May 14 Racing Tips: Can Tahitian Prince grab second win of season at Newmarket?

Planet Sport tipster Luke Elder is back to give you a helping hand in finding a winner on Friday May 14 in meetings at York, Newmarket and Aintree.

1.35 Newmarket - Tahitian Prince

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Elder says: "Off to Newmarket now for the 1.35 - a seven furlong handicap for horses rated 0-80.

"And, I think the Hannon team could continue their good start to the season with Tahitian Prince, who has already won this year, at Doncaster over this trip of seven furlongs.

"Ran over a mile last time around, did stay on a little bit later on in the day, it was a race where nothing got into the contest from the back, except for Tahitian Prince.

"A few have run well from that contest also, I think that was an ok race on the all-weather at Lingfield, but this should suit Tahitian Prince a little bit better.

"That win at Doncaster was off a seven pounds lower mark. Dane O'Neill taking the ride, I think there's a lot more to come from Tahitian Prince.

"It's a typically open race at HQ; you can't rule out the likes of Glenn Coco, he generally runs well here, including the Rowley mile, and also the July course, so he must be respected.

"But there are a few chances to throw into the race, the likes of Masked Identity, Hunni also should be there, there abouts, I do think though this could go the way of the improving Tahitian Prince, and he can take out the 1.35 at Newmarket."

2.40 York - Blue Cup

Elder says: "The 2.40 at York is a very competitive ten-and-a-half furlong handicap, one with plenty of chances in the race and plenty of horses as well.

"But, I think we could be about to see the best handicapped horse of the week. They were my thoughts before the week started - they are my thoughts now as well, in the form of Blue Cup for the David Menuisier yard.

"They had a winner on day one of the Dante meeting with Flyin Solo. He behaved appallingly before the contest, and still won very easily. I think Flyin Solo could be a Royal Ascot horse, and I do think Blue Cup could be as well.

"A horse who was a massive eye-catcher last time around, had to come from nearly last into fifth place - didn't get run though, had to switch towards the inside - really, it was a nightmare from start to finish regarding Blue Cup, and it was a race won from the front.

"As were most races at Epsom at that meeting.

"Last year, as well, he was a big eye-catcher - won at Sandown in a pretty good time, and you have to respect performance, the race has worked out ok.

"Went to France the time after, French racing just didn't suit him whatsoever. They went a crawl from the start, [and] he had to try and sprint at the end. He still made it up into fifth place, but he is better than that.

"I do think that Blue Cup is a pretty good bet in this contest.

"Irish Admiral is likely going to be the main danger, he's unexposed, but don't rule out Fishable, he could be one at a slightly bigger price.

"Tongue tie and cheekpieces go on for the first time - there's still more to come from Fishable, he has run well at this track in the past, as well, but it's Blue Cup for me, to continue the good form of the David Menuisier yard."

5.50 Aintree - Captain Tom Cat

Elder says: "Well, it may be the flat season, we might be a couple of classics into that flat season, but we are still looking forward to this evening's Aintree meeting.

"The 5.50 in particular, which looks a pretty competitive handicap chase, Captain Tom Cat, though is a horse I've been waiting for a little while to make his chase debut for Dr Richard Newland's yard.

"He jumped hurdles fantastically, that led him to win at Cheltenham earlier on in the national hunt season.

"He did take a bit of a break during the national hunt programme, that was really waiting for better ground, so any rain would be a slight negative, so as long as it doesn't get too deep, Captain Tom Cat should be ok.

"I do think fences should make the most of him, as well, off a mark of 125, that looks to be very workable.

"Any rain that does fall, that will be a positive for Hollywoodien, who does go well in deeper surfaces, albeit he is 10-years-old now, we do know everything about Hollywoodien, whereas with Captain Tom Cat there is a bit more wriggle room off that mark of 125.

"So, I think for Dr Richard Newland and Sam Twiston-Davies, Captain Tom Cat can make a good start to life over fences."