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Four out of six winning days last week, including winning naps at 4/1, 8/1, and 6/4 (20p R4). One of the most eye-catching performances was that of Chester Cup third Zanndabad, who has to be seriously considered for races such as the Ascot Stakes and Cesarewitch this season.

And don’t give up on our ante-post tip for the race, Forza Orta, who will benefit from a faster pace and slightly shorter trip. A possible contender for Newcastle’s Northumberland Plate next month perhaps?

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Alan Kelly’s Horse Racing Tips for Saturday, May 18th

The ITV Racing cameras will cover seven races on Saturday afternoon, four from Newbury and three from Newmarket, the highlight being the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at 3.35pm. We have tips for all of the races.

Nap of the Day - Chantilly (Each-Way) (3:00pm Newbury) - 9/2 with Ladbrokes* (4 places)

Following the likes of previous winners Time Test and Bay Bridge, Ballydoyle’s son of Galileo could be another Group horse running in a handicap.

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Chantilly (Each-Way) (4 places)

3:00pm Newbury

1:50pm Newbury, 1m 4f - Desert Hero

Stepping back up to a more suitable trip, last season’s St Leger third DESERT HERO should take plenty of beating in this 1m 4f Group 3 contest. Just touched off by Harry Charlton’s Okeechobee on his reappearance in Sandown’s 1m 2f Gordon Richard Stakes last month, the royal runner is unbeaten on both of his starts over today’s trip, the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot and Goodwood’s Gordon Stakes.

The William Haggas-trained son of Sea The Stars, gelded earlier in the year, may have most to fear from Salt Bay, narrowly beaten in Newbury’s John Porter last month and from a stable in excellent form, that of Ralph Beckett.

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Desert Hero

1:50pm Newbury

2:05pm Newmarket, 7f - Serene Seraph (Each-Way)

All 7 runners have claims of taking this 7f three-year-old handicap, the tentative vote going to Richard Hannon’s top weight SERENE SERAPH (Each-Way).

Beaten just over a length by the 105-rated Skellet on her second start before losing her maiden tag in a Conditions Stakes at Newbury, the daughter of Blue Point was sent off joint-favourite for a Listed race at Newmarket on her final start as a juvenile only to be unsuited by the heavy ground at headquarters in finishing a disappointing 10th.

The mount of 3lb claimer Alec Voikhansky could prove better than a handicapper as the season progresses.

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Serene Seraph (Each-Way) (3 places)

2:05pm Newmarket

2:25pm Newbury, 6f - Room Service (Each-Way)

William Haggas’ Relief Rally will appreciate dropping back to today’s trip of 6f after failing to stay the extra furlong of Newbury’s Fred Darling Stakes last time. While Tom Marquand’s mount is probably the one to beat, at a double-figure price, I would rather back the Kevin Ryan-trained ROOM SERVICE (Each-Way) with many bookmakers going four places.

The Kodi Bear colt hacked up in a valuable Sales race at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting and looked in need of the run when finishing a respectable seventh in the Greenham here last month. The drop back to 6f should suit Tom Eaves’ mount who is drawn highest of all in stall 14.

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Room Service (Each-Way) (4 places)

2:25pm Newbury

2:40pm Newmarket, 7f - Divine Libra

The Charles Hills-trained DIVINE LIBRA did us a favour when winning at Chester last week and is fancied to follow up in this Class 2 handicap off a 7lb higher mark. The grey son of Dark Angel seemed to appreciate the step-up to today’s trip of 7f on the Roodee, quickening away from his rivals in the closing stages from an unfavourable high draw.

Kevin Stott’s mount looks to have plenty more improvement to come and may be even better suited by today’s forecast good to firm conditions.

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Divine Libra

2:40pm Newmarket

3:00pm Newbury, 1m 2f - Chantilly (Each-Way) (Nap)

This London Gold Cup (Heritage Handicap) has a habit of throwing up future Group 1 performers such as Al Kazeem (2011), Time Test (2015) and Bay Bridge (2021). It may well be that this year’s renewal includes another contender capable of making his mark at a much higher level, the Aiden O’Brien-trained CHANTILLY (Each-Way).

The Galileo colt showed plenty of promise in four starts as a juvenile, including when beaten half a length by stablemate The Euphrates (rated 102) in a Gowran Park maiden. Making his handicap debut at Leopardstown last month, the mount of Ryan Moore had clearly progressed over the winter, running out an impressive winner over his nine rivals as the well-supported 7/4 favourite.

With most of the Ballydoyle horses improving for their first run of the season, Chantilly can take this £100k contest before heading to Royal Ascot for something like the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes.

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Chantilly (Each-Way) (4 places)

3:00pm Newbury

3:15pm Newmarket, 1m - Zozimus (Each-Way)

An open one-mile handicap in which the each-way vote goes to David O’Meara’s joint bottom weight ZOZIMUS (Each-Way), the mount of Jason Watson. The ex-Donnacha O’Brien inmate is on a losing run of 18 since joining O’Meara just over a year ago with a rating of 92.

However, the six-year-old gelding has plenty of decent efforts to his name, including when fourth (beaten a length and a half) at York in October when meeting trouble in-running. That run was off a mark of 86, 9lb more than the son of Footstepsinthesand’s current rating of 77. Far from disgraced on his last three starts, including when third of 16 over course and distance two weeks ago, Zozimus looks poised to get his head in front at long last for connections.

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Zozimus (Each-Way)

3:15pm Newmarket

3:35pm Newbury, 1m - Inspiral (Next Best)

The ground will likely decide the outcome of the day’s feature race, the two standout performers being French raider Big Rock and John & Thady Gosden’s multiple Group 1 winning mare INSPIRAL.

While the former is at his best racing on soft or heavy going, the latter handles anything from good to soft to good to firm. In fact, the daughter of Frankel proved far too good for Big Rock when the pair finished first and second, respectively, in Deauville’s Jacques le Marois (good to soft) last August.

The ground at the Berkshire racecourse is currently described as being on the soft side of good, conditions, which should be fine for Kieran Shoemark’s mount. Should the ground turn softer, Inspiral is likely to head straight to Royal Ascot for the Queen Anne Stakes on the first day.

Those looking for an each-way alternative to the big two could do worse than Kevin Ryan’s 40/1 chance Hi Royal, runner-up in last year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas and the mount of Ryan Moore.

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Inspiral (Next Best)

3:35pm Newbury

* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.

About Alan Kelly

A passionate follower of horse racing for over 50 years, Alan has enjoyed a 40-year career in the betting industry, 28 of which he spent running his own betting shop as an owner/manager.

A successful punter with a keen eye for value, Alan has had many betting highlights down the years, including a Scoop 6 win and has shown a consistent profit in the battle with bookmakers since joining in 2008.

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