May 1 Racing Tips: Zanahiyr to trump Quilixios at Punchestown Festival

Planet Sport tipster Ross Brierley returns to give you some hot selections for racing on Saturday May 1 at Punchestown, Goodwood and Doncaster.

Put the beer away, put the champagne on ice, could Ross' tips nab you a winner?

4.00 Punchestown - Zanahiyr

Brierley says: "There have been titles won and titles lost at Punchestown this week as the jumps season comes to a close, and Zanahiyr may well be able to wrestle the title for best four-year-old hurdler off Quilixios after his defeat at Cheltenham here for this champion four-year-old trophy.

"It's an interesting race. We've got the Boodles winner, Jeff Kidder, who followed up in graded company at Fairyhouse last time out. The French raider, Haut En Couleurs who was ahead of Zanahiyr at Cheltenham on his first start for current connections, and of course Quilixios who did win the Triumph at Cheltenham under a pitch-perfect ride by Rachael Blackmore.

"But, that race turned into a bit of a sprint, and Rachael Blackmore was in the right place at the right time.

" Zanahiyr also hadn't run since Christmas time, and may well have been a little bit ring-rusty after that lengthy absence.

"So, he comes here with that Cheltenham run under his belt, and a wicked turn of foot when he gets to use it.

"The slightly bigger field here, and the right-handed track should play into his strengths as well.

"We're going to give Zanahiyr a chance to regain his crown of best hurdler after that turnaround at the Cheltenham Festival."

4.20 Goodwood - Rushmore

Brierley says: "On paper, this looks a tricky three-year-old handicap but it could go the way of Andrew Balding's Rushmore here under the tutelage of Oisin Murphy in the saddle.

"This horse has raced four times, catching the eye in novice events behind nice and talented horses, including group-class runners like Naval Crown and on his penultimate start Mohaafeth, and last time out his handicap debut didn't really go to plan.

"He was on the wrong side of a gamble behind the front-running Bint Al Anood, who got into a lovely rhythm at Windsor, which suits those tactics, and Rushmore - who was slowly away - didn't really get into proceedings.

"Goodwood, however, is completely the opposite - it eats front runners alive.

"So, his slowly away tactics might well be a bit of a benefit late on.

"He's beautifully bred, he's got speed figures to die for in this grade, and this looks an easier race for a very much in-form team."

5.35 Doncaster - Tyson

Brierley says: "The 5.35 at Doncaster then is a small, but select field, mostly unraced two-year-olds, so it is a bit of a tricky betting heat, you may well run into a particularly talented debutant who we don't know anything about as of yet.

"But, they're going to have to go some to beat the one horse with experience, the son of Starspangledbanner, and that is Tyson, who will hopefully deliver a knock-out blow.

"This horse was sent off joint favourite at Newbury on his one and only start so far and was beaten behind Berkshire Shadow, who came from last to first for the Balding team, in a very, very strong speed figure indeed.

"In fact, the third best speed figure for two-year-olds recorded so far this season.

"Tyson was in the wrong part of the track, he was too keen, he pulled way too hard for his own good and he showed glimmers of ability in the mid-part of his race, but he should improve.

"His trainer Richard Hannon is in good form, and his juveniles do come on hand-over-fist for that debut experience.

"He also has a good record with them here at Doncaster on Townmoor as well, and with a keen goer who likes to come from the back, Jamie Spencer is the perfect partner for this runner tonight.

"So Tyson gets the nod in the 5.35."

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