May 31 Racing Tips: Can Good Birthday turn around their poor run of form?

Planet Sport tipsters have the top selections from action for Monday May 31 races at Redcar, Leicester, Chelmsford, Windsor, Cartmel and Huntingdon.

It's set to be a scorcher ahead of the first day of a new racing week...

4.40 Redcar - Good Birthday

Good Birthday has the opportunity to end their current streak of losses in the Racing TV Zetland Gold Cup Handicap at Redcar on May 31.

The unfortunate stretch of results dates back to August 31, 2019.

The run was temporarily ended in their last outing at Newmarket after coming home in first. However, a call to the stewards room after the race saw the five-year-old disqualified placed second for rolling around in front when under pressure.

A first-time visor seemed to have done the trick that day too, as Good Birthday was in front with a furlong to run, but after significantly impeding the short-head runner-up, there was no way the result could really be allowed to stand.

The run represented an encouraging step up on recent form, though - and even with a 4lb rise for his Newmarket effort, he is still 7lb below his last winning mark of 95.

4.05 Redcar - Global Response

Front-running tactics did not suit Global Response last time, but he can make amends in the Watch On Racing TV Handicap.

A resounding win in his penultimate race was followed by a disappointing run in his next race at Wolverhampton in February, finishing fourth after having led the pack the whole race.

However, without running since February 8, a good long break and training might just be what the doctor ordered.

3.25 Leicester - Twilight Calls

Twilight Calls made a victorious start to his campaign at Doncaster and can follow up in the Welcomm Communications Handicap at Leicester.

Second in two of his three outings last year, Twilight Calls took the next step when lifting a novice event on May 1 in a facile manner.

Long odds-on that day, he travelled well throughout - and while the form of that race has not worked out brilliantly, Twilight Calls was a cut above, and an opening mark of 87 does not appear too harsh.

4.15 Chelmsford - Campari

Campari did not get chance to show his best on debut for Julie Camacho, but compensation could await in the Become A Member At CCR Handicap at Chelmsford.

A 50,000 guineas purchase out of Roger Charlton's yard at the end of last year, Campari has managed to win one of his 10 starts to date, and he never looked like adding to that tally on his first outing for new connections.

Pitched into what turned out to be a messy four-runner heat at Yarmouth, Campari was a bit slow to break - and a steady gallop did not play to his strengths, eventually coming home last four, beaten just over three lengths.

A bigger, more competitive field here should hopefully result in a truer-run race, which could be to Campari's advantage.

3.20 Chelmsford - Newyorkstateofmind

Newyorkstateofmind can make full use of bottom weight in the Fitzdares Sprint Series Handicap at Windsor.

The four-year-old is primed for action after three outings so far this term, having actually come home in front last time out, only to lose the race in the stewards' room.

Only a head separated Newyorkstateofmind and Second Collection at Bath. Given the narrow margin of victory, the stewards decided interference involving the selection probably did cost the runner-up the race.

It at least proves Newyorkstateofmind is up to winning a race of this magnitude, having also finished second and sixth on his two other runs. Although a 2lb rise is a quite harsh given his disqualification, it should not prove a bar to success.

3.55 Windsor - Luigi Vampa

Luigi Vampa has another chance in the Fitzdares Celebrates Sunderlands Handicap despite beating just one horse home at York.

Sent off at 25/1, things did not go entirely smoothly, and he was eventually eased down when his chance had gone.

Faisal, of course, sets the standard but he has to prove he is as effective on turf, and quicker ground will help the David Menuisier-trained selection.

4.10 Cartmel - Templepark

Templepark can strike in the Molson Coors Handicap Chase at Cartmel.

A proper summer jumper for Fergal O'Brien, Templepark won three times in 2020, triumphing over hurdles at Newton Abbot twice before adding a chase success at Warwick in September.

O'Brien drew stumps in November as the winter ground set in, with Templepark posting a fair second on his return at Kempton last month, being beaten just a length and a quarter by a race-fit rival who has scored again subsequently.

The eight-year-old should find good ground and two miles and five furlongs right up his street.

2.05 Huntingdon - Episode

Episode is taken to go well as she drops back to two miles in Huntingdon's Thank You Roundwood Gin Handicap Chase.

The seven-year-old currently stands as the bookies favourite for Monday's running, with the odds sitting at 7/2 for them to win.

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