Thursday Racing Tips: Bluestocking can shine in the Middleton

 | Wednesday 15th May 2024, 15:28pm

Wednesday 15th May 2024, 15:28pm


Flat racing takes centre stage on Thursday and York’s Dante Stakes is the big race of the day. There’s something for everyone to enjoy on a busy day’s racing. 

Limerick is the first meeting to kick off and is swiftly followed by Perth, Salisbury and York. Clonmel, Fontwell and Lingfield provide the evening action. We have three strong fancies from York and Salisbury on Thursday, including one who could take a big step forward this year for Ralph Beckett. 

Thursday Racing Tips

  • 3.15 York - Bluestocking @ 5/2 
  • 2.30 Salisbury - Pawapuri @ 5/2  
  • 2.15 York - Korker @ 7/1  

3.15 York - Bluestocking @ 5/2 

The £150,000 Middleton Stakes for fillies and mares is set to be a cracker this year, with an intriguing field of six declared for the Group 2 event. Ralph Beckett runs BLUESTOCKING here and the lightly raced filly could progress nicely as a four-year-old this term. 

She ran a cracker to finish second to Savethelastdance in the Irish Oaks in July and was only just denied late on. The daughter of Camelot put in another excellent display when beaten by a neck at Ascot on British Champions Day. 

On the evidence of those two efforts in Group 1 company, she certainly has it in her to win this, and there should be plenty of improvement to come. It’s a slight concern that her only victory came in a Salisbury novice on debut, but she should get back to winning ways sooner rather than later. 

Bluestocking at 5/2 2.30 Salisbury - Pawapuri @ 5/2  

It’s been a while since we’ve seen PAWAPURI in this sphere, but she’s a two-time winner in just five starts on the Flat. A winner over 1m3f at Kempton for William Haggas in October 2022, the extra three furlongs are unlikely to prove problematic here. 

Nicky Henderson’s mare appears off a 4lb higher mark here, and she’ll be nice and fit after a winter hurdles campaign. She was highly tried in her first couple of starts over timber, and she found things a bit too much at graded level. 

The five-year-old’s sights were lowered this season and that had the desired effect as she won her maiden in good style at Wincanton in November. Stepping back up in grade at Haydock next time, she duly obliged in a Listed contest of over 2m3f. 

Her form on soft ground over hurdles is good, so she’s sure to cope with the underfoot conditions here, and there could be plenty of room to manoeuvre with this mark. Nicky Henderson has done well with dual-purpose types in the past and Pawapuri could follow suit.  

2.15 York - Korker @ 7/1  

It’s certainly not going to be easy for KORKER off a mark of 107, but it’s easy to make the case that Karl Burke’s runner can get the job done. He was an easy winner of a handicap at Windsor in October off a mark of 102, and that certainly bodes well here. 

Clifford Lee is set to take the ride, and Korker should improve for his seasonal reappearance at Deauville last month. Well supported that day, he appeared to lack match sharpness on the day, which explains his underwhelming effort. 

The son of Dandy Man has won over course and distance before, and he runs his race here more often than not. It’ll require a career-best effort to win this, but a big run is very difficult to rule out. 

Korker at 7/1 Find more Horse Racing Tips here at Betfred Insights

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