May 21 Racing Tips: Dulas to claim first win of season at Goodwood?

Planet Sport's tipster Luke Elder is here to point you in the right direction ahead of the meeting at Goodwood on Friday May 21.

Get your weekend off to the perfect start by finding some winners from three races with Luke at Goodwood.

1.40 Goodwood - Dulas

Elder says: "The 1.40 at Goodwood is a tricky looking seven furlong handicap - plenty of chances in the race, and factor in a bit of ease in the ground, that opens up the race just that little bit more.

"I do think though, Dulas - a horse we mentioned last time around, when running a good second at Chester - is one that won't mind the ground, no matter what happens. Even if it came through as good-to-firm, or towards the softer side, it won't be any bother whatsoever.

"Ran a good race on a faster surface at Haydock a couple of outings ago behind Persuasion.

"That form has been let down, with a couple of subsequent runs from in-behind - granted they've been in better races and you can forgive those runs just a tudge.

"And, a good run at Chester - as mentioned - last time around when finishing second. That form is beginning to look pretty strong as well, with the likes of Kynren coming out at the Dante meeting at York just last week to score.

"So, do trust that Chester form. I think Dulas could go pretty well.

"If there is a bit of ease in the ground, do take Cold Stare pretty seriously as well, any ease in the ground is a big positive for him. It's pretty much the same every time he runs, but over at Thirsk last time ran a much better race when finishing second, not beaten all that far.

"And, also take into account Lord Rapscallion. He's been getting to grips with UK racing after coming over from Ireland. I do think he is just about fit to fire.

"Maybe not today, but do watch out for him in future runs. Dulas the selection in the 1.40."

2.50 Goodwood - The Kodi Kid

Elder says: "Really looking forward to the 2.50 over at Goodwood [it] is a mile handicap, but there could be plenty of winners in the future to come out of this contest, and I'm banking on The Kodi Kid being one of them.

"He's one of my horses to follow for the season, came through a good race at Bath last time around - that's already working out pretty nicely with the likes of Grand Scheme in behind - who was second - managed to go one better at Chepstow the time after, and did run well at Newmarket just the other day.

"Diamond Bay didn't run too badly at Kempton just the other night, but will be a handicapper to follow for the Tom Ward yard.

"[ The Kodi Kid] did prove himself on that sort of ground, and also fast ground at Sandown a couple of outings ago. Again, that was in a good race.

"Now handicapping though off a mark of 84, I don't think that's beyond him, and we could be looking at a smart type in the form of The Kodi Kid.

"As I say, that form from that last run is very strong over at Bath.

"It's going to need to be though, because Marsabit was a course and distance winner last time around. Again, ground shouldn't really be any sort of issue for Marsabit, and Year Of The Dragon ran a good race at Ascot last time around when finishing second - he's been knocking on the door as of late.

"But, I think The Kodi Kid can go back-to-back and make a pleasing start to his three-year-old season."

3.25 Goodwood - Aleas

Elder says: "We've had a frantic few weeks of Derby trials, [and the] Cocked Hat is the final one of those, the 3.25 over at Goodwood.

"Last year we saw the Derby runner up win this race in the form of Khalifa Sat.

"It was a small field affair last season, not too much bigger this year, but still a fair few chances. Whether we'll see any horse be as successful in the Derby this time around, I'm not too sure.

"But, Aleas looked a horse going in the right direction last time around, when absolutely bolting up in - it has to be said - horrid conditions over at Haydock.

"The more rain the better for Aleas. [He] was ridden by Hector Crouch on that occasion - Rossa Ryan takes over, he's been having a fantastic season in the saddle for his boss Ralph Beckett.

"But, I think Aleas could be the one to take a fair bit of beating here. As I say, the more rain the better, but he just looked fantastic in handicap company last time around.

"Stepping up for this sort of grade, I don't think will be beyond him, and there are question marks in a few of the protagonists in the market. Yabir was disappointing at Chester last time around, got the run of things from the front end, and I do think Yabir needs to do a fair bit better.

"I think there are better than him in this race. Stay Well will do exactly that, he comes from a strong staying family, and proved that at Windsor last time around. Albeit, he was helped by his main market rival running an absolute shocker. So, he's got a little bit to prove for me.

"I think Aleas could be the one to side with in the Cocked Hat. Hopefully, he can go on towards bigger and better things further down the line, but Aleas can take this at Goodwood."

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