April 30 Racing Tips: Grand Scheme perfect for Chepstow

Planet Sport tipster Luke Elder is back to point you in the right direction with some tips for racing at Chepstow, Punchestown and Newcastle on Friday May 30.

Fancy having a flutter on Friday? You're in the right place, let's see what Luke has served up this week.

2.55 Chepstow - Grand Scheme

Elder says: "The 2.55 at Chepstow is a wide open looking handicap. Plenty would have chances in this race, but I quite like the Hannon runner here, in the form of Grand Scheme.

"Who, in the grand scheme of things might need a little bit further going forward, but I think a mile for the moment is absolutely perfect.

"[He] had some good form last year, as well, towards the tail-end of the season, finishing second in what looked at the time a good race at Bath - that form is rather untested at the moment, with the third being pulled up since. The winner hasn't run and obviously Grand Scheme hasn't come out of the race either.

"I thought he did very well at Goodwood a couple of starts back also to come from the rear of the field.

"That was a race where nothing got into the race from the back whatsoever. The front runners dominated, Grand Scheme did manage to get into second place though.

"I think he could be a pretty well-handicapped horse off a mark of 72. Coul Kat is the obvious danger, he was second at Epsom last time around. I do think [he] had the run of things on that occasion though, and could be there to be shot at late on in the day - hopefully he goes a good gallop and sets the race up for Grand Scheme, who I think could take all the beating."

4.15 Punchestown - Dostal Phil

Elder says: "Well, after the Irish domination of our handicaps in the last couple of years, nobody in their right mind would tip an English horse going over for one of their handicaps, except for me.

"That's exactly what we're going to try and do with Dostal Phil in the 4.15 at Punchestown.

"His jumping hasn't been foot-perfect rest assured over fences so far - at Sandown a couple of starts ago, he did make plenty of mistakes when finishing second to Grey Diamond.

"That was a good effort though. I think that was a fairly strong race. And he was luckless at Sandown three starts back when being hampered after making a mistake at the first fence. That was his race run there and then, he didn't see which way the winner went.

"However, last time around it was a step in the right direction. Yes, it was a race that Editeur Du Gite stole from the front, nothing was getting into it in the Red Rum at Aintree.

"Dostal Phil was very much held up. He did manage to get into third place though. I think stepping up in trip to two-miles-five will help him out.

"Simon Torrens [is] on board as well, that's no negative for Phillip Hobbs. Simon Torrens riding a couple of big handicap winners so far this national hunt season over in Ireland.

"Thanks to Asterion Forlonge being in the race as well, he gets in off a fairly low weight.

"Asterlong Forlonge doesn't win all that often, but does drop into handicap company, so he is respected.

"And Fils D'oudairies was fairly well beaten in the Plate when falling at the last at Cheltenham.

"I think Dostal Phil could provide England with another winner on the week, and a rare one in the handicaps."

8.25 Newcastle - Edessann

Elder says: "I've got a bit of a wait for our final selection of the day in the 8.25 at Newcastle - their final race of their card.

"But, [it's] a five furlong handicap and it is a wide open one as well.

"We're going to take a chance on Edessann, at a bit of a price for the Michael Herrington team - back with that team as well, after leaving for the Joseph O'Brien for a little while - but a pleasing reintroduction back into English racing a couple of starts ago when finishing fourth.

"[He] did stick to the near side rail. Tom Eaves didn't ask too much of Edessann either, when that chance had gone, but stayed on quite nicely late in the day.

"It was a different story last time around. Stall one is never an easy thing to overcome at Newcastle, especially as of late.

"Stall four here isn't that much better, but it does make life a little bit easier.

"But, he was posted out in the centre of the track. I think he's a lot better than that contest, and really, as soon as the stalls opened, his chance was gone.

"So, Edessann I think can run well in the last. He was behind Sambucca Spirit last time around, albeit Sambucca Spirit very much had the running of things on that day, so hopefully he can get a little bit closer.

"I do think Edessann, though, is worth a go at a bit of a price."

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