May 7 Racing Tips: Many A Star to sparkle at Ascot

Our tipster Luke Elder is back to give you a helping hand finding a winner at Chester and Ascot on Friday May 7.

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1.45 Chester - Dulas/Ascension

Elder says: "The 1.45 at Chester is a seven-and-a-half furlong handicap - wide open as you'd expect any handicap at this Chester May meeting, and Revich is likely to be a fairly warm order in the market, off the back of a good run in the Spring Cup at Newbury last time around, finishing fourth.

"We're going to look elsewhere though for a selection; we're between a couple in this race, and it really does depend on the weather in the next 24 hours or so.

"Dulas is one of them, who did run well last time around on a slightly faster surface at Haydock. [He] came from a fair way back on that occasion - the three around Dulas on that occasion as well are involved in the Victoria Cup this weekend at Ascot, so that is something to keep in mind.

"The draw's not too bad, if the ground stays towards the faster side; i.e good - no worse than good to soft - then Dulas should be there, there abouts.

"And we'll take in Ascension as well, who if the rain really does come, and it does become sort of worse than good to soft, then Ascension should be fairly close.

"[He] won on heavy ground a couple of times last year over at Ayr and also at Leicester, [and] didn't run too badly - for what it's worth - in the Lincoln last time around off today's mark of 96.

"Stall eight [is] a little wider than ideal, but over this sort of trip, you do have a bit of time to try and get your position before that first bend does come up.

"So, if the rain does come then Ascension should run ok, I think he'll handle things all the same anyway, and Dulas I think should go close, so a couple for the 1.45 at Chester."

3.30 Ascot - Many A Star

Elder says: "Time to focus on the latter action now, over at Ascot with the 3.30 - a six furlong handicap, with plenty of chances in the race.

"18 answer the call and all of them would really boast some chance of some sort.

"But, Many A Star is one of the more obvious ones in the market - [he] was ridden by Hollie Doyle last time around [and] Jim Crowley [is] taking over this time over.

"[He] did run at Wetherby [and] was very well backed - a horse that I fancied on that day, but - as I say - was well backed, plenty of others did as well.

"[He] was into 11/10 favourite on the day, but we don't see much flat racing at Wetherby. Over the five-and-a-half furlongs there, the bend does come up just after the start, it is important if you're from the inside draw, much like Many A Star was to get away pretty alertly, otherwise, you're going to be trapped for a bit of room and did get hampered at the start of the contest.

"So, had to make up a bit of ground during the mid-part of the race. That was a good move, but couldn't sustain that later on in the day, and was just touched out late on in the final furlong.

"I thought that was a good run from Many A Star, generally you would associate with Brian Meehan's charge with improving for their first start.

"They have made a good start to life this season, which is no negative, but I do think Many A Star will be better this time around at Ascot.

"As I say, Jim Crowley taking the ride.

"Against Many A Star, we've got the likes of Jonah Jones, who is probably more of a place bet - he doesn't really win that often, and he can be a touch unlucky in the run.

"Ascot could well be his track though, so he is worth watching, and Equitation's been in form for quite some time. I think he'll be there, there abouts.

"But Many A Star's the one that's open to the most improvement."

4.05 Ascot - Rolfe Rembrandt

Elder says: "The 4.05 at Ascot is a three-year-old handicap - a fiendishly tough one as well, where we have plenty of chances in the race.

"But, six furlongs the trip, and Crimson Sand is probably the most interesting in the race. He's won his last two, granted, they've been on the all weather. He hasn't yet won on turf, only one start on the green stuff, and that was when beaten on debut.

"So, he is open to a world of improvement.

"This is a very different race, though that he's been competing in the last twice. They were novice contests, this is now a handicap off a mark of 85.

"So, we'll find out what Crimson Sand is made of.

"Whittle Le Woods is very similar - won a couple of times on the all weather, didn't manage to win last time around on turf, that was his sole start on turf as well, at Yarmouth.

"He didn't run badly, finishing back in third, but more is needed here.

"I think we'll take a chance one at a slightly bigger price with Rolfe Rembrandt, who had a pretty good two-year-old season. Looking at him, the size and scope he should never have made a two-year-old whatsoever, because he looked absolutely ginormous.

"Hopefully, he can progress into his three-year-old season, but he should be a slightly bigger price. He did end last season running in a listed contest, but he is off a mark of 82, I think he's a bit better than that, and over this six furlong trip, with the ground to his liking, I think Rolfe Rembrandt can go pretty close for Michael Scudamore and Hollie Doyle."