest at the current 9/2. He certainly appeals more than recent Musselburgh maiden winner Third Time Lucky, who gives him 4lb, and Pacify is likely to need his first start since winning a modest Kempton maiden last November. The big danger is Godolphin’s Muqarred, a winner of a 7f handicap here last time, although he has to prove his stamina over this extra furlong and may not appreciate the forecast overnight rain.

Moore’s ride in the extended 1m1f handicap Top Diktat looks to have it to do, with Go Sakhee preferred, but he should go out in a winner as his final ride of the evening, Accra Beach, looks to have a penalty kick in the 6f maiden at forecast odds of 4/6.


Leicester 6.15, Auxiliary @ 7/2 bet365
Leicester 7.45, Occult @ 9/2 bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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