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Wednesday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for York and Ffos Las on May 15

Day one of the Dante Festival at York and the Planet Sport tipsters are checking out some likely winners for the six races ITV are serving up on Wednesday, May 15.

We have five races from York including the Group 2 Duke Of York Clipper Stakes (1515) and the Group 3 Musidora Stakes (1545), there's also one from Ffos Las if you need a quick jumps hit.

So let's start off with a quick run through our ITV tips, with the reasons why we've picked them further down the page.

If you fancy a punt or two, check out the Planet Sport race centre which will show you all the live odds, racecards and results.

Good luck and please gamble responsibly.

(Please be aware selections could become non-runners after article's first publication)

 

Wednesday's quick tips:

14:15 (York) Crystal Delight

14:30 (Ffos Las) Totterdown

14:45 (York) Chairmanoftheboard

15:15 (York) Azure Blue

15:45 (York) Friendly Soul

16:15 (York) Elmonjed

 

14:15 (York) Crystal Delight

Crystal Delight can make it two out of two for trainer Harry Eustace in the Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Jorvik Handicap.

The five-year-old gelding was previously trained by William Jarvis and made an immediate impact for his new handler last month over 10 furlongs at Epsom.

The step back up to one mile and four furlongs should hold no concerns despite a 9lb rise in the weights.

 

14:30 (Ffos Las) Totterdown

Totterdown found success by an easy six and a half lengths attempting this handicap hurdle grade over 2m at Huntingdon in March, which makes for plenty of appeal.

The main danger will come from Manuelito looks a promising hurdler following a victory in a 1m7f maiden hurdle at Wincanton.

Kansas Du Berlais showed ability last month at Fontwell managing a good second in a 2m3f handicap hurdle and could go close again.

Four-time course and distance winner John Betjeman shouldn't be dismissed after producing a smart second contesting this race last year.

 

14:45 (York) Chairmanoftheboard

Chairmanoftheboard was unlucky on his last two starts to only be placed and the Churchill Tyres Handicap gives him the opportunity to return to winning ways.

After a lacklustre start at Newmarket last time out, he finished strongly to be beaten one and a half lengths in third, adding to a previous head defeat to Wiltshire at Newbury when he was just headed on the line.

A 1lb rise will not hold him back and he looks a likely type for Jack Channon.

 

15:15 (York) Azure Blue

Azure Blue will look for back-to-back 1895 Duke Of York Clipper Stakes victories.

The five-year-old makes her seasonal debut in the Group Two race and will look to put a disappointing run in the July Cup behind her.

Off the track for 305 days since that Newmarket run, when she trailed in sixth in the eight-runner field, she will be refreshed and can return to the sort of form that saw her run out a half-length winner over Highfield Princess on the Knavesmire last season.

A three-time stakes winner, the Michael Dods-trained mare will reoppose Art Power and Khaadem from the July Cup and will hope possible faster ground can help reverse that form.

 

15:45 (York) Friendly Soul

 

Friendly Soul can complete a hat-trick in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes and give John and Thady Gosden a third consecutive victory in the race.

Following in the footsteps of Emily Upjohn and Soul Sister, Friendly Soul can stake her Oaks claims on the Knavesmire and will hope to follow the route of Musidora and Oaks glory that Soul Sister took last season.

Friendly Soul won on her racecourse debut over a mile on the all-weather at Kempton in December before stepping up in class in Listed company in the Pretty Polly Stakes.

Going up in distance to 10 furlongs at Newmarket, she got the better of odds-on favourite Kalpana to come home one and a quarter lengths clear.

The extended mile and a quarter at York on likely similar ground to that Newmarket win should pose no problems for the Kingman filly and see the stable strike for a ninth time overall in the race.

 

16:15 (York) Elmonjed

Elmonjed is seeking to maintain is 100 per cent record in the Conundrum HR Consulting Handicap.

The son of Blue Point has shown plenty of ability so far and he can follow up victories at Lingfield and Haydock for Jim Crowley and William Haggas.

 

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